Some 12-year-old boy likely had his dreams shattered this weekend when the ACC Tournament opted to use a dog for its bat-retrieving duties instead of the often used batboy. The dog is definitely more entertaining than the boy would have been, though.
Maryland and Georgia Tech are playing for the ACC Tournament title this afternoon, and Miss Lou Lou Gehrig, the bat dog of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Marlins' Single-A team, is shining, as she has all weekend. Miss Lou Lou Gehrig is one of two bat dogs being used this weekend, as Miss Babe, a more experienced pooch, has gotten some playing time, too.
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It's nice to see Miss Lou Lou performing well on the big stage. Last season, she was sent down to Extended Spring Training.
After months of refining skills and fundamentals in Spring Training and professional games, the Greensboro Grasshoppers youngest bat girl has been sent back to Extended Spring Training.
Miss Lou Lou Gehrig saw limited playing time early in the 2013 season but her coaches have recently noticed a few areas that need some extra work, away from NewBridge Bank Park.
"We are very proud of Lou Lou, as she has worked hard and progressed extremely well for her age." said Grasshoppers President Donald Moore. "She became very timid and her coaches feel that less daily competition with her elders (Miss Babe Ruth and Master Yogi Berra) will help her refocus and work on the basics."
The now 1 1/2 year-old Gehrig will work with instructors through daily practices and situational play for the next several weeks. While it is not yet known when she will be recalled, she is highly projected to earn a roster spot with the 2014 squad.