No, really. That last one was the highlight of their weekend.
For those of you who don't know, Milwaukee is not only Brew City and home of Harley, we're Sausage Town, too. Both Usinger's and Klement's call my fair city home, and many years ago, Klement's became an official sponsor of the Milwaukee Brewers. Its their meat you'll get if you get a braaaht and a beer at a game. (Go ahead, make fun of my Midwest accent. Its cool. Whatever.)
Sometime during the mid-nineties, the Racing Sausages appeared at what was then County Stadium, and are now as famous as the pre-game tail gate. The Polish, the Italian, the Brat, the Hot Dog and the Chorizo race in the middle of the 6th inning. (You know, that way there's still time for a good polka in the 7th.) Fans pick a winner and cheer on their favorite as poor interns and FNGs* race in 8' tall foam wiener suits.
Its so ridiculous its hysterical. Even if you're sober.
I assumed everyone knew of the Racing Sausages after that 2003 incident involving the Pittsburgh Pirates. I mentioned my boys' outing to someone while at a cocktail party on Saturday night and found myself telling this entire tale. While at an adult party. Yes, I rock, but I had a friend rolling.
Cuz you see, apparently not everyone knows proper Racing Sausage etiquette. These mascots run from 3rd base, past the visiting team's dugout, around home plate and finish the race at first base. Back in '03 this guy from the Pirates thought it would be funny (or something) to stand up and hit the poor Italian with a bat while it ran past.
The girl inside the costume ended up being just fine - after all, dude only hit foam, but he didn't know that when he was swinging the bat. She took out the Hot Dog on her way down, but they both got up and finished the race.
After the incident (and the investigation, required apology, fine and suspension) t-shirts flew off the shelves with a cartoon of the 'assault' that said, "Milwaukee, WI. Don't whack our wiener!"
*FNG: f-ing new guy
**I said "wiener" five times in this post. WIENER-WIENER-WIENER.