"Retro Weekends" are going to be part of the upcoming Milwaukee Brewers season, as the team celebrates 40 years as a franchise. The team will be wearing uniforms from different eras in team history on select weekends this season and will be handing out bobbleheads representing some of the greatest moments in the club's history on each Sunday of the Retro Weekends. That all sounds great and it should be fun, but I have a suggestion. BRING BACK BERNIE BREWER'S MUG!!!
For those of you too young to remember, Bernie Brewer used to be perched in centerfield. Everytime the Brewers would hit a home run, he'd slide down into a huge beer stein, releasing balloons that would float up to the sky. It was great and something every Brewer fan enjoyed. When the team moved into Miller Park, suddenly it was considered politically incorrect to be promoting beer drinking. Thus, Bernie's mug was gone, replaced by a yellow slide to nowhere. It's lame.
Now let's just think this through logically.
A) The name of the team is Brewers. What do Brewers in Milwaukee brew? BEER!
B) The name of the stadium they play in is Miller Park. What is Miller? It's a company that brews BEER!
C) As you walk through the parking lot while folks are tailgating, many of them are drinking BEER!
D) As you enter Miller Park, you will notice BEER signage throughout the stadium.
E) As you take your seat to watch the game, you'll notice that all around you people are drinking BEER!
I want to know who the idiot is that decided Bernie Brewer sliding into his beer mug was a bad idea. It's time to end the madness and bring it back.
By the way, Bernie Brewer's mug, chalet and beer barrel that were synonymous with County Stadium are now located at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. If you ever take a tour there, check it out.