Braves vs Brewers – May 2, 2002


I stayed the night on the south side of Milwaukee, in a Motel 6 that wasn’t too bad.  I wish I had known more about where the park was before I boooked that hotel, cause the traffic in Milwaukee is terrible, due to horrible roads and road construction!  I wasn’t but about 10 miles from the ballpark, but it still took me almost 45 minutes to get there, if not more.

Today was actually a pretty nice day, but the roof was still closed.  I was told by some locals that they keep the roof closed in April/May just because it’s usually not that warm and most cases it’s pretty chilly.   On my way into the park the sun was shinning, there was some blue skies, yet there was a nip, so I guess they know what they are doing.

Since I was just here last night, I didn’t spend as much time exploring the park today.  Today was all about relaxing, watching the game and hoping it would be over in time for me to make the drive to the South Side of Chicago for the Mariners vs White Sox game at 7:05pm.

I have been a Braves fan since 1983 when I lived in Oklahoma and the only baseball we got on TV regularly was the Braves via TBS.  I also have to admit that these 2 games, last night and this afternoon, are my first 2 Braves games ever.  With that said, I was so excited to see Kevin Millwood pitching for the Braves.  Got to see Glavine last night, and Millwood this afternoon.  While his outting wasn’t the greatest, Millwood did go 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs (both earned – including a MONSTER SHOT by Richie Sexson in the 4th inning that tied it up at 1-1).  He also K’d 4 on 83 pitches.

Knowing I had to rush to get to the game in Chicago, my worst fear was extra innings and after the Brewers failed to push across a run in the bottom of the 9th, to extras we went, tied at 2-2.  My biggest worry was that if the game ran long, the traffic headed out of town and getting into and through Chicago would make me late for that game.  My worries didn’t last long cause Henry Blanco led off the 10th for the Braves (a former Brewer) and drove DeJeans 1-2 pitch over the wall for a 3-2 Braves lead.  Smoltz came in and made sure that’s where it stayed.  Braves win and I am on my way to Chicago!

Random Thoughts:
1) Sitting next to me was a guy and his son.  They used to live in Olympia, WA, and he worked as a cook at a restaurant in downtown Olympia that I have been to a time or two, the Oyster House.
2) Continuing with the small world theme… Brewers starting pitcher, Glendon Rusch, is originally from Seattle and the Brewers starting Left Fielder, Geoff Jenkins, is originally from Olympia.
3) While the roof was closed, and it wasn’t raining outside, there was water leaking from the roof that got the seats in a row a couple over from me quite wet.  Thankfully nobody was sitting there.
4) The Suasage Races are too much fun!  If you ever make it to a game in Milwaukee, make sure you check them out.
5) I sat in the same exact row, just a few seats over, that I sat in last night and yet my ticket today was $5 and it was $10 last night. Go figure!

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W: Holmes, ATL (2-0) L: DeJean, MIL (0-1) S: Smoltz (9)


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