Vince Morales – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 04:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Vince Morales – Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Jake “The Snake” Roberts talks career, addiction, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dirty Details Tour http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/jake-the-snake-roberts-talks-career-addiction-stone-cold-steve-austin-dirty-details-tour/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/jake-the-snake-roberts-talks-career-addiction-stone-cold-steve-austin-dirty-details-tour/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:10:32 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58763 There are few names in professional wrestling that carry as much weight as Jake “The Snake” Roberts. From his all-time great finishing move to his pet snake and his classic soft-talking interviews, Roberts is one of the true superstars of the 1980s WWF, and an all-time great of professional wrestling in general. His very public […]

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There are few names in professional wrestling that carry as much weight as Jake “The Snake” Roberts. From his all-time great finishing move to his pet snake and his classic soft-talking interviews, Roberts is one of the true superstars of the 1980s WWF, and an all-time great of professional wrestling in general. His very public struggles with substance abuse threatened to take his life away, just as it has so many wrestlers of that era.

His friend, Diamond Dallas Page, had other ideas about how Roberts’ story would end. Page helped him get his life back on track, as shown in the documentary The Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The film features the troubled wrestler getting his health and his addictions under control, while also rebuilding his relationship with his family and himself. He’s a true pro wrestling success story and, instead of riding off into the sunset, he’s building on it. He’s currently touring the country with his “Dirty Details” tour, which covers the wild times of wrestling that he made his name in.

In advance of this Saturday’s show at Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee Record spoke with Jake about his illustrious career, why he’s helping others with addiction issues, and what to expect from his candid live show.

Milwaukee Record: As far as I can tell the last match you had in Milwaukee was King Of The Ring in 1996.

Jake Roberts: Okay, I’ll take your word for it. [laughs]

MR: That was a pretty famous night. The birth of Austin 3:16 and everything. I know you’re close to Steve. Was helping him get to that next level something important to you at that point of your career?

JR: It was important for me because Steve had came to the WWF and, you know, he was kind of treated poorly a couple of other places and not been given the shot. You know, to make himself known, really. You know, he was Stunning Steve for awhile and he was with DiBiase as the Ringmaster.

And I was writing television at the time for Vince [McMahon] and I told Vince, “That’s your guy right there” and he’s like “Are you kidding? No way, Jake. That guy is middle of the card.” And I’m like, “Really?”

From that point on, I started getting with Steve every night. If I wasn’t in the same town with him, he would call me. I’d go over his match. I’d go over and talk to him about doing different things, and saying different things, and creating, and we put it together. He just had to be himself, basically. That was the problem. They let him be himself and he became Steve Austin.

The Austin 3:16 thing, everyone was like, “Oh, that must have really upset you.” Are you kidding me? You know how many people opened the Bible just to check that out who had never even opened a bible before, you know? Yeah, I’ve got my relationship with God. He knows where I’m going, I don’t, but he does. So that didn’t offend me at all.

The only thing that kind of upset me is they didn’t put the money maker out there which would’ve been Austin’s 10 commandments. You know: Thou shall not kill unless thou are pissed. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife unless she’s really hot. Thou shall honor thy mother and father unless they’re jerks.

You know, right on down the line. You could’ve had a lot of fun with that. That would’ve been a great seller, no doubt. Steve Austin, that was a…you know, a lot of guys can help themselves in this business. But to me, the people that mean the most are guys that can help everybody, and that’s what I prided myself on. And that was my job in the WWF.

Basically, once they realized that I wasn’t going to be able to wrestle [Hulk] Hogan because the fans weren’t chanting Hogan’s name, they were chanting DDT. That kind of ended my chance of getting a title run. They weren’t going to have that because they weren’t going to mess up the marketing, that’s for sure.

My job was getting people ready for Hogan, so I would wrestle them in the building and the next time they were wrestling within that building, it would be the person that I just wrestled against Hogan and that’s how they made the money. So it worked for me. I just never got that title run.

MR: It definitely seemed like maybe they didn’t like money back then because that would’ve been a big deal.

JR: It would’ve been a huge deal, but it would’ve messed up the marketing and the marketing is billions of dollars, not millions. So that’s the problem.

MR: There was another Milwaukee event that I wanted to ask about. This one is a real blast from the past, it was in County Stadium where the Brewers played. You wrestled Rick Rude, and you were probably one of the most popular guys on that show.

JR: Yeah. Good times, man. Just good times, you know what I mean? Over the years, I’ve had so many big moments, it’s impossible to pick one. You remember bits and pieces throughout your career and, yeah, that’s one of them.

It’s just so good to go to an area that loves wrestling, and Milwaukee certainly loved wrestling. Milwaukee and Chicago, you know, they have a wrestling history for a long time and it’s always great to go to those venues.

MR: Today, it seems like whenever you have a wrestler turning on their friends—like Becky Lynch or Dean Ambrose—they get the biggest cheers of the night. Do you think when you put the snake on Macho Man that that would go crazy today or do you think you could still be a heel in today’s environment?

JR: I could still do it. Yeah, I could still do it. That’s the problem today. Nobody can do much of anything because guys aren’t allowed to be their own characters.

You know, when you have people writing television that also write the interviews, it doesn’t work because that person cannot put out there what this guy would say. They don’t know him from inside and out.

That’s one thing that we had with this group here is that we did our own interviews, man, and we were able to get our characters out there. You can’t get a character out if you’re having five or six different people write interviews for you. It just doesn’t work. They should see that and move on, but they can’t take the time to teach all these guys how to do interviews. You know, or write interviews. I never wrote an interview in my life, but when that camera came on, I was able to do one.

MR: Yeah, you were certainly one of the best.

JR: No, I was the best. By far. Now I’m doing this show and seeing the fans, talking to them and hearing their memories. They’ll have a memory of them and their dad or them and their grandpa going to wrestling or doing wrestling at home or wherever.

MR: I just wanted to ask you about the live show. What can people expect?

JR: They can expect…I’m gonna hit you with stories that you thought you would never hear. One thing they’ll do is they’re gonna laugh their butts off and walk down the stairs. We’re gonna hit all the points, man. We’re gonna wake ’em up, we’re gonna set ’em down, we’re gonna toss them around.

