Remember the different variations of that "priceless" MasterCard commercial? I am proposing a new version of it.
Spending money on a ticket to the game: $35
Having food and drinks at the park: $25
Driving from and to a city 120 miles away from the park: $20
Watching the Brewers turn their back on you by giving up 22 hits in a single game: Priceless!
Money can't buy you everything. For those special moments in life, try to stay calm, for everything else, there is MasterCard.
I am living the above commercial to the fullest tonight.
It is past one o'clock in the morning and I just made it home from yet another embarrassing showcase of the Milwaukee Brewers. I live in Chicago, a walking distance away from Wrigley Field, but I often drive to Milwaukee to watch my favorite Brewers.
I certainly can do that, and it would be much easier than making a drive to Milwaukee on a Tuesday evening, but neither the Cubs nor the White Sox are my team. The team I have an emotional attachment with is Milwaukee, and that will never change.
I never complain about the pains of being a Brewers fan in Chicago. I also never complain about long drives, witnessing Brewers losses or encountering losing seasons altogether.
But one thing I cannot accept is that after all the effort that I and over 37,000 fans made to attend a Tuesday night game, the Brewers would play as if they were doing all of us a favor to be at the park and on the field.
It really felt this way tonight as most players left the fire at home and sent their shadows to represent them at the ballpark.
And when a close play occurred in the fifth inning and Macha came out to talk to the umpire as if they were planning a steak and wine dinner after the game, the boat got tipped for me personally.
Brewers pitchers were telegraphing the ball to the lowly Padres all night. All-in-all, seven pitchers came in and pitched for the Brewers and only two of them—Vargas and Coffey—were able to escape without being tagged for at least one hit. Both of the aforementioned pitchers came in to face one batter, however, which makes their achievement a little less impressive.
When you have a team that has hit 122 homeruns this season while its pitching staff has allowed 257 you can't expect postseason, or many big wins.
But you can expect that your team will make an effort to repay the trust you are showing in them. And you can expect that the so-called leaders of this team would set an example and show some passion and desire to fight.
None of that was present tonight, hence leaving thousands at the park and many more in front of the television set with a sour mouth taste.
Very few people expect this team to make a push for the postseason again this year. The majority of fans understand that the Brewers are a team that needs to build from within and to raise its own talent. But that does not eliminate the need of fans to see some desire to win when things are not going as planned.
I think it is time someone lets the current Brewers players know that, because they may not all be around for very long. but their legacy will live with local fans.
And carelessness is the last thing a generation of Brewers players would want to be remembered with.
Boris Yovchev is a Milwaukee Brewers Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report and a supporter of the children's story "A Glove of Their Own."
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