It only took one at bat in Thursday’s game to solidify Ryan Braun’s spot in the 1,000 RBI club. The Milwaukee Brewers annihilated the Miami Marlins, 12-3 in game one of the series. Braun’s 3-run blast was key in the Crew’s seven-run sixth inning.
Pinch-hitting for Jeremy Jeffress, Ryan Braun went yard. For a team struggling as much on offense as the Milwaukee Brewers have been, a seven run inning was quite refreshing. But for Ryan Braun, the home run also meant something else.
With both Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar scoring on the dinger, Ryan Braun reached his 1,000 RBI mark.
Even with the calf tightness he has been dealing with, Ryan Braun still managed to make his mark in the record books. The Milwaukee Brewers had already scored 3 runs in the inning, and Braun’s home run was pretty much the nail in the coffin.
Obviously, this accomplishment has been in the works for all twelve seasons he has been in the Majors. Braun currently sits second on the all-time RBIs list in Milwaukee Brewers history, behind Robin Yount with 1,406. He is only the second Brewer of all time to break 1,000 in the RBI column in a Brewer uniform.
MLB.com predicted Ryan Braun to break 1,000 on April 27. He made it there a week earlier than they expected.
In his post game press conference, manager Craig Counsell said it was a “really cool way to get it.” He referred to Braun’s impressive statistics as “longevity numbers,” saying “you have to be around and productive for quite a long time to start reaching these milestones.
And he’s right. It takes time to achieve a feat like this. Even with 1,000 RBIs, he is only tied for 283rd with Darryl Strawberry on the all-time list for all teams. The hope is that he will be able to move up quite a few spots on the list during the 2018 season. But only time will tell.
And Ryan Braun‘s reaction was about as humble and team-oriented as it gets. He has spent 1,307 games in his career hitting in the three hole. Consequently, 914 of his RBIs have accumulated when he batted third.
Check out this tweet from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt.
Braun credits a lot of his success to his talented teammates. But there is no denying the fact that he is one of the most well-respected players in Milwaukee Brewers history on the field.