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Where the hell is Hank the Dog?

Aug 31, 2014 -- 8:18am


Hank the Dog was a feel-good story for the Brewers during spring training. The team could use a feel-good story now.

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

For some reason, I do some of my best thinking while walking the family dog.

Yesterday, midway through our usual loop through the park, I was sorting through the Brewers' current slump in my mind when we came upon an elderly couple strolling with their small white dog. 

That's when it hit me:

Where the hell is Hank?

Hank the Dog, the stray who wandered into Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix during spring training, was adopted by the organization and its fan base and became a feel-good story as the Brewers got off to a spectacular 20-8 start and April.

Lately, he's been AWOL.

Well, that's not totally true. He's living a happy life with the Wronski family on the North Shore. But -- aside from selling a bunch of T-shirts in the team store, he's bringing NOTHING to the table as the Brewers try to hang on to an almost wire-to-wire lead in the National League Central Division. 

If you've watched the Brewers lately, you know that something is missing. Something less tangible than timely hitting, a home run binge, more consistent relief pitching and Wily Peralta's command.

This team is missing something spiritual. It needs an injection of... something.

I'm going to need to go for another long walk with my dog to figure this out, but I think they need a rallying cry. They need a theme song. They need a gesture. Does anybody remember "Beast Mode" from 2011?

The Brewers need something like that and they need it quickly or they're going to toss what could have been a magical October onto the scrap heap.

Where have you gone, Hank the Dog? Brewer Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.... This team needs a rescue. And, if Hank isn't up to the task, they'll have to get a lift from someplace else.

If you have any theme song or slogan ideas for the Brewers, feel free to share them. And, let's hope that this little chestnut -- from a man I saw perform last weekend in Chicago -- does not make the cut.

 

Tanner who?

Aug 28, 2014 -- 8:28pm

 

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

Tanner McEvoy is reportedly going to start for the Wisconsin Badgers in the season opener against LSU Saturday night in Houston.

Since a lot of people haven't seen McEvoy in extended action, we figured it would be a good time to look at his high school highlight video.

Enjoy.

 

Letterman hits a home run

Aug 19, 2014 -- 7:35am

 

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

David Letterman was on vacation when Robin Williams died. His tribute from last night was pitch-perfect.

 

See you at the beach

Aug 07, 2014 -- 8:38am

 

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

I haven't been fired (which may be depressing news for some out there). I'm not in rehab. I'm on vacation. 

See you on Aug. 18.

In the meantime, enjoy the Go-Gos... and the rest of the summer.

Brewers acquire OF Parra from Arizona

Jul 31, 2014 -- 1:17pm


The Brewers acquired two-time Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra from Arizona in exhange for a pair of minor-leaguers.

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

As the non-waiver trading deadline approached, the Brewers were intent on adding a left-handed bat to their offensive attack.

Gerardo Parra is bringing that, along with a couple Gold Gloves.

The Brewers acquired Parra, 27, in exchange for minor-league outfielder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Anthony Banda.

Parra, who has scuffled a bit at the plate this season, could end up in a platoon with current Milwaukee outfielder Khirs Davis. 

Parra, who makes $4.85 million this year, is eligible for salary arbitration this winter and can be a free agent after 2015.

Haniger, 23, impressed the Brewers during spring training the last two seasons. He was batting .255 with 10 homers in 67 games with Class AA Huntsville. Banda, 20, posted a 3.66 earned run average with Class A Wisconsin and recorded 83 strikeouts and 38 walks in 84 innings. 

 

A Hall of Fame fart joke

Jul 27, 2014 -- 6:50pm

 

By DREW OLSON
dolson@espnwisconsin.com

I always enjoyed watching Greg Maddux pitch. He was fun to interview, too, especially when I had some decent ammunition from his brother, Mike, the former Brewers pitching coach.

After talking to those two over the years, this moment from the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies did NOT come as a surprise. 

But, it was awesome

 

 

 

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