On our way to Opening Day 2018 at Miller Park, we chat about tales from our elders. We talk about stories of Robin Yount leading the Milwaukee Brewers to the World Series. Then, we talk about the new day…our day.
The beginning of the 2018 season is an exciting time to be a Milwaukee Brewers fan. General Manager David Stearns invested team resources into Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. Those two outfielders led the Brewers to a sweep of the San Diego Padres to begin 2018.
Yelich got a hit in every game against the Padres, including a personal record-tying five in game 3. Cain smacked multiple hits in all three games and left San Diego with an OPS over 1.000. Yelich and Cain combined for seven runs in the three game series. They exemplified everything fans hoped for from them as the team’s new table-setters.
Now, we head to the Home Opener to face our rivals. This menacing St. Louis Cardinals franchise that easily boosted the Brewers out of championship contention in 2011.
In the car, we talk about Yelich and Cain setting the plate for Milwaukee Brewers run producers. We fantasize about Milwaukee scoring some runs other than by hitting home runs. We hope that the our young players continue maturing, and we hope that Ryan Braun gets his All-Star-level groove back at the plate.
In the Miller Park parking lot, fans tailgate despite the temperatures floating around the freezing point. The driver of the parked car in front of us unfolds a poker table and slurps his Dr. Pepper while his lady-friend chows down what looks like a chicken wrap.
They might not be grilling brats and throwing down domestic beers, but this exemplifies that everyone seems to find a way to tailgate. That is how we do sporting events in Wisconsin.