You Never Get Over Game 7 Defeats
I truly thought the Milwaukee Brewers would win Game 7. I woke up in the morning early to do some errands thinking about the game, the situations and everything that could happen in the game. I worried about Los Angeles jumping on Jhoulys Chacin early and having to use Josh Hader early on. Turns on that concern led to reality later that night. Game 7 did not belong to the home team. Milwaukee Brewers ended their season on October 20th, 2018 with a 5-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers thanks to a three-run homer from Yasiel Puig and a dominating performance by Walker Buehler. Los Angeles Dodgers go back to the World Series, and they’re the first NL team to go back-to-back since the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and 2009.
Game 7 did not leave a great deal of frustration. Honestly, the Dodgers were the better team that night. It stings, but that’s the truth. Media types will try to find a way to blame Craig Counsell or the bats for going quiet in the biggest game of the year. I’ll never forget that Chris Taylor play until Milwaukee is in the World Series though. Brewers were down 2-1 in the fifth inning. Buehler got chased for Julio Urias to face Christian Yelich. The presumptive NL MVP stood at the plate for his biggest at-bat of the year and lashed an opposite field shot. Taylor threw up his glove and came down with the ball. If he doesn’t catch that ball, it’s a tie game and the Brewers have a runner on second with Ryan Braun coming up. The game is entirely different.
Like a lot of tough losses in my sports fandom career, it didn’t hit me right away that the Brewers weren’t playing baseball again. My podcast partner Mitch and I decided to drink the entire city of Milwaukee on Saturday then came back to home to focus on the Week 7 football slate. I started to do laundry which hit me directly in the feels. I started seeing different Brewers shirts like my Yelich MVP shirt from Barstool Sports or the Ryan Braun, WBC shirt, I snagged from Goodwill years ago, I got sad. Real fucking sad. It’s over. I don’t get to cheer for the Brewers until April.
I cannot wait for 2019. The season is bright, and Milwaukee will be an NL favorite even if the Chicago Cubs will make themselves a bigger contender. That said, I know nothing is granted and a baseball season is always a grind.
Thank you, Brewers for a great season. You’re up next, Bucks or Packers.