For May, we turn our gaze to the north and the great state of Wisconsin. We start with two pictures from our miniature golfing stop during the road trip to Minneapolis in 2014, the first with Danny and Michael posing with a giant Bucky Badger and the second with Danny sticking his head in a plaster rhinoceros. The final picture comes from 2019’s trip to Miller Park to see the Cubs battler the Brewers.
School is back in session and we have Michael to bring us into fall. The main photo is from his graduation last spring. Surrounding it, clockwise from the top left, is a shot of him on the field at Guaranteed Rate Field, posing with White Sox legend Bill Melton at Grinder Bash, with Danny at the WWII Memorial in DC, on the balcony at the Newseum with the Capitol building in the background, with Danny again at Miller Park in Milwaukee, and at his final junior high band concert.
With baseball shut down because of the corona virus, I thought it would be an interesting time to look at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams. We continue today with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers began life in 1969, joining the American League as the Seattle Pilots. After one year, they moved to Milwaukee and were re-christened the Brewers. In 1998, the Brewers became the first team to switch leagues when they moved to the National League as the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays joined the American League. I’ve seen them play 41 times, first in 1993 battling the White Sox at their old home of Milwaukee County Stadium and most recently last July, battling the Cubs at Miller Park.
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Spring training is in full swing and opening day is about a month away, as we continue our tour of all of the baseball stadiums I’ve been to over the years. The closest city, outside of Chicago, for baseball, contains the homes of the Milwaukee Brewers. Between the two stadiums that have been located in the heart of cheeseland, I’ve seen 8 games. So, without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at my history with County Stadium and Miller Park.
Stadium Name: County Stadium
Years in Service: 1953 – 2000
Milwaukee County Stadium was built with the intention of drawing a major league baseball team to Milwaukee, and it worked quicker than anybody would have expected, as the Braves announced they would be moving from Boston 3 weeks before the stadium, and the 1953 season, opened. The Braves would call Milwaukee home for the next 13 seasons before leaving for Atlanta for the 1966 season.
During the 1968 and 1969 seasons, the struggling Chicago White Sox wound up playing 20 home games at County Stadium in an effort to keep the baseball fandom alive in Milwaukee. In 1970, local businessman Bud Selig purchased the expansion Seattle Pilots out of bankruptcy court and moved them to Milwaukee and rechristened them the Brewers. The Brewers would call County Stadium home until 2000, when they would move next door in to the newly built Miller Park.
I made one trip up to County Stadium for a White Sox/Brewers tilt on July 18, 1993. The White Sox were victorious thank to a 2-run single by Bo Jackson in the 9th inning. I remember sitting out in the bleachers, but, beyond that, have no particular memory of the stadium or what amenities, if any, it offered.
Years in Service: 2003 – Present
The Brewers broke ground on a new stadium on November 9, 1996, in a parking lot behind County Stadium, with plans to open the park for the 2000 season. Construction was delayed in 1999 after a crane collapsed while lifting a 400-ton roof section, killing three workers. This caused the opening to be delayed for a year, and the new Miller Park did not open until April 6, 2001. In 2007, the stadium hosted an Indians series against the Angels after snow storms in Cleveland forced the cancellation of the previous series against the Mariners. The Astros called Miller Park home for two games in 2008 when Hurricane Ike stormed through Houston.
I made the first of my seven visits to Miller Park during the inaugural season of 2001. That May 7th contest had the Cubs squeaking out a 7-6 victory against the hosting Brewers. My most recent trip up north was this past summer, to once again see the Cubs battle (or destroy) the Brewers. Miller Park was a vastly superior replacement over County Stadium, and I’ve enjoyed each of my subsequent trips up to Milwaukee to see the local ballclubs.
Once again, I thought it would be nice to look back at the many trips I took this year. As you may recall from last year‘s wrap-up, the year began in California.
New Year’s Day was spent in Pasadena for the Rose Parade, where Danny and the Lincoln-Way Marching Band were performing. Lucky for them, they were slotted right after the float that caught on fire and eventually mucked up the entire end of the parade. However, they were able to march around the disabled float and keep things moving for the time being. The next day we went to the California ScienCenter, where we were able to see artifacts from King Tut’s tomb and the space shuttle Endeavor, and the beach before heading home.
