MILWAUKEE -- Gone but not forgotten is the man who helped lead the Brewers through their final years of darkness.
It's just too bad manager Ned Yost's expiration date hit two weeks ago, when an increasingly desperate Milwaukee fired him with 12 games to play and named Dale Sveum as the interim.
"Ned is one of my best friends," Sveum said in the aftermath of Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Cubs as the champagne sprayed. "I love Ned from the bottom of my heart."
Slugger Ryan Braun said that Yost shares in the celebration, even in his absence.
"He does, without a doubt," Braun said. "He brought this entire team to this point. I wish he was here celebrating with us.
"I'm sure he's at home right now drinking a glass of champagne. He certainly deserves it."
LIkes: Seeing ities starved for good baseball news finally get some. ... The fact that they still play Roll Out the Barrel following Take Me Out to the Ballgame in Milwaukee during the seventh inning, and the fact that many fans sing along with gusto. ... Gilles Frozen Custard. It's Milwaukee's oldest -- it's been around since 1938, and the Heavenly Chocolate I had the other day was superb. ... I also like the fact that St. Pius X High School is right next to Gilles. Sat next to a table full of boys who obviously just finished with their school day the other day. Like going back in time.
Dislikes: Construction on I-94. ... Summer beginning to disappear.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Hey, little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
"Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
"You're my last love baby you're my last chance
"Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch"
-- Bruce Springsteen, Cadillac Ranch