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!