Even as a hardcore Brewers fan, I had trouble remembering names like Wes Helms and Tyler Houston.
Those guys played for the Brewers?
Here's a list of opening day third basemen from 2000-2007 that reads almost like a list of starting quarterbacks on moribund NFL teams.
Jose Hernandez (the Human K), Houston, Helms, Jeff Cirillo, Bill Hall and Craig Counsell.
This article takes a look at this position and the possibility that a curse may have been put on it over the last twelve years and particularly in recent years.
The slideshow of these recent Brewers' third basemen features either a profoundly manic fall from grace or in one case, a needed position switch to survive the curse as a rookie.
The Cubs have their well-known curse, and maybe Ramirez coming to Milwaukee means the two curses cancel each other out for the Brewers third base position to finally maintain effectiveness.