October 2008

Last, Last Call – 2008

It’s time to close the book on the 2008 season. Thanks to all of you who visited this webpage. As the “hot stove league” heats up and moves are made, I’ll check back in right here on the House of Blogs with exclusive interviews of the new Brewers…so stay tuned.

It’s an honor to hold the position of Brewers television play-by-play announcer and responsibility I don’t take lightly. It was also a great thrill to be able to call the post season for TBS and an even bigger thrill to witness the first playoff games in Milwaukee in a generation. The city, the fans, Miller Park had all the “national-types” talking. Milwaukee showed very well on the big stage…just like we knew it would. Way to go! 

Recently, I signed a five year extension that will keep me in Milwaukee until the end of the 2013 season, at least. My family and I are thrilled. We love it here and feel blessed to be in such a special community.

Bill Schroeder signed a multi-year deal with the Brewers, as well, which I’m very happy about. I think he breaks down a game as well as anyone in the business and he’s a pleasure to work with on a nightly basis. He’s one of my best buds.

Special thanks to my on-air colleagues Jeff Cirillo, Davey Nelson, Jeff Grayson, Trenni Kusnierek and the glue that holds it all together, Craig Coshun, a pro’s pro!

And a big thank you to our entire Brewers TV crew, led in the truck by John Walsh, Ryan Schaber, Michael Oddino, Brian Mikolajek, and Brent Vallenti. Most of them will be busy with Bucks Basketball this winter but we all look forward to re-assembling for Spring Training baseball, which will be here before you know it.

I hope you have great off-season. I’m going to be hanging with the family, tuning up my snow blower and preparing for the winter. I’ll leave you with my some of my favorite highlights of the 2008 season:

Click the date (then click Wrap) to revisit the GAMEDAY story, video, and pictures:

 

Opening Day Tony Gwynn go ahead SAC fly in 10th.

5/1 Ryan Braun game winning, 2 RBI double.

 

Three Final AB wins in a row:

5/26 Gabe Kapler game winning single in 11th.

5/27 Mike Cameron walk off SAC fly in 9th.

5/28 Rick Weeks game winning RBI triple in 8th.

 

The Crew gets CC’d 

7/8 CC Sabathia Brewers debut.

7/13 CC Sabathia HR in 4th. CC Sabathia complete game.

7/21 Bill Hall game winning HR in 10th.

7/22 Bill Hall game winning HR in 9th.

7/24 Ryan Braun game winning HR in 9th.

8/24 JJ Hardy walk off single in 12th.

8/31 CC Sabathia complete game, 1-hit shutout.

 

Final week dramatics

9/23 Prince Fielder walk off HR in 9th.

9/25 Ryan Braun walk off Grand Slam in 10th.

9/28 Ryan Braun game winning HR in 8th. CC Sabathia complete game. Locker room scene after clinching first post season berth since 1982.

9/29 Post Season Rally at Summerfest.

 

NLDS

10/4 Craig Counsell turns double play in 9th. Salomon Torres records final out, first Brewer post season win in 26 years.

 

This is my list, how ’bout some of your favorites?

 

-BA

 

 

 

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