It has been 32 years since the Milwaukee Brewers have tasted what it is like to be in the World Series.
Back then, the Brewers were solidified in the American League, Cal Ripkin Jr. was finishing up his rookie year in Baltimore, and Ryan Braun was not even born.
The city of Milwaukee has witnessed the long journey of this organization through the years since, including some unbearable years along with a few glimpses of hope. All in all, it’s been a rough trek since those sweet days in the early 1980’s.
Back to the present where the Brewers have stood on top of the National League Central Division for the heavy majority of the 2014 regular season. The team has gotten into this position with a quality starting rotation and a well-rounded batting lineup.
The entire state of Wisconsin wants the Brewers to win the World Series this year after a strong start, but it not a realistic goal with a team that was suppose to finish around the .500 mark on the season.
The Brewers have gotten lucky with the amazing MVP-caliber production out of All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy along with the emergence of Wily Peralta out of the starting rotation and the resurgence of Francisco Rodriguez in the bullpen.
Milwaukee has become a quality contender in the NL Central and has a good possibility on making the postseason for the third time in the past several years. The prolonged success of many of the players on the roster over the course of this season should ease the concern of many fans.
However, in the month of July, Milwaukee has squandered their padded lead into a four-way race in the division. The fans of the team have begun to panic, pleading for the front office to strength the current team even further.
Smartly, General Manager Doug Melvin and the front office of the Brewers decided against a panic trade at the July 31 trade deadline. The only move that the organization did was taking on outfielder Gerado Parra, a back-up position the team desperately needed.
This was the type of move that the Brewers needed to do. Parra is a gold-glove winner in the outfield and provides speed and a sense of hitting late in the game.
With two months to go in the season, Milwaukee Brewers fans need to take a deep breath. Trust the guys on the field that have performed all season. Trust the managerial staff that has stabilized the organization.
Hopefully, a postseason berth will come along with success in the month of October. But, baseball is a long journey, so take every series as it comes.