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While Wisconsin sports fans may be reeling from the Bucks' tough loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft says fans should take solace in what was an extraordinary season by all accounts.

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The Milwaukee Brewers begin their regular season Thursday afternoon at Miller Park, with an opening day game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers say they've been using grow lights, but not a controversial weed-killer, to get the field at Miller Park ready for play.

There are more than two acres of turf on the playing field, including what's in foul territory. As usual, the Miller Park roof was open almost all winter, and the grass did not fare very well, says the Brewers' Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher.  

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Madison-based American Family Insurance says it will create a multi-purpose office in downtown Milwaukee in the next two-three years.

The project was announced Tuesday — the same day the Milwaukee Brewers announced that American Family is buying the naming rights to what is now called Miller Park.

The team says after the end of the 2020 baseball season, the Brewers naming rights deal with MillerCoors will end, and the name Miller Park will disappear. American Family hasn't revealed the new name for the stadium, which has been called Miller Park since it opened in 2001.

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Milwaukee Brewers Manager Craig Counsell is praising his team, even though the Brewers fell short of making it to the World Series. Milwaukee lost Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, Saturday night at Miller Park. The Dodgers go on to the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, beginning Tuesday.

Following the Brewers loss, Counsell spoke to news reporters.  He said, "We won our division [National League Central]. We finished one game from the World Series. "

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The Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park Saturday night, with a trip to the World Series at stake.

The Brewers defeated the Dodgers Friday night, 7-2, to tie the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at three games apiece.

Milwaukee hadn't scored many runs in the previous few contests. But Friday night, the Brewers broke through for four runs in the first inning to wipe out the Dodgers' 1-0 lead. Milwaukee added single runs in the second, seventh and eighth innings.  

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George Webb restaurants gave away free burgers Thursday in celebration of the Milwaukee Brewers winning 12 games in a row. The Brewers’ winning streak ended Oct. 13, but 12 was all they needed to get their fans a free prize.

If you couldn't make it to one of George Webb's 30 locations from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, they were giving away vouchers that are redeemable for one free hamburger Oct. 19-31.

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Camacho's Bar, a watering hole in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point, was the place of reunion for about 15 locals last Friday night. Many were shouting in Spanish at the TV as Cuban American Gio Gonzalez threw the pitch to kick off the Brewers first game of the National League Championship Series. 

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Baseball is considered America’s favorite pastime. It’s always drawn fans to the ballpark for food, beer and fun. It’s no different for fans going to Miller Park, especially since the Milwaukee Brewers’ latest winning streak has revamped Milwaukee's love for baseball and the team. However, most of the fans filling the seats in Major League Baseball, like the players, are predominantly white.

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers resume their battle for baseball's National League Championship Monday night at Dodger Stadium. They'll do so with the best-of-seven championship series tied at one game apiece, following the Dodgers 4-3 victory Saturday night at Miller Park.

The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the contest, but the Dodgers scored two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for the win.

The Brewers loss broke the team's 12-game winning streak, which included Friday's night's series opener that Milwaukee won 6-5.

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The Milwaukee Brewers recently swept the Colorado Rockies, three games to none, to move on to the National League Championship Series. They take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a best-of-seven series that opens Friday. At stake is a berth in the World Series — the Brewers first since 1982. 

"It’s easy to see why folks would side with the Dodgers in the best-of-seven, but at this point, Milwaukee’s won 11 in a row, you can’t discount them — it’s going to be a series, you’d assume. But yeah, it’s going to be difficult," says sports contributor Shaun Ranft.

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The Brewers are back in town Friday after sweeping the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the playoffs. So, it’s no surprise that there's an increase in demand for Brewers tickets. But tickets aren’t so easy to get this late in the game — and for reasons you might not expect.

I called a couple places to see if I could get tickets to Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. First stop? The Brewers ticket office.

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The Milwaukee Brewers were feeling the love Sunday as fans watched, and then celebrated, the team's victory over the Colorado Rockies. As the Brewers advance to the National League Championship Series, Milwaukee sports bars also have reason to celebrate.

One of them is Buck Bradley’s Saloon and Eatery, a bar that shuttles Brewers fans to and from games. WUWM's Teran Powell stopped in to get an idea of how Brewer mania has impacted business.

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The Milwaukee Brewers won their first playoff game 3-2 on Thursday. Diehard fans showed up to Miller Park hours before their game against the Colorado Rockies. Fans were busy playing music, grilling and tailgating.

“Do you want to see my tattoo to show you I really love the Brewers?" said Donald Matovich, a tailgater who loves the Brewers so much that, yes, he has a tattoo to prove it.

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The last month or so of the baseball season has been about defying expectations. The Milwaukee Brewers seemed like they were well on their way to winning a wildcard berth in the playoffs. But then they went on an eight-game winning streak and won the division instead.

And the Chicago Cubs, prohibitive favorites in their wild card game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, lost 2-1 in 13 innings. So, the Rockies will be at Miller Park Thursday to open the playoffs. This is the Brewers' first playoff appearance since 2011. 

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The Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. The team last made it to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2011. One thing that's changed since then is Milwaukee's increased use of analytics, or data analysis.

Analytics, or sometimes called sabermetrics in baseball, has been around for decades. But it came to more prominence in the 2000s. In the 2011 movie "Moneyball," an economist played by Jonah Hill explains one of the concepts: "I believe there is a championship team that we could afford, because everyone else undervalues them. Like an island of misfit toys."

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