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Name Revealed for 4th Generation of Thunder Bat Dog Tradition

February 20, 2020 - Eastern League (EL) - Trenton Thunder News Release

The Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance, are pleased to announce the name of the next generation of the Thunder Bat Dog tradition that will join the team during the 2020 season.

Following a fan vote that brought more than 5,000 responses, the Thunder are pleased to announce that the name Dash has been selected. Dash's full name will be Dash to Home Plate-That Golden Thunder as he carries on the Thunder Bat Dog tradition.

Dash was the top vote-getter amongst Thunder fans followed by Scout, Bronx, Dug, and Ace. As part of the voting, Bill Gosselin of Hamilton, NJ was selected as the winner of a family four pack of tickets to Opening Day on April 9 at ARM & HAMMER Park.

Dash's four-game Puppy Pack, presented by Dogs & Cats Rule, is on sale now. Each game in the Puppy Pack is a game in which fans can bring their well-behaved dogs to games at ARM & HAMMER Park during the 2020 season. Each game will feature a special dog-related promotion and is available here.

Dash will make several appearances at Thunder games during the 2020 season. He will be trained by Shelly's School for Dogs at the Green Leaf Pet Resort in Millstone, NJ and is slated to make his bat dog debut during the 2021 season. The new bat dog, like Chase, Derby and Rookie, is presented by ARM & HAMMER.

The Thunder gained worldwide attention beginning in 2002 when then two-year-old "Chase That Golden Thunder" joined the team as an official bat dog, entertainer and mascot. In 2008, Chase's son "Home Run Derby" entered the world and followed in his father's pawsteps in Trenton while his brother "Ollie" continued the family business with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto). Chase and Derby worked alongside each other at ARM & HAMMER Park beginning in 2010 until Chase's passing in July 2013. Rookie became the third generation of the Thunder bat dog tradition when he was born in December of 2013 and made his bat dog debut in April of 2015. He retreived bats alongside Derby during the 2016 and '17 seasons until Derby's passing in January of 2018.

Dash was born on December 22, 2019 as part of a litter of nine puppies including five boys and four girls.

The 2020 season at ARM & HAMMER Park will commence on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00pm when the Thunder host the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals). For more information on Thunder baseball visit www.TrentonThunder.com or call 609-394-3300.


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