Next stop for Crew cavalry: St. Louis
After one last game against the Astros on Sunday, the Brewers’ cavalry was headed for St. Louis.
Forget the traditional suits and ties. The Brewers planned to travel Sunday night wearing cowboy boots, hats and belt buckles the size of dinner plates, a bit of fun before some serious business.
Beginning Monday afternoon, the Brewers engage the Cardinals for three final games between the National League Central’s top two teams. Milwaukee will enter with at least a 7 1/2 game lead, but St. Louis swept the last meeting at Miller Park just last week.
So, there is still regular-season work to do.
Who says the Brewers can’t have a little fun along the way?
Players said it was manager Ron Roenicke’s idea to go cowboy for the flight to St. Louis, and they traveled in groups to Houston outfitters to gear-up. Rather, most of them did. Jonathan Lucroy had everything he needed already in his closet, and just bought a new belt buckle for fun. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell opted for a thrift store, figuring his cowboy getup had very little chance of seeing the light of day after Sunday.
For the particularly cynical Brewers fans conjure the memory of the team’s 2001 “Sweep Suits,” the garish get-up players wore after a June sweep of the Cubs that was followed by a precipitous plunge in the standings, Ryan Braun advised everybody to remain calm. That’s what the Brewers are trying to do.
“It’s not about staying loose for the Cardinals,” Braun said. “It’s just staying loose in general. By this time in the season everything has been the same for months. Same routine, same travel, same collared shirt. It’s a good time to mix things up a little.”
Nyjer Morgan posted two photos of himself, one in front of Minute Maid Park complete with boots, head-to-toe denim, a bolo tie and hat. Instead of Tony Plush, he was Tony Tombstone.
He loved that Roenicke proposed the idea.
“The skipper understands these guys,” Morgan said. “He’s great for us.”
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