From Bernie's Dugout: De-Icing the Slide For Another Homer-Filled Season

Bernie BrewerContributor IMarch 7, 2009

What is the most featured and loved hit in all of baseball?

The home run.

The Milwaukee Brewers hit lots of those. In 2007 and 2008, they hit 231 and 198 homers, respectively.

One could say that those power numbers are expected of the Brewers. They feature two of the most prolific power hitters in the National League in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.

But the power doesn't only come from those two boppers. Mike Cameron, J.J Hardy, Bill Hall, and Corey Hart also contribute big power numbers. Cameron, Hardy, and Hart each hit 20 or more home runs.

As preparations are made for the upcoming season, I have some of my own to Bernie's Dugout. (If you don't know, Bernie's Dugout is where I stand during home game at Miller Park.)

On my list is count my "K" signs to post after strikeouts, get my mascot suits ready, buy a new Brewers flag to wave, groom my mustache, and de-ice the slide.

De-icing the slide is very important. It's been a long and cold winter in Milwaukee and the slide has been frozen over with ice. If the ice isn't scraped off, I fall off when sliding.

And that's not what we want (unless you're a Cubs fan).

That long, yellow slide should get lots of use this upcoming season. Expect Braun and Prince to give me about 45-50 slides. I would get more chances to slide, but I am only able to at home games.

J.J. Hardy is an incredible hitter at home, so expect him to give me some sliding opportunities.

Mike Cameron and Corey Hart will contribute more than their share to the Bernie Slides Fund and others such as Bill Hall, Mike Lamb, Rickie Weeks, and others will do their fair share.

When Brewer players hit home runs, I consider that "donating to charity". Well, that is the charity for my pleasure.

If you haven't noticed, sliding down my slide is fun. In my opinion, it is the best slide in the world.

I will be able to have lots of fun this season.

Now, if you excuse me, I have to go to Miller Park and de-ice my slide.