The Brewers presented new and compelling evidence Friday to prove conspiracy theorists wrong in the case of Hank the Dog.
If you haven't been keeping up, the SB Nation website Brew Crew Ball published an article Monday claiming Hank had died and the Brewers replaced him with an imposter dog. The theory revolved around the fact that Hank didn't look quite the same now as he did when he was first introduced.
Let's just acknowledge its a different dog and move on pic.twitter.com/q93Mdtg7JN
— akschaaf (@akschaaf) December 11, 2015
Personally, I found it to be a weak argument. Hank was once a homeless pup who wandered into the team's spring training facility before the start of the 2014 MLB season. Of course he wasn't going to look great back then. He had been run over by a car and had a number of health problems. But he was put into the care of the Brewers, and his health improved, making him look like a new dog.
But this idea wasn't good enough for those who wanted to believe the Brewers were up to mischief. The team repeatedly denied these theories, but couldn't come up with a solid argument against them ... until Friday.
"Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination (Thursday)," the Brewers said in a story released Friday. "Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and the identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database."
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 4, 2016
In addition to the story, the team held a press conference Friday to unveil the news.
“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and, if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”
Hank the Ballpark Pup, as he's known, became a sensation during the 2014 season and has remained with the team since.