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The All-Decade Team

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays everyone! Since we are on the cusp of a new decade, I decided to put out the Milwaukee Brewers All-Decade team! This was quite an up and down decade for the Crew. We saw the end of our beloved Milwaukee County Stadium, but enjoyed the beauty that is Miller Park. We saw the worst of the worst (3 straight years of finishing last in the NL Central including a 100 loss season) and something we hadn’t seen in over 20 years: Playoffs.  We saw managers change (Lopes, Royster, Yost, Sveum, and Macha). We saw fan favorites come and go. We saw the rise of baseball in HD and a rise in Brewers payroll. Yes, it was quite a roller coaster being a Brewer fan in the 00’s. To look back on the decade that was, Here’s my 25-man All-Decade Roster.

Starters

C - The list of Brewers’ catchers from this decade reads like a sick joke: Bennett, Estrada, Bako, Moeller. It was hard to pick, but Damian Miller is my catcher of the decade. In ‘05 and ‘06, he was a solid catcher both offensively and defensively and had a lackluster ‘07 because of the amazingly underwhelming Johnny Estrada.

1B - Prince Fielder - It’s only been since ‘06 that the Brewers have had Fielder as their starting first baseman, but he’s only gotten better over time. He’s even had 2 seasons with over 40 HR’s. He’s been the leader of this team and has shown maturity beyond his years. He even improved his defense!

2B - Ron Belliard - We started off the decade with Belliard at second. He hit alright, but was great at the double play. He was part of turning 129 double plays in 2000.

3B -Ryan Braun - I don’t care how bad his defense was. I don’t care that he’s an outfielder more than a third baseman. He was the best third baseman the Brewers have and I’m putting him here dammit. What else can you say about Ryan Braun? He’s a stud. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He’s the Hebrew Hammer. He likes really ugly MMA shirts. He’s cocky, but says the right things almost all the time. The best thing you can say about him: He’ll be a Brewer far into this next decade!

SS - JJ Hardy - This JJ brought all the ladies to the yard, but behind his female appeal was a great defensive shortstop with a lot of pop in his bat. He made the All-Star team in 2007. His fire continued in 2008 with over 20 home runs again (which is great for a shortstop).

OF - Carlos Lee - We put up with his lazy outfield because you could count on 100 RBI’s. Before Prince was ready for Prime Time, there was Carlos Lee. Even though the Crew only had him for 1 3/4 years, he delivered over 60 home runs and almost 200 RBI’s.

OF - Geoff Jenkins - Roaming the outfield until 2007, Geoff hit 182 home runs and 71 Outfield Assists for the Brewers this decade. Jenks was also voted into the All-Star game in 2004 by the Brewers fans! He ended up having a stellar year that year hitting .296 with 28 HR’s.

OF - Scott Podsednik - Milwaukee’s ROY runner up was the beginning of the resurgence of interest in the Brewers. While he really only had one good year with the Brewers (and only two overall), he set a Brewers record for most SB’s in a year.

Bench

1B - Richie Sexson - While I have never been the biggest fan of Sexson because he would choke under pressure, his numbers as a Brewer don’t lie. He hit 133 home runs in a Brewer, including two seasons with 45 (2001 and 2003). He was  a two time All-Star and was involved in an amazing trade for the Brewers.

1B - Lyle Overbay - OK, so I have three first basemen. The Big O was a doubles machine after coming over in the Sexson trade and bridged the gap perfectly between Sexson and Fielder.

OF - Brady Clark - Most people laugh about Brady, but he was a solid member of the Brewers outfield for 4 years this decade. He hit an average of .283 and was a big part of 2005’s .500 year (which people forget was a big deal at the time)

INF - Mark Loretta - Mark had a really strong run in Milwaukee to start his career. And while most of his career was played in the previous decade, he still played for 2 3/4 of this one. Always one you could count on to get on base,  Mark never had more than 60 strikeouts in a season.

OF - Corey Hart - Hart made his debut in 2004, but didn’t recieve the role of everyday starter until 2007. His speed and his bat make him a dynamic player even though his head has gotten in the way.

C - I guess you need two catchers on a 25 man roster so I pick Jason Kendall. I know there are a lot of fans who hate Kendall (such a strong feeling), but many of those fans don’t remember most of the catchers from this past decade. We didn’t have a Surhoff or a Nilsson. And I wouldn’t mind having a Jason Kendall who busts his ass every day on my team….problem is if this was real, he wouldn’t let me put him on the bench.

