Grand Chute -
Hot dogs are a baseball game staple. But hot dogs weren't the most popular dog at the Timber Rattlers game Sunday.
Officials said 6,000 seats sold out for Sunday's game, many fans coming to meet the Brewers' unofficial mascot, Hank the Dog.
"I came here exclusively to see Hank," said Jody Johnson of Green Bay.
She wasn't alone.
"I'm mainly here to see Hank," Amelia Raddatz, Combined Locks, said.
Hank made his way into the Brewers spring training facility in February. The team took care of the dog and he became part of the Brewers family.
Now he's a VIP (very important pup) and it seems more fans are sporting Hank jerseys than any other player. 20 percent of all Hank-licensed merchandise is donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society's Hank Fund, which helps pay for animal care costs in Southeastern Wisconsin.
"While he doesn't score on the field, he scores off the field," said Ron Schreier, who calls himself Hank's grandpa. Schreier's daughter, Marti Wronski, is vice president and general counsel for the Brewers and Hank lives with her family.
Tickets for the chance to meet Hank went fast. More than 325 tickets were distributed. There were still long lines of fans as crews stopped giving out tickets. Those with a ticket were not guaranteed the chance to meet the lovable canine.
After meeting with fans, Hank made his way onto the field, where fans cheered him on as he made his way around the stadium.
Some love Hank for his stunning good looks.
"I've seen him before at a Brewers game and he's like the cutest little thing," said Ben Gardner of Oshkosh.
Others love Hank's story. "He came from nothing," said Jackie Growth, Appleton. "He wandered onto a field and now he's just a star."
"We have fostered and rescued dogs, as well, so we were following his story all along and we were really excited to come and see him," said Greenville resident Daphne Buxman-Carley.
"He has done some miraculous kinds of things in terms of pulling people together," Schreier said. "He has reached out in his own special way and had all of us "paws," play on words there, and reflect about what life is really all about."
Monday, July 28 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:07:33 GMT
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