For the first time since 2002, the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers squared off in a regular-season series. Additionally, the last time the Brew Crew played host to the A’s was in 1997, at the old County Stadium—as a member of the American League. Current A’s special assistant Phil Garner was the manager of the Brewers back then. Jeromy Burnitz mashed 27 home runs for Milwaukee that season—the last time Mark McGwire was in green and gold.
That was practically a generation ago in baseball years.
The two teams reacquainted themselves this week with the 21st century version of each other. With the Brewers now residing in the National League Central, this week’s series was an interleague game that featured Oakland pitchers batting in Milwaukee for the first time since the inception of the designated hitter. History in the making, for sure.
Though no exchanges of What have you been up to? were made, there was some obvious relearning of the opposition. The A’s faced former NL MVP Ryan Braun for the first time; while the Brewers got to see what all the hype was about regarding an Oakland team that came out of nowhere last season to snag the AL West crown. In a matchup of unfamiliar faces, many things were going to be discovered.
Here are five takeaways from Oakland’s road series against the Milwaukee Brewers.