Brewers On Deck Draws Buzz Sunday
MILWAUKEE - It's been a while since the Brewers organization heard this kind of buzz heading into a new season.
"The excitement is wonderful and I love it and we all feel it," fourth-year manager Craig Counsell said.
Sunday at their annual On Deck festivities at the Wisconsin Convention Center, fans and players alike soaked in the hype of what's to come in 2018.
"It's all fun, wonderful and I'm just excited to get this thing started," outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.
With the team rolling the dice on last season's success, Milwaukee added star outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in the past week. A realization the two new additions are still themselves, getting used to.
"It was awesome," Yelich said. "Kind of weird looking down and seeing the Brewers logo and the new hat, but it's exciting. New beginnings and ready to be a part of this organization."
Typical of any season, there are new questions to be answered. For example, where will franchise staple Ryan Braun play and what is the status of starting ace Jimmy Nelson? The talented right-hander is ahead of schedule in his return from a repaired right shoulder but says he won't hit the mound again until he's 100 percent.
"It's my goal to get back as quick as possible, they always tell you you're not going to win the division in April," Nelson said, "Like I told the doctors and training staff when I come back I don't ever want this to be a problem again down the road."
After an 86-76 campaign, general manager David Stearns said this team is ready to build and not harp on last season's success. A winning and fresh mindset which is music to the ears of this veteran crew.
"Knowing for the foreseeable future that should be the expectation, we should expect to be competitive, compete for a postseason spot," outfielder Ryan Braun said. "Once you get to the postseason knowing anything can happen, it's a great place to be."