Milwaukee Brewers: Top Moments of 2017 – #10-6
By David Gasper
Next up on our list is Eric Thames’ walk off home run on June 16th against the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t exactly his longest homer of the season but it was just barely long enough.
This home run was actually the second game in a row where Thames hit a dinger that hit the top of the wall and bounced out. Plus, it was in the middle of a four-game homer streak for Thames. After posting a five game streak back in April, adding a four game streak just piled on to the legendary season Thames put up.
But this dinger was special, it was Eric Thames’ first walk off of his career. Over in Korea, the walk off celebrations are rather tame. That wasn’t what the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers had in mind however as they proceeded to rip off his jersey and try to rip off his undershirt, exposing Thames’ impressive pectorals.
Also, his postgame interview gave rise to the popular nickname for Brewers catcher Manny Pina, who Thames dubbed, “Manny Pineapple”. A great moment all the way around.
In this game, Junior Guerra gave up four runs in the first inning, forcing the Brewers to climb all the way back. They tied the game in the fourth but lost the lead in the eighth before tying it again. But Eric Thames gave the Milwaukee Brewers their only lead of the game, the only one they would need, in the bottom of the tenth inning.
It was right around this moment that people began to realize the Brewers were for real and they could actually make a run at the postseason.
The resiliency that the team showed in this game after falling behind early was a recurring theme of the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers. All of this combines to land Eric Thames at number eight on this list of the Top Moments of the Season.