Pitchers

SP - Ben Sheets - Ben’s entire MLB career started in 2001 even though it seems like he’s been around for longer. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cy Young and threw over 1200 K’s this decade. I won’t ever forget the day Jared and I saw Sheeter the night after he threw 18 K’s at a Bucks game (Jenkins had front row and Sheeter was sitting 8 rows back by us). He’s Milwaukee’s first legit ace since Higuera and I’d like to see him back in Brewer Blue.

SP - Doug Davis -Doug Davis isn’t flashy. He isn’t dominant. He isn’t fan friendly. He’s just there. And for 3+ years, he was the team’s dependable workhorse. Doug is the reason most Brewer fans check quality starts because 70% of his 2004 starts were quality, although he just won half.

SP - Chris Capuano - Yet another part of the Richie Sexson trade, Cappie was an All-Star in 2005. What people remember most about Capuano was his insane pick-off move which prompted umpires re-check their rule books about balks. He’s the final part of the MM3 (See Kolb)

SP - Yovani Gallardo - This young star in the making was better than expected in ‘09.  He also was helpful down the playoff stretch in ‘08 (even though a freak accident derailed almost all of that season). I’m excited to see how Yo matures in this next decade.

SP - C.C. Sabathia - Sure he grabbed the cash and left, but before he did, he gave Milwaukee a hero they have not seen in a long time. C.C. delivered the team the playoffs and for that, he will never be forgotten. We were able to see what C.C. would have been like in the playoffs had he not been used up, but most people would agree that the Brewers would have never gotten to the playoffs had he been used more sparingly.

RP - Dan Kolb - There are a group of pitchers I like to call the Mike Maddux Three. These pitchers had their highest levels of success under his tutelage and most came out of nowhere to become All-Stars, then fizzle away. The first of those three is Dan Kolb. Dan was all sorts of mediocre until in 2003 when he had an ERA of 1.99 and saved 21 games. The next year he saved 39 and became an All-Star. The following year, he was traded for Jose Capellan which was a move that benefited NO ONE.

RP -Derrick Turnbow - Turnbow is another member of the MM3. A fireballer picked off of waivers, Turnbow was known as the “Wild Thing”. He had wild hair and a wild streak, but his fastball could touch three digits. This streak caught up with him, but not before he was named to the All-Star game. Sadly, his bobblehead ended his career.

RP - Francisco Cordero - Another in the streak of Brewers All-Star Relievers, Cordero was a name on the Carlos Lee trade that quickly became so valuable, people forgot how bad Kevin Mench was. CoCo came in to Click, Click, Boom and saved 44 games with a 2.98 ERA. He was lost to Cincinatti because they offered him a couple extra million the following year.

RP - Brian Shouse - Lefty specialists are in high demand nowadays and the Brewers had a great one in Brian Shouse. When he was picked up, most people said “Who?”, but this lefty had 2+ strong years in Milwaukee and had a cult following.

RP - Trevor Hoffman - OK, so he only had one year in Milwaukee, but you would agree it was a great one, right? He exceeded expectations and was a highlight in a disappointing ‘09 effort. Plus he was the capper on a decade that saw 6 Brewers pitchers become All-Stars.

RP - I have one more reliever spot and it’s hard to give it to just one person because there were so many players that were similar. They weren’t great, but they were who the Brewers had so my last reliever is Matts DeSkanick. That’s right. A hybrid of Matt Wise, Mike DeJean, Curtis Leskanic, and Brooks Kieschnick. They were all middle of the road relievers, but were necessary or had a small following of fans at the time. (If Jared or Tyler could make a photoshop of this, that would be awesome)

Manager - Ned Yost - Love him or hate him, he’s the man that took the Brewers from awful to competitive.

There you have it! Feel free to post your own! I know we’re all looking forward to another up and down decade of Brewer baseball. I hoped to do a Brewer of the Decade Vote in lieu of a fan favorite vote, but we’ll see if the site is around long enough for that.

Congrats Jenks!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Geoff Jenkins and the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series tonight. Jenks hit a double and scored a run in the abbreviated Game 5.

Of course we would have loved to see Geoff win a ring with the Brewers, but it’s nice to see him collect the hardware in Philadelphia. He’s a classy guy that played on a lot of really bad teams in Milwaukee. We couldn’t be happier for him.

