PHOENIX (AP) — That little white dog is now a big leaguer.
Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers' spring training complex back on President's Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.
"There are so many people who have been part of the Hank story: fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media and all of those in his circle of caregivers," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Friday. "We're grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we're thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home."
Hank will fly back to Milwaukee on a charter flight with Brewers executives, sponsors and family members and will be welcomed to the city by Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele.
The Wisconsin Humane Society received more than 1,000 offers to adopt Hank, but have not identified his new owners.
The dog was found wandering around Maryvale Baseball Park by a security guard on Feb. 17. He was covered with dirt and it appeared the dog had been hit by a car. A team official took him to a veterinarian, who estimated the pooch was 2-to-3 years old. Team employees hung lost dog signs around the Maryvale neighborhood on Phoenix's west side.
He was named Hank in honor of Milwaukee Braves and Brewers great Hank Aaron and became an immediate hit with the players, who took turns walking and caring for the dog.