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Italian sausage costume used for Miller Park races went bar-hopping and is now AWOL

Feb 27, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT


As part of the festivities at Miller Park during Brewers games there’s a “sausage race” where people in Italian sausage, bratwurst, Polish Sausage, hot dog, and chorizo costumes have a mascot race.

But now the Italian sausage costume is missing, reports Lydia Mulvany of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Klement’s Racing Italian Sausage went barhopping in Cedarburg recently, delighting patrons and posing for photos. The only problem: No one can say who was wearing the $3,000 costume, which had just been stolen from the city’s Winter Festival.

The 7-foot-long weenie was lying unused in a backroom at the Milwaukee Curling Club’s new Cedarburg location during a fundraiser on Feb. 16 with beer-tasting and curling, and a witness saw the sausage walk out of the south door about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said Wednesday. The Italian walked into TJ Ryan’s in Cedarburg an hour later and also made an appearance around midnight at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill.

I’m sort of shocked to learn that those costumes cost $3,000, but not at all shocked to learn that someone who would steal a $3,000 sausage costume would immediately take it to a bar to hang out.

And here’s my favorite part from the news article: “Mustard Girl All American Mustards has offered a year’s supply of mustard to anyone who returns the Italian Sausage costume.”

What if this was all just a long con meant to secure a whole bunch of mustard?

  1. jgraening - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    A year’s supply of mustard? That would equal two, possibly three, bottles at my house each year.

    • andrewproughcfe - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Shouldn’t be hard to win the mustard reward. Just round up all the 7-foot weenies in Cedarburg, and do a police lineup. Can’t be more than 5 or 10 of them in the whole town.

  2. stairwayto7 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Wisconsin people know how to party! NOT!

    • hodaghunter - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      OH Com’n! If I saw the racing sausage at the bar I’m buying him a beer and posing for a picture. Gotta have fun

    • El Bravo - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      You know how to make use of dead and buried early 90’s humor! NOT!

    • shaggytoodle - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Wisconsinites party harder by 11 AM, than most people do all day.

      • uwsptke - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Hey, you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!

      • kopy - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Always remember to drink Wisconsinbly.

    • uwsptke - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Still bitter about XLV, eh?

      If anything, we’re a little too good at partying as our plentiful taverns and expanding waistlines will attest.

      • dondada10 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        This is why you’re not allowed to comment on ProFootballTalk.

    • tonyc920 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      A few years ago there was a study regarding alcohol consumption among US states. Wisconsin was considered the leader in binge drinking but then the results were thrown out. You can’t judge professionals. Stairway, I have no idea where you call home but I have a suggestion, stay there !! We wouldn’t want you here anyway. You would be slowing us down you puppy !

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Woopsy daisy!

  4. Stiller43 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    A years supply of mustard? What is that, like 4 bottles?

  5. Joe - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I go through about one bottle of mustard per year, so f— that reward.

    • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      I thought the same thing you wrote, but according to the article: “Whoever finds the costume will receive a case of mustard a month. A case has 12 bottles.”

      That’s more than a lifetime’s worth of mustard.

      • stex52 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Damn, now I want a corned beef sandwich.

      • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        STEX!!! :-)

        Ahem. It’s nice to see you.

      • stex52 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        As you and some others know, I am presently crippled during the day by a rogue firewall set up by the evil corporation that writes my paychecks. An inconvenience. I miss you guys, too.

        But thanks, Inda.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM


        /throws peanut shells at stex’s bosses

  6. paperlions - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    “The…weenie was lying unused in a backroom at the Milwaukee Curling Club’s new Cedarburg location…a witness saw the sausage walk out of the south door about 7:45 p.m.”

    Can you really blame the wiener? If one is unused, it tends to look around for some action.

    • cur68 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM


      heh, heh, heh. You said weenie. heh, heh, heh

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        You’re in a stupor of meds & monotonous Canadian rock, aren’t you? Go back to bed.

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Phooey. I’m perfectly fine. And Canadian Rock rooooooooocks. So there.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Except for Nickleback.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      And with the Mustard Girl no less.

  7. jcmeyer10 - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    This is way more fun than when Wally the Green Monster went missing.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Maybe we’ll get lucky and someone will “kidnap” the Foam Presidents…and Obama will be forced to respond publicly: “We do not negotiate with terrorists.” Of course, Teddy would probably go all Ransom of Red Chief on whoever it was.

  8. El Bravo - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Sausages don’t kill people, people kill people.

    • mscxvd - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      the sausage that got struck by randall simon would disagree

      • El Bravo - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Ha! I remember that.

  9. indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    So a priest, a rabbi, and an Italian sausage walked into a bar…

  10. mscxvd - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    this reminds me of when Randall Simon struck the sausage in a 2003 race at miller park. unfortunatly i couldnt find a clip.

  11. historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    “Hello, 911, what’s your emergency?”
    “I’d like to report a sausage…”

    • paperlions - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      I bet you would.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM


        /throws relish packets

    • bla bla bla - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Well played, historiophiliac. That actually made me chuckle.

  12. ducksk - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Just glad it wasn’t the bratwurst.

  13. tampajoey - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I like playing hide the sausage.

  14. deathvalleyjason8 - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Maybe. They found out he was made out of horse meat .

  15. byjiminy - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    How awesome must it have felt to stroll into a bar, inside a stolen sausage. It’s the perfect crime — it comes with its own disguise!

  16. gbpackfan1990 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Why does this have more comments (like 5X as many) than most brewers related articles? Even John Axford’s oscar article had a spike in comments. Don’t get me wrong, its a comical story and its only spring training but where are the BASEBALL articles???

    • dcburden - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      All the Brewers news got tossed out when it sat in Aaron’s basement over the weekend.

  17. mmmpierogi - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Pierogi race >>> sausage race. I always put my money on Sauerkraut Saul.

  18. 11thstreetmafia - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    There’s a baseball team in Milwaukee?

    • eleggitt - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      You’re an idiot! We also have the best player in the National League in Ryan Braun! Boom!

  19. pooinyourface - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    u mean best cheater, hes a bum on roids he should be banned

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