Brew Crew was Cold
Sorry for the following rambling – maybe had one too many (thoughts about the Brew Crew)
When am I gonna get to a ballpark where I did something memorable in – not here against the Brew Crew – mostly bad memories – like the night I failed to turn a double play and the next batter, some nobody by the name of Robin Yount, “Jacks” one out of the park, leading to a loss – just goes to prove ‘It’s a game of inches,” “You can’t give good teams extra opportunities,” “The more you turn over the line-up, the better chance they have of winning” – enough with the clichés, even though all of those came true on that night – another of my most memorable moments in a major league stadium is a negative one, gosh darn it, please make it end.
That gets me to my number 13 rated major league stadium of yesteryear, the unlucky for me, Milwaukee County Stadium – by the time I played there, Milwaukee County Stadium, was another one of those stadiums that had seen its day – old, built during the Korean War, cold, what else would you expect for the stadium that housed the Brew Crew and a foot of snow on the ground for our opening day, 1982, an obvious metaphor for my season to come – heartless, always seemed to be disappointed after games there, not just because of my play, the Brewers were awfully good in the eighties.
Brew Crew was Smooth
Of course, playing there was not completely negative – playing on the same field as Hall of Famer, Robin Yount, sweet – he, who hit his first major league home run at the age of 18, that is not a misprint all you Bryce Harper and Mike Trout fans – dang, at 18, most of us are struggling to hit high school pitching – and playing against another Brewer Hall of Famer, Paul Molitor, the game is not that easy, who had five hits in a 1982 World Series game and hit .500 (12 for 24) in the 1993 World Series with Blue Jays – talk about the cream rising to the top, and I can’t forget the picture of “Stormin” Gorman Thomas, future teammate (one of the best) and trade partner of mine, from Cleveland to Seattle 1984, swinging the bat – priceless, whether he hit it or missed it.
How they never won a world series with those guys, along with some other greats as Cecil, Jim, Ben, Ted, Don, Vuk, etc… is beyond me – goes to show you how tough it is to win a World Series, even though they came very close in 1982 – crazy, ironic that I , a journeyman player, have a World Series ring, and Robin Yount, does not – no justice in baseball.
Brew Crew was Immersed in Tradition
Then there is the tremendous tradition of the Milwaukee County Stadium, when it housed the Milwaukee Braves and the likes of the great, Henry Aaron, who actually hit his last home run, #755, in Milwaukee County Stadium as a Milwaukee Brewer, who knew; Warren Spahn, who won 23 games as a Brave when he was 42 years old – I guess this stadium brought out the best in the young (Yount) and old (Spahn) and young, Del Crandall, my favorite major league manager I played for, who was a Brave at the age of 19, in Boston though, then became an All Star catcher eight times as a Milwaukee Brave, then there was Eddie, Lew, Bob, Andy, Wes, Johnny, etc… – no wonder they beat the Yankees in the 1957 World Series, some justice after all.
Brew Crew not All Bitter
There is “Breaking News,”
Oh Thank God, something good – upon some quick research of box scores of my games played in Milwaukee county stadium, I discovered that I had a three hit game there on June 3, 1984 and two of those knocks were off Bob Gibson – no, not that Bob Gibson, but another with the same name, but still, it sounds so good – Jack Perconte laced two hits off Bob Gibson – Bam, Bam – maybe Milwaukee County Stadium should have a better rating on my list of major league stadiums – not!
For a clue about my #12 rated major league stadium of yesteryear – pitcher MVP, come on.