The Racing Sausages - Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Hot Dog and Italian Sausage - in action at Miller Park
Wednesday, July 9
Simon swings bat at 'Italian sausage'
MILWAUKEE -- Pittsburgh first baseman Randall Simon was booked for misdemeanor battery for hitting one of the Milwaukee Brewers' popular racing sausages with a bat during Wednesday night's game.
Simon was released, said a spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, who asked not to be identified. Simon will meet with the district attorney's office Thursday, and it will be up to prosecutors to determine whether formal charges are filed.
In an event that's a fan favorite at Miller Park, four people in sausage costumes race around the bases between the sixth and seventh innings at Milwaukee Brewers games.
Film of Wednesday night's race showed that when the group went past the Pirates' third-base dugout, Simon took a two-handed chop at the Italian sausage character -- portrayed by a 20-year-old South Milwaukee woman -- hitting her from behind and causing her to tumble to the ground.
As she fell, a nearby sausage -- the hot dog -- went down as well.
Pirates outfielder Reggie Sanders said he thought the weight of the head on the sausage costume contributed to the fall.
"It was very strange,'' he said.
Ryan Borghoff, 16, who wore the bratwurst costume in the race, called the episode "unbelievable.''