Twenty-nine years I waited for today, when the Brewers defeated St. Louis in Game One of the National League Championship Series. I’ve rued the Brewers’ Game 7 loss to the Cardinals in the 1982 World Series all this time, and it was sweet for the Brew Crew to win on a glorious fall day in Milwaukee.
Yet my enthusiasm is tempered by memories of Game 1 of the ’82 series, when the Brewers pounded out 17 hits en route to a 10-0 thrashing of the Cards. St. Louis won the series, though, and I never put too much stock in any opening series victory.
The Cardinals have plenty of firepower and good arms. I don’t see either team steamrolling the other this year, any more than what happened in the 1982 series.