I encourage anybody that is struggling with [addiction] to come on out because I’ve got time for you. If you want to talk to me after the show, get together, sit down, and we’ll talk and see if I can’t get you on the right road with alcohol and drug addiction because it’s a horrible place to be, and nobody deserves to have to live that way. There are ways out. It’s not easy and recovering from it is hell, but it’s not near the hell that you’re living in. Let’s have a good time…take some photos. I’ll be there before the show to do it. Let’s have a good time.

MR: The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake documentary, that was a really great story about surviving that. Do you think that being on the road and doing this live show helps with that, and that it’s kind of therapeutic for you?

JR: No, I’m at a point now, man, that I feel very comfortable if I don’t do stupid things. I don’t go anywhere alone. I shore up my defenses, man. Alcohol and drug addiction is not something to play with. You don’t test it because it can kick your butt. So, do the right thing and doing these shows doesn’t affect me at all in anyway. I enjoy the shows and that’s the best thing about them.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ “Dirty Details Tour: Tales From The Pit” show will come to Club Garibaldi on Saturday, November 24. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8:15 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 ($25 the day of the show), with a $50 meet and greet package available.

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Here’s what the Brewers must do to make the playoffs http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/heres-what-the-brewers-must-do-to-make-the-playoffs/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/heres-what-the-brewers-must-do-to-make-the-playoffs/#respond Thu, 07 Sep 2017 05:10:26 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=40327 The Milwaukee Brewers have officially reached the point in the season where every game matters (unless the Packers are playing). Despite shitting the bed against the Reds, Milwaukee is still very much in the postseason race. Not as much as they were a few days ago, but there is a lot of baseball left and […]

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The Milwaukee Brewers have officially reached the point in the season where every game matters (unless the Packers are playing). Despite shitting the bed against the Reds, Milwaukee is still very much in the postseason race. Not as much as they were a few days ago, but there is a lot of baseball left and this team is still alive. Few could’ve predicted it, but the Brewers are playing meaningful baseball in September, so get excited.

The Brewers currently sit 4.5 games behind the Cubs in the division and 2.5 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card. The division would obviously be preferable, but the up and down team would take what it can get at this point. The road ahead is not easy. There is no way that the Brewers don’t give the Cubs a run and still stay in the Wild Card race. The only way that they are going to play after October 1 is to win. A lot. With just 22 games left in the season, let’s take a look at what needs to happen for Milwaukee to shock surprise the world.

September 8-10 @ Chicago Cubs
The Brewers making the playoffs is going to be tricky. One false move and it could all slip away soon. Like “this weekend” soon. No exaggeration: this weekend, it could actually all slip away. Fortunately, whether by luck or by design, Milwaukee couldn’t ask for their pitching to line up any better for this series. They’ll have Jimmy Nelson, who has been absolutely fantastic this season, going in game one. Nelson’s ERA ranks just 16th among qualified starters, but when you look at his FIP and xFIP (two stats designed to remove the things a pitcher can’t control), you have the sixth best starter in baseball. The only guys ahead of him have names like Kershaw, Sale, Kluber, and Scherzer. So, yeah, pretty good company. You can now feel safe to buy your kids a Jimmy Nelson shirsey. He’s awesome.

He’ll match up with John Lackey who is…uh, not one of the best starters in baseball. By FIP standards, he ranks 59th, and game one looks quite favorable for the Brew Crew. Follow that up with starts by Chase Anderson and Zach Davies, as well as the fact that the Brewers will avoid Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in this series, and this series against the defending champs and current division leaders feels very winnable.

September 11-13 vs. Pittsburgh
The Brewers have struggled against the Pirates this season, going 5-8 on the year. To keep the postseason in reach, that needs to turn around here. Pittsburgh has almost nothing to play for and they should be without Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco for this series. Despite the fact that the Brewers are giving out this hideous hat, it’s hard not to feel good about this three-game set.

September 15-17 @ Miami
The key to taking this series is very simple: don’t pitch to Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins are a bad team with one great player chasing a non-record. He won’t beat Barry Bonds. Don’t let him beat you, Milwaukee.

September 18-20 @ Pittsburgh
Anything worse than going 4-2 in the last six games against the Pirates is a failure. Plain and simple.

September 21-24 vs. Chicago
This is it. This is hell. This is Eddie Vedder’s Cubs song played live at Wrigley Field on a loop forever.

When you’re born in Chicago, you’re blessed and you’re healed
The first time you walk into Wrigley Field

Even if things go right for Milwaukee up until this point, they could all go wrong here. Miller Park will be overrun by FIBs like the Army of the Dead in Game Of Thrones. Only these zombies drink Old Style and sing dumb, catchy songs. There is something about this series that excites. The Brewers could steal the division from the World Series champions in their home park! They could do it in front of a large amount of Cubs fans! They could surprise the world!

It’s the flip side that’s scary. If they lose, they lose at home. To the Cubs. In front of a bunch of Cubs fans. That is “clowns in a sewer”-level scary. Anything less than 4-3 against the Cubs in these seven games will kill the dream.

September 26-28 vs. Cincinnati
The way the Brewers played against the Reds these past three games, it would be fitting if it all came down to this. This week, Milwaukee had the chance to make a real move on the Rockies. Instead, Billy freakin’ Hamilton and the bull-freakin’-pen happened. They lost the series and dug themselves a hole that made the road to the playoffs even more difficult and unlikely. Beat the team with the worst pitching in baseball and maybe you can make the playoffs. Lose to them and you deserve to miss the playoffs. Which will it be? Maybe we already found out the answer.

September 29-October 1 @ St. Louis
The worst thing about all this? The Cardinals are surging. With Wednesday’s loss, they have now caught the Brewers in the standings and have an almost identical schedule down the stretch. The Brewers aren’t just fighting for a playoff spot, they’re fighting for second place in the division.

Milwaukee needs help. They need the Dodgers, Padres, and Diamondbacks to beat up on the Rockies. They need the Cardinals to beat the Cubs, but lose to everyone else. The Brewers need to win just about every series and get close to 84 wins heading into the final weekend. If all that happens, maybe this series (and this season) will end up meaning something.

