Before the Milwaukee Brewers played the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, many believed the Brewers would not only win the NL Central with their off-season additions, but also defeat the defending NL Central champs on Opening Day.
But Catcher Ramon Hernandez vanquished those beliefs, rallying the Reds in the bottom of the ninth with a three-run homer for the win, reminding the baseball world to remember they’re still the NL Central champs until the end of the season.
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So what are some lessons that we must remember as we look to upcoming series’? Consider the following:
- The team with the beginning lead may not leave the ballpark with a win.
- Unexpected comebacks come from players expecting unexpected outcomes.
- Baseball outcomes are not defined by managerial tactics, but by the player’s response to such tactics through their performance.
- Every team makes mistakes that will cost them one ball game, not all games.
- The team that won the division last year will remain as the hunted until the end of the season.
But the most important lesson …
- Don’t believe the hype because it is socially constructed, not constructed by the team or the team players.
What other lessons did you, the reader, derive from yesterday’s game?