Former Brewers in the postseason

loretta.jpgI missed the end of the Cardinals-Dodgers game yesterday so the morning
highlights were my first chance to see a pair of former Brewers come up
big for L.A. Ronnie Belliard tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a hard single up the middle before Mark Loretta
won it with bloop. It reminded me of July 25, 2001, when Loretta’s
single snapped the Brewers’ 11-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over,
you guessed it, the Dodgers.

It also made me wonder how many former Brewers are out there on the
eight Division Series rosters. I found only five, including four
members of that woeful 2002 team that lost 106 games. I think it’s safe
to say that the quartet is having more fun today:

Dodgers
IF Ronnie Belliard (Brewers’ 8th round pick in ’04, played in Milwaukee 1998-2002)
IF Mark Loretta (7th round ’93, played 1995-2002)

Cardinals
None

Rockies
None (a groin injury kept Jorge De La Rosa off the NLDS roster)

Phillies
C Paul Bako (played in Milwaukee in 2002)
OF Matt Stairs (played in Milwaukee in 2002)

Angels
None

Red Sox
None (though skipper Terry Francona ended his playing career with the Brewers from 1989-90.)

Twins
None

Yankees
LHP CC Sabathia (you might remember him from ’08)

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