Season ticket holders, save the date: Thursday, October 25th! The time is yet to be determined for our annual World Series Clubhouse Party, but get the date on your calendar. Food and drinks will be provided and we'll watch Game 2 of the World Series in the home clubhouse. Additionally, we'll have door prize drawings, a merchandise sale with huge savings and a night of fun. Look for an invitation in your mailbox in the near future. The teams? It'll be the American League champion Texas Rangers (again) at Milwaukee on this night because the NL has the home field advantage.
Go ahead and laugh…who's the hottest team in baseball right now? Don't think that the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals aren't looking over their shoulders. Think back to the Cardinals run last season. If you're hot in September you can run the table in October.
How about the Green Bay Packers a few years ago? They finished the season 10-6. The division leading Chicago Bears had a late season crack at 'em in what was a must win game for Green Bay just to land a wild card berth. The Bears either took the day off, played lightly or just plain got scorched, but that defeat allowed the Packers to join the post-season party where they thumbed their noses at everybody, kicked the dog snot out of the Bears (Jay Cutler's mysterious injury) and ran the table because all you have to do is get an invitation to dance. Then everybody's equal. It's like that kid, Jack, that crashed the party on the Titanic, from steerage to first class just like that. What was the quote? "This morning I was in third class and now here I am having dinner with you nice folks!" The Cardinals did it last year on a night where you were pushing (mashing for Allison Tofflemire) buttons on your remote quicker than a teenager can text. Remember that madness? The Orioles, Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Cardinals, Astros, Braves and Phillies; four games deciding who was making the post-season? That was absolutely the craziest ending to a baseball season ever and yet, here we are staring down another wild ending. Some of those teams and fans will never forget that night last season and neither will some of you. But here we are, a couple weeks to go and anything can – and probably will – happen.
What if, just what if the Brewers had defeated the Cardinals just once more during the regular season in 2011? I know, if is the middle word in life. But if the Cardinals lose just one more game they would've missed the dance and the Brewers arguably could've advanced to the World Series. One win was all it took. I think there was a game late in the season where the Brewers blew a three-run lead over the Cardinals and that just keeps coming back in Brewers fans nightmares. Good for the Cardinals for hanging in there last season just as the Brewers are now doing.
So, before you pencil in the teams in the post-season, make sure you have an eraser handy because the Brewers aren't going away quietly. If they make it they'll deserve it because they have four games against the MLB best Washington Nationals and three against the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds who are probably thinking about how this team that has come back from the dead could come certainly come back to haunt them in October. "They're like freaking zombies," a Pirates fan said of the Brewers at Buffalo Wild Wings this past Sunday.