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Brewers make push for Aguilar to get final All-Star spot

Posted: 1:42 PM, Jul 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-09 18:42:12Z

MILWAUKEE -- Three Brewers players were named to the National League All-Star team, but there was one glaring omission. Jesus Aguilar, the team's first baseman, is having a breakout season.

He's top 10 in the National League in batting average, top three in RBI and tied for first with 22 home runs. 

Now, he's a finalist for the final vote to make it to the All-Star Game in Washington D.C. The Brewers want to make that a reality and held a voting push Monday at Anodyne Coffee in Milwaukee. 

"I voted about 25 times already this morning," Eric Pfeiffer of Wauwatosa said. "They said unlimited so why not?"

People filed into Anodyne to vote for Aguilar. They also got a free coffee and Brewers swag. All of that was icing on the cake for them though as they feel Aguilar is the most deserving. 

"He's got to get on the ballot," Rachel Lidner of Milwaukee said. "He's got to make it."

"It's a shame he was left off the final roster," Derek Donlevy of Hales Corners said. "We really need to push hard to get him in with the final vote."

Fans can vote here for Aguilar. There are no limits to the number of times you can vote and you have until Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. 

Regardless of Aguilar's All-Star status, this season has been momentous for Brewers' fans. They have the best record in the National League and are giving hopes of a deep playoff run. 

"I'm hoping to see October baseball in Miller Park," Donlevy said. "This season has been awesome. I hope they keep it going."

"Normally, we've been the laughing stock but now, people are looking for us," Robert Ambrose Steckbauer of Oak Creek said. "That's a great thing."

Ambrose Steckbauer and his son David have embraced the David versus Goliath feel of the Brewers. The remaining National League finalists are from San Francisco, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., all of which are larger markets. The religious story of David and Goliath isn't the only sacred tie in. The team is using the hashtag #WeBelieveInJesus and many signs say other tongue in cheek religious references. One of the racing sausages held a sign reading, "D.C. needs Jesus."

"I think Milwaukee has always been a baseball town," David Ambrose Steckbauer said. "We just needed a reason to show up. Guys like Aguilar are a reason for us to show up finally."

Brewers fans have had their hearts broken year in and year out. However, this year they think it's different. 

"I expect 2014," David Ambrose Steckbauer said. "I expect last year, but for some reason, they remind me of the 2011 team. I had high hopes but didn't want to hope too much. Low and behold, we were in the NLCS and I hope this year we can go a little farther."

"This is probably the first time since '82 or '82 I haven't been really waiting for the other shoe to drop," Robert said. 

The Brewers said they will hold another event on Tuesday to push for the final vote for Aguilar. They have yet to announce where, but say free donuts may be available for fans.