The Underdog Came Out On Top

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Great to see the Brewers get it done. It really wouldn’t have been too exciting if they would have just rolled into the playoffs. That is why sports is so compelling. It cannot be scripted.

You had all kinds of drama this past weekend, but in the end, the good guys won. It reminded me of the finish to the movie “Hoosiers.” The small high school defying the odds to outlast the Amazin’ Mets. The quotes coming out of New York were of a team that felt their team overachieved. Disappointed, yes, but from a team that will be moving into a state-of-the-art facility and vast amounts of revenue the Brewers cannot match. If the Brewers came up short, the fallout would have been severe. The underdog won…

Respect for the Pitching

I really gained a ton of respect for five pitchers this past weekend for the Crew.

1. CC Sabathia — Looking at the biggest contract for a pitcher in the history of the game. He pitches another complete game, in the biggest game of the season. Tough pitches all the way through as the playoffs are usually max-effort-type pitches. Third start in a row on three days rest, now looking at possibly as many as seven more starts on an already taxed workload. Anyone who ever thinks that players are all about the money haven’t been paying attention to what this guy is putting on the line. Don’t you think CC’s agent, the Yankees, Mets, Angels Dodgers and the MLB Players Association cringes every time they hear CC is going again on three days’ rest? What he has done for this team has put his own personal issues to the side for the good of the Crew. Trust me when I tell you that every player in the Majors has taken notice of what CC has done. The respect he has gained from his peers will be talked about for a long, long time.

2. Ben Sheets – The free agent to be showed his true character by trying to take the ball on Saturday against the Cubs. He knew his arm was worn down and sore, but still put his own personal issues to the side and tried to step up one more time in possibly his last start as a Brewer. He had so many great games, but saved his best performance as a pro for the game on Saturday.

3. Manny Parra — He rebounded nicely in relief on Saturday. Pitching in a meaningful spot, Manny put aside some of his struggles in the last six weeks to step up and pitch like a seasoned veteran.

4. David Bush — This guy has pitched out of relief, back in the minors, started, pitched on a swinging fifth man rotation and for the last two months has been one of the top ten pitchers in baseball. So he gets asked to piggyback Ben Sheets, doesn’t gripe about again being bumped and goes out and throws three no-hit innings to give the team a chance to win.

5. Yovani Gallardo — First Playoff game since 1982 goes to this young stud. What poise he has to come back in the pennant race to not only pitch but have very little rust or psychological hangover from his injury. The Brewers may lose two star pitchers at the end of this unbelievable season, but Gallardo and Parra have established themselves as two that can continue this run into ’09.

Playoff Matchup

The Brewers were ripe for the picking three weeks ago after a 3-7 homestand. Both teams start from scratch again. If anything, CC’s performance could give the Crew a slight advantage in momentum going in. When teams slump their isn’t much you can do except ride it out. Like a cold, it is going to last seven days and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.

That being said, the Brewers still are not swinging the bats very well as a whole. Prince has been absolutely carrying this squad on his back. Look for the Phillies, even with Hamels and especially Moyer, to pitch around Fielder and test his discipline. The same goes for Howard on the other side.

It will be interesting to see Gallardo attack a good offensive team in a smaller ballpark. He is a strikeout, flyball pitcher. Love his poise. Nothing seems to faze this kid. He misses all of spring training, throws a gem against the Reds in Cincy. Look for the Phillies to test Yo’s durability and nerves on the grand stage.

The batters for the Crew have been in another funk at the plate. They looked like they had gotten out of it the last two series on the road. But guys like Maholm, Duke and Lilly really gave the hitters fits at the plate. Not good considering they will face Hamels twice and Moyer once in this best of five. With Hamels they have to attack the fastball early in the count as to not let him get to his changeup, which is one of the best. The Brewers have seen him twice this season and really had some great at bats against him in that Saturday game in Philly.

Moyer, is a tougher matchup than Hamels because of his ability to change speeds with a still unreal changeup. Hopefully the Brewers hitters will realize that Moyer is only throwing 81 mph and move up in the box and stand on top of the plate. Take away his bread-and-butter changeup that fades off the outside corner of the plate. Hart, Hall, Cameron and Braun all need to dare him to throw inside to get them out. If nothing else, Moyer, who is a great study of hitters’ tendencies, will have to learn on the fly as the hitters will look different to what he has seen from them on video. The problem is young hitters are stubborn and don’t want to get out of their comfort spots in the batters box.

