Actually, it was the day before Christmas Eve. Every Superfan has their beginning, and for me it was my grandmother Ginny. She really got me into baseball when I was a young kid, with baseball cards, posters, and other various memorabilia. I was reminded of this yesterday at her memorial service when, amongst all the photos celebrating her life, there was an autographed Corey Hart picture signed “To Ginny”… I had procured the picture back a few years ago, and Corey was one of her favorite players for a long, long time. Other favorites before him of course included Jim Gantner, Robin Yount, and Paul Molitor (who will be in town on Jan 31 doing a signing with Legends of the Field).
Prior to all of these Brewers however, she was a Milwaukee Braves fan. Guys like Warren Spahn and his big leg lift when he released his pitches, Del Crandall, and of course- Big Hammerin Hank Aaron. My first baseball I ever got autographed (2002 I believe), was Richie Sexson (another fave) and that was also a part of her collection.
Taped to the back of the frame of the Corey Hart photo was also the newspaper article I sent her of his Thank You note to the fans. Seeing him leave was tough for all of us, but this past year, it was nice watching the guys like Kintzler battle it out and see some success.
Yes, the Brewers surely lost one of their first ever Superfans today. I only hope I can carry on the legacy set by my grandmother all those years ago- ALWAYS support your team, NEVER boo them (just be quiet rather than be negative), and, #Brewlieve… Being a Brewers Superfan is a special honor.