- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT MILLER PARK

The tradition of racing mascots, now a staple in several ballparks, began here in Milwaukee with the racing sausages.

It’s still the gold standard of in-game races, with five guys dressed up as giant cylinders of processed meat (bratwurst, Italian sausage, Polish sausage, hot dog and chorizo) bolting around the warning track from the third-base line, past the plate and down the first-base line.

There’s a significant difference between these guys and the Nationals’ presidents: The sausages can move! They keep a running timer on the races, and the winner typically finishes in around 19 seconds. Let’s see Teddy top that!

BY THE NUMBERS

2.71 Runs of support a game for Nationals starting pitchers, lowest in the majors.

TOMORROW’S GAME

Nationals RHP Shawn Hill (2-3, 3.00) vs. Marlins LHP Scott Olsen (3-2, 4.89), 7:05 p.m., MASN2, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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