The Milwaukee Brewer will have their own constellation in Minnesota this year when 4 Brewers will be making the trip north next week (Tuesday July 15th) for the All-Star Game at Target Field, in Minneapolis.
Third baseman Aramis Ramireiz, outfielder Carlos Gomez, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and closer Fransico Rodriguez will become only the 5th Brewer team to send 4 members to the All-Star game.
The first time it happened was in 1980 when Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Ben Oglivie, and Robin Yount were selected to appear at Dodger Stadium. In 1982 the next "superfecta" of Brewers took center stage north of the border in Montreal when again it was Cooper, Oglivie, Yount, with the addition of Rollie Fingers. The next year, 1983, the season after the Crew made their only (to date) World Series appearance they sent Cooper, Oglivie, Yount again, this time with Ted Simmions in tow 90 minutes south, to old Comiskey Park on the south side of Chicago. It wasn't until 2007 when Milwaukee was represented by four teammates again, that year Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, Ben Sheets, and J.J. Hardy all made the trip to San Francisco.
Both Rameriz and Gomez will get the starting nod, while Lucroy, who was selected via the player vote, finishing first among National League catchers with 420 votes. Luc is batting .329 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games this season. Franscisco Rodriguez, the Crew's closer was also selected as a reserve, and will probably close the game for the N.L. if a "save" is required.
Minnesota has hosted the All-Star Game twice before, once in 1965, and the other time in 1985. In '65 the N.L. defeated the A.L. 6-5, Milwaukee who was in their last season in the National League prior to moving to Atlanta sent Henry Aaron, and Joe Torre, both started. It was Torre who made the splash, and not the "Hammer." Aaron went 1-5, while Torre with 2 out and a runner on base in the top of the 1st went "yard" for a 2 run dinger. It was his only hit in the game, but the 2 runs definitely helped in the outcome.
In 1985 the N.L. routed the A.L. 6-1, the two Brewer representatives, Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor were both elected on to the team as reserves, and each got one at bat. Cooper was walked in the bottom of the 5th by Nolan Ryan, while "The Ignitor" Paul Molitor was struck out in the bottom of the 7th for the final out that inning by Fernando Valenzuela.
The last time a member of the Brewers played a decisive role in the outcome of the All-Star Game was in 2011 when Prince Fielder's 3 run "bomb" to center field in the bottom of the 4th put the N.L. up 3-1 in a game that they eventually won 5-1. Fielder was named the game's MVP (the only time a Brewer received that award).
With the white hot Lucroy, Mr. RBI Rameriz, and the electric Carlos Gomez, representing the Brewers...anything could happen, it's just that type of season here in the Brew City...and K-rod there to shut the door, this could turn out to be one memorable game for Brewer fans.
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