Brewers Fans Celebrate Season Opener
Tens of thousands of Milwaukee Brewers descended on Miller Park on Friday to mark the start of the new season and celebrate baseball’s return to Wisconsin.
There was lots of excitement among the fans traveling and tailgating near downtown Milwaukee ahead of the Brewers’ Central Division showdown with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday afternoon.
Some of that excitement among Brewers fans likely stems from the great season had last year and hopes for what’s to come.
On Friday, the weather cooperated and played a role in the thousands of fans who got the field extra early for their tailgating traditions. The parking lots don’t usually open until noon, but they ended up opening everything up at 10:30 a.m. because of the crowds waiting.
And many in the crowds said they couldn’t for another season of Brewers baseball. Many tailgaters jumped, played and ate to mark Opening Day.
Andrea Alexander, of Mukwonago, said this was a day that she has been looking forward to for weeks.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for 6 months,” she said.
Brian Fisque, of Sturgeon Bay, said he enjoys the tailgating experience.
“It’s just a good time. Everybody likes to come down for Opening Day, kick off the season,” he said. “We’re all supporters of the crew so you got to kick it off right. This how you do it.”
“I’m 50 today, but when I was 16, four of us skipped school and came to Opening Day when it was County Stadium. And I missed one in 34 years,” said Brian Bernier.
Likewise, Alexander said that she hasn’t missed an Opening Day in 20 years.
However, one thing many fans might have missed was meat. Since it was Good Friday, some celebrants might had a tough skipping the brats and burgers that usually accompanying tailgating. Some said that they went out of their way for this last Friday in Lent to abide by the rules.
“We figured we’d have to bring a fish fry, good old-fashioned Wisconsin fish fry,” said Charlie.
The Milwaukee archbishop was pretty tough on tailgaters saying that Opening Day traditions or not, Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year and today is a day of no meat for Roman Catholics.
With that in mind, there might be quite a few people in church on Easter Sunday asking for some opening day forgiveness.
“I think it’s important that we all had our moment and ask for forgiveness prior to coming. And the Lord will forgive us. He will. He’s a Brewer fan! It’s Opening Day, He’s a Brewer fan,” Alexander said.
Speaking of food, Opening Day wouldn’t be complete without the Running of the Sausages. It’s a relay sprint of the Brewers sausage mascots through the streets of Milwaukee as they head to Miller Park. Escorted by a motorcycle police officer, they made the best of the route posing for pictures and high-fiving youngsters along the way.