Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at three memorable All-Star Game performances by members of the Brewers.
3. Ben Sheets Starts in 2008
Before the Brewers had Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff they had Ben Sheets. Sheets may be one of the biggest what-ifs in franchise history, as he constantly battled injuries but no one was better than him when he was on the field.
Ben Sheets joined Corey Hart and Ryan Braun in the starting lineup, and Ben Sheets was given the start in the Bronx. In 2 innings, Ben Sheets struck out 3 batters (Josh Hamilton, Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis), only allowing a single to Derek Jeter.
Ultimately the National League did not prevail, but Ben Sheets made the most of his 2 innings, and so far is the only Brewers pitcher to have the honor of starting an All-Star Game.
2. Jonathan Lucroy’s Double Day in 2014
The 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota saw two Brewers starters: Carlos Gomez amidst his breakout, and Jonathan Lucroy. 2014 was the season Lucroy broke the record for most doubles recorded in a season by a catcher with 53, and led the league in doubles.
His ability to hit doubles was put on display at the game, where he doubled in both of his at-bats, driving in Chase Utley in the 2nd inning, and Dee-Strange Gordon in the 4th. Lucroy’s 4 total bases was second only to MVP Mike Trout.
Ultimately the National League fell short, but Lucroy drove in two of the three runs scored, and kept the NL in the game.
Plus, the Lucroy campaign gave us an amazing ad, that still is relevant this year.
1. Prince Fielder Crowned MVP in 2011
The 2011 All Star Game in Arizona had both Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks in the starting lineup. Weeks led off, but went 0-3 in the game. Fielder on the other hand proved why he deserved to be there.
Not only did he tie David Ortiz for third in the Home Run Derby, Fielder batted clean-up after lining out in the first inning against Jered Weaver, Fielder’s next at bat was against C.J Wilson with two runners on, trailing 1-0.
Fielder took a 2-2 pitch to the deepest part of Chase Field, giving the National League the lead. The National League ended up winning, and Fielder was named the All Star Game MVP.
Later that night, the Brewers also swung a trade with the Mets for Francisco Rodriguez, fortifying the bullpen even more for their 2011 postseason run.
Here’s to one, or possibly more, of the Brewers five representatives in this year’s All Star Game adding to this list of memorable performances in the Midsummer Classic.