The Milwaukee Brewers gave their fans anxiety this week after reports came out of the Brewers potentially looking to trade fan favorite pitcher Josh Hader. I would like to reminisce on my favorite game that I have attended to put myself and hopefully all the readers at ease this holiday season with a happy memory.
A shocking report came out recently that caused ire in many Brewers fans; Josh Hader is available in a trade for the right price. As if this news was not enough of an alarm for the fans, the team also plan to cut payroll for the 2020 season.
This is a lot to take in for Brewers fans, especially for a team coming off of back-to-back postseason appearances. Let’s all take a deep breath and relax. The best way for me to relax, and I recommend others to do the same, is to think of the best game that we have ever attended.
What happened on August 16, 2015?
The best game I ever attended was on Jonathan Lucroy bobblehead day in August of 2015. This bobblehead was to celebrate Lucroy’s record breaking 46th double as a catcher in the 2014 season. The 2015 season was a bad season for the Brewers; but no matter how bad the Brewers are in a season, I always attend bobblehead games. Lucroy was one of my favorite Brewers, which made this a bobblehead that I had to have.
The reason why this game is the best game that I have ever gone to is simple, my favorite player hit a grand slam that day. Ryan Braun has been my favorite player since he debuted in the majors in 2007. When Braun walked up to the plate in the 1st inning on Lucroy bobblehead day, I knew something special was going to happen. Turned out I was wrong, because Braun grounded out. But, that was not the last chance of the day for Braun to do something special.
Lucroy worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases and set the stage for Braun in the fifth inning of that game. Braun took a hanging breaking ball deep to center field for a grand slam, but what made this home run even more special is that it tied Robin Yount for most home runs hit by a Brewers player.
Watching my favorite player hit a grand slam that was a franchise record tying home run; which was the first grand slam that I ever saw live, made this the best game I ever attended. Better yet, this grand slam redeemed the opening day game that I attended that year; a game the Brewers lost to the Rockies 10-0.
As the Brewers continue to make moves this off season, we should all look back and remember our favorite memories at games. This way, we can continue to appreciate the memories that we have made, while also easing any angst that David Stearns may cause us this off season with his unorthodox moves.