Italian sausage takes tumble during Brewers-Cubs game
MILWAUKEE - On a day when the Milwaukee Brewers' fortunes seemed to take a tumble, so did a Racing Sausage with a history of tumbles.
Guido, the Italian Sausage, took a spill during the 20th anniversary sausage race.
The Brewers staff member apparently had to receive first aid, but should be OK.
June 27 marks the 20 year anniversary since the racing sausages took to the field, forever leaving the old scoreboard animations in the dust.
"I get a kick out of the crowd because you can kind of hear the roar of the crowd before the game. They kind of really get into it," said fan Dan Wolfgram.
Rooting for the life-sized customs has become part of the baseball tradition at Miller Park.
As the popularity of the original three sausages grew, so did their competition.
The Hot Dog was added in the late 90's, and in 2007, Chorizo joined the race.
It's left fans salivating over their favorites.
"I always root for the Polish," quipped one man.
David Krenke's affections are split.
"Brat and Italian, but I like Italian a little more."
Over the course of their history, the mascots haven't been short of the spotlight.
In 2003, controversy sparked when Pirates player Randall Simon hit the Italian Sausage with his bat during a race.
In recent months, the mascots garnered national attention after someone stole Guido, the Italian costume.
Their popularity has been recognized in other ball clubs too.
"We're being duplicated! The Washington Nationals have their Racing Presidents. Pittsburgh has perogies," rattled off Wolfgram.
Hhere in Wisconsin, Brewers fans fully admit the Klements Racing Sausages have held up to their famous name, as an icon.
"It's Wisconsin culture. You can't beat it. This is Wisconsin. You cant get any more than beer, Brewers and brats," said Krenke.
Years ago, then-Pittsburgh Pirate Randall Simon struck and injured the Italian Sausage runner with a baseball bat.
Earlier this year, someone stole the Italian Sausage costume, and it was more than a week until its recovery.