Brett Myers has pitched very well this second half, think Dave Bush. Myers pitched a complete game against the Crew last time out. But that is a bit deceiving. The Crew had nothing left in the tank the fourth game of the series. It didn’t matter who was pitching for the Brewers (Suppan) or who was pitching against the Crew (Myers). If you know anything about momentum, you realized that the Brewers had no chance in that one.

I think Gallardo, CC and Bush can get it done this series. The bats need to come alive though. I think the pitching will be fine.

The bullpen edge goes to the Phillies only because of Lidge. He is a strikeout pitcher who has the best slider in the game. Only guys like Pujols can get him, or Braun also has.

I think that the Phillies have the edge on the bench too. They have Dobbs, who has become the best pinch hitter in the National League. The Brewers have Durham, who has really had some big hits down the stretch.

Nostalgia anyone?

Geoff Jenkins will be on the active roster for the Phillies in this series. Jenks, a fan favorite in Milwaukee, is beyond happy for the community and the guys on the team. He is also going to get himself off a dubious list — most games played without appearing in a playoff game for active Major Leaguers. I know this one well as I was ahead of him last year. The fans of Milwaukee probably won’t be as warm this time around, but for only this little bitty series.

Send in Your Rants!

I will be covering the games on FSN postgame Brewers Live with Craig Coshun. We will do a complete breakdown of Game 1 and have interviews and manager comments following the game. The show will start after the last pitch and run for an hour. Please help me with some comments for a Rant. Leave your comments on this post and I will choose one that I like.

Nostalgia Two

It is ironic that the guy the fans booed so much would end up being so loved. Thanks, Wes Helms!

Mike Cameron meets Geoff Jenkins

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Cameron vs. Jenkins


After getting very worked up about my displeasure with Mike Cameron, a thought came to my head: What if Mike Cameron is basically the equivalent of Geoff Jenkins? The more I thought about it, the more sure I felt that Mike Cameron is Geoff Jenkins with more HR’s and strikeouts. Both players are known for their defense. They both can snag a fly ball with the best of them and throw out a runner at home. They also both strike out at the low breaking ball…and it’s infuriating watching Cameron do it more than Jenkins. Now, all I needed to do was some research. Here’s hoping that the 2008 Mike Cameron can get hot like the 2005 Geoff Jenkins

2005 Geoff Jenkins Stats after 70 Games:
257 AB’s, 63 Hits, 16 Doubles, 8 HR, 27 RBI’s, 36 Runs, 30 Walks, .245 BA, .341 OBP, .401 SLG%, .742 OPS

2008 Mike Cameron Stats after 70 Games
257 AB’s, 59 Hits, 17 Doubles, 15 HR, 41 RBI’s, 35 Runs, 34 Walks, .230 BA, .320 OBP, .471 SLG%, .791 OPS

The numbers are more than comparable, they’re eerie at times. As most of us know, Jenkins ended the season hitting .292 with 25 HR’s and 86 RBI’s. It’s a glimmer of hope that Mike Cameron can still turn things around and be a productive member of this team during the playoff hunt.

A small salute to Geoff

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A small salute to Geoff:
Geoff was an outfield staple in Milwaukee for years. He roamed the outfield of both Milwaukee County Stadium and Miller Park. Now, some of you will only remember Geoff as the batter who would always swing at strike three in the dirt. No, I choose to remember the good times. Remember his All-Star Selection in 2003 when we voted him in. Remember all the fireballs he could throw from left to gun out runners at home plate. Remember all the Web Gems before we knew the word Web Gem. Remember the years he was able to hit over .300. Remember his amazing surges at the plate. Remember when we were happy to sign him to a long term contract when no one wanted to stay in Milwaukee. Remember how excited you were to walk into the Brand New Miller Park and saw the Jenkins Jungle sign. And remember how you laughed by his uncanny resemblance to Brett Favre. I choose to remember the good times.

An able bodied thank you.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Geoff Jenkins

For 10 years, Jenks was a staple in the Milwaukee Brewers OF - the bright star of a dark galaxy of AAAA players.

