MILWAUKEE — One win away. Just one more win until baseball immortality. Just one more win until the Brewers deliver the city’s first World Series title since 1957.
Still, Brewers fans stormed the field after Game 5 as if the Crew had won the Series. (And if they had not gagged in Game 2, this series would be over.) There’s a saying about acting as if you’ve been there before, but to be frank, the Crew hasn’t been there before. No one in my generation has been there before. It may be the last time until a victory parade that the Brewers fans would be able to get up close and personal.
Here’s hoping some of them didn’t storm the field thinking the Series was five games and that it was over. It was almost as if the parade plans have been made.
As much as i’d like to imagine the parade, the celebration and the ability to bribe my mom into staying up past my bedtime to watch Game 6 and Game 7, if necessary, will have to wait.
No, the Brewers need to get this over with in Game 6 with Don Sutton on the mound. Giving the Cards another shot in Game 7 could prove disastrous. Now is the time. It would be the smart and judicious thing to do.
The Brewers haven’t proven to be that this season, waiting ’til the last second to pull another rabbit out of their ball-and-glove caps, thrilling and frightening us every step of the way. But it’s time to get off the roller coaster ride. Game 4 was another example. With a comfortable 6-2 lead, the Crew surrendered two in the ninth and the Cards had two on with the winning runs at the plate for two outs.
It’s time to get off the roller coaster and earn a leisurely ride down Wisconsin Avenue with a World Series trophy in their hands. There’s no better time than now.