Four games out of a wild-card spot with six contests left in the season, barring something miraculous the Milwaukee Brewers likely aren’t going to the postseason in 2012. Nonetheless, considering the offseason departure of star slugger Prince Fielder and the midseason trade of ace pitcher Zack Greinke, the Brew Crew has far and away outperformed expectations with its late-season push — especially at home.
The Brewers have enjoyed a huge home field advantage, and at 46-29 have the sixth-best home winning percentage in Major League Baseball. So, to thank the fans for providing “the best home field advantage in the game,” reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun and closer John Axford teamed up with the rest of the team to buy 5,000 tickets for Sunday’s Fan Appreciation Day that were distributed free to fans at 10 a.m. CT earlier Friday, according to a press release from the Brewers.
“Brewers fans are without a doubt the best in baseball and we wanted to
show them that their support has not gone unnoticed,” said Braun in the release. “They
make Miller Park the best home field advantage in the game.”
Of course, those tickets were gone “in a very short period of time,” but it’s still a nice gesture from a mid-market organization that relies far more on community outreach than other clubs to drive local interest. However, for everyone who missed out on that freebie, fans who buy a ticket to the game get a free rally towel and have the opportunity to win all sorts of the usual prizes that teams distribute at fan appreciation games.
“The fans have been a tremendous part of our recent turnaround,” said
Axford. “It’s always great to play in front of a raucous Miller Park
crowd. This is just a small gesture of our appreciation.”
Of course, free beer might be another giveaway the Brewers could consider in the future, given their name and sponsorship. Then again, the ballclub is probably cognizant of what happened the last time a team tried that.