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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:21 pm 
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I thought this news - though announcing the death of a beloved Myrtle Beach Celebrity - belonged in the "Our Warm and Fuzzy Spot" forum, as he just gave so many of us some great memories (I spent my share of time with Dinger):

From The Sun News Online today:

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News - Local
Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2009
'Home Run Dog' Dinger Dies



The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have lost a part of their history with the passing of their living mascot, Dinger "The Home Run Dog."

The playful yet docile 11-year-old yellow Labrador has been a fixture at BB&T Coastal Field since the team's inception in 1999. He died Thursday night from congestive heart failure and kidney failure, according to Pelicans general manager North Johnson.

Dinger's game-day duties for 10 years included taking baseballs in a basket to the home plate umpire between innings and running a "victory"' lap around the bases following games.

Dinger was a mentor in 2008 to his heir, a young yellow Lab named Deuce, who handled game-day activities this past season at home games. Deuce will be 3 in January.

For the past three years Dinger lived with Ryan Ibbotson, the team's public address announcer and former radio announcer, and spent most days in the team's offices or merchandise shop.

"It was fun to have him here," Johnson said. "When someone came to the office they would ask, 'Where's Dinger today?' It was always a highlight of someone's visit to the office to see him."

With Dinger around, the staff's pregame meals and patrons' ballpark food was perpetually in peril.

"When Dinger walked through the crowd and a kid would be holding his hot dog low enough, he'd take a bite out of it," Johnson said. "There wasn't an article of food he'd turn down. ... There were regular spectators who would bring Dinger treats every night, and Dinger knew who they were and where they were and he made sure he'd visit them during the course of the night to get his treat. That was part of the charm of having him here and of minor league baseball."


http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/1070369.html

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Here is the link to a video of Dinger delivering new balls to the home plate umpire:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrsvEzPscpI

Here's the link to Dinger's heir "Deuce" running the bases after a game this past season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1TmywX5Kt0

And HERE is the link to Dinger's heir "Deuce" running the bases - ah, NOT quite the right way - after a game this past season (CAUTION - VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W9agqKoE1E

RIP "Dinger". This is a bit of a "double whammy for my wife and I, as we just had our oldest Sheltie euthenized this past Friday. Dinger felt like part of our family too.


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