The Milwaukee Brewers were at times frustrating to watch this year, but we knew going in that there probably wasn’t going to be a ton of wins of 2016. We can be all be thankful that we were at least provided with a youthful club that took risks on several upside players, many of which paid off. The team improved to 73 wins from 68 last year and went 16-13 in the season’s final month, perhaps providing some hope for further improvement in 2017.
As a staff, we are all thankful for the community that we have that truly makes this site great. Today on Thanksgiving, we wanted to share with you all some things we are thankful for:
I’m thankful for uninterrupted baseball so far, which hopefully continues with a new CBA before the December 1 deadline. Getting into a partnership with the Carolina Mudcats so there aren't two locations that mess with prospects in Colorado Springs and Lancaster. A Brewers franchise that is heading up again. Finally, a community of fans that are readily willing to welcome other fans and make them feel like part of the group quickly.
I'm thankful that Mark Attanasio bought the Brewers. That Doug Melvin proved surprisingly adept at beginning a rebuild and that MA hired David Stearns after Doug stepped down. I’m thankful for my hope for the future of the Brewers...just, you know, hurry up and win a World Series. And I'm happy for the offseason, where every move is a winner, potentially! I'm also thankful for Al Gore inventing the Internet so that I can talk about the Brewers with other idiots that care as much as I do.
I'm thankful that Bob Uecker is still around for most Brewers games. It can be hard to stay interested during hard times for the team, but he still keeps things interesting and his never-ending "hope springs attorney" optimism can still lift spirits, even in the middle of an eight-game losing streak in August.
I'm also thankful that the Brewers' rebuild is focusing on giving young players time to prove their worth, instead of running out washed-up veterans, as was often the case in the early 2000s. It's a lot more fun to watch Keon Broxton and Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar than Eric Young and John Vander Wal and Royce Clayton.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for my loving wife, two kids, and the little baby girl that we’re expecting within the next few weeks. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be managing editor here at BCB, and thankful for all of your interaction and feedback on the news and ideas that we present to you all.
I’m thankful for the Brewers and for living and growing up in the Milwaukee area just a few miles away from Miller Park. I’m thankful for Ryan Braun and Junior Guerra and that they’re both still wearing a Brewers uniform as of today. I’m generally thankful for the direction this franchise appears to be heading and for the front office that’s been assembled in Milwaukee.
Have a happy holiday! Here a couple of questions for you to muse on in between bites of stuffing:
What are you thankful for?
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?