17% of the Brewers' Home Opener is Already Shot to Hell

From coverage of this afternoon's Cubs/Brewers game, Milwaukee's home opener, in Friday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Truth be told, the Brewers and many of their fans would probably prefer a team other than the Cubs coming to town for the opening series of the season.
That's because the home opener is normally a sellout, whether it's the Washington Nationals or the Pittsburgh Pirates. Plus, Brewers fans would rather see their home park filled with Brewers fans, not Cubs fans...

The question...is how many Cubs fans found a way to get a ticket to the game. At times, Miller Park has been known as Wrigley North when the two teams meet in a series.

[Rick Schlesinger, executive vice president of business operations for the Brewers] said that for the three-game Cubs series, 9% of the tickets sold by the team came from people with Illinois ZIP codes.

StubHub, which is Major League Baseball's official secondary ticket provider, reported Thursday that buyers from 32 states had bought tickets to Friday's game. Seventy-five percent of them came from Wisconsin, 17% came from Illinois, and 1% each came from Iowa, Indiana and Michigan, among others.

I'll be looking for you 17% on the broadcast. Be loud. Be proud. And please let the vehicle you urinate next to in the parking lot after the game be your own.

 

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I love tailgating, and my favorite tailgate stadium in MLB is definitely Milwaukee. I've been to Miller at least once a year since 2003 and plan to go back May 9.

That said, dealing with Brewers fans in the parking lot can be a little trying. They like to think they own the right to tailgate. They think shouting derogatory things about the Bears somehow gives them bragging rights in June. Last year, a young lady - possibly drunk - came over and actually had the nerve to tell us we were idiots for eating our sausages on sandwich buns. We calmly tried to explain that they were not sausages but in fact whole flatiron steaks smothered in mushrooms and onions, but I'm not sure it made any sense (or difference) to her.

So yes, invading Milwaukee is one of the great joys of Cub fandom. While you can always count on Sox fans to show up at Wrigley with relatively the same force as we can at the Cell, there's no comparison between Cubs-Brewers - we travel way better, and that really, really pisses them off.

I lived briefly in Milwaukee. I liked Milwaukee. I have friends in Milwaukee. But if I had to wager whether or not the average Milwaukeean at a Brewers game could have correctly identified your whole flatiron steak smothered in onions and not assumed it was some form of sausage, my bet would be no.

I know, why would anyone want to eat meat not cased in its own intestines? Crazy, right?

I grew up in the Chicago area and so I know first hand how rowdy and out-of-control Cubs fans can be on occasion. When I moved to Milwaukee, I was amazed at how obnoxious Brewers fans are. Way worse than Cubs fans. They definitely have an inferiority complex when it comes to the Cubs vs. Brewers.

Although Miller Park is a great place to watch a game, it can get old listening to Brewers fans hurling insults toward you just because you're wearing a Cubs jersey.

Flatiron steaks for tailgating? Very nice!

As a Cubs fan now living in the Cincinnati area, I can tell you the local fans, radio station and Reds owner do nothing but bitch about the number of Cubs fans that show up for games. I usually tell them they shouldn't cry about the sea of Cubs blue, they should be looking at the Green-the Money we bring to the city and which also goes to their team.

Milwaukee makes it hard not to go: it's easier to get to than Wrigley, the beer is great, no rainouts, the brats are great, they do a good job presenting a baseball game ("Beer Barrel Polka" during the 7th inning)and of course, the tailgaiting.
I understand it sucks to be the hometeam and outnumbered by the visiting fans; hell, look at what we have to put up with at every game at Wrigley. And then when tourists go and act asshole-ish-they're tagged as Cubs fans.
Every team charges more for the Cubs games and we still come. We cannot be stopped. Bwahaha.

Two words: Cheese curds. Ugh, I'm getting fat thinking about it, but they're delish. Miller Park is a fun trip.

And I don't feel sorry for these people complaining about Cub fans showing up. It's commerce. Your effing welcome.

Oh and "Booo! ______{insert team}"

Also, article I linked to in the post notes that many tickets are still available for the Sunday night game, no doubt because it's on Easter and it's a Sunday night game.

Miggy Cabrera with a grand slam.

LF Soriano
CF Fukudome
1B Lee
RF Bradley
3B ARam
2B Fontenot
SS Theriot
C Hill
P Harden

Wow, that lineup sucks.

worst lineup possible...

The Cubs lineup

.333
.444
(((.154)))
(((.000)))
.429
.385
.556
Catcher
Pitcher

Did MLB.TV do away with blackout restrictions? I've never been able to watch the Indians on mlb.tv (i live 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland) and i'm watching no problem.

Ummm, why did we give up Kerry Wood again? This Gregg stuff is not working out too well. I know it's early but...

I was at the game Friday, and let me report that the Brewers fans are becoming worse with each series. Back in 2003, I remember going to a game, and leaving after 1-0 Brewers win, and the fans were not total assholes about it.

The last 3 years however have seen a steady-rise in moronizing. Except for the few friendly people around me I was elbowed going to and from my seat to the bathrooms, threatened once I got to the bathroom (and go figure it was because I had a Cubs jersey on...the dude threatening me was from Iowa of all places, and a kind Brewers fan stepped in and told the guy to take a shit or he'd be eating one).

Lastly, the large migration over the bridge and to our cars, while not fisticuffs were going on as much as I know, the Brewers fans acted like they just made the playoffs (and some were actually saying that they just won the championship). Too bad after the game both teams were tied with 2 wins and 2 losses...oh yeah, and that each team still had over 150 games left to play.

I predicted yesturday that Sat/Sun will bring in more Cubs fans, and I hope that is the case.

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    johann 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 1 hour 51 min ago view
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    crunch 2 hours 47 min ago view
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    Eric S 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 4 hours 42 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 23 hours 1 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view