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The Playoffs Come To Milwaukee

Miller Park has an infectious spirit right now. I suppose that's what happens when a city is seeing its first evidence of playoff baseball in 26 years. Sure, the first sighting and the last sighting might come in the same night (because the Brewers are facing elimination), but at least Milwaukee... got here. That was really the focus of the Brewers' season: Making the playoffs.

"It was important for me to bring a culture of winning here, break the way things were," Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio was saying before the game. "I think by making the playoffs we did it. Whatever happens here. First year, we were a .500 team, and everybody says, 'Well, you're not losers anymore, but you're not winners.' Now I think we get all of those monkeys off of our back."

The Brewers are in the playoffs for just the third time in their history. First time was 1981, when they lost in the ALCS to the Yankees. Next year, they topped California in the ALCS and lost to the Cardinals in the World Series. Then... darkness.

Attanasio told me that he hopes to extend this postseason trip by at least one more game, especially so those who couldn't get tickets for Game 3 have another chance. After all, the Brewers drew 3,068,458 this season, an all-time franchise high. They sold out 44 games. They've gone all-out for this one: Bob Uecker is throwing out the first pitch. Everybody is waking white towels. The Brewers' got a standing ovation... when leaving the field for batting practice.

By Chico Harlan  |  October 4, 2008; 6:19 PM ET
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"Miller Park has an infectious spirit right now."

Not unlike a cafeteria at Georgetown University...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Listen to those folks sing TMOTTBG. I love Brewer fans, some of the most hospitable in MLB. I knew some dairy farmers who would take their kids to the game for a "vacation." The kids were forbidden from even buying a soda - they really had no money. They were allowed to bring their brown bag lunches into the park. If the Phils lose tonight, tomorrow they have to play in that strange hellish sunlight that plagues visiting teams at Miller Park. But leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th and 6th against the Phillies' lineup is living dangerously. This could go 5 games.

Posted by: flynnie | October 4, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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