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Brewers fans excited about opening day



Opening Day means plenty of excitement for fans and white it was quite chilly before the game, fans tailgated anyway.

As the first Brewers' fans headed into Miller Park, baseball was in the air once again. And the dedication of those fans, can't quite be measured.

"We've been here since 6:30 this morning," Brewers' fan Bill Rindy from Madison said. "We've been playing some bags, grilling out, enjoying the food."

Despite temperatures around 30 degrees, fans braved the cold, all in the name of tailgating.

Darrick Wimmer traveled from Beaver Dam to take in Opening Day. 

"You try not to think about it," Wimmer said. "It's mind over matter and it's the spirit of the Brewers. We're hoping to have a great season."

With friends and family, Brewers fans welcomed opening day at Miller Park. 

"It's the kickoff to spring, baseball, tailgating, the smell of charcoal," Wimmer said.

The smell of charcoal and hot dogs. Two things baseball fans say are traditions for the first game of the season.

Four girls dressed as sausages amongst the tailgaters.

"We're here every opening day," said one of them. "So it's a tradition!"

Brent Streblow traveled from Fond du Lac. 

"There's nothing better than being at Miller Park," Streblow said. "This is the second year in a row, pretty awesome."

And with the welcome squad ready to go, so is the Brewers front office. The team's general manager says Opening Day is all about the fans.

"They miss baseball," Brewers General Manager, Doug Melvin said. ""Baseball is a sign of getting warmer too."

And Bill Rindy from Madison agrees.

"It's fun. It kicks off summer," Rindy said. "Everyone wants summer to come around after a long winter."

After not making the playoffs last year, Brewers fans say this year will be a different story.

"We're just hoping to have a great season," Streblow said.

"Hopefully we can win the NL Central," Rindy said.

And now that the first game is over, fans are looking forward to what the rest of the season has to bring. 

The roof was closed for Monday's game. The first pitch saw temperatures of 30 degrees outside the park. But inside, it was a much different story.

Fans say they're ready for the day the roof can be opened. And the game can be enjoyed the way it's supposed to be. 


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