I don't just mean your local craft brewers, of which you should also support them. No, I mean your Milwaukee Brewers baseball club. It would seem after disastrous six win May, that they've managed to spoil any chance of the postseason. But fret not fellow fans, there are still reasons on why you should continue to support the team.
There is a Lot of Talent on the Team - Talent? These bums can't seem to win with any consistency. True, they've struggled putting it all together, but let's take a look at this lineup again. You have two electric breakout stars right now in Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez. Jean Segura obviously is off to a hot start, and as of now, deserves a trip to the All-Star game (VOTE!), but why would I mention Gomez has being breakout? Well, because he's 28 years old. He shouldn't have been called to the Majors as quickly as he was, and he is now starting to make the most of his talent. Between these two players and Ryan Braun, this team has a solid core of which to build around. Then of course there's Lucroy, a fan favorite for good reason. Yes, this offense is able to put up double digits on any given game. This isn't your team of the 90's, there's talent that is worth going out to the ballpark to watch.
A Glimpse at the Future - We know about Jean Segura now, and we know he's under Brewers control for many more years, even without an extension. However, the club is starting to give their talented young prospects chances this year. Rickie's struggles have forced the hand of the Brewers to call up Scooter Gennett, a player who's hit successfully on every level. Another young bat, who we might see a lot more of soon if Braun goes on the DL or is suspended is Logan Schafer. This young man already has my attention with his walk-up music selection, "Return of the Mack".
Then there's the pitching. Wily Peralta and Hiram Burgos are still learning the ropes in the rotation, but are still good reasons to go out to the park. Other young pitchers like Fiers and Thornburg, have had a few bumps in the road, but could still turn things around. This year seems like it might be a good year to watch these young arms, to see progress as we move towards 2014.
This isn't the "watch the future Brewers" of the 00's where we desperately hoped players like Ben Hendrickson would bring us championships, no, this is to see who will fill in the holes of an already solid core. Remember, it was these young arms that helped propel the 2012 Brewers to a relevant 2nd half of the season. Which brings us to:
The Season Isn't Over - Like I just mentioned, the Brewers, after a seemingly lost 2012 early on, managed to come roaring back and get themselves in the playoff picture until the last few games of the year. September was still meaningful. Who's to say that doesn't happen again this year? It's sort of a Roenicke thing, maybe his years with Scioscia have rubbed off. Remember the Yost days, where it was start hot, finish poor? Listen, I'm not delusional, I'm just saying, hopping off and on the bandwagon must get exhausting.
It's a Great Summer Activity - We bitch all winter long about the cold, and the lack of baseball. So now you're not going to go have a good time just because the team didn't start off too great? That's some dollar store brand of stadium sauce right there...WEAK! Go to the park, tailgate, party, enjoy baseball while it lasts. If you can't make it to a game, listen to Uecker call a game from your deck while grilling with a beer in hand. Summer is fleeting in Wisconsin. To me, baseball = summer and summer = fun.