The Philadelphia Inquirer might have mocked RFB for doing See Off Ge-Off, but they can’t really understand how we used to watch games. When an objective fan looks at Jenkins’ stats, he probably sees a serviceable player. But when you put him around the likes of Chris Magruder, Jeff Liefer and Trent Durrington, he looks like Willie Mayes Jr.

I remember watching games like they had only 4 innings. I lived and died with his 3-4 AB’s, regarding them as the teams’ “Only Chance.” I often wonder how Geoff fared as well as he did, when teams knew he was the only guy in the lineup that could hurt them (on a regular basis). If he flew out to end the 8th inning - and the Brewers were down - it was a given that they could never come back.

My favorite moment of Jenks is probably the second half of the 2005 season, where he turned around a shoddy start by slugging 16 taters and 53 RBI’s with a .322 batting average. I will never forget that surge, and how he took the team on his back and brought us the Brewers’ first non-losing season since 1992.

Geoff, you will always have a warm place in my heart. And I will be there tomorrow, to see you off properly.

Three’s Company: When Jenks was hot, he was HOT

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Geoff Jenkins

There were some dire years for Brewers baseball and Geoff Jenkins was here for a lot of them. Some times Jenkins was the only thing worth watching on the team. And when he got hot, it was a great show.

I don’t have a Jenkins’ moment to talk about on this eve of his return to Milwaukee in another team’s uniform so much as six moments that when put together illustrate how epic Jenkins’ hot streaks could be.

April 28, 2001 - Jenkins homered in his first three at-bats versus the Expos and had six RBIs in an 8-4 win. It was Ben Sheets’ first win as a major-leaguer.

May 21, 2003 - Jenkins again homered in his first three at-bats, this time against Jake Peavy and the Padres in a 10-0 tromping. Wayne Franklin pitched a complete-game shutout (what?).

Jenkins hit two more home runs in the next game.

“Man, if I ever did that,” Brewers left-hander Ray King told ESPN after the five-home-run outburst, “I’d be going home and watching SportsCenter all day.”

Jenks only came a grand-slam short of the “homer cycle” since his three home runs were a solo shot, a two-run blast and a three run tater. He had a shot at the grand slam when he came up with the bases loaded for his final at-bat, but he struck out. The “homer cycle” has never actually happened in an MLB game.

There have only been 480 players that have hit three home runs in one game in MLB history and only 144 have done it at least twice.

It’s nice to not have to cheer for one player in seasons that the team flirts with 100 losses (or achieves the century mark), but it was Jenks that helped salvage something out of those awful years. It was easy to like Jenkins, even when he was cold, because he always played hard (even when his teammates didn’t) and he loved the fans.

Let’s show him some appreciation tomorrow.

A Familar, Yet Odd, Sight…

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Geoff Jenkins

…it will be to see Geoff Jenkins in right field of Miller Park tomorrow evening. Jenkins was a staple in the Brewers outfield for ten seasons. He’s remembered for his long bombs and his all-out, impressive defense. While he may not have been Robin Yount or Paul Molitor, he was the face of the Brewers for so long. Not only that, he was the lone bright spot for many years.

As Tyler stated, Ge-off was, and is, a class act. A guy who never complained about being on a losing team. If fact, Jenkins loved Milwaukee and it’s fans. He even bought a full-page spread in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, after last season, to thank the fans.

One memory that sticks out to me was a fantastic defense play Jenkins made to lock up a win against the evil New York Yankees a few seasons back. I don’t know the exact date or many details, but it sticks out for two main reasons: 1) it was a perfect example of Geoff’s all-out play and (should have won a Gold Glove) defense 2) it ended a winning performance against the hated Yankees.

I hope you join is at Right Field Bleachers tomorrow evening to See Off Ge-Off. While Philadelphia fans and writers may not understand this, I believe it is important in showing Jenkins the love and respect Brewers’ fans had and still have for him. I hope everyone in attendance will join us in thanking Geoff Jenkins for 10 memorable years.

Jenks for the memories: Remembering a Brewers great

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Geoff Jenkins

As I wait for today’s game to start, I can’t help but look ahead to Wednesday when the Phillies come to town and Geoff Jenkins, once the face of a reeling (dis)organization, will return to Miller Park in another team’s uniform.

Through his decade-long tenure in Brew Crew blue, Jenkins crafted a reputation as a team player who played hard every out of every game. Despite later adding freakishly different lefty/righty splits and epic slumps to said reputation, Jenks gave his all to the team he so loved, the only team he’d ever known - the Milwaukee Brewers until the club declined to pick up his option this season.

