Cheers to an Unexpected Brewers Summer
I spent some time in Door County this weekend, and it felt like fall finally. The weather finally turned to feeling more like the time of year where you wear a puffy vest, watch football and drink dark beers. Milwaukee had not made the official turn, and every with the weather being 77 degrees tomorrow. Hell, the 10-day forecast makes me think we will not see fall until World Series time. But it felt like summer ended when Milwaukee Brewers missed out on the playoffs officially on Saturday night.
People are probably tired of hearing me say this, but I felt better about this season than most experts. At the beginning of the year, I thought they’d be ‘frisky’ and a team who may hang around until ‘August 1st.’ Never in my wildest dreams did I think this team could win 86 games and be the 10th-best team in baseball by records. A team who would have been the second Wild Card in the American League. A team who if they would have just fucking beat Cincinnati or San Francisco a couple times, they might be in the playoffs. That said, it was a memorable season that no one really saw coming.
The future is brighter for Milwaukee’s baseball team than it’s been in years upon years. It feels different than 2008, 2011 or 2014 because this team has building blocks for the future. Sure, they could acquire big name talent, but the fact is this team has a bright, young core ready to be something next season. There are only four free agents on this team with two of them (Anthony Swarzak and Neil Walker) pleading to come back next season. Those guys see it and know this squad is ready to make a run at a division title and more next season.
This summer was fun, but let’s have next summer be even better. Then let’s get an amazing Fall where we’re looking at a potential NLCS matchup versus the Chicago Cubs, a team who had to scrap for a Wild Card spot.