The Grasshopper players will wear limited edition tuxedo jerseys (shown at right)and the first 1,500 guests will receive limited edition coasters with Babe’s retirement seal. Search lights, paparazzi, spotlights, red carpets and more will make the evening a night to remember.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Pre-game and in game festivities are planned for the red carpet event. The post- game tribute will be a must-see for all.
“It’s kind of sad to see Babe’s career coming to an end, so we want to send her off in a very special way,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers President and General Manager, and also Babe’s owner. “She’s been such a huge part of our team and community that hopefully folks will want to come out and see her at least one more time.”
Since making her debut on August 2, 2006, Miss Babe Ruth has become the face of the franchise. She enjoys fetching bats, taking baseballs to the umpires and running the bases following Hoppers home games. Over the past several years, she has received increased recognition from both the Greensboro and national community.
“When we sent her retirement release this past April, I had no idea that there would be so much reaction but I guess she has become such an icon and a legend,” Moore said. “It’s hard to believe time’s gone by this quickly because it seems like just yesterday she was a little pup coming back from the trainer.”
Miss Babe Ruth will officially conclude her career Wednesday, Sept. 2, having appeared in 649 consecutive games. Her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig, will carry on the family tradition of entertaining Grasshoppers fans.