Stray dog becomes Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training mascot

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News
February 25, 2014
Stray dog becomes big hit at Milwaukee Brewers training camp
Pup hangs out with team in Arizona

On February 17, a small stray dog with scruffy white fur wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training camp in Phoenix, Ariz.

When staff were unable to find his owners, they took the two-year-old pup to the vet, cleaned him up, and dressed him in a jersey.

The dog, recently named "Hank" after Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron, is now the team's unofficial mascot. He hangs out with players in the clubhouse, joins the team on the field during their workouts, and, at the end of each day, goes home with a different member of the organization.

"There are daily arguments of who's going to take him home to board him for the night," Tyler Barnes, the team's vice president of communications, told

When the team announced the dog's arrival on social media, Hank quickly became a local celebrity.

"Yeah, he's making a pretty big impact, which I've got to say is pretty cool," pitcher Yovani Gallardo said. "It's getting a lot of attention, for sure. I think he likes it, too."

When spring training ends on March 27, Hank will likely be adopted by a member of the organization and move from Phoenix to a new home in Milwaukee.

"Well, first of all, a number of different departments are vying for him," owner Mark Attanasio told the Associated Press said earlier this week. "The players want him on the roster and to travel with the team. (General manager Doug) Melvin's trying to get him into a baseball meeting later today."

"He could not have wandered into a better situation," Barnes said. "He's got a family of more than 50 players and double the number of staff who love him every bit as much as a family could."