I'm starting this post as I watch the Milwaukee Brewers play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a decisive game 5. The Brewers lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th, so things are a little tense. I'm not much of a baseball guy anymore, but we took the girls to a Brewers' game this summer, and that rekindled my interest a bit. Even though I don't follow baseball very closely, this game has the ol' juices flowing. Something about the slower pace of baseball makes a close game particularly nerve-wracking.
Arizona just tied it. Damn. Hold on, I gotta watch this.
Wow. Arizona almost took the lead, but we're tied going to the bottom of the 9th.
As I was trying to say, I'm not much of a baseball fan anymore, but I do have some fond baseball memories. This week's Fast Five is all about diamond memories.
And we're going to extra innings..........
5) The Brewers played the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series. This was a very difficult experience for me. I loved the Brewers, but when it came to baseball, I was a huge Cardinals fan. My little league team was the Cardinals, so I'd always cheered for them. I would have been happy either way, but unlike all of my friends, I was not devastated when the Brewers lost a hard-fought series in 7 games.
Arizona didn't score, going to the bottom of the 10th.
4) In 1987, the Brewers started the season 13-0. I remember listening to the games on the radio with my buddies as we drank Jolly Good soda in their basement. I remember how our excitement built with each win.
Brewers just won it!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! This calls for a beer.
3) I had a friend in a fraternity at the University of Wisconsin. He invited me and my Jolly Good buddies to go to a game with the fraternity. We weren't interested in joining the fraternity, but we knew there'd be a keg on the bus, so we were in. I may have been seeing double, but I'm pretty sure Kirby Puckett went 6-6 with 3 home runs and an unbelievable over-the-wall catch to rob the Brewers of a grand slam. We were in the bleachers at the old County Stadium, and I remember the bleachers giving Puckett a standing ovation as he came out to center in the 9th-very cool.
2) Baseball went dormant for me for a long time. Last summer, Scout and I went to a Minnesota Twins game with my brother-in-law and his daughter. Target Field is a beautiful ballpark, and we had a great time. It was a good game, but the most memorable thing happened in the stands. A couple drunks got into a pretty nasty fight about 20 feet from us. My brother-in-law and I tried to shield the girls, but it happened so fast, they saw enough. I thought they'd be traumatized, but the rest of the night they kept making up conversations that might have led up to the fight, all of them extremely funny to them, and quite honestly, the dads too.
I don't know if you have any favorite baseball memories, but if you do, leave them in the comments.