After figuring out the pitching rotation with losing Randy Wolf and Shaun Marcum coming off the DL, I was excited to see that Friday night I had a chance again to see my friend Mark Rogers pitch at Miller Park against the Pirates. After switching my work schedule around a little bit, and finding some great 4th row seats off of Stubhub, I was all set. Finding two people to go wasn’t too difficult with seats this good. Dan “Dizzle” Dahlke, one of my old co-workers from Best Buy jumped at the opportunity, and Sasha was done working at 4 and was looking forward to at least one more game this season, so we met up at O’Brien’s Pub with Tyke and Steinman and shuttled our way to the park. It was fairly busy, considering the Bob Uecker statue dedication was earlier that day. Once we got to our seats, it was game time!
Mark started out like any other day: Cool as ice, and throwing fire like the devil himself. After two strikeouts in the first inning and a fly out to Braun, it was time to see what damage our offense could inflict. Tony Plush started it out right with a double, and then Rickie with a single to get two men on. After Braun recorded an out, Aramis Ramirez came to the plate and drove in two runs with a well-placed single! Being up 2 to 0 was a phenomenal feeling for the fans, especially with our guy on the mound. However, the Condor was about to sweeten the pot a little bit more. He steps up to the plate, swinging his giant piece of lumber, and sends the ball sailing over the fence, scoring 2 more for the good guys! You can see Lucroy on deck with Condor’s home run swing in the background perfectly from our seats.
The second inning was much like the first, ending with another strikeout. I stood up with my glove to see if Lucroy might toss me the ball, but he just pointed at me and threw it to another fan. I asked him why he does this to me, and he thinks I have like 100 balls. Au contraire Mr. Lucroy, most of the balls I get I give to kids and hot chicks. 🙂 Either way, it is kind of funny and I hold no grudges. Bottom of the second, Nyjer Morgan was able to score on a missed pitch, making the score 5 to 0. The 3rd and 4th inning were fairly quiet, although Mark gave up a solo home run to Garrett Jones, thus putting the score at 5 to 1. Mark managed to break his bat in half with his superhuman strength during one of his at bats (see picture). Now there’s a souvenir that would look awesome in any Superfan’s Brewers room!
The sixth inning saw that walk to the mound by Roenicke, and Mark was taken out and Kameron Loe was put in. Mark had to feel good leaving to a decent standing ovation, with us at the center of it. At this point, we had no idea this would be the last time he walked off the mound in 2012. He has nothing left to prove. His performance said it all, and after 3 wins a row, and more than that in solid outings, we now know that Mark Rogers is the real thing, and one man’s dreams have come true.
According to the news articles, Mark will stick around in September with the team, but only would he pitch in an emergency, but you may see him used as a pinch hitter. Some say the season is long and drawn out. Some say careers come and go in the blink of an eye. For this Superfan, the pleasure and privilege to see someone who has overcome so much to achieve their dreams is about as inspiring as anything ou can find. As for Mr. Rogers, he may have achieved one dream, but is just beginning another; becoming a father last month. We wish you well Mark, and hope to see you again before the season is finished.