The most inspiring attendee at this year’s Major League Baseball spring training isn’t a scrappy utility player or long-shot minor league lifer.
But he has good legs – four legs, in fact.
And a strong clubhouse presence, too.
A stray dog nicknamed “Hank” has secured a place with the Milwaukee Brewers after wandering into the team’s camp in Phoenix, Az.
The dog arrived Feb. 17, “looking a little grubby but ready to play,” the team wrote online.
A Brewers employee took the dog to the vet for a checkup and bath. The vet spotted a tail injury and some gray markings around his right hind leg, a sign that it may have been run over by a vehicle.
The vet estimated the dog’s age at around 2 years old. No definitive word on the breed — he looks like a bichon frise mix.
After searching for the dog’s owner, the Brewers decided to take him in. He’s named after Hank Aaron, the legendary slugger who finished his career with the Brewers.
Team employees are taking turns housing Hank each night, and he has a new wardrobe of Brewers gear.
Hank is enjoying his time with the club. Pitcher Yovani Gallardo takes him for walks. He poses for photos and wanders the practice fields, keeping watch over the team’s development.
After living as a stray, the free-agent pup has become the team’s newest star, exemplifying the No. 1 on his doggy jersey.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.