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Milwaukee is in for a treat when Mondo Lucha returns to the ring this weekend http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/mondo-lucha-2017/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/mondo-lucha-2017/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:00:44 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=40283 If you need a primer on what Mondo Lucha is at this point, you haven’t been paying attention, but we’ll try anyway. Mondo Lucha is the distinctly Milwaukee show that combines a winning mix of live music, burlesque, and professional wrestling. This year’s band is Platinum Boys, who should be a perfectly lively pairing to […]

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If you need a primer on what Mondo Lucha is at this point, you haven’t been paying attention, but we’ll try anyway. Mondo Lucha is the distinctly Milwaukee show that combines a winning mix of live music, burlesque, and professional wrestling. This year’s band is Platinum Boys, who should be a perfectly lively pairing to the wrestling action and artful burlesque dancing during the sold-out display at Turner Hall this Friday.

The wrestling show that Mondo Lucha puts on is always a lot of fun. It’s well paced with a nice bit of comedy mixed in, clear good guy and bad guy alignments, and the show always builds to a thrilling crescendo. In years past, that crescendo has featured long-time homegrown stars like El Chivas Blanco and The Russian Beast (a 1980s Cold War strongman in a mask), but over the past couple of years, Mondo Lucha has been upping the game in the ring and this year’s main event could be the best match the company has ever put on.

Last year, we saw Johnny Mundo (aka Johnny Nitro aka John Morrison aka Boone: The Bounty Hunter) and Matt Cross (aka M-Dogg aka Son of Havoc) from Lucha Underground fame win the tag team titles. This year, we’ll see them defend those tag titles against two genuine luchadores and top talents on the independent scene as they face Penta El 0M (formerly known as Pentagon Jr.) and his brother Rey Fenix.

This is simply a fantastic main event. This is the type of match that you would expect to see in a super-indie promotion like California’s Pro Wrestling Guerrila, not something that you’d see in Milwaukee alongside burlesque dancers and a band. This match is a treat and the capacity crowd should get more than their money’s worth.

What is even more exciting about this match is that there will actually be lucha libre at Mondo Lucha! American pro-wrestling, the pro-wrestling that most of you know, is all about strength: which guy is stronger than the other guy, who is tougher, who is the most macho. Lucha libre isn’t about that. Lucha is actual superheroes trying to outdo each other with high-flying moves and flash. The matches are less about telling a story and more about a sort of athletic one-upping.

Penta and Fenix are luchadores in the truest sense of the word. Their real names are unknown, you won’t ever catch them without their masks on and they embody the superhero spirit of the luchador. They are second generation stars who came up in AAA (the top promotion in Mexico) and have since made names for themselves in the states.

This isn’t to downplay their opponents whatsoever. Matt Cross has wrestled everywhere, 25 countries and counting, while his partner Johnny Mundo went from being Snooki’s tag team partner to becoming the Lucha Underground champion to now holding three titles simultaneously in AAA. If anyone knows how to bring out the best in Penta and Fenix (and bring the house down in the process), it’s these two.

There was a time that Mondo Lucha was headlined by a guy in a goat mask. That was okay for its time, but it wasn’t the main event that this bonafide Milwaukee tradition deserved. The night’s variety show will build to something, and it should be something special. Penta El 0M and Rey Fenix vs. Johnny Mundo and Matt Cross is special and Milwaukee is in for a treat on Friday.

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Sexy couches, sexy ISIS, and other wacky Wisconsin sex stories http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/sexy-couches-sexy-isis-wacky-wisconsin-sex-stories/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/sexy-couches-sexy-isis-wacky-wisconsin-sex-stories/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:15:54 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=39255 There is just something about Wisconsin and having sex in weird places. The State Fair sex scandal (a.k.a. The WonderFair Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am) isn’t new or original, but another chapter in a long saga of Wisconsinites shagging in public. A Song of Ice And Figurae Veneris, if you will. The long winters and […]

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There is just something about Wisconsin and having sex in weird places. The State Fair sex scandal (a.k.a. The WonderFair Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am) isn’t new or original, but another chapter in a long saga of Wisconsinites shagging in public. A Song of Ice And Figurae Veneris, if you will.

The long winters and hot summers combine to make the beds in our homes a wholly unappealing place to have sex and the need to copulate in strange places consumes us. Even respected, award-winning daily lifestyle magazines are in on the trend as they tell us what bathrooms are fit to bone in. To paraphrase Alexander Pope: to err is human; to butter and dash, Wisconsin.

While the State Fair Futters await possible criminal charges for trying to burn off that Bacon Bottom Pizza, we thought we’d take a look at a few other times that Milwaukee and the surrounding area gained fame for their exibeeshes out of the bedroom.

1. Reading is fundamental
The Journal Sentinel story on this one leads with the line, “Locking the door of a restroom at the public library doesn’t quite qualify as ‘getting a room,’ a Pewaukee man has learned,” so you know it’s good.

At 5 p.m. on March 2nd, 2015 (a Monday!) a woman walked into the family restroom at the Waukesha Public Library and found a couple naked “from head to toe” having sex on a toilet. The woman then complained to the library staff that this was unacceptable which, uh, yeah. Toilets are disgusting.

The couple told police that they “got excited” because they hadn’t seen each other in a few days and that the door lock must’ve malfunctioned. To be fair, that Waukesha Public Library is sexy as hell.

2. ISIS is good, damn good
A rare local sex story that didn’t lead to an arrest is this “terror”-able sex tale (pun credit: New York Post) of a nosey neighbor and a terrorist cell/Egyptian goddess-loving couple in Brown Deer.

The story goes like this: an 82-year old woman called the police on a Sunday night because she heard her neighbor yell “ISIS is good, ISIS is great!” during sex. Police didn’t respond to the call and instead recommended that she call back if she heard it again.

The Brown Deer police department: keep listening to your neighbors bone, old people.

3. Madtown mackin’
Two people were arrested in Madison’s James Madison Park for having sex in or around a car a little over a week ago. The couple garnered a large crowd who watched and recorded them on cellphones as they undressed each other. #madison #collegelife

The cops were called and the two were arrested. Police spokesman Howard Payne came out strong on this one, stating, “The sexual interactions between Pierce and Owen disturbed a number of families, as many were planning on having a good time in the park, but ended up with memories that may not soon fade away.”

