Hank, the stray Bichon-mix pup who wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers training camp in Phoenix, has made the Big Leagues and is moving back to Milwaukee with the team tomorrow, according to a press release posted yesterday by MLB.com.
The story began on February 17 when a small scruffy dog showed up and immediately began collecting the hearts of players, staff, and fans alike.
Hank was named after former Brewers star Hank Aaron, and was given a jersey with the number one on it. A quick trip to the vet to get checked over and to get his shots showed that Hank had an injury on his tail, and marking on his hind leg. The vet told the Brewers that it was likely Hank had been hit by a car.
The Brewers attempted to find Hank's owners, but were unsuccessful so Hank's free agent days ended and he is now an official member of the Brewers team.
While in training camp, Hank has been working the public relations angle pretty seriously. He has raised thousands of dollars for the local Humane Society in two weeks of appearances with fans. Fans made a donation to the Humane Society and then took their picture with Hank.
Hank will return to Milwaukee on Sunday with the team management, and will receive a VIP welcome. He has already been adopted by a member of the Brewers staff. The Brewers have now released official "Hank the Dog" t-shirts!