Well now that June is about here it is not officially early anymore. The Milwaukee Brewers will enter June with a losing record. That said I am more disappointed in this Brewers team than in most of the teams of the past 26 years. The 26 years I continue to speak of is how long it has been since the Brewers sniffed the postseason. That is the longest streak in MLB. It is really very pathetic that a franchise can go that long without a postseason appearance and still have a loyal fan base. I am willing to bet half the people that read this weren't even a twinkle in their parents eyes the last time the Brewers were in the playoffs. I am now going to take you on a quick rundown of some of the crap I have seen from this franchise since 1982.
The Brewers have changed owners, from Selig, to Selig-Prieb, to Antonasio. The Crew has changed leagues, and stadiums. They have signed some free agents that were playing the 18th green (Dave Parker, Jeffrey Leonard, Tom Brunansky, Scottie Fletcher, Jim Abbott, Greg Brock, Dickie Thon, Sean Berry, Jeffrey Hammonds, Franklin Stubbs, Doug Jones, and Eric Young just to name a few. There have been prospects that have fizzled or that were traded away (Billy Jo Robidoux, Gary Sheffield, Joey Meyer, and Nick Nuegebauer to name a few. There was the obsession with getting things from the Atlanta Braves (Dean Taylor, Wes Helms, and Ned Yost (we are still stuck with that problem) We have had 8 managers that I can come up with Rene Lachemann, George Bamberger, Tom Trebelhorn, Phil Garner, Jim Lefebvre, Davey Lopes, Jerry Royster, and Sir Nedley.
There have been seasons that the playoffs were so close we could almost taste it, (1992, and 2007) 1987 was a exciting year no doubt with the winning streak to start the season and Molitor's 39 game hit streak. There was the anger and resentment from many fans after Molitor was given a low offer as a free-agent after the '92 season and left for Toronto. Many fans were torn as they later watch Molitor again put on a impressive hitting display on his way to winning the elusive World Series Title with the Blue Jays.
I have many more memories of this franchise in the past 26 years, most too frustrating to mention. Perhaps that is why myself like many other fans of the Brewers for the past 25 to 30 years are so sick of this underachieving team this season. A change is needed now to try to salvage something out of this 2008 season. I know most players are under performing, but the blame has to fall on the manager as the players can't all be fired for underachieving. Ned has had 5 years and 2 months, and he has 1 winning season to show for his efforts. Time for a change.