Not a lot has gone well for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. On the bright side, the Crew are playing more inspired baseball under Craig Counsell and Ryan Braun no longer seems bothered by his thumb. On the dark side is pretty much everything else, including the recent news that Wily Peralta will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained oblique. Like fresh water or gasoline in Mad Max, a silver lining is extraordinarily difficult to find with this Brewers season. This is not to say silver linings do not exist. One of the few “perks” of rooting for a terrible team is the absence of tension.
The past year has been tremendously successful for Wisconsin teams, but with comes success comes high stakes. While this is why you watch sports, it’s also while a taught playoff game is not exactly a fun experience. The Wisconsin Badgers’ victory over the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four, for example, was one of the most significant wins in their history. Yet watching the game itself was unbearably tense. It’s doubtful many Badger fans were having a good time when UK led 64-60 late in the second half and looked on the verge of pulling away.
In addition to anxiety, it’s a bummer when your team loses in the playoffs. And that’s all I have to say about that.
This all leads us back to the 2015 Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball. They have almost no chance to make the playoffs, and it’s similarly unlikely they’ll even get to the fringes of the playoff race. Brewers games will only be of consequence if they’re playing a contender.* While this will not make for an exciting summer, it also means that your evening cannot be ruined by a blown save or extra inning loss. You may roll your eyes at the Brewers’ ineptitude, but you’ll never be inspired to throw a brick through your TV. In contrast to the recent seasons for the Packers, Badgers, Bucks, and even Brewers, this is a nice change of pace.
*Playing spoiler is highly underrated!
This season’s Brewers games can be enjoyed because they’re baseball games and baseball games are always a good thing. Hopefully future seasons will feature games that mean more than that, but for now it’s nice to have a breather before the Badgers and Packers kickoff and fill our weekends with nail biting action.