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Monday, February 24, 2014

Deadspin: The Milwaukee Brewers’ Adopted Stray Dog Is The Best Dog

We interrupt your daily curmudgeonliness for the following:

This is Hank the dog. Hank is a stray who wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training facility last week, and has since become the team’s unofficial mascot. Hank is the best dog. Why is Hank the dog so great? Well, before arriving at Brewers’ camp, he was wandering the streets of Phoenix after having been hit by a car.

spike Posted: February 24, 2014 at 01:23 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 24, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4661638)
That Jonathan Lucroy picture looks like the kind of thing you'd see in a Sears catalog.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: February 24, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4661641)
Of course, there's ain't no rule that says a dog can't pinch-hit, so I look forward to him getting a clutch walk during the season.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: February 24, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4661642)
Well, before arriving at Brewers’ camp, he was wandering the streets of Phoenix after having been hit by a car.


I think that's also how they acquired Craig Counsell.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:04 PM (#4661662)
The 1982 Brewers had a stray dog until Gorman Thomas ate him.
   5. Big Train Rollin' Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4661669)
The Brewers' Hank the dog is better than the Republicans' Joe the plumber. Discuss.
   6. Tim M Posted: February 24, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4661673)
Make him the batboy, like the Columbus Clippers did!
   7. zonk Posted: February 24, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4661722)
So he's penciled in as the 1B?
   8. eddieot Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4661795)
Never saw him roll over.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4661800)
What's his VORD?

Ichiro could be the Brewers' dog if he wanted to.
   10. asinwreck Posted: February 24, 2014 at 09:57 PM (#4661819)
It's all beautiful until he mauls the field in the sausage race.
   11. Lassus Posted: February 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4661840)
Awesome.
   12. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4661875)
The big market teams should be putting in bids for those Sochi dogs before the CBA is updated.
   13. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4661878)
"I don't want to get into details about the dog," said Ryan Braun.
   14. rr Posted: February 25, 2014 at 02:07 AM (#4661894)
Once he starts demanding the expensive dog food, they will trade him to the Dodgers for three puppies and a mutt to be named later.
   15. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4662154)
Manager Ron Roenicke continued, "Even though he's been hampered by his injuries from getting hit by a car, he's such a clubhouse presence that we just wouldn't dream of going north without him."
   16. zonk Posted: February 25, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4662173)
And if the dog doesn't work out at 1B, they've also brought in a cat, a parrot, and a mongoose to fill the position.
   17. Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: February 25, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4662179)
This thread is an example as to why I love this site.
   18. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: February 25, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4662223)
No relation to Lance "One Dog" Johnson
   19. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: February 25, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4662255)
If they can find nine more just like him they'll be ready to take on Tommy Lasorda.
   20. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: February 25, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4662282)
Ichiro could be the Brewers' dog if he wanted to.


The first step -- an Ichiro cover of "I Wanna be Your Dog."
   21. Edgar James Olmos (chris h.) Posted: February 25, 2014 at 03:39 PM (#4662334)
No relation to Lance "One Dog" Johnson


Presumably no relation to Fred McGriff as well.
   22. zonk Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4662359)
Nor Wonder Dog Rex Hudler... or Mad Dog Greg Maddux/Bill Madlock...
   23. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4662365)
Distant cousin of Tony Perez though.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4662491)
And if the dog doesn't work out at 1B, they've also brought in a cat, a parrot, and a mongoose to fill the position.

Ichiro could be the Brewers' 1B if he wanted to.





It's funny cuz it's true!
   25. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: February 25, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4662523)
And if the dog doesn't work out at 1B, they've also brought in a cat, a parrot, and a mongoose to fill the position.


An unfounded rumor, I assure you.
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 14, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4671905)
Hank The Dog Made The Team, Headed to Milwaukee:
Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers' spring training complex on President's Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.
. . .
Hank will fly back to Milwaukee on a charter flight with Brewers executives, sponsors and family members and will be welcomed to the city by Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele.
   27. Lassus Posted: March 14, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4671914)
Woohoo!

I know he's no beagle, Harvey, but he's still good for clubhouse chemistry.
   28. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 14, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4671925)
Never sniffed his butt.
   29. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 14, 2014 at 07:48 PM (#4671929)
I assume he was named after Hank "Bow Wow" Arft.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 14, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4671932)
Need to train Hank for The Sausage Race.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 16, 2014 at 11:47 PM (#4672614)
Hank The Dog Receives Heroes Welcome In Milwaukee:
Hank was treated like a celebrity upon arriving in Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett joked the dog had turned into a "pup-culture icon." The dog is making its Miller Park debut Tuesday when official Hank attire is unveiled.
   32. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 17, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4672682)
Fantastic thread. Well done all around.
   33. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: March 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4672685)
The first step -- an Ichiro cover of "I Wanna be Your Dog."


And now Scott Asheton has died. I hold myself responsible.
   34. villageidiom Posted: March 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4672694)
Of course, there's ain't no rule that says a dog can't pinch-hit, so I look forward to him getting a clutch walk during the season.
He'll get picked off right away. The pitcher will throw to first, and Hank will get back in time. But then the first baseman will fake a throw back to the pitcher. Hank will be spinning around, looking all over the place trying to figure out where the ball went, and will be tagged out easily.

That's assuming you can get him to stay in the batter's box instead of trying to catch each pitch in flight.
   35. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: March 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4672772)
That's assuming you can get him to stay in the batter's box instead of trying to catch each pitch in flight.


So, his plate appearances will look a lot like Yuniesky Betancourt's.

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