Post-season baseball is an enigma of excitement, heartbreak, stress, glory, and nerves all rolled into one emotional ball. Game seven of the NLCS was not any different for the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers. The ultimate elimination game held the fate of one team going to the World Series and the other’s season coming to a close.
The crowd provided their cheers of confidence at Miller Park for their home team to finally obtain a berth to the World Series under the National League, but the cheers had to fade one last time for the 2018 season as the L.A. Dodgers came out victorious on a 5-1 win. The Dodgers are better equipped to take on the Boston Red Sox for the World Series, but a lot of credit has to go out towards the Brewers for going as far as they did in the post-season this year.
On Tuesday the focus will be completely on the World Series to see which contender will be able to win another championship for their franchise. Until then, I’d like to give a sincere thank you to the Milwaukee Brewers for providing one of the most fun seasons to watch this year. Milwaukee has been pitted as the underdog since day one, sharing the NL Central with big market giants such as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The Brew Crew has proven that they have the talent, passion, and determination to push a team deep into the playoffs.
What a fun ride all season long, watching the newly acquired Lorenzo Cain and Christain Yelich emerge as huge playmakers both in the outfield and on the plate. Witnessing Josh Hader make a name for himself, even with his controversial Twitter posts from years past, as the team and fans supported his growth as a person from his naive youth. The votes to bring Jesus Aguilar to his first All-Star Game with the #IBelieveinJesus campaign, and watching his enjoyment of participating in the home run derby. Laughing with Brent Suter as he mimics Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber on a video that gained the appreciation of Jim Carrey. Chanting with the crowd as Christain Yelich emerges as the top candidate for this year’s National League MVP category. Hearing the crack of all the bats as the Brewers tied a franchise-best of 97 wins this season, placing them as the top seed in the NL for this year’s post-season.
The deep admiration for the game can only be matched with the voice that Bob Uecker provides each game on the radio waves. Listening to Uecker’s excitement for every home run and double play is a melody that no one else can match when it comes to broadcasting. Although the Milwaukee Brewers won’t be playing for a Commissioner’s Trophy in 2018, there is no doubt that Bob Uecker is still proud of his team.
We all should be. Everything that Craig Counsell and David Stearns has provided has given confidence to Milwaukee for the future. Milwaukee isn’t just a one-hit wonder — they will be back with a bigger goal in mind for next year. Until next year’s spring training, I want to express a sincere thank you towards the Brewers organization. Thank you for a great season, for the fun that was shown, and the memories we had along the way. The Brewers are a type of team that is easy to enjoy. Although being eliminated from the post-season can feel disappointing, the team should know that the fans are not disappointed by their efforts.
Instead of sulking of what could have been, or grieving the thought of being cut short of such a long journey, there is solace in knowing that the season provided to the fans was overall enjoyable. So from one fan to the Milwaukee Brewers, I say thank you for the great season, and more importantly: thanks for the fun.