The Brewers' regular season has been so magical, it made an extra game appear.
The Crew finished its sweep of the Detroit at Miller Park Sunday afternoon, crushing the Tigers, 11-0. But while the Brewers did their part to clinch the Central Division, the St. Louis Cardinals were no help, blowing an early 2-0 lead at Wrigley Field before losing to the Cubs, 10-5. This leaves the Cubs and Brewers tied at the top of the standings at the end of the season, forcing a sports fan's favorite two words in the English language: bonus baseball.
The Brewers will now travel to Chicago for a rare game 163 – the first one in the National League since 2007 – with the victor earning the division win (and a much-desired few days off) and the loser having to play the next day in the one-game Wild Card match. Amusingly, the loser will have to play a fellow game 163 participant, as the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers will also have an extra spat to determine who won the West Division and who will be a Wild Card team.
The Brewers and Cubs will toss the first pitch at Wrigley Field at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow on ESPN, so prepare to use a "sick day" so you can get off of work and drink accordingly. If the Brew Crew wins, they'll have off until Thursday; if they lose, they'll have to play for their lives on Tuesday on ESPN at 7 p.m. against the Rockies/Dodgers loser.
Considering how Cubs fans invade Miller Park each season, it only seems fair to return the favor and load up Wrigley Field with rowdy Crew faithful, so buy up some tickets for tomorrow's key battle – on sale beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cubs website.
At the end of Sunday, nothing is locked for the National League playoffs, but there's one thing that's for certain: The Brewers are ready for anything – and certainly ready for the Cubs.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.