Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers: The I-94 Rivalry

Wrigley Field and Miller Park.  Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The mere 1 hour and 40 minute drive down I-94 has brought great memories throughout the last couple of years.  With both teams greatly improving within the last 3-4 years, most memorably with the Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years, beating the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series 4-3.  The Brewers on the other hand have significantly improved their roster with players like Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yellich, and the emerging bullpen hand Josh Hader.  As the games have become more competitive, with both teams battling for the NL Central, fans of both teams find themselves traveling to the games, whether it’s Milwaukee to Chicago, or Chicago to Milwaukee.  So it begs the question: what is the atmosphere like?  I found that out last night, traveling to Milwaukee to see the Cubs take on the Brewers in an exciting game, which found the Cubs defeat the Brewers 7-2 in a game that lasted 11 innings, capping off with a 5 run 11th inning for the Cubs, starting with a leadoff home run from Anthony Rizzo (his 11th) to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead, and the Cubs didn’t look back, with RBIs from Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora Jr, and Jason Heyward, who had a big game, tying the game at 2 in the 8th inning off of Josh Hader who had been dominating teams going into Monday night.  As you can imagine, Cubs fans made themselves known, as they cheered on their hometown boys.  As that 11th inning went on, you could see more and more Brewers fans leaving, maybe beating the crazy traffic that saw 33,000 paying fans stuff their way into Miller Park, or maybe it was because they could not stand to see their team lose their first place NL Central lead.  They didn’t get off that easily as goodbyes bid them adieu and safe travels from section 422, all the way down to field level.  And as Anthony Bass recorded the last three outs, Cubs fans showedCUBS BREWERS their excitement as their boys emerged into first place, blasting the famous Steve Goodman song “Go Cubs Go”, it wasn’t a fun nigh for the Milwaukee faithful.  But it wasn’t like that all night.  The night started with Cubs and Brewers fans bonding, laughing, tailgating, and just enjoying each others company.  It was a beautiful night in Wisconsin after all.  Not just that, it was a beautiful night for baseball.  And for that brief two hours of tailgating before first pitch, everyone remembered, it’s just a game, lets just have fun, drink our beer, and enjoy what’s showing up to be a thrilling series.  The series continues tonight from Miller Park, first pitch at 7:10, Tyler Chatwood vs Chase Anderson. And I will leave you with this: GO CUBS GO!

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