Posted at 2:18 PM on July 5, 2007
by David Zingler
I spent a portion of my long holiday weekend in Wisconsin. I am not proud of it, it is just a fact. While there, I had a chance to discuss the state of the local major league team with a few die hard fans.
The 2007 Brewers remind me of the 2002-04 versions of the Twins. Although the Brewers are offensive minded and the Twins teams of that era focused on “pitching and defense”, both play in a mediocre Central Division where a Chicago team is their main rival and 90 wins all but guarantees a postseason birth.
That last fact is awakening many rabid Brewers fans from their quarter century long hibernation. I saw more than a few Wisconsinites enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the lake, take a quick break to check the Brewers score. A few more lamented Friday’s 9th inning loss to the Cubs with a disgust and disappointment normally reserved for Packers games.
It’s hard to believe the last postseason baseball game played in Beertown was Game 5 of the 1982 World Series. That’s along time ago, but Cheeseheads have proven to be patient, “It’s the 25-year rule,” a friend told me. “In 1957, the Braves won the World Series, 25 years later the Brewers won the pennant (and) it’s been 25 years since then.”
If he’s right and the Brew Crew does win the NL Central and advance to (if not win) the World Series, Twins fans can expect a whole new breed of Brewers fans to invade the Metrodome next year during Interleague play.