And home is where I stayed for a whole month before heading out to Hawaii in February. I arrived that first Saturday in February, checking out my surroundings around the resort and down Waikiki Beach after the long flight. Monday, I took a tour of the island of Oahu, with stops at Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali lookout, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, Sunset Beach, Waimea Falls, and the Dole Plantation. Tuesday, I took in a whale watching cruise, where we were able to see multiple whales surfacing during the excursion. Thursday, I traveled over to Pearl Harbor and all of the associated attractions and museums. Come the following Saturday, it was time to head home on an overnight flight that got me in town very early Sunday morning.
Come June, the whole family headed east to celebrate Michael’s graduation. We flew into Baltimore, where Dennis, the boys, and I went to breakfast before heading to Camden Yards to see the Orioles take on the Giants. On the way to the stadium, we stopped at the grave site of Edgar Allen Poe and the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum. After the game, we walked to the local bus depot, where we caught a bus to Washington DC for the remainder of the trip.
|Year||Stadium Name||Total Games|
|2008||US Cellular Field||46|
|Surprise playoff runs for the White Sox in 2008 and the Cubs in 2003 led to my highest single season totals ever, boosted by post-season play.|
|My highest non-playoff total saw me attending over half of the home games for the Cubs in 2004.|
|2011||US Cellular Field||40|
|2009||US Cellular Field||40|
|2010||US Cellular Field||36|
|2017||Guaranteed Rate Field||33|
|2006||US Cellular Field||32|
|Post World Series championship started an attendance jump.|
|2016||US Cellular Field||32|
|2012||US Cellular Field||31|
|2015||US Cellular Field||31|
|2007||US Cellular Field||29|
|2014||US Cellular Field||28|
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It’s been 3 years since we’ve taken a look at the now 22 different stadiums I’ve been to and how often I’ve been to them. With the World Series over and the off season upon us, it’s time to update that list. Again, I’ve only added 2 additional stadiums in this time, one in 2015 and the other this year. Different names for the same physical stadium are counted separately.
|Stadium Name||Total Games|
|US Cellular Field||414|
|Comiskey Park II||38|
|Guaranteed Rate Field||33|
|Great American Ballpark||7|
|Ballpark in Arlington, The||3|
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Another great week, as I surpassed 60,000 steps for the second time in the last 3 weeks and extended my streak of days over goal to 14. The week got off to a decent start on Sunday, where morning brunch led to just surpassing my daily goal of 6500 steps. Monday started at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet for what was supposed to be a week of jury duty, but an early exit brought me to Wrigley Field for day 1 of crosstown action, finishing well over 7000 steps. Tuesday was the big day of the week, thanks to a return trip to Wrigley followed by my first trip to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in 21 years to see Sir Paul McCartney. Wednesday was my down day of the week, with no plans and a mere 12 steps above goal. Thursday, the crosstown action moved down to Guaranteed Rate field and I notched my second 10,000 step day of the week. Friday was the first day I made it to the office all week, which I followed with a trip to Miller Park in Milwaukee, scoring my third 10,000 step day of the week. After sleeping in on Saturday, I took a trip to the car wash, followed by exciting Sox/Indian action.
Total steps: 63,225
Daily average: 9032.1
With 3 months until baseball in Chicago returns, I thought it would be interesting to look at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams. We continue today with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers began life in 1969, joining the American League as the Seattle Pilots. After one year, they moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers. In 1998, the Brewers became the first team to switch leagues when they moved to the National League as the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays joined the American League. I’ve seen them play 36 times, first in 1993 battling the White Sox at their old home of Milwaukee County Stadium and most recently last May, once again battling the White Sox, at Miller Park.
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A good week, where I passed the 5500 mark each day and even broke the 11,000 step plateau for my best day yet using the Fitbit. The week got off a decent start thanks to a Mother’s Day trip to Brookfield Zoo, although the weather made sure that it was a short trip. Monday was a normal day of work, thanks to an afternoon coffee run. Tuesday added to that with a trip up to Milwaukee to see the White Sox battle the Brewers at Miller Park, which accounted for the high total. The rest of the work week enjoyed decent weather, so there was some outdoor activity along with coffee runs. Saturday also entailed a nice walk around the neighborhood.
Total steps: 53,059
Daily average: 7579.9