All of us in RFB love Geoff. He’s a class act who perfectly exemplified the work ethic and loyalty of the blue collar state he played in. Though I personally agree with management’s decision to let Jenkins go when they did, I will remain forever grateful for what Geoff has done and how he’s done it while a Brewer. As he comes to town a visitor for the first time, I would like to share one of the many memories that come to mind when I think of Geoff Jenkins.

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It was Saturday, June 19 2004. The Brewers were deep into an interleague match up against the Minnesota Twins and it was a rare game we RFBers sat in left field.

Following a 7th-inning Scott Podsednik solo homer, the game was tied 6-6. It remained that score at the bottom of the 8th with Jenkins leading off the inning. The Twins, attempting to accommodate for the left-handed three hole hitter at the plate, brought in starter-turned lefty relief specialist Terry Mulholland to face Jenkins.

It only took one pitch.

One heave from Mulholland’s ancient arm and Jenkins broke the tie - and subsequently won the game - by blasting the first offering deep into the Brew City night, to eventually land somewhere in the upper deck in right as Jenkins’ 10th homer of the season.

Geoff would go on to hit 17 more homers and knock in 52 more runs that season, both team leading totals (27 and 93, for those of you scoring at home). The Brewers would lose the following day’s game against the eventual AL Central-champ 2004 Twins… and 63 more games after. But I’ll always remember that once pitch at bat that proved the decisive factor in giving a bad ‘04 Brewers club one of its 67 wins. And that was Jenkins - the jewel in a crown of thorns that were many Milwaukee seasons in the past decade.

What are some of your favorite Geoff Jenkins moments?

See Off Ge-Off - Wednesday, April 23

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Geoff Jenkins

On Wednesday, April 23, Geoff Jenkins, the face of the Milwaukee Brewers for the last decade, will play in Miller Park for the first time in another team’s uniform. Let’s give him the welcome he deserves.

Jenkins, who spent the first 10 years of his major-league career with Milwaukee, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason. The outfielder epitomized class and effort in the decade he spent with the Brewers. From high-flying home runs into Jenkins’ Jungle to incredible diving catches, Jenkins always put it on the line for the Crew despite never playing for a winning team.

A first-round pick in 1995, Jenkins is near the top of the list of many all-time Brewers offensive records including home runs (2nd), games played (5th), hits (5th), RBI (4th), runs (5th), OPS (3rd), slugging (3rd), doubles (4th), walks (8th), total bases (4th), hit by pitch (1st) and strikeouts (2nd).

But what made Jenkins standout perhaps more than anything is his love for the Brewers, their fans and the city of Milwaukee. Unlike many players during the ’90s and early 2000s, Jenkins actually wanted to be here.

“I’m comfortable here,” Jenkins told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel after signing an extension before the 2004 season. “I just thought the grass wasn’t going to be greener on the other side. I kind of feel like it’s my destiny to be in Milwaukee for my whole career. You don’t see that often anymore.”

After leaving the field at Miller Park to a standing ovation during the last home game of the 2007 season, Jenkins bought a full-page ad in the Journal-Sentinel to thank the fans, an incredibly classy move.

“Over the last 10 seasons I’ve had the pleasure of playing in front of the best fans in the country,” it read. “I thank you for all your support and will always remember my time in Milwaukee. You have made me feel like a part of your community and those memories will last a lifetime.”

In interviews after it was clear the Brewers would not bring him back for 2008, Jenkins indicated he’d like to play for Milwaukee again later in his career or serve as a coach or spring training instructor for the team after he is retired.

Former Brewers like Carlos Lee, Jeromy Burnitz, Brady Clark and even Paul Molitor have returned to Milwaukee to unwarranted boos. When Jenkins returns on April 23, almost 11 years to the day after his Brewers debut in which he hit a home run in his first plate appearance, let’s welcome him the same way he left, with a standing ovation. Come out to the game if you can make it and join us in applauding a true Brewer.

Jenkins may be playing for Philadelphia, but his heart is still in Milwaukee.

To download a sign to print and bring to the game to help welcome Jenkins back, click HERE for the color PDF or HERE for the black and white PDF.

The RFB Crew (minus Bryan) will be in the first row of the Loge level in the right field bleachers showing our support. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

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