The Mets beat the brewers last night 8–5. But we're not going to talk about that.
Loge13'er Ross Jones was in Milwaukee Tuesday night for Glavine's attempt at victory # 300. He has recovered from the experience and filed his report:
Yours truly journeyed 90 miles up I-94 to attend Tom Glavine's first attempt to win the historic 300th game. Since Tom Seaver won his milestone game as a White Sox, seeing another Tom do this in a Met uniform would be extra special. That will have to wait until Sunday. I will be at Wrigley to report on the second attempt.
Tuesday night was fun for the first two and half hours and painfully slow for the last 150 minutes. Miller Park was sold out and there was an intensity to the game that I have never seen in either old County Stadium or the Brewers new stadium. I sat next to a very polite mother and daughter from Appleton who were impressed that there were a number of Met fans in the crowd who came to cheer Glavine. I think Wisconsin fans save their sports rage for any team playing against the Packers. Glavine did receive a nice standing ovation from the crowd when Randolph pulled him in the seventh. It was heartbreaking to see them blow the lead with only fiive outs to go. I wish they had gone against the book and bought Wagner in early. On a postive note, Jose Reyes had a great night running the bases, Lastings and Green made amazing catches in the field and Luis Castillo seemed comfortable with his new mates.
A few comments about Miller Park. It has the best statistical information of any ballpark in the majors. Not only do you get a pitch count, but you also get WHIP, ERA, BBs and Ks for every pitcher on the mound. The ERA also goes down with every out recorded. With the hitter you get OPS, Doubles, Triples and Total Bases in addition to the usual offensive stats. The Bratwursts in Milwaukee are top notch and you may never go back to Nathan's once you sample the German delicacy. The sausage race is fun (They did a second one in the 13th inning) and must be seen in person.
Finally, any ballpark that plays Roll Out the Barrell after Take Me Out To The Ballgame has some redeeming qualities. As I finish this post I see that our boys pulled one out tonight. I'm glad to see that Wednesday was truly a "Happy Day" in Milwaukee. – Ross Jones