07/27/2006 5:38 PM ET
Chorizo joins Racing Sausages
Scouts say hot prospect could be team's "missing link"
Hoping to beef up an already formidable lineup, the Milwaukee Brewers and Klement's have signed Spanish sensation Chorizo to a multi-year contract, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin announced today.
Chorizo arrived in Milwaukee this morning, and will be in uniform this Saturday, July 29, for the Brewers first annual Cerveceros Day celebration, where he will make his debut with the Klement's Famous Racing Sausages.
"He's still very raw," Melvin admits, "but he's got all the ingredients to be the missing link. We just want him to come in, get his casing wet, and experience sausage racing at this level."
Saturday's race is expected to be Chorizo's only Miller Park appearance in 2006, even if he grinds out a win in his professional debut. Following the game, he will be sent to the minors for additional seasoning.
"Next season, we expect him to be in the every-day lineup," Melvin said. "He should add some additional pop. Our objective was to spice up our lineup a little, and I think we've done that."
Known by his beloved fans as "El Picante," Chorizo has amassed a worldwide following even though he is a relative unknown here in the United States. Melvin describes his temperament as "fiery," and says each time scouts went to see him, they left satisfied and wanting more.
"We couldn't get enough," Melvin said of Chorizo, who was burning up the minor leagues. "He really whet our appetites and we're looking forward to Saturday, so fans can get a taste."
Chorizo, who will wear number five, becomes the first addition to the Racing Sausages lineup since Hot Dog, the All-American dog who was recently honored with his own Bobble, a first in Racing
Speaking frankly yesterday in an exclusive interview, Hot Dog told the Daily Grind that the veteran sausages - many of them aching from midseason burns and grill marks - weren't going to let the spicy sensation ease into racing buns first.
"We're going to throw him right into the fire and see if he can stand the flames," said a heated Hot Dog. "We're not the Pittsburgh Pierogies here. If he wants to be the best, he has to beat the best."