Chillin’ with the Enemy

Rubbin' a little Bernie Brewer belly... because I can.

For those of us caught up in the modern technocratic lifestyle, establishing a clear line between friend and foe makes life a bit simpler (albeit unpleasant at times).  When prompted for an opinion, we often don’t have time to think; we must know, must be ready to jump on a topic and run.  And this is where established distinctions are helpful (even if detrimental to peace — sorry!).

It’s 2011 and enemies abound.  In the NBA, LeBron is the antithesis of good.  In politics, we have Sarah Palin.  In humanity, it’s Charlie Sheen.

But what do we do when our “enemies” aren’t that bad at all?

Over the weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals got swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, a feat that not only caused a bit of embarrassment for me and my fellow bird fanatics, but also knocked the Cardinals out of first place all together.  Am I angry?  Do I want to hold my breath and take a hammer to my digits?  Am I going to hurt someone?

No, of course not.  It’s June and the NL Central race has barely begun.  But I must say, even if it does come down to St. Louis and Milwaukee in October, I will have a hard time hating on the Brewers like I do the sCrUBBIES.

On Saturday, I went to Miller Park for the very first time and I have to say: it’s a beautiful place full of beautiful people genuinely enjoying our beautiful sport.  Have you ever seen a sea of tailgaters for a baseball game?!?  I mean, everyone was so… nice!  And the park experience was so… pleasant… and the atmosphere was so… positive!

Prior to this excursion, my understanding of the Brewers organization could be summed up in three sentences: Beat you in ’82.  Bud Selig was a better owner than a commish.  And Prince Fielder is HONGRY.

But really, after taking in the Miller Park experience I have to update my mental Rolodex.  It’s not every day you visit a rival ballpark and are welcomed with a smile and a handshake.  And as often as I’ve donned my ’06 WS patched Yadier Molina jersey into enemy territory, only at Miller Park was I stopped and commended on my team’s run of that year.  And did I mention the cheese curds!?

Oh what heaven!!!

Don’t worry, dear readers, I ain’t gettin’ soft.  I’ll box a Brewer if I gotta; but in a world where negativity rules the infoway, I find it refreshing to give credit to those who are pretty cool folks.

That being said, I hope the Brewers lose every one of their games from here until the end of the season.

Hate me ‘cuz you can, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

Johanna and I posin' prior to first pitch.

11 Comments

Glad you had a nice time in “enemy” territory! -John & Cait

Awesome! Thanks again, John & Cait (and especially Bernie)… the Miller Park crew knows how to host. I will definitely be back.
–Jeff

The Brewers swept the Cards in my first trip to Busch, too–weird! Though, it was the final series of ’09 and STL had already won the division, so…
Regardless, glad you had a good time. I gotta say, we Brewers fans really are some of the best around.
~Michelle

Cue the Twilight Zone music, Michelle! No doubt… the food too. I think I gotta make a separate trip to just EAT there ;-)
–Jeff

I had the same experience at Miller Park. I just loved it there, and it’s hard to hate a team named after people who make beer. The tailgating was great and the fans awesome. It’s also nice to know that there won’t be any rainouts after you’ve made that long trip. I hope you had a chance to take in the Miller Brewery tour (free beer).
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

Enemy territory can be a blast, especially when the other fans are in a chatty mood. It sounds like you guys had a fatastic trip. I am envious. And their stadium is really pretty. I had no idea. Cheese curds? Oh my! That sounds nom-worthy.
– Kristen

Mike — I didn’t get the tour! But I am going back so that will go on my list of things to do. I wanna see the Harley museum too.
Kristen — Yeah, while “cheese curds” doesn’t sound appetizing, the little bites are quite magical!
–Jeff

It’s not all that often that fans are friendly in enemy territory, so that speaks well of the Brewers and their fans. I don’t know much about the team, but after reading this post I like them!

Jane — I agree. This is the first time I’ve ever experienced that really, at least to this degree. Great place.
–Jeff

The Scrubbies beat up on the Brewers. That should help the cause.
—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Mark, in an odd way, yes. It does. I hate when I gotta root for them!
–J

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