MILWAUKEE — After winning Game 5 of a best of seven World Series to take a 3-2 lead, Brewers fans are getting confident. They may even be getting a bit cocky.
Following Robin Yount‘s solo home run to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh, fans responded by chanting MVP! MVP! MVP!
When Ozzie Smith stepped to the plate in a fruitless at bat with two outs in the top of the eighth, fans screamed Ozzie who? Ozzie who?
When All-Star closer Bruce Sutter stepped on the field moments later in an effort to keep the Cardinals close, fans repeated their chant for Sutter’s benefit: Sutter who? Sutter who?
The Brewers then took a 6-2 lead on a RBI singles by Charlie Moore and Jim Gantner. Even as the Cardinals mounted a rally in the top of the ninth, Brewers faithful started loading the bottom of the stands in preparation for a victorious eruption.
As soon as Gene Tenace‘s fly ball landed in Ben Oglivie‘s glove for the final out of the game to complete the final Brewers home game of the World Series, fans rushed the field to celebrate. Knowing that they wouldn’t have a chance to swarm the field in St. Louis when the Brewers eventually win the World Series, they stormed the County Stadium turf. They took chunks of grass as souvenirs along the way.
Moments after the victory, fans then stormed the streets of downtown Milwaukee, breaking beer bottles and branches along Wisconsin Avenue. As many as a dozen fistfights broke out, most related to intoxication.
“I’m sick of this stuff,” said an unnamed officer. “Do you know how much it costs tax payers to clean up this mess night after night?”
No, we don’t, sir. But I don’t think we care.
Lost in the mayhem, Robin Yount collected four hits for the second time of this World Series, setting yet another record in his likely MVP season. He’s on pace to wrap up the year with even more hardware: A World Series MVP.
“I wasn’t aware of it,” Yount said about the record. “I guess I feel the same about it as getting the four hits. It’s not a big deal. I don’t care about World Series records. Winning the World Series is what’s on my mind right now.”
Damn right, Brewers fans. Damn right.
After a day off tomorrow, the series will pick back up on October 19. The Brewers will then try to make the celebration in Milwaukee official.