Chorizo joins 'world-class wieners' in sausage races

Updated: July 27, 2006, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- It could have been wurst. On his first outing as the newest sausage at Miller Park, chorizo didn't fall on his buns.

New Chorizo
Morry Gash /AP Photo"El Picante," as the chorizo is known, will join the Miller Park races full-time next season.

Wearing an oversized brown sombrero and a bright yellow shirt emblazoned with the No. 5, Chorizo became the fifth pork product to join the famed sausage races at every Milwaukee Brewers home game.

He signed a contract with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin at a news conference at the stadium and then trotted around the bases.

Chorizo, also known as "El Picante," will race for the first time on Saturday against the other sausages -- Italian, bratwurst, Polish and hot dog. But that'll be the only time this year he runs in the Klement's Sausage races, which have taken place at every home game since 2000.

Chorizo will be put through the grind in the minor leagues, so he can get some extra seasoning before rejoining the other sausages next season, Melvin said.

Chorizo said through an interpreter his dream has come true.

"I am very humbled to be in the presence of so many world-class wieners, but hopefully I can bring a little something new to the table, and Brewers fans will welcome me into their hearts and grills," Chorizo said in a statement that was read in both English and Spanish.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press