Likable Former Brewer #2: Mike Moustakas
Caution: Moose Crossing.
Mike Moustakas was the definition of clutch. After a big hit, the rain down of MOOOOOOOOSE is like a glorious symphony. Mike Moustakas embraced the move to Milwaukee and Brewer fans returned the favor. Moose has some of his best years in MLB with the Crew. A .255/.328.496 slash line with 43 home runs and 120 RBI’s along with an All-Star appearance and a huge hand in helping the Brewers clinch a postseason berth in both seasons he was in Milwaukee.
Mike Moustakas was never the guy to make it all about him. His non-flashy nature was apparent but that didn’t take away from his success. His big moment came on October 4, 2018 when the Brewers were playing their first postseason game since 2011. In an 0-2 count, Moose just got a piece of a 96 mph heater from Adam Ottavino that squirted out of the glove of Tony Wolters. And on the next pitch, this iconic moment happened.
A true professional, Mike Moustakas should always hold a special place in Brewers fans’ hearts.
Likable Former Brewer #3: Orlando Arcia
Well if we’re on the topic of clutch hitters with the Brewers in big moments, we can’t leave out Orlando Arcia. While his days leading up to his departure from the team weren’t his best, that’s not how he deserves to be remembered. Remember him for making the spectacular defensive plays look routine, remember him for the vicious swings that would send baseballs into orbit, he truly is a man that should be celebrated for his contributions with the Crew.
And outside of the actual game of baseball, nobody had more fun than Orlando Arcia. He had the joking nature that Jesus Aguilar had. It was like he played every game as it was his last with the dab celebration when rounding 3rd base with Ed Sedar after a home run to being on the top step to congratulate whoever else just came across to score.
He comes to mind as one of those players that just continued to make your jaw drop in the things he did as a Brewer. A bunting double to score two runners against the Pirates, a no-doubt inside the park home run against the Padres and all those times where he was called upon to deliver. Here are a few of our favorites.