Dog days for Brewers fans

Hank
Hank
Posted: March 28, 2014

CAME ACROSS a story that the Milwaukee Brewers were having a bobblehead night for Hank.

Being a bobblehead collector, I naturally thought "Milwaukee . . . Hank . . . How cool is that? A bobblehead night for Hank Aaron."

Wrong!

Hank is a dog that wandered into Maryvale Baseball Park, the Brewers' spring-training site in Phoenix, last month and soon after was taken to the vet by Brewers staff members. After Hank was treated for lacerations on his underside, staffers bought him a bed, set him up in the office and took turns taking him home at night.

He was a hit with pitchers and catchers initially, and then the position players were equally charmed by the 15-pound pooch, who is said to be part Bichon.

The legend has taken off since.

There are Hank the Dog T-shirts (No. K-9) in the Brewers' souvenir shop, the team signed him to a players contract (no word yet on whether Drew Rosenhaus wants to renegotiate), and now a bobblehead.

On Sept. 13, when the Brewers play the Cincinnati Reds in Miller Park, all fans will get Hank the Dog bobbleheads to mark Wisconsin Humane Society Day.

"Hank has crossed every demographic and is so much more than just a sports or pop-culture phenomenon," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger told the Milwaukee Business Journal. "We're seeing that his story can brighten everyone's day."

Making this a totally feel-good story, the Brewers will donate a portion of the proceeds from tickets sales for the game to the Wisconsin Humane Society's "Hank Fund," which benefits stray animals in their care transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. Brewers players also will contribute to the fund, the team said.

As for Hank, he is living comfortably in the home of an unnamed Brewers' executive.

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