Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Brewers Owe My Brother an Apology

For the past four or five years, I have been taking my youngest brother to a Brewers game sometime around his birthday. He's almost 17 now, so for him, the outing has turned from "Hey cool, I'm at a baseball game" to the two of us actually having legitimate baseball discussions. It usually doesn't matter too much whether the Brewers win or lose, it's a nice way for us to hang out and have a good time.

This year however, was a little different. This year we just didn't see the Brewers lose, we saw their season virtually end at the hands of an 8-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. No matter what we wanted to tell ourselves, we both knew the game was over after the Nats jumped out to a 1-0 lead off a Nyjer Morgan home run. And with the game, would go the season.

The whole crowd knew it too. I have never been to a Brewers game where the crowd has been just so out of it, not really caring anymore about the product on the field. I don't blame them either. The biggest pops of the night from the crowd were for The Wave, The Bubble Cam, and the booing that occurred when some event staff person took away and then popped a beach ball that was floating around (sidenote: the Miller Park event staff needs to lighten up a bit, you're working a baseball stadium not the Goddamn White House).

We enjoy going this game each year, Brewers, we spend the money on tickets, parking, food, and merchandise. We feed your beast in hopes that you will give us an entertaining product on the field. But with displays like the one you gave us Tuesday night, we wonder why we do it in the first place.

By the way, Miller Park, when I spend $50 on a fucking seat, I expect a good view of the game. Not some obstructed view where we have to poke our heads around a railing and whatever fat fan decides to stand in front of us for a few minutes. Not cool.

Will we be back next year for his 18th birthday? We sure will, because that's what sports and ultimately the Brewers mean to us. You may have sucked ass on Tuesday, but we made the best of it, because that's what we do.

So do what you have to do Doug Melvin, because on the car ride home next year I'd like to be talking to my brother about how fun the game was instead of wondering whether or not I should have just gave him a card with $20 bucks inside.

(Oh, and whoever had the bright idea of doing major construction on the northbound lanes of Highway 45 after a Brewers game probably shouldn't even bother showing up to work today.)

Player of the Game: Ryan Braun


TZar said...

"And there's your dagger!"

-Wayne Larrivee

Anonymous said...

oh god i want it to be football season

Anonymous said...

for all the clamouring you do about the Brewers fans being like cubs fans, you sure do know how to overreact and pack it in like a cubs fan. There are 60 games left in the season, with a month and half against some of the worst teams in baseball. why not act like a logical fan wait until mid-august then make your dagger comments.
the fickleness of brewer fans makes me sick. I love reading this blog but this perpetual pessimism is wearing thin on me.
i would never ask you to fake it, and it seems as if you write with your heart on your sleeve, which is refreshing but its gotta be hard being a sports fan when you react this way with about 60 games left.

- Curious Reader Eager for Winning

Winks said...

Now this is how you leave feedback. Thanks for the comments. I realize there is a lot of season left, but last night just left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I am more than willing to eat my shoe so to speak should the Brewers regain some form and make a run at things, but the team I watched last night was not a playoff team.

I try to stay positive on here as much as I can, but no one said being a sports fan was easy.

Thanks for the comments though, and hope you continue to keep reading and interact more as well.

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