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New York Times Profiles Ryan Braun

This week, the Brewers will play a series against the Yankees in New York for the first time since 1997. The New York Times used the occasion to profile Ryan Braun. It’s worth a read; very rarely does a player of his caliber stay with a small-market team for an entire career. Braun signed a contract extension earlier this season to stay in Milwaukee through 2020, when he’ll turn 36. This fan wishes there were more like him.

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Opening Day Is Here

Baseball is back! Here’s hoping my Brewers end their season the same way the Packers ended theirs — with a Super Bowl victory.

The most entertaining part of following the Brewers is Bob Uecker, their radio announcer. He had two heart surgeries last year and missed a large chunk of the season. But he’s feeling much better now, and is still cracking jokes.

The Wall Street Journal profiled him today. It’s worth a read. Note that the article describes his partner in the booth, Cory Provus, as his straight man; one hears a lot more than baseball when Uecker calls a game.

Baseball Season Is Over

Well, the Brewers lost their final two games. The 2010 season is in the books at a middling 77-85. Another losing season. No playoffs this year. Manager Ken Macha was fired today. And Prince Fielder’s 50-home run swing will likely be traded away over the winter. Trevor Hoffman isn’t coming back. The starting pitching is still woefully thin. The team doesn’t seem to be in win-now mode anymore.

But I’m ok with that. Because at least they beat the Cubs (75-87).

Nothing against those poor, poor Cubs. I used to watch Harry Caray call their games after school when I was a kid. I cheered for Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson and Shawon Dunston. I even went to a few games at Wrigley Field and sang along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

But when my beloved Brewers clearly aren’t playoff-bound, I set a secondary goal. It gives meaning to otherwise meaningless September games. This year’s pennant race substitute was beating the division rival Cubs. After all, most of the league managed to. It’s good to know that my favorite team can, too.

Rooting for bad teams can teach important life lessons. This year, I learned that it’s hard to be disappointed when you have low expectations. One wonders what next year’s lesson will be.

Cubs Watch, 10/1

Brewers 9, Mets 2.

Cubs 1, Padres 0.

The Brewers’ magic number is 1. The next Brewer win or Cub loss guarantees the Brewers a better record than the Cubs.

Milwaukee wraps up the season with three games against Cincinnati. The Reds have already clinched a division title, so they’re resting their starters. That improves Milwaukee’s chances.

Both teams have 3 games remaining.

Cubs Watch, 9/30

Brewers 8, Mets 7 (game 1 of doubleheader)

Brewers 3, Mets, 1 (game 2)

Padres 3, Cubs 0.

The Brewers’ magic number is 2. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs. The Brewers could clinch tonight if everything goes their way.

Both teams have 4 games remaining.

Cubs Watch, 9/26

Marlins 4, Brewers 0.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 3.

The Brewers’ magic number remains 7. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs.

Both teams have 8 games remaining.

Cubs Watch, 9/25

Brewers 6, Marlins 2.

Cardinals 7, Cubs 1.

The Brewers’ magic number is now 7. Any combination of Brewer wins and Cub losses adding up to that number will ensure that the Brewers end the season with a better record than the Cubs.

Both teams have 9 games remaining.