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It’s easy not to be excited about the Milwaukee Brewers’ newest addition, Neil Walker.
At a time when it seems like the New York Yankees retire numbers for the sake of doing so, there’s no denying that Don Mattingly deserves his rightful place in Monument Park.
Insurance and certainty have been rare commodities for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017.
When the season started, it was the bevy of inexperienced position players that held the weight of skepticism — and the starting rotation wasn’t far from it either.
I don’t remember my 23rd birthday. It was that unremarkable.
Orlando Arcia certainly will.
I attended–note, did not graduate from–a small, parochial college situated in downtown Minneapolis. (Elliot Park, for those who are familiar with the area.) We were steps from the erstwhile Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, then-home of the Minnesota Twins.
And when I got there, those Twins sucked.
The Milwaukee Brewers are no strangers to being written off.
It could be argued it has been a part of their identity since 2011 when they won the division and slowly watched a car with failing brakes roll down the mountain into baseball oblivion.
In recent years they’ve suffered numerous significant injuries, departed with some of their most well-known, talented and tenured players, changed managers, general managers and other personnel and even seen the nauseating reality of an epic mid-season collapse more than once.
But this year is different.