The Milwaukee Brewers might well be the most entertaining team in baseball. Let us count the ways:
1. They're good. When we're looking for entertainment in a baseball team, there are the point-and-laugh bad teams like the Astros of 2011-13 -- providing us with GIFs of hilariously inept plays on defense and the basepaths -- and there are very good teams. The Brewers right now look like one of the very best.
2. They have power. Tons of die-hard baseball fans love the aesthetics provided by low-scoring, pitching-and-defense, grind-it-out games. I'm among them. There's also room to love pure home-run power, too, and the Brewers have plenty of it. Between Mark Reynolds, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez, they'll have at least four players with 20-plus homers and possibly two topping 30. Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy, among others, also provide some pop.
3. They're an underdog. The Brewers entered the season picked by most to finish fourth in the NL Central behind the three 2013 playoff teams with the Cardinals being the heavy favorite to win the division. I liked them as a sleeper, but still "only" picked them to finish third. So they're an obvious underdog and we know everyone loves an underdog. On the other hand ...
4. The villain factor. Villains always make things more interesting. What would a superhero movie be without a villain? It would be pretty stupid, that's what. Baseball's obviously way different, but villains add a layer of entertainment. Among non-Milwaukee fans, the Brewers boast the most-hated player in baseball (thanks to A-Rod's suspension) in Ryan Braun. There's also Carlos Gomez and his antics that have drawn the ire of non-Brewers fans. If the Brewers stay toward the top of the standings this season, they'll likely become a pretty hated team on the national level and that’s always fun.
(To clarify, they aren't a villain for me. I'm saying it’s entertaining to me when fans hate teams or players with a passion).
There's obviously no way to prove if this club can keep playing as well as it has. There are underlying factors that bode well and some that bode not so well. We'll see how the season unfolds for those Beermakers eventually, but I shouldn't be alone in saying I'm going to enjoy watching it happen. Whatever that "it" may be.
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Finally, we've reached the point in the early season where there's an amoeba in the middle here. I think the places eight through 26 could be filled in about 5,000 different ways and I wouldn't argue (honestly, I wouldn't argue with the tried-and-true dartboard method). Try it yourself. The added bonus is you get to tell me how easy it was and how easily you could do my job, so everybody wins. Fun times.