I decided to wait until today to blog due to it being the 40 year anniversary of one of the greatest plays in MLB history – so to speak. 40 years ago, in 1976, two protesters were attempting to burn an American flag in left field of Dodger stadium- Rick Monday wasn’t about to have any of that, so he ran out there, snagged up the flag drenched in lighter fluid, and escorted the stars and stripes to safety. Rick, who had also served in the Marine Corps Reserve, understood what the flag stands for. He still has the flag, and has been offered over $1,000,000 dollars for it but said he won’t part with it.
On to other news! I was able to attend a game last Thursday with Superfan Handy Jay, and we stopped by the season ticket holder area and found our names on the Wall of Fame!
That’s a pretty nice way to say Thank You and I am impressed with how the Brewers went about it. We were able to pick up our limited edition Ryan Braun All-Star bobbleheads and our media guides (Don’t forget #PlesacBobble2017) and were blessed with some sweet seats right behind home plate. While I don’t remember the score due to my selective memory, I do remember it being a great day for baseball. Overall, the Brewers are still not the worst team in MLB, even if it looks like it from the bottom of the NL Central. It’s going to be a tough week with the Cubs series and all of those (yuck!) Cubs fans, but I have a feeling the crew will come through it all with at least 1, maybe 2 wins.
Either way, I can’t wait to be back at Miller Park! Oh, a few highlights from Thursday’s day game I forgot to mention: The Chorizo biffed it around home plate (haha!) and a pleasant surprise that it was dollar hotdog day! Which you all know means Handy Jay was deep-throatin those wieners one after another! Until next time folks, Go Brew Crew!
Hello readers! This week I debated on what to talk about. First and foremost, the Brewers are 5 and 7, and last in the division, but far from last in MLB. Our young squad has made a few moves (Broxton down to AAA, Davies back up to the bigs) and we’ll see how that works out. All in all, after playing 4 arguably play-off teams (Giants, Astros, Cards and Pirates), I think we came through pretty decent. Next, we have the Twins (of which we have a better record) and the Phillies (who have one more win than the Crew). I believe we’re in for some great baseball, and Wednesday I will be “live at the game” courtesy of Steinhafel’s season tickets with the big boss man Steve and Superfan Wild Bill.
Now with that being addressed, I wanted to share two of my favorite Brewers memories. These two are immortalized on my wall in large frames. The first:
May 5, 2013. Thanks to the wonderful Caitlin Moyer, I was blessed with the opportunity to throw out the first pitch. I did it with another MLB Fan Cave Top 52 finalist (Kevin Kimmes) and I believe Chris Schatz took this pic of our catchers, Johnny Axford and Brandon Kintzler. I pulled a few strings and kind of asked BK to be my catcher without letting the powers that be know (since I was pretty sure they wouldn’t be able to ask him), and once Ax found out how big of a fan Kevin was of him, he obliged as well. The pitch wasn’t all that great, but the moment I crossed that line I surely just felt the energy that Miller Park creates around the greatest game in the world- Baseball. Both Ax and BK autographed this large photo: Ax: “Thanks for being Super… FAN!” and BK: “Pete, Warm up next time! BRUTAL!!!!” I have it framed with a ticket from the game, and an old (canceled) credit card of a photo of BK and myself from that day. I still have the photo on my new credit card that I use for all my baseball purchases because it is good luck! Still, one of the many baseball milestones that I have been blessed with as a Superfan.
The second memory I have on my wall is a large photo of Corey Hart, Superfan Handy Jay and myself. We took this photo I believe in 2011. Corey signed it “To Pete, You’re a true fan”. Ever since he came up with the Brewers many years ago, he was one of the guys we cheered for every time we were at the park. He reciprocated by always taking time to say hi to us, toss us baseballs, and sign a ton of stuff for our growing collections. It was a sad day when he went to play for Seattle, but in true Condor form, he gave us a shout-out in the Journal Sentinel. We did get a chance to see him again on a road trip to Cleveland, when the Mariners played the Indians, and we cheered as hard as we ever did for him. He treated us to a nice dinner that night after the game, and the rest is history. The “business” of baseball means your friends that play most likely will have to go to another city, in another state, and for another team. As we saw with a lot of our guys in the past- BK to Minnesota, Wooten to Atlanta, Axman to Oakland, and Hawkins all over the place until he retired. I won’t even mention Manny Parra and the Cubs…. but yes, Manny’s still my guy.
UPDATE: Just found out that Manny Parra is recovering from Tommy John surgery- I believe it was 5 years ago he had bone spurs removed from his elbow, but with this, he should have a new arm ready to go for the second half of his career. Come back strong my friend, I’ll be cheering for you (if it’s with the Cubs, I’m cheering on the inside!)
Finally in closing, I want to reiterate the need for Dan Plesac to get a bobblehead in 2017-
Show your support by tweeting the @Brewers with #PlesacBobble2017 to remind them of this great man’s accomplishments almost 30 years ago, which includes multiple records that still stand today in the organization! We salute you, @Plesac19!