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Best Sports Story, Team Divi­sion: Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers

Our team sur­prised and thrilled us dur­ing the first half of the sea­son, blast­ing home runs in bunches (talk­ing about you, Eric Thames) and end­ing up in first place at the All-Star break, five and a half games ahead of the un­der­per­form­ing world-cham­pion Chicago Cubs. Per­haps, we thought, Gen­eral Man­ager David Stearns had not doomed us to years of los­ing af­ter he traded away our best play­ers to re­build the team from the ground up.

Worst Sports Story, Team Divi­sion: Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers

Or maybe we were doomed af­ter all. Af­ter the break, the Brew­ers for­got how to score runs (and the Cubs re­mem­bered). Within 10 days, the Mil­wau­kee lead was gone. By Au­gust 10, the Crew was trail­ing the Cubs and tied with the St. Louis Car­di­nals for sec­ond place, with the fourth-place Pi­rates breath­ing down their necks.

Big­gest Caveat: Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers

We write this in late Au­gust, so there’s no way of know­ing how the sea­son will end. The team has shown a lit­tle life lately, and they just took two out of three in Los An­ge­les, where teams gen­er­ally go to die. Doom, hope, doom, hope – we just can’t stand it.

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