Because there is nothing in this world immune to conspiracy theories, there have been some rumors floating around that the Brewers' Hank the Dog is not really Hank the Dog. This is basically this "Paul is Dead" theory of puppies; allegedly, the first Hank, uh, disappeared and the current Hank is a replacement.
The Brewers are well aware of the Hank theories, and they have never denied that Hank-with-a-home looks a little different from when he was a stray back in 2014. See?
But a lot of things in Hank's life have changed since the day he first wandered into the Brewers' Spring Training facility. He's had a bath, he's had a few good square meals, he got a new house … it makes sense that he'd look a little different.
"The 'real' Hank? What is real and what is an impostor?" said Tyler Barnes, the vice president of communications for the Brewers when asked about the theories. "Is the Tooth Fairy the next target? Santa Claus? The Great Pumpkin?"
Take note, conspiracy theorists: There is only one Hank. But if you need something to focus your energies on, there's gotta be something going on with the Phanatic and the Galapagos Gang. Where do the people that Iggy the Iguana eats go? WHERE DO THEY GO?
Additional reporting by Adam McCalvy / MLB.com.