The dog days of summer arrived early for the Milwaukee Brewers.
In a spring training town overrun by stray dogs, the Brewers are doing their part to limit the problem -- at least by one. The players and coaches, who spend their days preparing for the season in Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz., have adopted a young pup named Hank.
He was found wandering their facility with an injured tail and markings on his leg, which could have resulted from being hit by a car.
Hank has become the star of the Brewers' camp. He wears a No. 1 jersey and often runs around the yard when the players are doing infield practice or baserunning drills. Hank is even on Twitter (@BrewersHank), tweeting away with his little paws.
Best picture of the day. pic.twitter.com/DoNJO2zasC— Hank the Dog (@BrewersHank) February 23, 2014
Why the name "Hank?" Hank Aaron, of course.
The players have grown to love the two-year-old dog, incorporating him into as many team activities as possible. The Brewers are planning on taking Hank to Milwaukee when they break camp if his owner doesn't step forward. No word yet on whether or not he will be racing the sausages at Miller Park once the season begins.
"I was in Europe this week on business and I had four texts from my wife," team owner Mark Attanasio said, "and three of them were 'What can I do to adopt Hank the Dog?'"
The Brewers begin Cactus League play on Thursday.