Brewers players trade places with Southwest employees

Posted at 2:29 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 21:48:21-04

Airport passengers flying Southwest got a big surprise Wednesday morning when they were greeted by two Milwaukee Brewers players. 

This is the sixth year Southwest Airlines has partnered with the team for the event at Mitchell International Airport, where Brewers players take a swing at running an airline.

Pitcher Zach Davies and Catcher Stephen Vogt helped check bags, greet passengers and ensure an on-time departure.

"I'm still taken aback that I just had my bags checked in by two of the best Brewers players," said Sarah Vail, a baseball fan from California.

"It's always fun to get out in the community like this, interact with people and fans and give them an opportunity to see that we do have personalities outside of just on the field," said Vogt.

The famous racing sausages and Bernie Brewer joined the players to say hi to fans.

"The sausages are a big hit," said Doug Rutledge, station manager at Southwest Airlines. "Obviously, of course, the players are too but I think more so the sausages, no offense to the players."

Following Tuesday night's win against the Cardinals, fans were wishing the players good luck before boarding their flights.

"They're excited that we're in it and we're excited that we're in it," said Vogt. "These last two months are going to be a really exciting time for the Brewers and for baseball."

While the players came to the airport, several Southwest employees went to Miller Park to find out what it's like to be a professional baseball player.