A Brewers bus trip...

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Tim Thompson
Friday, August 31, 2012

Seven years ago I took my then-3-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and 13-year-old cousin to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to watch the Brewers beat up on the Cubs. The most profound thing about that trip was my cousin looking at me with a confused look on his face and asking, as he pointed at the golden arches, ďIs that where they tailgate?Ē

That made me realize just how lucky we are in Wisconsin to have Miller Park and the ability to throw down a grill and a cooler and instantly party with thousands of your closest friends, most of whom are there to support the Crew. Plus, I'd much rather tailgate for three hours before the game than circle the neighborhood, looking for a place to park.

If you were to venture out to Arizona for spring training, you would find that itís pretty much bizarro world out there. When we went we caught a few games at the Brewers' park in Maryvale, where it seemed everyone showed up at the last minute. Then we went to watch the Crew play at the Cubs' park and I truly could not believe what I saw: thousands of Cubs fans, all parked in a field throwing Frisbees and tossing the bean bags. I didnít know that Cubs fans even knew how to do those things, but thatís a different story altogether.

There are many reasons as to why Miller Park won ESPNís Ballpark Bracket, but one of the biggest has to be the tailgating experience. If you are a Brewers fan, I donít have to explain to you what that tailgating experience is like at Miller Park. Itís comforting to know that if you happened to forget any tailgate essentials, someone within a 10-foot radius probably will offer up one of their extras.

To be honest, the very-soon-to-be Mrs and I haven't been frequent tailgaters since we started riding our bikes last year. I miss the atmosphere, but the upside of biking is not having to pay for parking and not having to wait for traffic to clear before leaving the parking lot, so it is the option of choice more often than not. That won't be the case on Saturday, as we will board a bus with family and friends for what some are calling a bachelor/bachelorette party. Iím not a big fan of that term because this, at a minimum, is what I think of when I think "bachelor party," with this being the worst-case scenario. We will be no where near either of these. I prefer the term "pre-wedding party," but to each their own.

This trip will be weird, because for about 99 percent of my trips to Miller Park I am the ticket guy and ultimately the time planner. Thatís not the case this weekend. I have no idea who will be there or how many will be there. I just know when I need to be where, and Iím actually kind of OK with that. Bus trips to Miller Park are always a good time, and this will be no different. If you are going to the game feel free to email me through this website or tweet me and I'll give you the location of the bus. One free beer/??? per reader who stops by! :)

Are there any Peace & Glove readers who have been lucky enough to enjoy a bus trip to Miller Park this year? What is your favorite part of the bus trip/tailgate experience?

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