9 Reasons Fans Should Keep Paying Attention to the Brewers This Season
1. Jean Segura
This guy has already impressed all of Brewer Nation with his play this year. During spring training, I was one of the people guilty of wanting him to get sent back to Nashville for more seasoning, but boy has he proved me wrong. He is one of the few bright spots on the team and seems to impress fans on a daily basis, both on offense or defense. He is currently batting .339 with 80 total hits, 26 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He has made 6 errors this year, but his range at shortstop is pretty incredible. If you have already given up watching the Brewers this season, then you are missing out on watching a star in the making.
2. Bob Uecker
Even during the worst seasons, listening to good old ‘Ueck on a daily basis is still a pleasure. He’s full of humor, baseball stories and has an extraordinary amount of baseball knowledge. He’ll teach you about baseball history, current baseball, and throw in some jokes about his old playing career. He can make you laugh when the Brewers make you want to cry. We are blessed with one of the best announcers in the big leagues, and you should be taking advantage of that. One of my favorite Uecker quotes is:
“The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.”
You can find some classic Uecker quotes here: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/quouec.shtml
3. Carlos Gomez
Watching Gomez run the bases is probably my favorite thing ever. I don’t think there is another player in the majors who is more fun to watch on the basepads. He also, in my opinion, has the best homerun trot in the majors. He brings an extremely high energy level to the game every night, and it’s a joy to watch him play defense in centerfield. He currently only has 11 stolen bases, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finished the year with 40, or possibly even 50. Now that the Brewers are so far behind the division lead and the wild card leaders, Gomez might start running the bases more freely. If he steals 50 bases, he will become the first Brewer player in nearly 10 years to accomplish that feat. He also has a chance to finish with 30 home runs, so a 30/50 season is within reach. A 20/40 or a 30/40 season is probably more realistic, but these are pretty impressive accomplishments themselves.
4. Miller Park
Is there a better place to spend a nice summer night than at the ballpark tailgating and watching a ballgame? Not in my mind. There is nowhere in the world that I would rather be in the summer than at Miller Park. Now that the team is struggling, it’s also a good time to get reasonably priced tickets, so it’s more affordable to take the whole family to the game. It’s a beautiful ballpark, and we should take advantage of it.
5. Possible trades
Come July, it will be very interesting to see who stays and who goes. Aramis is the only player that I think undoubtedly gets traded, but there are a lot of other players that I think could also be on the trading block, including each and every pitcher in the Brewers bullpen. If the Brewers truly are going to go into sell-mode and try to rebuild the team, trading our big name players for prospects could be like Christmas in July for Brewers fans. Granted, that means that the Brewers aren’t going to be all that competitive for a couple of years, but in the long run, it will be well worth it.
6. Glimpse into the Future
If the Brewers do go into sell-mode, we will probably see some prospects from the Brewers minor league system getting called up. First baseman Hunter Morris, pitchers Johnny Hellweg, Jimmy Nelson and Ariel Pena are the most likely call ups, in my mind. Since our starting rotation has been a complete disaster, it could be interesting to see what these pitching prospects can do. However, just because these guys have had success in the minor league level, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will also have success at the major league level, but you never know. You could have a chance to watch the future faces of the Milwaukee Brewers organization develop right before your eyes.
7. It Ain’t Over ‘til it’s Over
Okay, the chances of making the postseason this year are currently slim to none, but that’s what we all thought last year, too. I seriously doubt that the Brewers will even be able to get back to .500 this year, but they made that crazy run last year, so who knows what can happen. That’s why baseball is so great.
8. Chance to play spoiler
Admit it, you enjoyed watching as the Brewers beat the Padres in 2007, forcing them into a sudden death playoff game with the Rockies – which the Padres ended up losing (and they have been broken ever since). Obviously this isn’t as fun as contending for a division title, but I always like seeing the Brewers spoil other teams chances at the postseason – especially when they are division rivals. Nothing would feel sweeter to me than being able to knock the St Louis Cardinals out of playoff contention. I seriously doubt that that will happen, because they’re too good of a team, but considering how they have completely dominated the Brewers since 2011, that would be like winning a World Series. Well, kind of.
9. For the love of the game
In my opinion, baseball is the greatest game in the world. I love everything about it (except for the St Louis Cardinals), and I will watch my Brewers no matter what. Not even a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season could keep me from watching.