This is like the dark B-side to Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park”:

Sunday night in the park
I think I am scarred for life
People banging, people screwing
A man selling ice cream
Somebody call the cops

4. Fuck yo couch
This last one feels like it should be one of those “only in Florida” stories, but nope—it’s Waukesha.

Off-duty police officer Ryan Edwards decided to spend his day off by going on a jog down University Drive when he spotted a yellow couch that seemed to be abandoned. As he got closer to the couch, he saw a man leaning over the couch who appeared to be having sexual relations with another individual.

He wasn’t.

He was having sexual relations with the couch.

The couch.

The couch.

The couch.

Details from The Smoking Gun:

As he approached the yellow couch, Edwards yelled, “What are you doing?” The suspect—later identified as [Gerard] Streator—responded by dismounting and running away. As Streator fled, Edwards “could see that the defendant’s penis was erect.” Edwards added that Streator “had been thrusting his pelvic area against the cushions and trying to sexually gratify himself by rubbing his penis between the two cushions.”

A word to the wise for the next time you see a free couch on the side of the road: keep driving.

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NXT is a preview of WWE’s not-so-distant future http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/wwe-nxt-preview/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/wwe-nxt-preview/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:35:19 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=38631 The last time that NXT hit Milwaukee, the show opened with everyone in the crowd enthusiastically singing/speaking along with every word out of Enzo Amore’s mouth. He introduced himself and his partner Big Cass, and the crowd knew, word for word, that he was a certified G and a bonafide stud. They knew that Big […]

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The last time that NXT hit Milwaukee, the show opened with everyone in the crowd enthusiastically singing/speaking along with every word out of Enzo Amore’s mouth. He introduced himself and his partner Big Cass, and the crowd knew, word for word, that he was a certified G and a bonafide stud. They knew that Big Cass was seven-feet tall (and you can’t teach that), and they knew that Dash & Dawson were S-A-W-F-T. SAWWWWWWWFT! The entrance received some of the loudest cheers of the night, and NXT’s Milwaukee debut was an immediate success.

Three months later, Enzo and Big Cass would take that routine to 2016’s biggest episode of Raw, the one after Wrestlemania, in a star-making debut. They broke up a couple of weeks ago and started fighting each other—the pro wrestling way of moving on to the next chapter of their careers.

That show was 18 months ago, but in WWE time, it feels like a lifetime. Of the 18 wrestlers that appeared at Turner Hall in 2016 (including the surprise Kevin Owens appearance that brought the house down), one is no longer with the company, just two are still in NXT, and a whopping 14 wrestlers have been moved to the main roster and are regulars on Raw and Smackdown. Kevin Owens is a bonafide superstar, Baron Corbin won the Money In The Bank Briefcase, Bayley and Alexa Bliss have both won the Raw Women’s championship, and Apollo Crews is also a wrestler. That NXT show wasn’t just a house show, it was a preview of WWE’s not-so-distant future.

So what does the future look like now? Different, but just as encouraging as ever. Despite none of those names still residing in the lower ranks of WWE, they still manage to put on a hell of a show. Here’s a few stars of NXT that you should look out for this Thursday, when NXT returns to Turner Hall.

Drew McIntyre: McIntyre’s tale is a true success story of where leaving WWE can get you in wrestling. McIntyre was a part of the 3 Man Band with Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal, a fun group that was mostly around to joke and lose. He left the company and reinvented himself as a top-tier independent wrestler. Now, he has an NXT title shot at the Brooklyn TakeOver and a clear path back to the main roster.

Kassius Ohno: Known as “Chris Hero” to fans of independent wrestling, the reinvented Kassius Ohno is one of the best pro wrestlers in the world, and one has had great matches with just about every major name out there.

He is perhaps best know for his series of classic matches against CM Punk in the early 2000s. That, or his later run as one half of the Kings Of Wrestling (with current WWE star and former NXT standout, Cesaro), a tag team that won titles and garnered fanfare in just about every independent and overseas promotion there is.

If there was anything right or fair in this world, Ohno would’ve been on WWE TV as major star. He’ll make it there one day. For now, he’ll gladly steal the show at Turner Hall for our enjoyment. Plus, there’s a good chance he wears some sort of Bucks-themed ring gear, which makes him an instant Milwaukee favorite.

Eric Young: He spent years in TNA (the WWE equivalent of the Transmorphers DVD that comes out at Wal-Mart a week before the new Transformers) and was one of the best comedy wrestlers in the world at that time. Young plays it a bit more serious in NXT as a member of the group SAnitY, but that doesn’t really matter.

The reason you should be excited to see Eric Young isn’t for his comedy or his wrestling, but because he’s the former host of the best fishing show ever, Off The Hook! During its run on Animal Planet, Young did some of the most extreme (and most awesome) fishing stunts in television history. While the show never took him to southeastern Wisconsin, he could gain a new moniker as the “Toxic Avenger” by taking a dip in the Milwaukee River.

Ember Moon: Over the past couple of years, WWE has made the long-overdue decision to treat women’s wrestling seriously and not as an excuse for cat fights on basic cable. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch were the first generation of NXT stars who came to the main roster and changed what women’s wrestling means in WWE. Ember Moon is the next generation and she has the talent to take the division up a level.

Moon is a great athlete with a pedigree on the independents that matches any of the top male stars. She’s dominated her competition in SHIMMER, Shine and WSU and at NXT: TakeOver before SummerSlam, she’ll be in one of the top matches of the night against Asuka. That match is a real make-or-break moment for Moon’s career (we’d bet on “make”), and this may be one of her last appearances before becoming a huge star in mainstream wrestling.

Bobby Roode: This is a guy who should’ve been in WWE a long time ago. He’s a great wrestler and blah, blah, blah. He’s good, okay?

He’s the NXT champion, but that’s not why you should go to see Bobby Roode. His matches at this point are secondary to his entrance. The music that accompanies him to the ring is the greatest music in the history of professional wrestling and there is no hyperbole in that statement. The music is glorious and Roode eats up every moment of it.

