Photo courtesy Scott Paulus/Brewers
While southeastern Wisconsin dug out from under a foot of snow Wednesday morning, the Brewers served up a sure sign that spring is right around the corner.
The famous Racing Sausages were put to work loading a moving truck bound for the Brewers’ Spring Training hub in Phoenix, where pitchers and catchers are set to formally report for duty on Feb. 20. Once the boxes were loaded, the sausages themselves piled in for the four-day trek west.
“There might be a foot of snow outside,” said Brewers staffer John Steinmiller, “but we’re ready for Spring Training.”
Wednesday’s moving day was the second of two for Matt Smith and Alex Sanchez, the veteran clubhouse men who sent a first truck out on the road more than two weeks ago. That one was loaded with most of the team’s baseball equipment, which was needed early at Maryvale Baseball Park for the team’s annual fantasy camp.
The second truck set off Wednesday loaded mostly with promotional items for the Brewers’ Spring Training fans, plus items to be signed by players for charity needs and the team’s medical files. Plus, of course, those Racing Sausages, who run the warning track in Maryvale just like they do in Milwaukee.
The Sausages should arrive under sunny skies. Saturday’s forecast in Phoenix calls for sun and a high of 75 degrees.
By then, a handful of players will have already arrived in camp. The rest will report on Feb. 20, take part in an administrative day the following morning and then the first organized pitchers and catchers workout on Feb. 22. Position players will formally join the fold a week later.
Miller Park will stay busy during Spring Training. Crews have begun remodeling the clubhouses and weight room as part of a series of offseason projects to update the ballpark for its 10th season of Brewers baseball. The team will return April 2 for the first of two exhibitions against the Tigers ahead of the April 5 season opener against the Rockies.