Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
Home teams are now 7-6 (1 rainout) when I’m in attendance
HOW I GOT THERE
We arrived at the ballpark via Lyft from my AirBnB; we returned taking advantage of one of the many free shuttles offered by area bars.
WHERE I SAT
Section 125, Row 16, Seat 5
WHAT I ATE
A bratwurst served “County Stadium style”: rolled in “secret stadium sauce” (a mild, tangy BBQ sauce) and topped with kraut; I also ate a Polish sausage served the same way.
MEMORABLE GAME MOMENTS
The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter hit a home run on the game’s very first pitch, making it seem like it would be a long day for Brewers fans. But because of sloppy play by the Cardinals, it would be their fans who suffered. Of the 11 runs scored by Milwaukee, only 5 were earned, thanks to four St. Louis errors and two wild pitches. Four Brewers deep hits narrowly missed being home runs, including one by first baseman Eric Thames that would have been a grand slam. Cardinals CF Tommy Pham got a glove on it and knocked it back into the field of play for a bases-clearing triple.
Prior to the game, I got to meet the Klements Racing Sausages, who race in the middle of the sixth inning of every home game. The Italian Sausage won during my game.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BALLPARK
The Brewers were kind enough to let us onto the field during batting practice before the game. It was the second time I’ve been allowed on a major league ball field, and the first while batting practice was taking place. They also let me grab a selfie in the dugout.
The concessions were a major highlight of the game, it’s hard to beat the variety of sausages/brats/etc. they have. Besides that, the stands seem to be angled well all around, so you’re facing the action directly and stand a decent chance of catching a foul ball if you’re watching for them. I didn’t catch one myself, but it’s possibly the closest I’ve gotten so far!
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
The park, located about two miles west of downtown Milwaukee, isn’t very well-connected by transit. There are county bus shuttles and countless bar shuttles, but all of these are overcrowded and get stuck in traffic. Most fans just drive. Some Milwaukee residents dream of bringing the streetcar all the way out to Miller Park, which I wholeheartedly endorse. It’s one of those classic situations where a patchwork of transit options has risen up to fill in a niche that an attractive public transit option could fill in much more efficiently.
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