Who do you think of when you think of a Milwaukee “ambassador”? Perhaps you think of an elected official, like Mayor Tom Barrett. Perhaps you think of a local historian who will break your kneecaps if you discuss the Milwaukee Bridge War of 1845 without his express written consent, like John Gurda. Or perhaps you think of a 1988 Starting Lineup figure of beloved Milwaukee Brewers slugger Rob Deer. Whatever floats your boat.
Speaking of a 1988 Starting Lineup figure of beloved Milwaukee Brewers slugger Rob Deer, a new video series features just such a figure serving as a tour guide of the greater Milwaukee area. Yes, the Rob Deer Starting Lineup World Tour is a thing (from Milwaukee-based YouTube channel Baseball Card Illustrated), and it’s glorious and low-key hilarious. Take a look:
“Enjoy this no holds barred, extra innings look at Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” reads the video’s description. “It’s the good, the bad, the interesting, fortified with plenty of high comedy.” Some highlights:
While visiting Miller Park:
“You can see the panels of the retractable roof are open, as if the stadium and the entire city are smiling because the Easter Sunday 1987 hero is back in town.”
While visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum and discussing that big orange “Calling” sculpture:
“The controversy is that ‘The Calling’ effectively blocks your view of the Calatrava as you drive east down Wisconsin Avenue toward the lakefront. No matter your thoughts on public art, I think we can all agree that Rob Deer is the most splendid structure here.”
While visiting Wolski’s:
“Unfortunately, it looks like Rob Deer has had one too many drinks during this stop of his World Tour.”
Oh yeah, the 1988 Starting Lineup figure of beloved Milwaukee Brewers slugger Rob Deer is meant to tour the world! “If Rob Deer heads your way, please show him around your town, and share a video with the ‘cardmunity’ and beyond!” reads the video description. We’ll keep you posted.