With the recent news that surfaced on Tuesday morning of Ryan Braun’s official retirement, emotions were all over the place for the Brewers faithful. Sadness, appreciation and disappointment to name a few.
But one thing I think we can all agree on is that Ryan Braun deserved to put on the Brewers jersey one more time with a rousing ovation to thank him for all he did in his 14 years as a part of the organization.
How plausible this dream scenario really was is where the topic gets hairy, but it’s no stretch to simply say that he absolutely was worthy of one more time taking the field in Milwaukee with an eruption of noise filled with gratitude for years of great memories. The current team is one of the deepest that Milwaukee has had in quite some time and the ultimate goal seems in reach, so trying to interweave Braun into this team somehow just had no way of working.
Braun’s last at-bat in front of fans in Milwaukee produced an extra base hit, driving in two runs. Who says baseball isn’t romantic?
That was Braun’s bread and butter during his time with the Crew as he finished second in franchise history in extra base hits (809) and second in RBI’s (1,154).
The celebration of #8 on September 26th will be a spectacle in Milwaukee. Fans will travel from near and far to applaud Braun for all that he did but I can’t help but think he’d provide one final signature moment if he was somehow signed to a one day contract. The moment was never too big for the young kid from California. Ask basically any other team in the NL and they’ll vouch that late inning heartbreak was caused by Ryan Braun at least once in his time as a Brewer.
How many other players have 17 minute highlight videos of the numerous clutch hits they’ve had in their career? Ryan Braun was special. And whether or not his number is hanging in the rafters, I doubt any other Milwaukee Brewers player will wear number 8 again.
In conclusion, Ryan Braun DESERVED one final game in front of Brewer fans as a player. Unfortunate circumstances arose that took this away from him, but luckily he’ll be returning as a spectator soon enough to receive the thunderous cheers from what will likely be a sold out American Family Field.
∞ Ryan Braun Forever ∞