MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers team that brought Milwaukee to the World Series was celebrated in a big way at Miller Park Saturday night.
The 1982 American League Champions took the field for a standing ovation. Several hours before the game, the aisles were lined with fans anxiously awaiting the Brewers’ stars of old.
“It’s a pleasure, it just brings back a lot of childhood memories,” said fan Craig Yonkovich.
Yonkovich said he was awestruck thanks to an autograph from Rollie Fingers.
“1982 was my first game,” he said.
For many, it was a homecoming full of nostalgia.
“I actually got to watch him play baseball and pitch that year,” said Yonkovich.
Others in line weren’t even born yet to watch the team play.
“My grandpa’s a huge fan and I just like to get stuff he can’t have,” said Adriann Kupka.
For the Brew Crew of ’82, a night back in the limelight was a time to reminisce.
“I was on second base when Cecil Cooper got that game winning hit against the Angels to send us into the World Series,” said pitcher Jim Slaton.
From the highs of an American League Championship.
“We were in Wyoming when they went to the world series so we were very excited to see them on TV,” said fan Linda Govier.
“You think of all of the Hall of Famers Yount, and Molitor, Fingers,” said former Brewers President and Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig
To the lows of falling one game short.
“I’m still mad about it and it’s 35 years ago, but it was a great year,” said Selig.
What could have been didn’t stop Brewers fans from showing the team love after their historic run. 35 years later, they still bring the crowds to their feet.
“All they want you to do is go out there and give 100-percent and they’ll support you like there’s no tomorrow,” said Slaton.