Yelich Staying With Brewers For His Career Speaks Volumes
Christian Yelich will be with the Milwaukee Brewers until the Year 2029. Yelich will be playing for the Brewers for the next nine years. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic dropped a bomb on Tuesday afternoon that Yelich will be staying with Milwaukee for the next nine years. A deal that will fetch him 215 million dollars over the next seven years plus the money he makes in the following two seasons. The bond that Christian Yelich has with the City of Milwaukee and the Brewers organization is apparent. He did not want to change. He did not want to head to the big lights. He is fine being in Milwaukee and playing for the Brewers. That speaks volumes to the organization, fans, and his teammates.
I still remember the day the Brewers got Yelich. How can you forget that one, right? I nearly ‘broke’ the story as a friend provided solid information that the Brewers were getting the Marlins outfielder. At the time, he had a great contract that kept in Milwaukee for years. After the MVP season in 2018 and a runner-up MVP season in 2019, my assumption became Yelich would leave for a bigger city. Not to mention, the Mookie Betts drama left me feeling more uneasy. But that did not happen. Instead, Yelich stayed in Milwaukee and chosen to be here for years to come. It is a special day.
Some people are questioning why Yelich took less money or didn’t bet on himself in a few years. To that, I say, sometimes, people are risk-averse. We do not want to chance it, especially if we are happy. Yelich believes the group of Mark Attanasio, David Stearns, and Craig Counsell will be here for a long time, and he likes that stability. Fans coming out to see him day in and day out with Yelich jerseys and shirts is special too. The passionate fanbase who showed loved to Yeli on random Mondays or a packed Saturday night played a small part in this process. Even if it doesn’t seem like a lot, remember that 27.5 million per year goes a long way in the City of Milwaukee without children, more than it would in some other cities in the United States.
In October 2008, I attended the final Prince Fielder game. We all knew it was the end because the Brewers likely couldn’t sign him while keeping Ryan Braun. I’m grateful that I will be 40 before having done that with Yelich and not 33.