The last time the Brewers played together on the baseball field, they were 4 outs away from a Wild Card win over the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals. Since the heartbreak of the loss, the Brewers and their fans have turned the page and are looking ahead to a new season that starts at "Brewers On Deck", the team's fanfest ahead of spring training.
"What's fun about it, and having so many new players and this event be the introduction for them to the Milwaukee Brewers is a cool thing," said manager Craig Counsell. "I think this shows what the Brewers are all about."
"There are a lot of new guys and a lot of turnover so I think sometimes we walk around the room and you almost need the jersey on to identify all of the guys," said outfielder Ryan Braun. "It's fun. You get to know the guys at an event like this, and I think that will carry over to Arizona in a couple of weeks."
Also with new optimism is the return of star outfielder Christian Yelich. Coming off a late season knee injury, the former MVP feels good entering his third season in Milwaukee.
"It's good," said Yelich. "[It] feels ready to go. There shouldn't be any limitations in spring and it's nice to be healthy again. It was a pretty decent rehab but for the most part it's fine."
This team isn't far from playing baseball. Pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for spring training on February 12th.