This morning, I gleefully read the JSONLINE report that Christian Yelich, everyone’s MVP hopeful and new fan favorite, has penned a letter to Milwaukee Brewers fans in The Players’ Tribune to Brewers fans asking them to turn up the volume this weekend at Miller Park in the series versus the Detroit Tigers. And why not?! We’re going to the playoffs!!! Let’s party!
For me, the best part of the JSONLINE write-up was Yelich’s remembrance of how the Brewers introduced him to the Brewers family this past January: A flight on the owner’s private jet from LA with Ryan Braun, a stopover in Phoenix to fetch Brewers Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Bob Uecker. The thought of this assembly of distinguished Brewers gives me goosebumps, so I can only imagine the awe young Yelich felt on that trip.
But I confess that I’ve been a little stand-offish as a fan this season. I’ve been through the “great all season, crash in September” years. It wasn’t too long ago that the thought of the Milwaukee Brewers sweeping the Cardinals at St. Louis would have been a longshot. They turned that corner last night with a score of 2-1. If that isn’t enough to make Brewers fans celebrate, they’re also playoff bound.
I’ve been cautiously optimistic this year. I don’t remember a season where at the end of September, the team is still playing this well, maybe the best they have all year. I’ve been watching this September baseball eagerly, appreciating the wins lately in the hope of getting the wild-card birth.
In the past few days I’ve begun thinking, “Maybe we’ll win the division.” And maybe we will. I’ve done the latest math, and what I know is that in addition to cheering for the Brew Crew this weekend, I must also root for St. Louis. For me, and I’m sure for many other Brewers fans, that’s an odd feeling.
I suggest that all Milwaukee Brewers fans take Yelich’s words to heart and “don’t hold anything back.” Forget for a moment that, as he writes in the letter, they need us — it’s just going to be so much fun! So, I’ll see you this weekend at Miller Park. Everyone enjoy the ride, get loud, and GO BREW CREW!