For about the last two months or so of the regular season — basically, ever since it became apparent the Brewers were headed to the postseason — I have had a recurring nightmare in which the Milwaukee Brewers’ season ends.
In this nightmare, the Brewers are in in the ninth inning of a postseason elimination game — usually against the Phillies in the NLCS, but it varies. It’s a tie game or maybe the Brewers lead by one with two runners in scoring position. There’s always two outs. Either way, the season is on the line.
Then, a ball is hit weakly up the middle. It dribbles into the outfield grass, where Carlos Gomez makes a valiant effort to throw out the winning run but the ball was hit so weakly there was never a chance at a play at home plate. Yuniesky Betancourt can be seen lumbering towards second base, never truly having a chance at the play as an entire state laments his lack of range.
And then it happened. Top of the ninth. The go-ahead run on third for Arizona. Henry Blanco up (of course it would be a weak hitter). This is my nightmare.
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It would be selling Yuniesky Betancourt short to declare what happened next the least likely outcome possible. But let’s just say it was not a very likely outcome.
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The nightmare was over.
And now, with another series beginning against St. Louis within the hour, the nightmare looms again.