There will be wrestling and that wrestling will be highly entertaining. There will also be this song. So watch this video a few times, learn the lyrics, and sing along with what’s certain to be a sellout crowd this Thursday. We repeat: it will be glorious.

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5 things the Milwaukee Brewers must do to make the playoffs http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/5-things-milwaukee-brewers-must-make-playoffs/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/5-things-milwaukee-brewers-must-make-playoffs/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:03:29 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=38494 The best Milwaukee Brewers baseball team of the Mark Attanasio ownership era is the 2011 team that made it to the NLCS. The most fun and important team, however, is the 2008 team that started it all. The 2008 season was a blast. It was Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart (kind of), […]

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The best Milwaukee Brewers baseball team of the Mark Attanasio ownership era is the 2011 team that made it to the NLCS. The most fun and important team, however, is the 2008 team that started it all.

The 2008 season was a blast. It was Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart (kind of), and otherworldly outings from CC Sabathia. They won the Wild Card on the last game of the season against the Cubs, thanks to a home run from Ryan Braun and some unparalleled bed-shitting on behalf of a Mets team that blew a sizable lead in the season’s final month. In making the playoffs, the Brewers broke a 26-year postseason drought that day and we’ll always remember them for that—even if they were quickly ousted by the Phillies

Nine years later and the Brewers are in another playoff drought and it’s terrible. Six years!

After the highs of 2008 and 2011, the team tried to continue to compete, but always failed. The Brewers embarked on a long and painful rebuild—two whole years!—and now find themselves in the same place they were in 2008: on the cusp of something special.

However, this young and inexperienced Brewers team that has just one played from the 2008 team on its roster might find a way to mess things up. Even though they’ve been fading of late and there’s some reason to believe this unexpectedly hot start will cool down the stretch, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five things the Milwaukee Brewers must do to make the playoffs again.

1. Keep Ryan Braun healthy
Despite playing in less than half of the team’s games, Ryan Braun is fifth on the team’s home run leaderboard, and he holds a .872 OPS. A healthy Braun is still an elite hitter who takes this offense to another level when he’s in the lineup. It’s a good thing they didn’t trade him.

2. Fix Eric Thames
Thames started the year on an absolute tear. He was the story of baseball, a lock for Comeback Player Of The Year honors, and a dark horse MVP candidate. Then, May and June happened.

HR BA OBP SLG OPS
April/March 11 .345 .466 .810 1.276
May 3 .221 .375 .416 .791
June 6 .163 .267 .402 .669
July 3 .325 .413 .625 1.038

As so often happens in baseball, the league figured out a weakness and exploited it. Thames needed to adjust and take advantage of their adjustment. It’s still early, but it’s looking like this God-like masher is doing just that and he’s looked really good this month. That said, there is still something we need to fix about Eric Thames: his at-bat music.

Currently, Thames is using something called “Atlas, Rise!” by Metallica. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a Metallica song off a Metallica album that came out in 2016. Did you know there was a Metallica album released in 2016? Does Metallica know? Did he get this album off Napster? Does he know they have other songs? Has he ever heard “Creeping Death”? “Battery”? “Enter Sandman”? That one with Ja-Rule?

When adjusting for the general athlete’s musical taste, the song is an fine choice for most players. But for a guy who has a Korean cheer song written about him? He must be some kind of monster. Fix it, Eric. Or you will be unforgiven. Time to reload.

3. Don’t do anything stupid
Attanasio has made a few proclamations that the team will be buyers at the trade deadline. He wants to win. He thinks they should go for it, even if his GM is telling him they aren’t going to go for it. At least not like “trade away Michael Brantley and two other lofty prospects for three months of CC Sabathia” go for it.

If he wasn’t super rich and the owner of the team, he’d be the guy calling into sports talk radio and pitching ridiculous trade scenarios. “Do you think the Red Sox would trade Chris Sale and Mookie Betts for Zach Davies? I think the Brewers should ask!”

Don’t listen to him. This year’s Brewers team is good, but Lewis Brinson and others could be a part of the next great one. They don’t want to lose someone potentially important down the line for a rental today.

4. But do something
Though selling pieces from a possibly dynasty is unwise, this team needs to do something at the deadline. Nab a reliever, a starter, or pretty much with an arm that throws pitches good. The Brewers are coming off three consecutive losses in which they had the lead and the bullpen blew it. That’s bad. Very bad.

The Brewers have a logjam of outfield prospects like Brett Phillips and Kyle Wren who are ideal for a trade. They have no path to regular playing time in Milwaukee, but they deserve a shot on a big league club. Trade them to someone who will give it to them and get some pitching, please.

5. Let the Cubs do what they’re going to
Every projection system in the world had the Cubs as one of the best teams in baseball. They were a huge favorite in Vegas and were expected to challenge the Dodgers for the best record in baseball. They are going to do good things before this season is out.

After a fairly slow and disappointing first half, Chicago is in the midst of a six-game winning streak that saw them move from 5.5 games out of first place in the National League Central to 1.5 games back. That is not good for Milwaukee, but that’s the way things go. The Cubs are going to do what the Cubs are going to do. As long as Milwaukee stays ahead of Chicago in the standings, what the Cubs do doesn’t define the Brewers season one bit. The Brewers just need to keep doing what works. Score a lot of runs and hope for the best. If they can keep playing like they’ve played all season the postseason drought will finally end. Hallelujah!

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Trading Ryan Braun now makes no sense for the Brewers http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/ryan-braun-trade/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/ryan-braun-trade/#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:28:32 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=33403 As spring training rolls on and the Brewers season gets closer, there is one storyline that doesn’t seem to want to go away. It has nothing to do with future All-Stars Eric Thames and Keon Broxton, the pieces that seem to be coming together to forge a perennially-competitive Brewers team, or Matt Garza’s dumb tweets. […]

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As spring training rolls on and the Brewers season gets closer, there is one storyline that doesn’t seem to want to go away. It has nothing to do with future All-Stars Eric Thames and Keon Broxton, the pieces that seem to be coming together to forge a perennially-competitive Brewers team, or Matt Garza’s dumb tweets.

