Baseball, especially in Milwaukee, is about so much more than just the game. It's an experience that, at Miller Park and before at County Stadium, is nearly unmatched.
Chad Harbach, author of "The Art of Fielding," captures the Milwaukee baseball experience essence both off and on the field in a great post on Grantland.com.
"Miller Park rises from one of the cheerier expanses of sun-bleached concrete you'll find, amid a network of spur roads, stringy trees, and pedestrian overpass bridges three miles west of downtown Milwaukee. Around the parking lots' fringes lie various low-slung businesses — Badger Railing, Taylor Dynamometer, Wisconsin Highway Business Signs — whose names, like the old Brewers ball-and-glove logo, might have been designed especially for hipster T-shirts.
"The stadium itself has a gigantic aspect — both familiar and alien, bigger than a ballpark, siphoning cars toward it. The pale-brick facades make it look like a shopping mall, or a train station in a gentrified downtown, but what stands out is the green retractable roof, swelling skyward, its raised iron beams running like spines over the mammoth length of the place. Presumably those beams serve some structural purpose, but they also make a nice piece of urban architecture, suited to Milwaukee but imaginable atop a cutting-edge art museum in a labor-minded European city."
Harbach goes on to discuss all things Brewers. Sure, he takes a bit of a "tone," but I think he loves us. You'll enjoy the full story here.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
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