In final week of the season last year, the Milwaukee Brewers had their postseason dreams dashed by the St. Louis Cardinals. One game was all that separated the Brewers from the postseason. Fast forward to this season, a similar high stakes series against the Cardinals and the Brewers would not be denied. The Brewers sweep the Cardinals and in doing so, they clinched a postseason berth. The team’s fifth playoff appearance in their fifty years of existance.
The celebration was on in the locker room. Champagne and the champagne of beers was flowing. (Except for Jeremy Jeffress who enjoyed a grape Fanta. Keep fighting the good fight, brother.)
Bob Uecker celebrated like… well as only Ueck can. Everyone was excited and proud of what they had accomplished, but when you heard everyone speak you knew they understood this is just the beginning.
The hunt for October is over, but the new hunt has begun. The Brewers are only a half game back of the Chicago Cubs for the National League Central Division crown. (Cubs also clinched a postseason berth last night.) The Crew aren’t satisfied with just clinching a playoff berth, they want the division. They aren’t satisfied with just a potential division crown, they want a World Series crown. Through the celebration, the focus remained clear. They aren’t done yet.
Four times the Brewers have been to postseason with a fifth appearnce upcoming. Of all those postseason squads, this one seems the most special. They are deep, they are hungry, they are focused. The new hunt has begun.