The story of the Brewers this offseason has been the likelihood of trading Ryan Braun and it’s stupid.

This all started with the report that the Brewers almost traded Braun to the Dodgers at the waiver trade deadline last season. All we know about this trade is that it was close and it was real. That report has led many to believe that is now open season on Ryan Braun.

Bleacher Report revisited that trade and argued that the teams should call each other back to figure it out. “Freeing up payroll would be the main attraction for Milwaukee,” apparently.

CBS Sports thought Braun should go to the Red Sox. What prospects does Milwaukee get in this fake trade? Who cares! The Brewers would “eat some cash to facilitate a trade,” meaning they would pay the Red Sox just to take him.

Someone thought the Nationals would be a good landing spot and, hey, they might be…except they’re on Braun’s no-trade list.

Toronto is also on that list, but that didn’t stop respected national baseball writer—and Canada native—Jonah Keri from proposing an asinine Braun for Melvin Upton Jr. trade. Two questions about that one: Why and why?

This is all so dumb. These trade scenarios are bad. Ryan Braun will not be traded and Ryan Braun shouldn’t be traded. He is the best. He should spend his entire career in a Brewers uniform and there are a million reasons why. Here are five of them.

1. The Brewers have plenty of money
Why is everyone so obsessed with saving the team money? You know they don’t drop ticket prices with payroll, right? Baseball doesn’t have a salary cap, you can spend whatever you want, and the Brewers are spending a whole bunch of nothing.

Milwaukee ranked at the bottom of the league in payroll last year and will be right there again this year. The 2011 NL Central champion Brewers had a payroll around $93 million and the pre-rebuild 2014 Brewers hit $110 million. We know they have money and can spend when they need to. Last year, they didn’t need to and those salaries dipped to just $71.8 million.

So if Milwaukee could shed nearly $40 million last year and keep Braun, why do they need to trade him to save money?

2. He doesn’t want to go
For years, Ryan Braun seemed like a guy destined for a bigger market. He was a superstar with bad razor ads and even worse clothing designs.

Now, he says things like this:

“I feel very fortunate to have been here for this long. I have so many special relationships with people in the organization. My family and I love being involved in the community in Milwaukee. So I feel really fortunate to have been able to spend as many years here as I have.

We’ll see what the future holds, but if I’m fortunate enough to spend my whole career here, it’s something that would be really special, for sure.”

A guy with a California- and Miami-only trade clause in his contract feels fortunate to be in Milwaukee. Think about that.

3. Ryan Braun’s contract isn’t even bad
Using Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a stat that takes a player’s total value on the field and figures out how many “wins” that’s worth, Ryan Braun was worth 3.2 WAR in 2016.

In free agency, the cost per win is currently about eight million dollars. So in essence, Braun was worth $25.6M last season. Ryan Braun will make $20M this season. That’s not only a good deal, it’s almost exactly what a player of his ilk would get on the free agent market.

4. He should still be good for the remainder of his contract
There are four years left on Braun’s deal, with a mutual option for the fifth. He’ll be 36 in the last guaranteed year. There’s no real way of knowing if he’ll get hurt, but if you look at his similarity scores by age at Baseball Reference you’ll find Lance Berkman, Larry Walker and Carlos Lee as the top comparable hitters. All of them contributed through at least age 35, with Walker going strong all the way to 38 en route to realistic Hall Of Fame candidacy.

With all due respect to the algorithm, I am thinking Braun has more Walker in him than Vincent D’Onofrio in Men In Black Lance Berkman.

5. Ryan Braun could be the greatest Brewer of all-time
Right now, Braun is third in career WAR for a Brewers player, trailing only Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. Yount is probably untouchable due to his longevity, but surpassing Molitor is definitely in play.

Braun might be the best hitter this team has ever had. He’s the Brewers career home run leader and there are a ton of other records within his grasp. He’s second in career batting average, second in OPS, third in runs scored, fifth in hits, fourth in doubles, third in triples, third in RBI, and third in stolen bases. The Brewers are supposed to give that up for the ghost of Yasiel Puig and pay some of Braun’s salary to make that happen? Gross.

Ryan Braun is a living legend. His face is on the Brewers Mount Rushmore. One day his jersey will be retired, and even the most hardened haters will reluctantly remove the masking tape spelling “FRAUD” from their shirt jerseys. He is the man and he absolutely deserves to be a part of the next great Brewers team.

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A gambler’s guide to betting on the 2016 Green Bay Packers http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/a-gamblers-guide-to-the-2016-green-bay-packers/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/a-gamblers-guide-to-the-2016-green-bay-packers/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 05:10:20 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=27160 Last night, some teams played football on TV. As far as the state of Wisconsin is concerned, though, the real season starts Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL’s regular season is nice and all that, but without the Packers playing, it’s kind of just a bunch of giants trying […]

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Last night, some teams played football on TV. As far as the state of Wisconsin is concerned, though, the real season starts Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL’s regular season is nice and all that, but without the Packers playing, it’s kind of just a bunch of giants trying to give each other brain injuries.

The Packers are the reason Wisconsin puts up with the winter and they’re responsible for the joy, sadness, and ever-expanding waistlines of an entire state. Love them or hate them, the Packers are more a part of our everyday lives than any baseball team, basketball team, or general election could ever be.

A lot of people like to point to the tradition (My dad took me to Packer games and his dad took him to Packer games and no one talked about feelings ever!) or the ritual of watching games every week while singlehandedly keeping MillerCoors and the buffalo wing industry afloat. However, those factors don’t begin to touch the true reason for the Packers’ and the NFL’s massive popularity: GAMBLING!

Football is ridiculously violent and rife with long periods of inaction, but it is crazy fun to bet on. The weird scoring, the last minute heroics, and the relatively small amount of contests make football the perfect game for betting. That’s why, with just two days until Green Bay’s season starts, we aren’t going to talk X’s and O’s, The Bachelor, or backup weak side linebackers. Instead, we’ll be talking about the true national pastime in this, the land of opportunity.

