PRESS RELEASE – MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League Baseball, announced today that the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, earned their second and third MiLBY Awards of the year as they were named the winner of “Promo of the Year” and “Mascot Clip of the Year.”
The Thunder earned ” Promo of the Year” award for the Retirement Party for team bat dog Chase That Golden Thunder. The celebration of the life of the 13-year-old Golden Retreiver included a Chase bobblehead doll giveaway at the entrances to ARM & HAMMER Park and hundreds of dogs in attendance. Chase had several relatives on hand – including son Derby and Grandson Chief – for a special ceremony on the field. The pre-game event included a video tribute, goodbyes from Thunder players and a touching farewell round of applause.
Chase That Golden Thunder was also the focus of the MiLBY Award winning “Mascot Clip of the Year.” The roughly four minute video was shown to the crowd of 6,090 as part of Chase’s Retirement Party then viewed thousands more times online as it was shared by fans and news outlets around the world.
Earlier this week, the Thunder were named the MiLBY Award winner for “Team of the Year.”
MiLBYs are the end-of-season awards that honor the best players, teams and performances of the Minor League season. For three weeks, fans chose their favorites in 13 categories at milb.com. The official website of Minor League Baseball announces Fans’ Choice winners as well as MiLB.com staff picks for the major awards. The Thunder will begin the 2014 season on at ARM & HAMMER Park on Thursday, April 3. Season tickets, group outings, Pic-A-Plans, and Mini Plan renewals are on sale now. For more information about tickets, fans should call 609-394-3300 or visit trentonthunder.com.
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