Though to most it doesn’t trump the importance of tax day or the significance of the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, this April 15 is special for yet another reason. Today is Jeromy Burnitz’s birthday.
Burnitz turned 40 today. His career ended in 2006 and he hadn’t suited up as a Brewer since 2001, but he’ll always be one of my favorite players.
He was one of the few bright spots to some otherwise abysmal Brewers teams of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. To those too young or too new to the bandwagon to remember Burnitz’s time in Milwaukee, here are some highlights from his six seasons (more like five full seasons, plus 23 games) as a Brewer:
• 165 homers
• 714 hits
• 525 RBI
• Four consecutive seasons with over 30 HR
• Three seasons with over 100 RBI
• All-star in 1999
You’d be right in saying he wasn’t exactly incredible, but for a while there, he was the best Brewer fans had to cheer for. So I think that warrants best 40th birthday wishes.