Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog
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The fascination with Hank the dog has legs.
The stray pup wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball spring training facility in Arizona last year. The dog later was adopted by a team executive. Now the fluffy white pooch has become a fan favorite.
A kiosk of Hank-related items has been erected on the field level concourse at Miller Park. That's where the Brewers play their home games. The kiosk features a variety of items for sale. They include Hank t-shirts, plush toys and dog leashes.
A locked display case features an array of expensive collectibles for the most dedicated Hank fans. There is even a Hank-worn All-Star game jersey that was made especially for him. It can be purchased for a whopping $1,200.
The Wisconsin Humane Society receives 20 percent of revenue from the sale of Hank merchandise. To date, more than $200,000 has been raised the team said.
The dog's bowl, with food residue still visible, has a $100 price tag. A bed on which Hank once slept can be had for $250.
Want a framed picture of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy with the precious pup? It includes swatches of jerseys worn by each. Shell out $175 and take it home.
"This is just a function of the demand for Hank merchandise," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said.
Hank again will be honored with a bobblehead doll. It will be adorned in pink. The doll will be given to fans that attend a Mother's Day game.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular," Schlesinger said.
Hank visited the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix last week. The dog was there to raise awareness for pet adoption programs at the Arizona Humane Society. He will make appearances for charitable causes in the Milwaukee area during the season.
He will return for several visits to Miller Park, too.
Critical thinking challenge: What did Rick Schlesinger mean when he said, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular." What does Hank have to do with rocket science?