I recall vividly going on a camping trip one July weekend knowing that in the upcoming week, I had tickets to the Brewers-Rockies game. Trade talk was heating up and the Brewers were right in the thick of the postseason chase. News spread Saturday that CC Sabathia was traded to the Brewers and at that point I knew the summer was going be special. When I found out later that evening that Sabathia was going to make his first scheduled start Thursday, I was super excited that I was going to see him in his debut.
When I got to the park, you could feel a buzz and electricity that has never been present since the park opened. While not his dominant self probably due to some jitters, Sabathia put up a 0 in the top half of the first. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Braun blasted a 3 run HR to get the Brewers off to a perfect start. While the reigning Cy Young winner wasn’t overly dominant, he did what Cy Young winners do when they don’t have their top stuff; make timely pitches to keep his team in the game. I will never forget the pitch he made to get the inning-ending strikeout in the 6th when the Rockies were threatening to take the lead. He blew a fastball past the batter and pumped his fist as he walked back to the dugout. The Brewers got 3 more runs late in the game and won comfortably. This was the beginning of a magical summer that saw the Brewers return to the postseason for the first time in 26 years.