Beginning Baseball: Photo Diary of MSF Writer Shenanigans in Milwaukee

After venting about the less than impressive season the Twins are heading toward, I set off for my first Twins game of the season in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

And I wasn’t going to be watching alone.

MSF writers and baseball fans Drew Lange, Tyler Juranovich, Chris Callaway, and Kurt Crowley joined me for a weekend of tailgating, baseball, and other spontaneous adventures that came our way.

I had never seen the Twins win in person, and I thought for sure I would have my opportunity to see victory when they faced the average-looking Brew Crew. I did, but I had no idea how much more I was in store for as the weekend of baseball began.

What happens when MSF writers get together for a baseball game? I want to share a picture diary of the weekends events. Let the shenanigans begin!

Preparing to Tailgate at Miller Park

Our first fatality occurred pretty early on in the weekend.

Actually, it happened as soon as Drew opened the back of my car.

Gasps and shrieks of horror were heard across the state at the wretched sound of glass shattering and liquid gold splashed upon the pavement.

As soon as we could compose ourselves, we had a short moment of silence before our thirst got the best of us.

If you check out Chris’s tailgating post from last Friday, you will understand how seriously Miller Park takes their tailgating. There is no room for rookies, errors, burnt brats, or not enough beer. We decided right off the bat that we were going to tailgate like pros!

That meant that we needed a grill.

Our grill came in a box. Ok, no big deal. We are four grown adults who have managed much bigger and more challenging projects than building a tiny, charcoal grill.

The beginning of "Project Build A Grill"


We managed to put the grill together.


After a couple of cold warm beers, we managed to build a grill. If you want more details on the grill building fiasco, please see this post.

Ta-Da! Finished product!

Next came the food preparation.

Everyone chipped in and brought plenty for us to munch on while drinking some tasty beverages before the game.

We had Wisconsin-raised beef burgers, Wisconsin cheese, Wisconsin beer brats, the best buns in North Dakota (and no, I’m not talking about Drew’s tush), chips, and of course the most important tailgating item: BEER!

Leinenkugel, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Potosi Brewery, Genesee, Horny Goat, Pearl Street, and a few other random domestics were on hand to quench our thirst on the steamy game day.

We arrived a tad early, so we opted for picture! Cheers!


Tailgate Shenanigans

We are ready for the fun to begin!

Until now, the trash talk had been kept to a minimum.

Tyler, well-known Cubs fan, decided to cheer for the Brewers, but only because we wouldn’t let him chant “Jay Cutler Dominates!” in the middle of Miller Park.


Tailgating is no fun without some classic “Louisville Chugger”

Chris showing us how it's done!

The hot Miller babes loved the MSF fellas.

After Drew realized he missed an excellent opportunity to use his “Do you ladies like trumpets?” line, we decided to head toward the park and get ready for some Twins domination! Or at least a close game.

Game Time: Minnesota Twins v. Milwaukee Brewers

Outside of Miller Park

Our view was pretty gosh darn good!

Drew is focused on his beverage.

The first in person Twins win either of us have ever wtinessed. Obviously, it was a special moment.

Witnessing the Twins win called for one on my epic victory chest bumps. We have video footage people!

Minnesota Twins: 5  Milwaukee Brewers: 4

Game 2: Not So Pretty for the Twinkies

We had such a blast on Saturday, we decided to buy tickets to the Sunday game as well. We purchased $8 bleacher seats on StubHub, took a horrendous hour journey through Milwaukee trying to find a place to print the tickets, and barely managed to pull ourselves together in time for the game.

Little did we know that our cheap bleacher seats would never have our loud, obnoxious bodies resting upon them.

Kudos to the good-looking one of the group!

Drew managed to attract a young woman to our group to offer to sell her tickets. She had a family emergency to attend to and wanted some sort of compensation for the tickets she had purchased.

Our prime seats for the awful game. We still enjoyed every second of it!

"Well according to the scoreboard, Drew Butera is pitching. Oh my God, he IS pitching!" Drew Lange


It ended up being one of those kinds of games. The seats were great, the player interaction was good, and the company was fantastic!

Never mind the score, it’s not important.


We had an absolute blast at the games and having the opportunity to learn more about one another on a personal level. It never ceases to amaze me the level of sports intelligence that MSF has in each of its writers.

Drew was so dedicated to conversing about sports, he even practiced his argument “Why the Packers are overrated” the whole eight hours to Madison!

I can’t wait for our next gathering, where there will be more to learn about the wonderful game of baseball.

I leave you with this!


About Amanda Lawson

A Wisconsinite stuck in Iowa, Amanda began her journey as a new baseball and Twins fan by sharing her experience on Midwest Sports Fans with the Beginning Baseball column. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandaRLawson to stay up-to-date on the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and other sports information. Besides her work on MSF, Amanda also contributes her Packer knowledge at PocketDoppler and co-hosts every Thursday night on CheeseheadRadio.


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