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Canadian BREW

May 25, 2010

Canadian BREW

America means bald eagles, baseball, apple pie, and Labatt’s Blue. Wait, what?

The Milwaukee Brewers may have plenty of fans in the North and Midwest areas of the nation, but they also have a decent following from Uncle Sam’s winter hat: Canada.

The location of the club may have something to do with the Canadian following, but it also could be due to the “underlying” theme of the Crew. Many from the southeastern area of Wisconsin know that a professional tailgater may not reach the ball park until at least the second inning. Why? Well there is grilling, bag tossing, and beer guzzling to be done. Nonetheless, the fans are supportive to their team by being loud and their roar can be heard all the way down in “Miller Park south”.

“I love the Miller Park,” says Brad Herman, a collegiate hockey player and Cranbrook, British Columbia native. “It’s the tits. Between tailgating, girls in ball jerseys and short shorts. Oh ya, and turning the double play live.”

He acknowledges he is just a baseball fan who has always watched the league. He says that not too many follow baseball in Canada as it is, but that when able many will catch a game or two. “What I like about Milwaukee is the fun restaurants and good bars around town,” said Herman. “With sports around, it’s between the admirals, bucks, brewers, and Marquette basketball.”

You would have thought such a list of teams was from a Milwaukee or even Wisconsin native. It is up to the players to bring the team back to the post season, because the organization is doing everything but winning. The good times down on West Wisconsin Avenue are not limited by much, as these characters keep going down to support their Labatts Blue Crew. As said before, the hockey team has been known to get other Canadian fellers and show them what the Crew has to offer. Win or lose, the organization knows how to let the boys have a good time.

Matt Boyd, another hockey player out of Edmonton, Alberta also enjoys the conveniently located Brew Crew. “I have a friend with a jersey but I don’t think he knows anything about them,” he said. “I think he just has it cause it says brewers.”

So no matter what the reason is for following our beloved baseball team, it is impressive to see fans coming from another country to see our team. The Canadian natives I talked to were not always fans of the Brewers or baseball in general, but will go back to their homeland eating a brat, drinking a Miller High Life, and sliding down a slide into a bucket of beer wearing a Rollie Fingers jersey.

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