"Miss Babe Ruth, the Greensboro Grasshoppers beloved Labrador Retriever bat and ball dog, continues to improve following a recent surgery. Babe, who has entertained millions of Grasshoppers fans for 575 consecutive home games, had the 90 minute procedure last Monday to surgically repair an auricular hematoma.
“Babe is showing remarkable improvement and is getting more and more strength back every day, “ said Team Veterinarian Jason Streck, of Guilford College Animal Hospital, who performed the surgery a week ago. “You never want to push a dog back to work too soon so we are going to give this another 24 hours before making the final call,” Streck continued.
Miss Babe debuted on August 2, 2006 as a nine-month old, taking baseballs to the umpires, serving as a batgirl, and running the bases following the game. Her popularity has grown immensely over the years, as she has her own statue in front of the ballpark, her own souvenir items, and her own yearly baseball card. She greets fans after every Friday and Saturday ‘Hoppers game along with her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig.
“Babe has had a long week and I can tell she wants to come back but we have to respect the team veterinarian, as he knows best,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers President and General Manager, and also Babe’s owner. “We will continue to play it by ear up until game time tomorrow,” Moore continued.
The Grasshoppers return home next Tuesday August 26 for their last three regular season games of the 2014 season. For ticket information call 336-268-2255 or go to www.gsohoppers.com."
- A Press Release