Baseball season is the best season of the year. You get to sit in a hard plastic seat, or couch, or barstool, undoubtedly with a beer in your hand, and watch your team play the greatest game ever invented. But besides cheering your team on to victory, baseball season, especially Brewer's baseball season, comes with many exciting benefits that fans take for granted. Here are the Top 10 non-baseball baseball things to look forward to in 2009.
1. Celebrating another playoff clinching
I don't know about you, but those minutes waiting for the Mets game to end were torture. However, the celebration that followed was epic, and definitely worth the wait! This was a top moment in my life, and undoubtedly the lives of many other Brewer fans, and I can't wait to experience it again.
2. Tailgate parties
Ahhhh the good ole tailgate. Usually consisting of beer, food, beer, and some version of testicle toss, beanbag toss, or even beer pong, tailgating at Miller Park is just part of Brewer tradition.
However, I learned something new upon moving to Minnesota; the tailgate doesn't happen everywhere! Unique to Milwaukee is the fact that fans can stumble into games, and completely enjoy themselves. So pop open a Miller Lite and lets have a toast to the TAILGATE!
3. Dollar Concessions At Miller Park
I strongly believe that Miller Park sells the best hot dogs EVER created by man. This is probably due to the fact that I am usually drunk when I eat them. However, the fact that I will now be able to buy one for a dollar instead of the usual $4.50; amazing.
4. Sausage races
They have been around forever, but I still get excited watching them, and cheering on the best one (No. 4 the hot dog). I also enjoy watching the imposters (racing presidents, come on) that try and live up to the legacy that the sausages will always hold.
5. Cub's fans
When I was 10 years old, I was at my third or fourth Brewer game at Miller Park. I loved the fact that I could watch from behind the bullpen, in standing room only, and see the game from amazing seats, usually snagging a ball.
During the Cubs series, I, a small 10-year old girl, got shoved to the ground after catching a homerun ball in my glove.
Apparently, the man was much more concerned with the ball, taking it off me and keeping it. Each year, Cubs fans get stupider and stupider.
However, I can't help but be amused at their lack of baseball knowledge, and pathetic excuses for their extreme suckiness. How does it feel getting swept in the playoffs two years in a row?
Whether its Minnesota or Miami, every Brewers fan should take a roadtrip to another stadium sometime in their life for a game. Not only do you gain an appreciation for Miller Park, but you also get the pleasure of receiving annoyed looks from the opposing fans around you, and even sometimes (if you're lucky), smacking hands and clapping with the other devoted Brewer fans like you.
7. The roof
Speaking of Miller Park, only in Milwaukee (and a few other select cities) do fans get the opportunity to tailgate in the rain, come in soaking wet, and not worry about having to sit around for a rain delay! Thank goodness for the closeable roof!
8. Bob Uecker
I don't know about you, but hearing the words "Get UP, Get UP, GET OUTTA HERE, GONE!" makes my heart sing.
I walk around Miller Park a lot, and see a lot of crazy fans, and each year the creativeness of t-shirts made by fans and groups gets better and better! From JJ Makes Me Hardy, to "Don't Wack our Weiners", to Cub Killer, the shirts never fail to amuse me.
10. Homeruns: Slides and Fireworks
No matter how down I'm feeling, or even if the Crew is losing, a Brewer's homerun always sparks my mood.
We could be down by 100 runs, and I still would celebrate the homerun, complete with Bernie sliding down his slide, and fireworks that could probably cause loss of hearing when the roof is shut. Milwaukee arguably has the best home run celebration around, and I look forward to seeing it many, MANY times this year.
Brewer fans, thats my list of the top 10 non-baseball baseball things to look forward to this year. I know I'm going to have a great season attending games, and I hope to see you all there.