Daisy surveys her new workplace. (Photo: Savannah Bananas/Facebook)
When a 7-week-old puppy was found abandoned in the parking lot of a baseball stadium, managers did the obvious. They made the tiny pup the team's new bat dog.
A staff member for the Savannah Bananas baseball team, part of a collegiate league in Georgia, found the puppy crying near an office door in the Grayson Stadium parking lot. She had no collar, tags or microchip.
Staff members cleaned her up and took her to the humane society where they searched for her owner for several days. When no one was found, Bananas team president Jared Orton and his wife Kelsey adopted her, named her Daisy and gave her the job of official team bat dog. (Later, another puppy was found in a nearby dumpster, leading them to believe a litter had been abandoned.)
“It was just meant to be that we’d have a team dog as part of our staff,” said Orton, in a team press release. “We took Daisy to the vet and aside from being hungry and dehydrated, she was in pretty good health.”
So now not only does the team have the coolest name in baseball, it also has the cutest puppy. Daisy goes into the office every day and greets visitors. She's too tiny to start retrieving bats or balls just yet.
“We aren’t sure how big she’ll get, so it’s hard to say if she’ll be able to pick up a bat or just coach first base,” said Orton, “but as she grows, she’ll be a fixture at the ballpark.”
According to Sports Illustrated, many minor league teams employ bat dogs. They retrieve bats and balls and return them to the dugout. The Trenton Thunder, the New York Yankees' Double-A affiliate, is especially known for its bat dog family that not only entertained fans, but appeared on national an international news, and was featured on ESPN.