Five days ago I wrote a post titled "NINE" that captured the feelings of a nation. The Brewers were fresh off of two amazing wins in front of a crazy hometown crowd and it felt like they could beat anyone. ESPN and other major websites were writing articles about how the Brewers were "the team nobody wanted to face" and a "World Series favorite." Everything that could go right did and everything that could go wrong didn't. Everything was clicking, everything was perfect and the whole thing just felt amazing. An entire state was on top of the world. At the end of that post I wrote the following:
I am going to try and not get too excited. I'm going to try and not let these two games cloud my vision. I know there is a long way to go. I know these are only two games, but wow... just wow. What a weekend.
Last weekend was awesome, no doubt, but the odds of the Brewers sweeping the playoffs were slim. The odds of them sweeping the Diamondbacks were good, but they weren't a sure thing. A loss in this series was to be expected as the Diamondbacks are a very good baseball team. Two losses, while not ideal, was also a possibility. Losing these games was not the end of the world. Although it certainly does feel that way.
A common theme that I've been hearing and reading is that the losses themselves don't bother people, but the way they are losing does. This is completely understandable. The Brewers have given up grand slams on back-to-back nights, that is awful. The Brewers have given up something like 84 homeruns in two games, that is also awful. The Brewers starting pitchers, despite a 1-run 8-inning performance in game 1 from Yovani Gallardo, have an ERA of 8.27 which is so awful they had to invent a new word for it. That word? sogoddamnawfulwtfseriously.
The last two games were bad, but they were in no way indicative of the Brewers talent level or their future. They are not that bad. (For one, there were THREE homeruns that would have been out at Miller Park that were caught by Arizona outfielders last night. A few feet to the side and we're talking about Philly/St.Louis.) They wouldn't be here if they were as bad as
the team the pitching we saw the last two nights.
The truth is that the Milwaukee Brewers are neither as good or as bad as we have seen them play. Ryan Braun wasn't going to hit .750 forever. Rickie Weeks won't stay quiet for the rest of the playoffs. Jerry Hairston, while good, will not continue to play like Brooks Robinson. Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf should remember how to pitch at some point. This is a very, very good team with a lot of different weapons at their disposal and they plan on using all of them tomorrow afternoon. The Brewers would have loved to win the last two games, but they don't really care that they didn't because all they care about is tomorrow. This isn't a 2-0 series that the Brewers blew or even a 2-2 series, this is a one game playoff. Win or go home and that's exactly how they are going to approach it. Put it this way, the rest of this series has been Ramona's first six evil exes and tomorrow is Gideon. Tomorrow is the Brewers' Finest Hour. Nothing else matters.
Yovani Gallardo is on the mound, the big guns in the bullpen are well rested, the lineup is ready to keep swinging the bats and Ron Roenicke is going to do everything he has to do to win this game. I am going to be there tomorrow and my only hope is that the crowd brings the same A-game that the team will. Game 1 and Game 2 might have been loud, but this is so much bigger than that. This is it. This is our Super Bowl. This is everything.
I am going to get so hammered.