This afternoon, I went to the final home game of the season for the Brewers. Behind two home runs by Ryan Braun and a solid performance from Chris Capuano, the Brewers went out on top 7-1. It was an interesting game to watch as a fan. Not only did we get to see Braun hit two home runs by the third inning (thus securing a third straight season of 100+ RBIs), we all saw Lorenzo Cain hit his first career home run, Chris Capuano pitch in his final start in Miller Park as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, Trevor Hoffman walk out to Hell's Bells for the last time in his career (in what was almost certainly his final appearance in a Major League Baseball game), and Prince Fielder make his final appearance as a Brewer in front of the home fans. There were ovations galore.
All of that is worth a post of it's own, so look for that later in the week. What I wanted to talk about here was another "final" that I witnessed today: the final sausage race of the year. It being a Sunday, the sausage race was a relay race between the regular sausages and a group of "mini-sausages" - little kids dressed in smaller sausage suits. The mini-chorizo ("el chorizito", if you will) legged out the final half of the race to give the Chorizo his 15th victory of the year. In those 15 Chorizo victories, the Brewers ended up with an 8-7 record, becoming only the second of the five sausages this year to inspire a winning record from the Brewers.
The only other Racing Sausage to herald a Brewers win in a majority of his races was the Bratwurst who, in 11 racing victories, inspired the Brewers to a 9-2 record.
How in the world do I know this? Earlier this season, I used the power of Google and Twitter to go backwards through the season and find out who had won the Sausage Race on any given night. That gave me the definite winners of all but two games this season (June 10 and June 22). After that, I just followed Twitter on a nightly basis to find the winners and keep the standings updated (I have to give a big "thank you" to Bob Brainerd, the Brewers blogger from Fox Sports Wisconsin, who very helpfully announced the Sausage Race winners every night over on Twitter @fswbrainerd).
For those Brewers fans who, like me, are just dying to know how well the team did under their particular favorite sausage's banner, I compiled a nifty little calendar. Click on the image above to be taken to the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Race Standings, where Italian and Polish fans can argue over which of their favorites helped the team more.
After all, Brett Wurst's 9-2 record as a racer is no less meaningful than Felix Hernandez's 12-12 record as a Seattle Mariner...