It's been a shitty year for the Milwaukee Brewers. Injuries plagued them early. Poor pitching ensued as relievers forgot the long ball was a bad thing. Then the team's All Star and face gets booted from the league for the rest of the year.
It's hard to root for a team that has been on a roller coaster ride. Many fans bow out once football starts. Others -- known as season ticket holders -- trudge on until the very end.
But there is something for every fan of the Brewers to be watching right now. It isn't a grand victory to some but it matters to the people of Milwaukee.
Don't finish worse than the Cubs.
That is the focus as we head into the second half of September. This season was over at the All Star break. The only thing that got exciting was free beer at the stadium*. But with the team showing some promise for next year -- mainly from young starting pitchers -- the proud people of Milwaukee want to make sure we are better than the sCrUBS of Chicago.
With a 6-1 win on Monday night, followed by a 4-3 victory on Tuesday, the Brewers are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs. Not finishing in the basement would be a modest win. And with a shortage of those in the official standings, it would be a big W to the faithful.
* Well kinda. The Brewers had an August promotion where everyone received a $10 concession voucher with their ticket. That could be used for beer as well.