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Essay: An Old School Outing

Milwaukee Baseball
The UWM Panthers warm up on Henry Aaron Field (at Lincoln Park)

Sometimes less is better. The simplicity of life. The Jesuits for example embrace the thought in their spiritual journey. It clears the clutter and helps one focus on the heart of the matter. Maybe St. Ignatius was thinking old school baseball when he came up with the idea. He certainly would have enjoyed himself this past weekend at Henry Aaron Field.

I’m talking Panther pride. UW-Milwaukee’s 3 game sweep of the Youngstown State Penguins.

The fellas played hard in an old school tradition. From aggressive base running, to solid pitching and hitting. But not all the simplicity was on the field.

Every day is retro day at Lincoln Park. And it doesn’t cost fans a penny. Admission is free, and so are the programs. If Miller Park tried to re-create the theme it would cost a bundle. No promotional gimmicks during live game action here. With exception to when the Panthers are at bat.

Just like the Brewers, the U-W players each get their own walkup song. If you lose that free program, it helps you remember who’s next. There’s an added bonus too...

When the ump makes a close call, or the Panthers need a rally, communing with nature helps fans keep their emotions in check. From the chirping birds, to passing dogs on leashes. No need for a big screen scoreboard to follow the players’ bios either.

Chances are when picking a spot in the crowd you’re sitting among family and friends of the team. You can learn a lot by just listening. When the wind is blowing just right you can even hear the PA announcer from the roof of the home dugout.

Maybe a little simplicity could help the Brewers improve their brand of play.

When was the last time you saw a big leaguer help rake the diamond in uniform after a big win? A little gardening is also good for the soul. It works for the Panthers.