Many have recently jumped on the Brewers bandwagon, but I don’t blame them. Still, I will point out that I’ve been a fan since I left my mother’s womb. Heck, I was born during the “golden years” practically at the World Series against St. Louis in ’82.
I was around for the era of Rollie Fingers and his creepy handlebar mustache. I was (and still am) a huge fan of shortstop, Robin Yount, who spent his entire career in Milwaukee where I saw his final game on October 3, 1993 and his jersey retired soon after. Furthermore, I was heartbroken when my idol, Paul Molitor, signed with the Toronto Blue Jays following the 1992 season and left my team.
Besides that, I attended the last baseball game at County Stadium and one of the first at Miller Park. Yes, I was the little girl rooting in the stands with the large foam finger, and to this day, I’m buying season tickets and scarfing down ballpark franks while wearing vintage Brewers gear.
Monday was a day that would make any Milwaukee Brewers fan proud. Not only was it a huge National League game against the San Francisco Giants (who aren’t very good, so I’m kind of hyping it up right now) and arch-rival Barry Bonds. Even so, Rickie Weeks returned to play a stellar game and the rookie, Yovani Gallardo, made his debut as pitcher.
Even though our seats were in the nosebleeds, we were definitely part of the action. I haven’t been to a sold-out game where 41,000 some fans in attendance where on their feet for the majority of the game cheering, chanting, and of course, booing Bonds.
Plus it was little league night. I was a bit thrown off when I saw a group of kids wearing Kansas City jerseys, “Wait a second, aren’t we playing the Giants tonight?” I asked my best buddy, Justin, who not only knows a ton about baseball, but apparently has more commonsense than me.
That night was the most anticipated pitcher debut since Ben Sheets six years ago. I think this was because Gallardo rocked the Minor League and fans knew he would make his mark in the majors just as well. The lad pitched into the sixth inning, plus tacked on a run with a RBI double, his first Major League hit. Judging from the look and sound of the crowd’s standing ovation as he walked off the field, the fans were right about the kid.
On top of this, my buddy, Prince Fielder, who WILL be the first base starter in the 2007 All-Star Game, knocked a two-run homer in the first inning followed by Corey Hart in the bottom of the fifth. They are who I aspired to become as a tom-boy playing wiffleball in my backyard.
The Giants didn't go quietly into the night, however, blasting their way back into the ballgame in the seventh inning. Finally, bases loaded with two strikes and three balls; and only one prayer to those in baseball heaven. The answer was Francisco Cordero who, after botching several sliders, finished the game and shut San Francisco down in the end. The crowd, already on their feet, exploded into cheers and applauds for the 5-4 victory!
This is what baseball is all about, folks. And on top of that, Tuesday was another sold-out game at Miller Park as pitcher, Ben Sheets, breezed through a five-pitch, five-strike top of the first that set the tone for the Brewers 6-2 win over the Giants. Can we say sweep?
Will the Brewers continue to be victorious and lead us on a journey to the World Series like in 1982? I think we will have to wait and see. If it happens, maybe we will actually win. Until then, enjoy your peanuts and Cracker Jacks; and keep rooting for the home team.