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The Brewers squared off against the Yankees last weekend.
The Brewers squared off against the Yankees last weekend. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Yankees fan has a fever for more Brewers baseball

So I’ve got the fever and it’s not more cowbell, but Brewers baseball! I am a Yankees fan. Living in NYC, one of the greatest ways to spend time is at Yankees Stadium – although I like the old stadium better than the new one – most diehard fans do.  

Now I’d like to say I became a fan because my family are huge baseball fans – my dad loves Ted Williams and my brother Andy loves Hank Aaron, but that is not the case. When I first moved to NYC, I was a receptionist at ATCO Records (home to AC/DC). This job did not pay a lot of money – in fact, after rent I had about $75 for everything for the month. Knowing where you can drink on the cheap, two-for-one happy hours, best slice of pizza or where they had free nuts on the bar was key.

My roommate and I also figured out the ability to get up to Yankees stadium early so you can get a seat in the bleachers for $5. Yes, I became a bleacher creature. What is a bleacher creature? Basically it’s a rowdy bunch that leads the stadium in cheers and drinks copious amounts of stadium beer. It was a blast and a great way to fall in love with one of baseball's most legendary teams.

So fast-forward to May 9 – Yankees vs. Brewers at Miller Park. I went with excitement and a heavy heart as it would most likely be the last time I would get to see my favorite player – Yankees captain, Derek Jeter. The Brewers have been on fire and I knew it was going to be a great game.  And it was. I got to see Tanaka’s first bat in MLB and a fan with a Ryan Braun jersey run onto the field looking to give Jeter a hug. That wasn’t going to happen and I sort of felt bad for the guy as security pounced on him. The Yankees won 5-3; it would be the only game they would win out of that series. 

The difference between going to a Yankees game and Brewers game is the pre-game warm up. At Yankees Stadium we would meet at Stan’s Bowling Ally Bar – $5 tall boys  and lots of old men telling tales of games they’d seen and legends they m…

Bay View is a very active community.
Bay View is a very active community. (Photo: Bobby Tanzilo)

I love you, Bay View

As I walk around the streets in my neighborhood one thing that I am absolutely in awe of are all the gardens. You can see daffodils, tulips and crocus trying to break through the frozen ground and stretch out to the sun – at least once the sun gets here.  What’s the one thing you can count on in Wisconsin – the weather is always changing.   

Bay View is a very active community – there are a minimum of 10 Facebook pages dedicated to Bay View including a few secret ones which I am proud to say I am a member of. There’s also a thousand organizations looking to raise funds for one thing or another – Bay View Dog Park, Bay View Skate Park, Bay View Bash, Bay View Swingers Club (I’m kidding).

But I think what makes this area amazing is the community support when bad times happen. A devastating fire wiped out a school in Racine and local business Up Up and Play offers a discount to anyone who brings in school supplies to donate to the students. This leads to one of my favorite community stories.

Derek Beyer is a teacher at Bay View High School. The school doesn’t have the best reputation, but he is one of many who are trying to make a difference. Besides teaching social studies, he also coaches the chess team. This is not an easy task because when any of the other schools see potential in his players they try to poach them. This happened with four out of his nine kids last season, so he is in a perpetual rebuild.

All of his hard work paid off as their top board went undefeated and won first place in Division 3 and another senior won a medal for individual performance of the week. He also bakes Key lime pies to raise money for high schoolers to go on a trip to D.C. His pies are delicious and I strongly recommend everyone to buy one and help out a great cause.

Another great story comes from my local watering hole, The Highbury. They had a pull tabs machine – for those of you that don’t know what that is – you put a dollar in a vending machine and out…

Job hunting in Milwaukee.
Job hunting in Milwaukee.

My Milwaukee job hunt

I came to Milwaukee with a hugely inflated ego.  I honestly thought, "They need me in Milwaukee!"  I mean how many VPs of a global company live in Milwaukee?  Well, there are many and I suspect many of them have better skills than I do.  

Having spent the last 20 years establishing a career in the music industry - starting out as a publicist and winding up a VP of Label Acquisitions at EMI (I also ran V2 Records for Richard Branson in Toronto, CD) see my ego getting in the way again, I thought for sure I could, at the very least, work in the not for profit sector.

Which is exactly where my job hunt started.  I got a call from Goodwill - I aced the phone interview, which led to a formal in person meeting.  I got to the facility over by the airport - was greeted by a lovely woman who took me on a tour of the facility.  Immediately I received a hug from one of the folks working in the jobs program where locals can come in and work on an assembly line, which can be anything from labeling Unilever products to wrapping soap bars.  This would be great as I firmly support hugging in the work place.

So next, we went into a conference room and the questions began.  The Goodwill hiring manager asked, "Where have you resolved a crisis situation?"  Hmmm where have I not resolved a crisis situation!  "Saturday Night Live" vowing to never have The White Stripes on again because they wouldn't play their most popular song, the singer of Grandaddy taking off right before going live on Conan O'Brien, hastily getting out a press release stating false accusations had been made against an artist, the list could go on and on.  As I touch on some of these I soon realize this doesn't really translate to a crisis situations in a normal company because the music industry is not a normal work environment. Needless to say I got a form letter in the mail - "thank you for applying for blah blah position."  

So, on goes my quest to find the perfect job in Milwaukee. 

As I lick my…