Brewers' Playoff Appearance Best Present Received in Sports

Jeff BreenContributor IDecember 15, 2008

Regardless of what is going on with the Brewers right now during the hot stove talks, Brewer fans everywhere will tell you that a playoff appearance was the best gift that you could give them.

While that doesn't mean that fans are just happy with one playoff appearance, it is nice to see that this organization is moving in the right direction.

That being said, let's take a trip back to a time when Brewers fans found nothing but coal in their stockings.

Those days can be traced back to the turn of the century. With the dawning of 2000, some of the worst baseball seasons in Brewers history followed. A 56-win season in 2002 sums up what was a horrendous span of baseball in Milwaukee.

This was a time when a good free agent signing was...Jeffrey Hammonds? A time when a certain Selig was driving her father's team into the ground, exposing more green at Miller Park (empty seats), rather than the other kind of green (money).

Brewers fans young and old can rejoice now, though.

The Brewers since 2005, with the exception of 2006, have put together winning seasons, all-stars, a rookie of the year, award winning players, and most importantly, fans in the seats.

If you're a Brewers fan, you know that Mark Antanassio is like jolly old St. Nick delivering gifts to loyal Brewers fans year after year.

Every Santa Claus knows that he cannot do it alone. It takes a group of elves to put together those toys and personnel to win. For the Brewers, those elves were none other than Doug Melvin, Gord Asche, and Jack Zdurensick.

Those products don't get anywhere though without the help of a team of reindeer that deliver the products home. Those reindeer are none other than a group of 25 dedicated players who come together to pull a sleigh that held 26 years of non-playoff seasons.

This well-oiled machine worked in 2008, and in return for all their letters to Santa, the fans were rewarded with the best Christmas present: a wild card.

Santa knows that the fans will want more of the same. He and his team are already back to work to fill the stockings of fans with just such gifts. Who knows, maybe next year there will be pennants and a World Series Championship to open.

For now, we will just have to keep writing.