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Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

Posted on: September 20, 2008 9:19 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2008 8:31 am

I've been following the Milwaukee Brewers for the previous 30 years and it is just too difficult and frustrating. The Brewers just can't seem to make it to the MLB Postseason. That 1982 World Series was 26 long years ago. Ughhhh! 

This is the second straight season in which Milwaukee has self destructed ... imploded if you will. I guess it's just not meant to be this year, but it's frustrating because the team has a lot of young, talented players. I think I need some advice from Sally.

It shows me that there is tremendous parity in the Majors. The competition is strong. For instance, I look at the Chicago Cubs and they're just so good. That's difficult for me to say, but it's true. They're so damn good and have a lot of talent on that team.  The Cubs play with more heart than the Brewers and that may be a reflection of the team's coach, Lou Pinella. I wonder if Linus has some intelligent answer in response to the Brewers' woes.

Milwaukee has failed to play well against the Major League's upper-tier teams. The Cubs have had their way with Milwaukee, as have the Mets and Phillies. Milwaukee seems to be intimidated by teams with better records. I'm not quite sure what the x-factor is, but I'll point out a couple of things:

One, we don't have enough clutch hitters on the team who can knock runners in. If you look at the RBI total of our Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, it's pretty embarrassing. Milwaukee needs to make a decision on Rickie Weeks. In my opinion, he's part of the reason the offense is stale. We need a leadoff hitter who can get on base more frequently. Ughhhh! 

Also, middle relief has been horrible. Milwaukee's starting pitching has put the team in a position to win, but the middle relief has failed to step up and serve in their set-up roles. The closer spot has been problematic. Ughhhh! 

This is a relatively young team and it seems like the offense goes into prolonged slumps together. It's either feist or famine. There isn't one guy on the team who has been consistent all season long, and that's problematic. Ughhhh! 

Granted, the season isn't over yet, but we don't deserve to be in the postseason. I'm not sure if Dale Sveum is the answer or not, but it is obvious to me that the issues I referred to above need to be addressed.

I felt this way about the Packers in 1995. The day the Brewers clinch a playoff spot is the day I will well up in tears. Meanwhile, I will spend another year wondering if the Brewers will ever make it to the postseason. I can't tell you how frustrating this is. I want this team to win so badly and it just doesn't seem like it will ever be meant to be.

Category: MLB

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2008 5:11 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

And I HOPE you lose the "Lets Go Met's" nick! hahahah.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2008 2:07 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

right on AllSports!! i am allready pumped for what next year will bring us, if the Brewers are in the hunt again come September it will be a great season!

thanks for the good year of baseball!

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2008 12:13 am

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

If being a Brewers fan is like Charlie Brown, then being a Cubs fan is like, well, umm, I dunno.  All I can say, it's a game, it's baseball, it's hot dogs, apple pie, and the love of the game.  However, there's more important things in life than your favorite team winning.  I had to re-group after the Cubs got swept by the Dodgers.  Remember, there's no crying in baseball!  Grab the bull by the horns and wait until next season. I love you guys!

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2008 10:08 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

I would have to say I disagree with some of the things you are saying.

1. The Cubs have not had their way the Brewers, do you remember the first two series of the year, the Brewers won 4 of 6, you can not take the last half of the season and draw conclusions from it, otherwise why do they play 162 games.  I think alot of this is coming from the Brewers falling apart in September, not an overall view of the entire season, it is hard to do with the recent games in your head but you have to include the prior series also.

2. To say the Brewers 3 and 4 hitters RBI totals are embarassing is a false statement.  Braun having over 100 and Fielder having over 100, what is embarrasing about that?  I do agree that the Brewers need to make a decision on the Weeks, but he is not the reason for a stale offense, Sveum's big move to Cameron at leadoff didn't help at all either.  Weeks has potential but it has never been put together on the field, I say they bring up Escobar and move Hardy to second or vice versa and part ways with Weeks.  I think more of the problem lies with players like Hart and Hall.  Corey Hart has down right sucked since the All Star break.

3. The middle relief for the Brewers is what kept them in the games in September, out starting pitching besides CC Sabathia and maybe Dave Bush has sucked, so I am not sure what games you were watching.  Suppan is down right horrible and should not pitch again for the Brewers.  Ben Sheets is a uselss guy, he has never won more than 12 games in his career, but yet Brewer fans and management think he is the next best thing since slice bread, why?  Show me something to prove that other than his Olympic Performance years ago.  The Brewers closer is a major question, Salomon Torres, are you kidding me, sure he did well up until September, and then he had an ERA of 8, wow, good thing he is there to save games for the Brewers.

4.  To say the Brewers don't deserve to be in the post-season is something a Brewer fan should never say, they do deserve to make the playoffs, 3rd best record in the NL, boy that really sucks, what are you talking about man? Yes issues need to be resolved, but why would you give up on them, sure it has been 26 years since they made the playoffs, but that should make this run this year even more exciting for you, why would it make you mad, playoff hopes are a great thing, only 4 teams from the NL make it and if you are one of them you are lucky and you should be proud.

To say you want them to make the playoffs so badly and you will go into tears is great, but to say they don't deserve it totally contradicts that, so make up your mind, are you a fan or just a bandwagon jumper?

And not that it matters, but there is no comparison to the Brewers of 2008 and the Packers of 95, I understand your frustrations, but come on man, that is just wrong.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2008 5:56 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

I completley agree I want them to make it to the playoffs so bad and besides 1992 & the last 2 years playoffs have not even entered the minds of fans. I was 3 years old in 1982 and only know anything about their WS run by reading and watching a couple highlights otherwise and that is pathetic. The only thing that saved Wisconsin sports in that time has been football the Packers & Badgers otherwise it would really be depressing around here. I am not going to get into the details as it would piss me off again, but you would think that they would get lucky one of these years.

Go Crew make the playoffs even though at this point no one is expecting you to so no pressure.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2008 11:23 am

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

I agree 100%.  After they blew a 6-2 lead to the Cubs in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, I was devastated.  That was followed by a couple of throttlings by the Reds.  No fire, no drive, no swagger.  They feed off of each other, which is good when they are hitting, but as you pointed out the slumps are prolonged and together.  No one is able to step out of the shadow.  Prince almost did in Chicago when he was a one man wrecking crew, but he's been as inconsistent as the next guy.  At this point in the season I don't think they have anyone that is "feared."

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2008 12:58 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown


Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2008 12:54 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

.... except Charlie Brown didn't have to buy his co-worker lunch everytime the Brewers lost a series to the Cubbies ;-)

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Being a Brewers fan is like being Charlie Brown

Excellently put!  Couldn't have put it better myself.  It's very depressing how we have such high hopes as fans and then have to sit back and watch as the Brewers implode season after season. 

Watching the game today you could see the way they played that they've given up.  In fact I think they gave up before the cubs series.  This team needs a good kick in the pants and a leader on the bench who's going to light a fire under them the way Lou does in Chicago. 

I know Lucie (Brewers) is going to pull the ball out from me on every play but Charlie (the fans) keep trying.  Too bad the team can't put forth that effort.  Like getting a damn bunt down. 

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