The game of baseball is all about traditions. No matter what team you play for or who you play with, there is always some sort of tradition that happens within the teams.
When the Milwaukee Brewers signed Mike Cameron in the beginning of the season, one of those such traditions started. It didn't happen pregame or in the clubhouse after the game. It took place right on the field so that everyone could see, but I doubt few understood.
I didn't know the story behind it either, at least until a couple of days ago.
If you've watched a Brewers game or more importantly a Brewers win, then you may have seen the players un-tuck their uniforms as soon as the last out or winning run takes place. But why?
Back to Mike Cameron.
When Cameron was a kid, he would always wait for his dad to come home from work after he was done with school. When his father came in the door, the first thing he did was un-tuck his shirt to show that his hard work was done for the day and now was the time to relax.
So when the Brewers win, the first thing done before the handshakes is the un-tucking of jersey's to signify that their work is done for the day and it is time to relax before another day at the job begins.
Milwaukee has done enough jersey un-tucking to earn them the NL Wild Card and a date with the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL Divisional Series, starting Wednesday. This will mark the end of a playoff drought that started back in 1983.
The Brewers will battle with a familiar face in the Philly dugout in the form of Geoff Jenkins, who spent so many years in a Brewers uniform before being signed by the Phillies as a free agent this past winter.
I hope that the tradition continues in the upcoming weeks and fans will see the Brewers un-tuck their jersey's again because their job is not quite done yet.