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By Corinne Burgermeister
Since I was little, I have always wanted to go to the Milwaukee Brewers opening day.
This year things finally worked out perfectly–I hadn’t planned on going, but opening day fell during my spring break and a friend was selling tickets. My home in Milwaukee is just 10 minutes from the stadium, which was very convenient.
Arguably, one of the best things about going to game at Miller Park is the tailgate atmosphere. While inside the stadium fans can buy traditional ballpark food, nothing compares to cooking yourself in the parking lot. We parked and immediately set up our tailgate and tossed some brats on the grill. By 11 a.m. the parking lot was filled out Brewers fans, grilling, enjoying music, playing yard games, despite the freezing temperatures.
Throughout the parking lot and stadium, there’s an excitement that can only be explained with “you had to be there.” Opening day is for all lovers of baseball, no matter how old. There is no way to describe the happiness felt when a new season of baseball starts.
The game begins with fireworks and Bernie Brewer heading down the big yellow slide. Joe Antanasio, father of owner Mark, led the crowd in singing the national anthem.
We made our way up to our seats, on the upper Terrace leve. Although there is no bad seat in Miller Park, we decided to leave ours and enjoyed ourselves just walking around the stadium and watching on the lower deck — a prime spot for watching the Sausage Race in the middle of the 6th inning.
The game went into extra innings, with the Brewers and Rockies tied 4-4 in the ninth. We waited with much anticipation for the outcome. Thankfully, the Brewers got a win with a walk-off home run in the 10th inning.
Winning the opening day game is always a big deal according to my mom (who makes this joke every year). “Guess they’ll be serving beer this season; the Brewers won the opener.”