It was a beautiful opening Day at Miller Park as the Milwaukee Brewers began their journey down a long road in defense of their Central Division Title with the first obstacle in the road being the rivaled St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, when all was said and done at the end of the first game of the three-game series, the score was: Cardinals 11, Brewers 3.
What can you say? Some times it’s just not your day for a win. All teams face the same experience. You hate to see the Brewers fall so short on Opening Day, but the game opened with some very memorable notes.
Series’ Memorable Moments
Although Ryan Braun went 0-for-5 on this opening day 2012, the lasting image for both fans and players alike will certainly be the roaring 20 second ovation that Ryan Braun received from the sellout crowd at Miller Park in his first home game after the controversy over his positive drug-test.
Braun offered the sellout crowd a slight tip of his batting helmet and quickly stepped into the batter’s box to cut short the ovation as he came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. “It’s always a little bit uncomfortable because you don’t want to take away from the game. You never want to be disrespectful to an opponent,” he said. “It’s not really something that you can be prepared for or know what to do. I just kind of wanted to get the at-bat underway,” said Braun. “I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. It meant a lot to me.”
In the third game of the series at Miller Park Sunday, Norichika Aoki registered his first hit in the major leagues, singling in a pinch-hit. Aoki, who appeared in his second at-bat after striking out in his major league debut Friday, reached for a line drive to left field and came around to score on Alex Gonzalez’s double.
The Brewers finished their 2012 outfield and filled their 40-man roster back in January by importing three-time Japanese batting champion Aoki on a two-year contract with a club option for 2014.