After a heavy night of barhopping, the Italian sausage outfit used in Milwaukee Brewers promotional sausage races has turned up missing, with cases of mustard offered as a reward.
The costume of Guido the Klement’s Racing Italian Sausage was announced missing by owner Klement’s, the Milwaukee purveyor of fine meat products. It was rented out for appearances in Cedarburg, a Milwaukee suburb.
And apparently the person renting and using the costume had a grand time with it. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
The 7-foot get-up was lying unused in a back room 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 the south door about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said Wednesday. The Italian sausage walked into TJ Ryan’s in Cedarburg an hour later and also made an appearance around midnight at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill.
Vahsholtz said police were still interviewing bar patrons and looking for the rented costume, which is owned by the Milwaukee-based Klement’s sausage company.
“We thought it was funny at the time,” Vahsholtz said. “Now we’re just hoping someone returns it.”
“This is the Wurst of Times,” said Rebecca Quella, Director of Marketing at Klement’s Sausage, in a statement. “We hope to welcome home Guido with an official celebration and are optimistic for his return. We look forward to the return of the missing link so he can join the rest of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages in the local communities.”
The reward for the $3,000 mascot: Mustard Girl All American Mustards has donated 12 cases — one per month for a year — of Mustard Girl mustard to whoever turns in the costume. (Disclaimer: the Sweet ‘n’ Fancy Yellow is the mustard of choice in the Ballpark Digest office.) That’s a lot of mustard, as there are 12 bottles in a case.
Trivia: this is the same sausage hit by the Pirates’ Randall Simon in the course of a game, a move that led to his suspension for three games.
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