If you're anything like me, after a satisfying Brewer win you watch the MLB.com video highlights of the game over and over again until you realize that you've watched the same homerun swing ten times, you've memorized every word and inflection of BA's call, and you've noted the reactions of each different fan in the stands. And then you watch it all again one more time before finally dragging yourself up to bed. Then in bed you'll remember your iPhone can play the videos too.
For us crazies, I'm putting together a handy index of all the most memorable homeruns, pitching performances, plays, and moments of the Crew's 2011 season so that we can relive the happy parts of this special year. I told myself I was gonna do this only if we made it to the World Series, because I'd probably be too defeated to work on it if we lost to the Cards. But even though that ignominy transpired, after I took my head out of the oven I found myself wanting to put this together anyway, to help remember the season for what it was: an awesome ride I'm proud to say I was all in for.
This is Part 1, which covers April and May. I'll post the subsequent parts in the coming days as I finish 'em. Feel free to point out any highlights that I missed! Here's the archive I'm working from.
Thanks to all the writers and community members of BCB for a great season. Hope you have as much fun strolling down memory lane as I did.
April 5, 2011: Brewers 1, Braves 0
Yo throws a 2-hit shutout
The Brewers' (and RRR's) first win of 2011
April 10, 2011: Brewers 6, Cubs 5
Casey's clutch 2-run HR off Kerry Wood
The Crew was down 5-4 to the Cubs in the bottom of the 8th when Casey (hitting .206/.243/235 (.479) up to this point) hit this 2-run shot to take the lead. "FUDGE YEAH!"
Must C: Clutch - Casey's HR again
MLB's Must C vid, including Ueck on the call
Yuni dives, doubles off the runner
Little did we know that Yuni would somehow top this play a few weeks later
April 22, 2011: Brewers 14, Astros 7
Sadly, it was to be his only one of the season
April 25, 2011: Reds 9, Brewers 5
Carlos Gomez makes a diving catch, doesn't break his collarbone
Gratuitous double somersault!
May 4, 2011: Braves 8, Brewers 3
Greinke's season debut
4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, social anxiety
May 7, 2011: Brewers 4, Cardinals 0
Yo goes 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Yovani, you complete me
May 9, 2011: Brewers 4, Padres 3
Oh my goodness! OH, MY GOODNESS
"But he still sucks" "Come on, you gotta admit it was an amazing play" "No, any average SS gets to that ball a lot easier" "But that flash... that pizzazz" "Screw that, he should've just taken the sure out at first"
Zack's Miller Park debut
6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, ah, that's more like it
May 16, 2011: Brewers 2, Dodgers 1
Go-Go robs a HR from Juan Uribe
Braun's reaction is priceless
May 20, 2011: Brewers 7, Rockies 6 (14)
Prince OBLITERATES this walkoff HR for a comeback win in the 14th
We tied the game in the 8th to send it into extras, gave up a run in the top of the 13th, tied it again in the bottom, gave up another run in the 14th, and then this. Even down 6-5 I remember just knowing Braun would get on and then Prince would crush one
May 23, 2011: Brewers 11, Nationals 3
The Corey Hart Show, Part 1
SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT!
The Corey Hart Show, Part 2
The Corey Hart Show, Part 3
(looks up Wikipedia) I AM BY YOUR SIDE ??!
Must C: Classic - Corey's 3 HRs
MLB's compilation, with Ueck on the call
May 25, 2011: Brewers 6, Nationals 4
Greinke blasts a HR to left
There's so much beauty to this homerun. Sadly, like Yo, Zack ended up hitting only one all year
May 28, 2011: Brewers 3, Giants 2
Go-Go Gadget Inside-the-Park HR
Has there ever been an inside-the-parker that hasn't been a misplay, a freak carom, or a fielder injury? Maybe one day, Gomez will be the first. For now, we wait
Lucroy's walkoff suicide squeeze
"Mr. Squeeze" lays the groundwork for his "great" new nickname
This was just the appetizer. Part 2 to come, including a healthy dose of Plush.