Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing. Please enjoy responsibly.
Cheers! (Something good that happened)
Jonathan Lucroy is a Role Model: The trade deadline is just over one week away, and I think most of us will be surprised if Lucroy is still a Brewer at that time. Before he goes, though, he is reminding us what a stand-up guy Milwaukee will be losing.
With the Cubs coming to town, Lucroy teamed up with Anthony Rizzo to promote a couple of charities:
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are joining forces in support of the “Cancer Knows No Borders” campaign as they hope to encourage residents of Wisconsin and Illinois to donate to their choice of two cancer non-profit organizations, each of which is represented by one of the All-Stars.
Fans of the Brewers and Lucroy can donate to Wisconsin’s Aurora Health Care Foundation (www.aurora.org/noborders). Rizzo, a cancer survivor, has selected his own non-profit, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation (www.rizzo44.com), to be the recipient of donations by Cubs fans.
“Anytime that you can help people out through the platform that we have, I think it’s important to take advantage of that,” Lucroy said.
A few days earlier, word came down that Lucroy was honored by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association with the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award. The award is given to players from each team who “demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”
Lucroy’s days in Milwaukee may be numbered, but assuming he does go soon, he’ll be leaving with his head held high.
Buzzkill (Something forgettable that happened)
Hall of Fame Tour Pricing Seems Dubious: MLB has been pushing this Hall of Fame Tour pretty hard for its second stop in Milwaukee. If you’ve been to Miller Park while it’s been here, you’ll notice it takes up a fair amount of space in the parking lot. If you’re a baseball fan, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the tour’s advertising pitches:
The collection combines Cooperstown’s timeless charm — featuring artifacts such as the cap Jackie Robinson wore during the 1955 World Series and the baseball that Babe Ruth hit for his 714th home run — with cutting-edge technology…
Feast your eyes on never-before-seen content and unique historic footage in the Tour’s IMAX movie theatre…
Compete for your favorite team by becoming a hot dog vendor, mowing the outfield grass or testing your trivia knowledge…
Slip on a virtual reality (VR) headset in the Tour’s Jaunt VR lounge and instantly be transported onto the field or into the dugout…
That sounds pretty cool. I’d pay $10-$15 to check that out. I might pay up to $20 if there was the promise of more artifacts and less “interactive” content, but maybe that’s because I’m old-fashioned. Let’s see what regular adult admission costs…
$26? That doesn’t seem like a good deal. Veterans don’t even catch much of a break at $22. Students 11 years old and up are $17 and only children under 11 get a decent deal at $10.
It’s a free market, and MLB can charge whatever it wants. The fact the exhibit seems to focus more on cool tech than actual history probably accounts for the price. Fair enough. I’m sure plenty of fans have and will check out the Hall of Fame Tour and enjoy themselves. In my view, it just seems like a better deal to buy three 16 oz. domestic beers with that money.
Here’s to You (Standout player(s) or play(s) of the week)
Kirk Nieuwenhuis Beats Cubs: It’s safe to say Brewers fans don’t look forward to Nieuwenhuis plate appearances with great enthusiasm. Two- and three-strikeout games are not uncommon for Nieuwenhuis, and his batting average finally dipped under .200 in Pittsburgh. Carrying an 0-for-18 slump with him into Saturday’s game, Nieuwenhuis had his best game as a Brewer, going 3-for-3 with 4 RBI. His three-run homer in the eighth broke the game open and sent Cubs fans home early.
Whenever the Brewers can disappoint Cubs fans at Miller Park, the world is a beautiful place.
Back on the Wagon (Thoughts on the week ahead)
The home stand continues with a visit from the last place Arizona Diamondbacks. It seems kind of late to see an NL team for the first time, although the Rockies don’t make an appearance on the schedule until the end of next month. That’s quirky scheduling for you. With Zack Greinke on the DL there won’t be an opportunity for him to put his .889 Miller Park win percentage on the line. I suppose the only storyline will be two underperforming teams try to show their grit and respect for the game.
The Pirates come to Milwaukee one week after taking two of three from the Crew in Pittsburgh. In fact, the Brewers have lost both their series against the Pirates this season. But this time they’re at home, so surely a change of fortunes is in order. Unless Chase Anderson and Matt Garza continue to turn in their customary weak performances, in which case…at least there are t-shirt and bobblehead giveaways next weekend!
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