After a rough year in 2020, here some things Brewers fans have to look forward to in 2021.
People have been looking ahead to 2021 for several months now, and it’s hard to blame them. The Brewers have been looking forward to it as well, especially after finishing below .500 this past season.
So what are some specific things the Brewers and Brewers fans can look forward to in 2021? Here are a few.
1. The Return Of Fans
After going through the entire 2020 season without any fans in the stands for any Brewers games, we can look forward to the return of fans in the stands for the 2021 season.
Perhaps the stands won’t be at full capacity to start out with, but in all likelihood at some point in 2021 we will have fans in seats at American Family Field.
It’s going to feel so good to have people in the ballpark again and it should help the players as well. They thrive on the energy the crowd brings, and without it in 2020, that may have been a factor in why the Brewers offense struggled to score runs. When you feel the energy of the crowd with a couple runners on base, it just adds something that makes players better.
I think there is nothing that the fans, players, and team executives are looking forward to more in 2021 than the return of ticket-holders coming through the gates.
2. The Return of Normal Christian Yelich
The Christian Yelich that we saw in 2020 was not the Christian Yelich that we saw in 2018 and 2019. It wasn’t anything like the Yelich that played down in Miami either.
Whether the lack of fans or the lack of in-game video or a combination of other factors led to the drop-off, the point is Yelich is extremely likely to return to his previous levels of production in 2021.
If Yelich was anywhere near his normal self in 2020, the Brewers likely win an extra three or four games, and we’d have a completely different outlook on this team heading into 2021.
3. A Carlos Gomez Retirement Ceremony
In case you forgot, and I wouldn’t blame you if you did, earlier in 2020 Carlos Gomez announced he was retiring and wanted to retire as a Brewer. That would mean a retirement ceremony at Miller Park and one last ovation from the crowd. That did not happen as the season was halted and no fans were allowed in.
But as point No. 1 stated, fans will be returning in 2021 and that means a ceremony with Gomez can be held.
Hopefully this ceremony can be held with the biggest capacity the stadium will be able to hold and a proper send-off can be made for Gomez. The Brewers haven’t made any official announcements or plans for the Gomez ceremony, but there should be something held for him in 2021.
Besides, it would give us another moment to remember the time Gomez scored in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS to send the Brewers on to the NLCS for the first time in franchise history.
Gomez made plenty of highlight reel catches as a Brewer and was one of the most fun players to watch and root for in franchise history.
2021 is finally here, and these are some good things Brewers fans have to look forward to.