First of all, congratulations to the Milwaukee Brewers, who won the National League Central last evening with a little help from the rival Chicago Cubs. Brewer's Ryan Braun hit a 3 run HR in the 8th inning to put the Brewers ahead 4-1, which was quiet similar to how the Brewers cliched the Wild Card in 2008. That lead would hold and John Axford would get his 44th save of the year, 41st consecutive. Then, we had to wait. Things were looking bright, though. Shortly after Braun hit his HR, Alfonso Soriano then mimicked Braun when he too hit a 3 run blast to put the Cubs ahead 4-1, later winning 5-1. The division was sealed. It was the Brewers first divisional championship since 1982 and first playoff birth since 2008.
This season I've realized that I have a passion for this team like no other sport out there. Sure, the Packers winning the Super Bowl was awesome, but I experienced it already back in 1996. I have never had a memorable Brewers season where I was this into it. I remember when my dad would take me to County Stadium when the Brewers only drew about 10,000 fans a game. My first memory I have is when (Sammy) Sosa and (Mark) McGuire were in the middle of their HR battle in 1998 and seeing both of those icons play the Brewers was such a great experience. I'm a firm believer that if it wasn't for that HR chase in '98, baseball in America would be dead. But anyways, back to the Brewers.
13 years later, here I am talking to you folks about a team that has superstars that you run out of fingers to count on. It's a team that plays smart (most of the time). Playing smart all starts with a great manager, and Mr Roenicke has done that this season. You never see them (players) in the news for drugs, violence, or anything else that is considered unacceptable. Sure, the antics make the news a lot. But, you see that with any team and they are honestly having a lot of fun. We have a superior pitching staff that I believe is only bettered by The Phillies. We have 2 legitimate MVP candidates, in Braun and Fielder, who each have 100 RBIs and 30+ HRs. But, after last nights performance I'm convinced Ryan Braun is your National League MVP. And it warms my heart we have him until he retires. He has the potential of being the Brewers version of Yankee great, Derek Jeter. He's going to break records. Lots of them. He is here to stay, and Milwaukee Brewers fans appreciate everything he has done, is doing, and will do.
Our next milestone is to break our single season wins record, which stands at 95. (Brewers are at 93 with 5 games remaining.) Also, if timed correctly, the Brewers vs Marlins game could set MLB history by being the 200,000th game played. A lot of magic going on at Miller Park this year, and only more to come as we move to the postseason.
Until next time, Beer, Brats, and Championships.
-Andrew Vrchota @TheBIGVrchota
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