Condor at the Draft for the Brewers

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Corey “The Condor” Hart represented the Milwaukee Brewers along with Gord Ash at the MLB Draft this year- great to see him play a part in this awesome organization!

We’re halfway there- 15 days until the Condor returns to Milwaukee!!!

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30 Days of Condor: How Many Outs?

Corey Hart has always been interactive with the fan base at Miller Park.  Most folks that sit out in right field know this, and will yell out “How Many Outs?” to Corey to illicit a response of “2”, as seen in the pic below.

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This picture was taken at Legends of the Field (back when it existed) at one of his many autograph signings.  It was always fun seeing the Condor, and hopefully one more time we can ask him, How Many Outs.

2017 Brewers Opening Day

Every April, there’s one day that I look forward to- a day of new beginnings, a day of food, friends and perhaps the best thing- Baseball.  This year that day fell on Monday, April 3rd.  This day marked the beginning of the Brewers 2017 regular season.

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For me, I hold this day sacred.  On this day, I use a vacation day from my job.  I wake up at 5am.  I know I’ll be eating and drinking grilled food and Coronas, and I know it may be cold, or possibly warm, maybe raining or even snowing.  I accept this 100%

The best part of this day however, is the people.  The friends- the fans- the players- the employees- all of these people are intricate parts in the building of cherished memories.

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This is the group of people that arrived at 7:30am to participate in the festivities.  We have people from all walks of life, all ages, some traveled hours, some even flew in from other states- all for the singular purpose of coming together in celebration.

Thank you everyone for your commitment to this great day!  Especially Lori with getting everyone to sign up to bring food and supplies, and Josh and Val for not just keeping most of our supplies year round in their garage, but also for your beautiful creativity in coming up with new additions like Opening Day Bitch Bingo!

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In the end, it all came together- people all showed up when they should’ve (Paul was even the first one there this year) and we all drove in and staked our claim.

Next year, we hope to see even more of our friends show up as they slowly come to the realization that the one constant throughout the years is baseball… and this day every year is when it begins.  Make it a priority to be there, and I can guarantee you some great memories you’ll treasure forever.  Go Brewers!

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AZ or Bust!

brewers-spring-trainingHere it is, the night before the Superfans invade Phoenix!  This year involves a full ten days of fun in the sun with Superfan Handy Jay, Superfan Wild Bill and myself staying at Del Boca Vista –  Special shoutout to Superfan Dynex Dan and Superfan Wayne (The AZ  Connection) for accommodating us this year!

I did hear through the grapevine that Dan “Sacman” Plesac will be in Brewers camp on March 4th hosting the popular MLB Network show “30/30” – Hopefully the powers that be will realize how genuinely handsome this former Brewers 3x All-star and record holder is and will consider giving him his very own bobblehead next year!  #PlesacBobble2017 –  RT if you agree!  (see previous post as to Sacman’s laundry list of qualifications for deserving such an act of enshrinement)

Baseball is key to the trip, but we also plan on hitting up an NHL game (closest city to us with a team is Chicago, and you know how I feel about that place!), possibly a trip to the streets of Tombstone, or even a run out to Winslow, Arizona just to stand on the corner!  Gotta love Route 66!!!   In addition to all of that, we hope to visit a lot of good eateries (some re-visited, some for the very first time) and have some of the unique cuisine only found in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area… oh, and Chipotle too!

I will try to take a lot of pics this trip to illustrate our adventure the next few days!

Oh, and shoutout to Earthquake- just because he never says he gets mentioned.  We heart you Michael “Earthquake” Wenzel!

Good Luck Mikey Fiers and Carlos “GoGo” Gomez

Baseball is a business.  This is the underlying thought that one must remember when it comes to anything and everything MLB does.  So they say…

The past few years, I must say that my team, the Milwaukee Brewers, has come to feel more like a family or a group of friends instead of just a job that some people work hard and are blessed to perform.

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Whether it was GoGo swinging so hard that he comes out of his shoes, helmet, and darn near his pants, or if it was us yelling “Fierballs” every time Mikey threw a strike- it was fun (and frustrating sometimes) to watch!

One such memory this year sticks out when a few of us were behind the visitor’s dugout, and the Washington Nationals were in town.  We had our “rally gloves” on, ready to go, and Fiers was on the mound.  It was in later innings, and Bryce Harper was at the plate.  He already had a homerun under his belt, but Fiers came at him with his “Fierballs” nonetheless.

The look on Harper’s face when he struck out swinging was priceless!  And of course, as he walked back to the dugout, I stood up and yelled, “Hey Hawpa (in my best Bostonian heckler accent)!  That’s spelled F-I-E-R-S and don’t you forget it, son!”

Needless to say Bryce Hawpa wasn’t too pleased.

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They make a difference

All in all, I never thought some of these great Brewers would cease to be with Milwaukee.  Sure, it’s always a possibility that any of “your guys” can get traded or even released, but it still feels like one of your best friends is moving away.  Having gone through this before with previous “guys” (Mitch Stetter, Corey Hart, LaTroy Hawkins, Johnny Axford, Todd Coffey, Manny Parra, Joe Inglett, Mike McClendon, Brad Nelson, Mark Rogers to name a few) you know you’ll bounce back and support them no matter what city is written across their chest.

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Mikey throwing #FIERBALLS

The words of LaTroy Hawkins come to mind when I think of this- when he left Milwaukee I told him how much it sucks to feel like you’re losing a piece of the baseball puzzle, and he said that’s why we’re friends, and friendships transcend teams, cities, and distances.  It’s true.  Thanks to social media, I will be able to follow these two former warriors of Miller Park on their journey to greatness… whether it be in Houston or anywhere else.

As long as it isn’t the Cubs.

Good luck Carlos, swing for the fences!  Good luck Mikey, keep throwing those FierBalls.

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It’s Here! It’s Here!

Brewers Baseball 2015 – Pitchers and Catchers officially report today!

This is the kick off to another hopeful season, full of young players, a few seasoned veterans, men with something to prove, and some with their first shot at greatness.  I say it almost every year, but this year I mean it:

This is going to be the year of the Brew Crew!

Stay healthy boys, get the kinks worked out in camp, and Superfan Pete will see you back at Miller Park on Opening Day!

A Legend Passes

Another baseball Great has passed into the ultimate Heavenly Hall of Fame.  I write this moments after learning that Ernie Banks passed away tonight in Chicago.

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Painting by Graig Kreindler

Although I am an avid Brewers Superfan, I surely do appreciate the game, and the people who make it magical.  “Mr Cub” played 19 seasons for the Chicago Cubs, from 1953 until 1971.  His entire career spent in Chicago, he was an extraordinary shortstop and first baseman, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.  Also to note, he was elected to the All Century team in 1999, and more recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports.  You will be missed Mr. Cub!

Stay tuned for more updates.  This weekend (Sunday) will be Brewers On Deck, of which I hope to bring you tales of some of my childhood greats like Rob Deer, and Craig Counsell, as well as some great pics of our current players as we get the Superfan 2015 season started in style.  I can almost smell the green grass and feel the sun beating down on me…. Baseball cannot come soon enough!