The Year in Video Highlights, Part 3: August/September

Apart from one special moment in October, this installment of my stroll down video lane is how I choose to remember the 2011 season - wherein we couldn't lose for a whole month and we took the NL Central's pole position. Packed with memorable scenes, both on the individual and team levels, August and September were the best 2-month period I've ever lived through as a sports fan.

As always, feel free to point out any highlights that I missed! Here's the archive I'm working from.

Re-visit Part 1: April/May and Part 2: June/July.

August 3, 2011: Brewers 10, Cardinals 5

The Casey McGehee Show, Part 1 of 3
The first of THREE homers by Casey...!

The Casey McGehee Show, Part 2 of 3
NEVER REGRESS!! (Sigh, too late)

Must C: Classic - Parts 1-3
I couldn't find the regular clip for Casey's 3rd homer but here's the Must C compilation vid with all 3 together, with Provus on the call for #2 and #3

August 5, 2011: Brewers 8, Astros 1

Counsell FINALLY snaps his 0-for-45 skid
D'awwwww wook at Craigy, he got a widdle hit
Three patronizing cheers for Craiggers!

August 6, 2011: Brewers 7, Pirates 5

Plush "shows off the pop gun" to end the game
Wow, remember this throw? Incredibly stupid move by Astros rookie J.B. Shuck to go for 3rd base, down 2 runs in the 9th, and Nyjer made him pay with this beauty of a play to gun him down

August 14, 2011: Brewers 2, Pirates 1 (10)

Braun's game-tying single in the 8th
Down 1-0 in the 8th, Braunie smacks a clutch single up the middle to tie it off Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan, to set up...

... Nyjer's walk-off sac fly
Capping off the sweep

August 15, 2011: Brewers 3, Dodgers 0

The Triple Play, et al
A triple play, 4 double plays, a throw home to nail a runner and an incredible diving catch on separate plays by Hairston in CF... it's hard to imagine a defense ever being more responsible for a shutout

August 20, 2011: Brewers 11, Mets 9

The Crew's 4-run ninth inning comeback
The Brewers had blown a 7-1 lead by giving up 8 runs to the Mets in the 7th & 8th innings, but then belched out a 4-spot in 9th snatch the game back

August 31, 2011: Cardinals 8, Brewers 3

Braun wipes out going for the inside-the-parker
The super-slo-mo is hilarious

Police line do not cross
The next day Marcum and crew recreate the scene of the crime

September 3, 2011: Brewers 8, Astros 2

Kottaras' cycle
Man, that's a deep CF in Houston

September 7, 2011: Cardinals 2, Brewers 0

Morgan gets into it with Carp & Alberta
Wat was she thinking running afta Plush!!! She never been n tha ring!!!

September 13, 2011: Brewers 2, Rockies 1 (11)

Braun's walk-off shot in the 11th
A game after ending a 5-game losing streak, with their magic number having stalled of late, Braunie enjoyed this game-winner

September 16, 2011: Brewers 6, Reds 3

Braun joins 30-30 club
With homeruns #29 and #30

September 17, 2011: Brewers 10, Reds 1

Gallardo's 13 K's (in 6 IP!)
We all remember Yo finishing the regular season with 3 starts where he struck out 12, 13, and 11. Here he is at his filthiest

September 23, 2011: BREWERS - NL CENTRAL CHAMPS - 4, MARLINS 1

Through most of September I was just anxious for October to arrive since I just assumed the playoffs were a foregone conclusion. So I didn't expect the night of 9/23/11 to feel so good...

Braun's amazing catch-and-throw DP
Yeah, something special was in the air

K-Rod escapes a jam
K-Rod was excellent all year, but this was his standout appearance of the regular season. 2 clutch K's to get out of a big jam, preserving a 1-1 tie in the 8th inning of the eventual clincher

Braun hits the 3-run bomb; Ax secures it; Happy Times
Including both the TV & radio calls, the Cubs closing out the Cards on the diamondvision, and the clubhouse celebration

Reactions from the team
It's making me happy re-watching this, but it's also making me fantasize about how it's gonna be when we win it all some day...

September 27, 2011: Brewers 6, Pirates 4

Prince's Swan Song, Part 1
And I am pudgy

Prince's Swan Song, Part 2
I like cakes fudgy

Prince's Swan Song, Part 3
I did not come 2 funk around
Give me eight years or I'll eat your pitching mound
(Source, comment #7)

Weeks' monster blast
Not to be overshadowed, Rickie's lone homer in the regular season after coming back from his injury was awe-inpsiring

Enjoy... see ya next weekend, when I'll put up the final, bittersweet installment.
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