On this Thanksgiving, there are several things for all of us Brewers fans to be thankful for.
Since everything started shutting down back in mid-March, it may not seem like there’s been a lot of positive things this year to be thankful for. In terms of the Brewers, a lot of things didn’t go right, but there were a lot things that did.
We should take this time to reflect and be thankful for what we have here in Milwaukee.
Here are five things the Brewers and Brewers fans have to be most thankful for in 2020.
1. A Third Straight Postseason Appearance
You can try to discount the postseason streak all you want. The Brewers barely scraped into the playoffs as the 8th seed with a 29-31 record, getting swept out by the Dodgers. In 2019, the made it as the second Wild Card and lost that game. 2018 was the only year of the three where the Brewers won a postseason game.
But still, this is the first time in franchise history the Brewers have made three consecutive postseasons. Only once before had the Brewers made consecutive postseasons, all the way back in 1981-82.
The Brewers have made the postseason seven times now, and three of them have been in the last three years. That’s nearly half of the franchise’s entire postseason history all happening in the last three years.
If you’re a pessimist, you might think about how sad that is, that they’ve only made the postseason so few times.
But this is a time to be thankful. Think back to the Brewers of the 1990s and of the early 2000s. Those were some awful teams that never even came close to postseason contention. Now Brewers fans are at the point where just being in the Wild Card round is a disappointment.
This isn’t the storied history of the Yankees or the Cardinals, but it’s growth. We’ve grown from a cellar-dwelling team to a team making the postseason three years in a row and it has become expected that they make it, instead of expecting to finish at the bottom of the standings.
That is something to be thankful for.