The Milwaukee Brewers took us on an unforgettable journey in 2018, winning a division title for the first time in seven years and getting to within one game of the World Series. We can be thankful for the acquisitions of Lorenzo Cain and National League MVP Christian Yelich as well as the unexpectedly strong pitching performances that helped propel this team deep into the postseason, and the free George Webb’s burgers they won for us along the way.
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 that the Brewers are willing to think outside the box more than just about every team in the league. Not only did it allow them to stand toe-to-toe with teams like the Dodgers and come within a game of the World Series, but the sometimes unconventional decisions of Craig Counsell and David Stearns has created so many opportunities to talk about the Brewers to people in my life that normally wouldn’t be talking about the team. The Brewers are something people are casually talking about again, and that’s a good thing.
I’m thankful that the Brewers have been able to develop pitchers. For years it felt like Ben Sheets and Yovani Gallardo were the only successful pitchers to come out of the farm. Now, the team has Josh Hader, Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta rising through the ranks and succeeding in the big leagues in just the last two seasons. On top of that, the farm has more arms coming, like Zack Brown and Trey Supak.
I’m thankful that the Brewers are in full competitive mode again. While we understood that the Brewers would need time to build the farm system, the infusion of some top talent was unexpected. When the Brewers went after Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain during the previous offseason, it was a sign that they were prepared to compete again. Though we believed it would take some more time before that was fully realized, this past season showed that it is already here. For the first time since 2011, this team has secure hope to be among the leaders in baseball for years to come, and even if that may not happen every year, it’s more confidence than we have had in a long time.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for my loving wife, and our three beautiful children. 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 that my favorite team has the best Manager, the General Manager, and the Most Valuable Player. I’m thankful for the amazing season that was 2018, and the role that Junior Guerra played in it.
Happy holiday, everyone! What are you thankful for?