Proud To The Bitter End

I was fortunate enough to take in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Brewers-Phillies NLDS games this past weekend and despite the quick exit by my hometown Milwaukee squad, I couldn’t have been more impressed with the effort made by the Brewers’ faithful in the stands.8,880,Braun341fc.jpg

I’ve been to more than 200 Brewer games in my life and I have never witnessed anything close to the atmosphere of this past weekend. The team returned home from Philly down 0-2 in the series but you would have guessed it was the Brewers that were looking for the sweep if you based it solely on the crowd at Miller Park.

From the opening pitch on Saturday right up until the final pitch on Sunday, both crowds did everything they could to keep the Brewers dream alive. Whether it was the non-stop cheers, the feverish wavering of the Brewers towels on Saturday to the deafening noise created by the 86,000 thunder sticks that were given out on Sunday, both Miller Park crowds definitely did their part.

152,4790,Fielder151fc.jpgUnfortunately for the Miller Park maniacs, the team was simply outplayed on the field and there was nothing we in the stands could do about it. An error here, a misplayed fly ball there, coupled with the ever-popular strikeout with runners in scoring position and it translated to a recipe for disaster for the playoff-starved Crew. Sure, there were some highlights sprinkled in throughout the weekend but in the end, the quick exit was not only disappointing but it was made even more so by the fact that many of the players who helped make this season a memorable one likely won’t be around for another run at the title next year.

If the Brewer brass can just keep rolling out a competitive team we’ll be back to lend our support. Next year’s Brewers will have plenty of holes to fill on the diamond that’s for sure, but at least they can take solace in the fact that their fan base is alive and well, three million strong and growing.

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