Fifty years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, another color barrier has finally fallen.
Yes, it’s true! For the first time ever, a sausage of color will race in the sausage race at Miller Park on Saturday, when Mexican Chorizo takes his place alongside veterans American hotdog, Italian sausage, Polish sausage, and German bratwurst.
Nicknamed “El Picante” and wearing number 5, Chorizo proudly shows his pride in his ethnic heritage by refusing to wear an ordinary baseball cap in favor of an oversized Mexican sombrero.
But a good question is, why did it take so long? Latino sausages have long since proven that they compete on the highest levels of flavor and between-inning sprinting, and yet they did not make the major leagues until 2006?
An even better question is, why is Chorizo only being called up for one game, only to be “sent back to the minors for more seasoning” in the words of Brewers GM Doug Melvin, and not making another appearance until 2007?
Clearly the evil forces of entrenched racism yet endure.