Week 1: Packers -5 at Jacksonville
Is this a gift from the gambling gods? It certainly feels like it. The Jaguars are 8-24 over the past three years, making them one of the worst teams in football. Plus, they’re notorious for their perennial slow starts. Jacksonville is 1-6 against the spread in September games over that same stretch, and they simply seem over-matched in the opener in every way. Can you even name a Jaguar? Don’t lie! Expect the Packers to cover this one easily and inspire far too many people on sports talk radio and in your circle of friends to start talking Super Bowl just one Sunday in.

Odds to win NFC North: Green Bay -250
Once again, the Pack benefits from weak competition, and seem to be almost a shoe-in for another divisional title. Green Bay’s biggest perceived competition, the Vikings at +300, just lost their quarterback for the season…and are also the Vikings. Meanwhile, betting on either the Bears or Lions would pay you 120-1 on your money should they take the division. In other words, it’s not happening. Look forward to another playoff home game and announcers inevitably reheating gripping commentary about it being cold or some shit.

Odds to win the NFC Championship: Packers +375
Odds to win Super Bowl 51: Green Bay Packers +600
Bovada Sportsbook
has the Packers as their favorite to win both the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl this year. Does that mean they’re the best team in football? Not necessarily. Bookmakers often set lines different for “public teams,” as in teams that the public likes to bet on regardless of how good or bad they are. The Packers are one of the most public teams out there. Every year, people will put money on teams like the Packers to win the Super Bowl, regardless of the team’s outlook because, well, people want to see the Packers win the Super Bowl. Let’s just say they built a lot of casinos using Packer fan money in the Brett Favre era.

That said, bookies don’t just set lines like this for any public team. Dallas is another very public team that has a very unrealistic fanbase, and you can get them at 250-1. These lines indicate that bookmakers expect the Packers to be very good this season, playing deep into the playoffs, and maybe even winning it all. Casinos are looking to mitigate any potential losses by keeping this line low because it’s going to get a lot more action than the Arizona Cardinals or Indianapolis Colts are going to get. But who cares about all that? The Packers are the favorite to win the Super Bowl! Book your trips to Houston now!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the team with the second best odds to win the NFC? It’s the Seattle Seahawks at +425. The Packers and the team with the quarterback who totally isn’t a virgin anymore—just ask him—are once again on a collision course, and we can finally figure out once and for all who God is rooting for this season. Happy betting.

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Brew City Wrestling brings WWE Hall Of Famers to Wisconsin State Fair http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/brew-city-wrestling/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/brew-city-wrestling/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:34:54 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=25832 There is something about professional wrestling and the Wisconsin State Fair that just seems right. A place where you can play carnival games, check out livestock ribbon competitions, see (some of) the cast of Happy Days reunited, eat something called a Mountain Man Bloody Mary burger, and ride the Sizzler absolutely deserves to have a […]

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There is something about professional wrestling and the Wisconsin State Fair that just seems right. A place where you can play carnival games, check out livestock ribbon competitions, see (some of) the cast of Happy Days reunited, eat something called a Mountain Man Bloody Mary burger, and ride the Sizzler absolutely deserves to have a pro-wrestling show. For the fifth straight year, Brew City Wrestling will deliver that show.

BCW is going all out for its anniversary show with a great collection of well-known wrestlers from the past and a little something for everybody. Did you grow up in the 1990s as a hardcore ECW fan? You’re in luck because the “King of Old School” Steve Corino is on the show (along with this son Colby). Or maybe you grew up with the 1980s Rock-N-Wrestling-era WWF? Former tag team champion and WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff will be in the house to serenade you with the Russian national anthem. Seeking something from the mid-’90s WWF? The Native American superstar Tatanaka will be there Tomahawk Chopping someone.

If that’s not enough for you BCW is also bringing the greatest tag team of all time to the Jeffrey Scott Activity Stage as former NWA tag team champions Rock N Roll Express, consisting of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, will be appearing. If that’s not your thing, how about the late 2000s TNA women’s division? The, well, awesome Awesome Kong will be there. Prefer portly local guys who also do Ring of Honor? There’s Beer City Bruiser. More of a “one half of a former WWF tag team that was mostly famous for licking people’s faces and appeared on Family Matters once” fan? Here’s Bushwacker Luke!

This show truly has something for every wrestling fan and their own personal level of nostalgia, but even without those stars from the past, this show would be a highlight of opening day at the park. BCW always puts on a good show, but it’s more than that.

The key to a fun wrestling show, one that can suck in the hardcore fans and non-fans alike, is the intimacy. The intimacy is what makes you appreciate the size and athleticism of the wrestlers, what makes you feel danger where there is none, and allows the audience’s voice to be heard. You can’t yell something at the bad guys without them yelling something right back at you at a show like this.

The other thing about the intimacy is that the larger than life heroes and villains from the TV of your youth are just large people here. They can still do their thing and control an audience with a simple look or phrase, but they’re also right there. You can talk to them, shake their hand, and tell them how great you think they were. Ask them their opinion on modern day wrestling and hear how much better it used to be when they were stars. Buy an old picture for them to sign and hope they have change for a twenty. It’s magical.

It’s what makes the space that Brew City Wrestling runs at the Jeffrey Scott Activity Stage great. It’s just big enough to fit a good sized crowd, and cozy enough that your participation in the audience matters. Just the right size that meeting your heroes is a real thing you can do.

The wrestling shows are at noon and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and tickets are free for all State Fair attendees. In addition to the show, there will be meet and greets prior to each show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., where all of the aforementioned legends will appear.

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A loud out: Saying goodbye to Jonathan Lucroy http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/jonathan-lucroy-sendoff/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/jonathan-lucroy-sendoff/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:07:43 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=25811 It was a mostly meaningless at-bat in a mostly meaningless game. The Milwaukee Brewers had the lead and a chance to sweep the third place Pittsburgh Pirates. There was a runner on first base, two outs and Keon Broxton was at the plate. In many ways, Broxton is the player who best represents what Milwaukee […]

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It was a mostly meaningless at-bat in a mostly meaningless game. The Milwaukee Brewers had the lead and a chance to sweep the third place Pittsburgh Pirates. There was a runner on first base, two outs and Keon Broxton was at the plate. In many ways, Broxton is the player who best represents what Milwaukee is doing in this ongoing franchise rebuild. He has tons of potential and if it all works out, things could be pretty great, but that is no guarantee that it will, and at the moment it feels more than a little uncertain it will. He’s hitting .171/.299/.305 on the season and the Miller Park crowd seems to just want his at-bat to be over so the ninth inning can start and the Brewers can hopefully escape with a win. They have a two-run lead and Jeremy Jeffress is warming up. This can be over soon. The Brewers can win, for whatever that’s worth, and everyone can go home.

