Brewers fans rejoice as your team is headed to the playoffs for only the third time in franchise history. Unlike 2008, this is no wild card berth, but rather a division title, their first since moving to the National League in 1997.
It’s been 29 years since the Brewers have won a division title, a feet they accomplished once before in 1982 when they took home the AL East crown.
“For us to win the division I think is a little more meaningful than winning the wild card. It really means a lot. It’s special,” said Ryan Braun who had the three-run home-run on Friday to propel the Brewers past the Marlins 4-1.
Similar to watching the Mets lose in 2008, fans had the opportunity to watch the Cardinals fall to the Cubs following the Brewers win. When Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol recorded the final out of a 5-1 victory, the corks began to pop in Milwaukee.
Playoffs aren’t the only exciting thing brewing in Wisconsin’s baseball capital.
Braun and Prince Fielder are legitimate MVP candidates and I wouldn’t shy away from including first-year Manager Ron Roenicke in talks for the Manager of the Year award.
Additionally, Braun is in the middle of a heated batting crown race where he and Jose Reyes are currently tied for the National League lead with a .329 batting average. The Brewers have never had a batting champion.
To top all of that off, the Brewers seem to have what it takes to make a deep playoff run. Pretty much every team who wins the World Series has pitching and Milwaukee is no different this season. Their starting rotation is deep as any in the league and their bullpen is no slouch.
There is absolutely no reason fans in Wisconsin shouldn’t be put in a conundrum when the Packers and Badgers are playing, because the Brewers are certainly must-watch TV in October.
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Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.