By Cassandra Fawley
According to the Major League Baseball website, the Milwaukee Brewers were born on April 1, 1970, when Allan H. “Bud” Selig and Edmund Fitzgerald acquired the Seattle Pilots franchise. During their first game in the America League, the Brewers lost. However, unique events transpired that enabled the team to remain renowned.
The first of these events took place on opening day, 1973, when 13 inches of snow resulted in a game cancellation. However, nine years later, the team made it to its first and only World Series game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sadly, the game resulted in a loss. Five years later, Brewers again made the national news when Juan Nieves became the first Puerto Rican to accomplish a no hitter on April 15, 1987. Two years later, Dan Plesac became the first Brewer pitcher to be selected to play in three consecutive All-Star games. In 1993, Greg Vaughn became the first Brewer to hit 30 home runs in one season.
One year later, the team received a new logo, a new look, and new uniforms. The “new” streak continued in 1995, when Tommy Thompson announced a 250 million dollar financing plan that would fund the establishment of the new Brewer stadium. However, three years after breaking ground, disaster struck. According to the Chicago Tribune, on July 14, 1999, a 567-foot tall crane, commonly known as the “Big Blue”, collapsed on the stadium, killing three construction workers. Although this prolonged construction by one year, the Brewers were prepared. In 2001, they played their first game in their new stadium and won against the Cincinnati Reds. Amidst the construction, in 1997, the Brewers joined the National League.
Three years after the opening of the stadium, the Selig family ended the longest franchise ownership in baseball history when they sold the Milwaukee Brewers to Mark Attanasio for 200 million dollars. In 2007, under the new ownership, Ryan Braun was named National League Rookie of the Year. Four years later, he would assist the Brewers in 96 regular season wins and their achievement of their first division title in 29 years. Sadly, in 2013 he was suspended for illegal drug use.
Last year, the Brewers achieved yet another record by becoming the sixth Major League Baseball team to ever hold first place for 150 days and not make it to playoffs. Unluckily, this year has begun with a 3-14 record, as of April 25, 2015.
In an interview conducted on April 22, 2015,, Attanasio ensured that the manager and the general manager were not under speculation. He guaranteed fans that examination is constantly being conducted, focusing only on the improvement of the players. Attanasio established that 20 out of 25 players are performing below average, largely due to injuries.
However badly the team is currently doing, it is important that fans continue encouraging them at all games. To inspire students and military members to join in on the live baseball experience, a 35 percent discount is offered on tickets.