Chorizo will join the Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage and Hot Dog for a race on "Cerveceros Day" -- that's "Brewers" in Spanish for you gringos -- following the sixth inning of Saturday's Brewers-Reds game at Miller Park. Chorizo will then be "optioned out to the Minor Leagues for more seasoning," according to Melvin, though there is also the issue of Major League Baseball's approval process for new mascots. The Sausage Race will officially become a five-weenie affair beginning on Opening Day of 2007.
Chorizo, a spicy pork sausage, signed a contract and was presented with a jersey reading "Cerveceros" across the front during Thursday's mock press conference, an affair stuffed with so many food references it left you with a stomach ache. But this was also serious business.
#1, Brett Wurst is a bratwurst and wears green Austro-Bavarian lederhosen. #2, Stosh Jonjak is a Polish sausage and wears dark sunglasses and a blue and red rugby shirt. #3, Guido is an Italian sausage and wears a chef's outfit. #4, Frankie Furter is a hot dog and wears a baseball uniform. #5, El Picante is a chorizo and wears a sombrero.