On September 8th, 1925, the great Babe Ruth became the first player in MLB history to hit 300 home runs. Exactly 92 years later, the Milwaukee Brewers had their first player in history join the 300 club.
Last night Ryan Braun hit a two run home run in the first inning for the Milwaukee Brewers. The two run shot provided the difference in the Brewers victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was also career home run number 300 for the “Hebrew Hammer”.
That’s hard to believe with all of the prolific power hitters that have come and gone over the years. However, not many of those hitters were around for more than four or five years with the Brewers. That’s a testament to what Braun has meant for Milwaukee over the last decade.
Through scandal or injury, the Milwaukee Brewers have stood strong with Braun. He has provided consistent production in the middle of the order, while also showing a willingness to do what’s best for the team.
Braun came up with the Brewers as a third baseman. After a sub par rookie season defensively, he moved to the outfield. He has played well in both left and right field with the glove, while getting a fair number of assists along the way.
Next to Robin Yount, he may be the best player in Milwaukee Brewers history. For his career, Braun has 1,681 hits and 982 runs batted in to go along with his 300 home runs. He has been selected to six All-Star games, while also winning the Rookie of the Year and one MVP award.
For eleven seasons, Braun has been a staple with the Milwaukee Brewers. Each time the Crew have made the playoffs in Braun’s career, he has provided big hits down the stretch. His heroics have been legendary for this organization.
The odds are against Braun finishing his playing career with the Brewers. Therefore, we as fans should embrace what time we have left to watch him. Braun has been to Milwaukee what Aaron Rodgers has been to the Green Bay Packers.
Here’s to hoping the end of his career can come close to matching the beginning of his career. Whatever happens from this point forward, Braun has solidified his place among Brewers greats.