“I want to win, and I don’t see us winning in the foreseeable future. I want to go to a World Series.”

Jonathan Lucroy said that in January, and Brewers fans spent the next six months wondering when it would finally happen and what players would come back in exchange for him. It wasn’t an “if” or a question of whether the front office should or shouldn’t deal its beloved backstop, rather an accepted inevitability.

On Saturday, it seemed to have finally happened. Jonathan Lucroy would be going to the Indians for a package of prospects highlighted by switch-hitting catcher Fransisco Meija and shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang. Brewers fans frantically Googled the minor leaguers’ names, trying to find out everything they could about the haul that Lucroy brought. It seemed like they did well. Baseball writers thought Milwaukee got a good return. All that was left was for Lucroy to approve the trade, for him to say yes, since the Indians were on his no-trade list. Of course he’d say yes, right? He’s the one who said that thing about playing in the World Series. Sitting firmly in first place, Cleveland seemed to fit the part of a contender. In the minds of Brewers fans, the deal was done. To most, Lucroy belonged to Cleveland and everyone would root for the Indians to win the World Series.

About midway through the at-bat there was a buzz in the Miller Park stands. It wasn’t because of anything Broxton was doing at the plate, but because people started to notice who was standing in the on deck circle. It was him.

He wasn’t supposed to be here. He was supposed to be an Indian or a…something else. He definitely wasn’t supposed to be a Brewer and he definitely wasn’t supposed to be on deck, but there he was. Suddenly, Broxton’s at-bat took on a whole new level of importance as the crowd went from tepid indifference to wanting to see the guy on deck get his chance. Miller Park needed to see Lucroy hit one more time. Somehow, some way, the fans seemed to will the guy with the .299 on base percentage to not get out. Broxton drew a walk.

It was happening. Jonathan Lucroy was batting at Miller Park one last time.

By this point, we all know Lucroy did not go to the Indians. He had a no-trade clause and he exercised it. That’s why contracts exist and it was well within his rights to do so. We can speculate Lucroy’s reasoning, analyze the rationale of Cleveland’s staff, but none of that really matters. He vetoed the trade. The Indians moved on. The trade was off.

A lot of times that would be it for a transaction of this nature, but not for this one. Jonathan Lucroy would be traded this season, come hell of high water. Sunday afternoon, with just over 24 hours until the trade deadline, it was still only a matter of when and to whom Luc would go. There was a game starting soon and the All-Star catcher wasn’t in the lineup. The message was clear: his Brewers days were numbered.

People stood and clapped before his name was even announced. He gave a little wave and tried to get to work, but when they finally announced his name, the few who hadn’t figured out what was happening got up to speed with the strange scenario unfolding before them, causing the cheers grow louder. Then came the familiar chants of “LUUUUUUC!” You heard one and then another and another, each person realizing they’d never get to do it again and trying desperately to get that final string of vowels out before it was through.

He soaked it in and waved to the crowd. The cheers grew louder, the subtle acknowledgement only fueling the fire. He tipped his cap and it happened again. This was a moment. Tears formed. People cried. It was a scene befitting of a movie, one where Lucroy would hit a home run and the entire ballpark would explode with love.

It’s the Mets then, right? No, it’s not the Mets. The Mets aren’t contending. Did the Indians come to their senses and guarantee Lucroy a starting spot next season? No, Cleveland is still a no-go. Los Angeles? What would the Dodgers want with him? That is a thing people are saying, though. Detroit? Nah. The Rangers? People keep saying the Rangers.

In the end, it is the Rangers. Texas gets Jeffress, too. In exchange for the catcher and closer, the Brewers get two top 60 prospects. Lewis Brinson is the star of the return, and he’s a top 30 prospect in all of baseball. He’s got power, speed, and a great glove, but he strikes out a lot. He could be the next Mike Cameron. Comparisons to the package Cleveland reportedly offered aside, it’s a good haul and Brewers GM David Stearns just had himself a hell of a deadline. Between this move and the Will Smith trade, Milwaukee’s future is a lot brighter than it was a week ago.

Despite the overwhelming emotion of the moment, Lucroy had a nice at-bat. He took two balls and the tension mounted, with the packed park sensing it was a hitter’s count and what that could mean. Then he fouled a few pitches off, took another ball and worked his way into a full count. A director couldn’t have drawn it up any better. It had the makings of a storybook ending for the best catcher the Brewers ever had. The pitch came and…it was foul.

Okay, let’s try that again.

The next pitch led to a soft flyout to right field. The inning was over. The moment was over. Jonathan Lucroy’s Brewers career was over.

Trading Lucroy closes the book on a fan favorite’s career in Milwaukee. It should help start the next great Brewers story, but it’s still sad. It’s sad that he doesn’t retire here to solidify his standing as the best Brewers catcher of all-time. It’s sad that Milwaukee couldn’t be the one that took him to the World Series and leave his legacy intact.

That moment in Miller Park was special. It was real feelings from real fans. All at once, it was gratitude for everything one man accomplished in a Brewers uniform, hope for what his premature departure would bring for years to come, happiness for the future, and longing for better days. Sunday’s box score shows a simple fly out, but those who watched it unfold experienced a loud out and a strange-yet-fitting end to an unforgettable Brewers tenure. It was a feeling that was unique to a baseball team and especially so to Milwaukee’s baseball team. As baseball’s smallest market, we don’t get to have that storybook ending here, we just get the end that so often allows a player’s story to live on in a new setting.

Lucroy’s second act is a wrap on Milwaukee. All we’re left with is this: one final at-bat. One last goodbye. One huge thank you. One inimitable Miller Park moment. Here, marooned somewhere on the unfamiliar road between a prosperous past and a bright future, that’s enough.

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