Wisconsin Badgers Honored at Miller Park


Going to back-to-back Final Fours, setting the school record for most wins in a season, sweeping the Big Ten championships and coming up just short of winning a national championship does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Even by a Major League Baseball team. Before the Milwaukee Brewers took on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park, the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team was honored Monday night.

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If you recall around this time one year ago, after the Badgers reached the Final Four for the first time in 14 years, the Brewers and the fans at Miller Park honored head coach Bo Ryan and his Wisconsin team for a remarkable season. It also just so happened to be during the “Derek Jeter Farewell Tour” that rolled through Milwaukee.

Monday they arrived on another very newsworthy day. Sunday night it was reported that manager Ron Roenicke would be relieved of his managerial duties after an abysmal 7-18 start to the season. Monday morning it was announced that Craig Counsell would become the new manager, inking a three-year deal.

Most of the Badgers were there to be honored, with the exception of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker who understandably were missing as they are getting ready for the upcoming NBA Draft.

But seniors Duje Dukan and Josh Gasser, along with Nigel Hayes, helped coach Ryan throw out the first pitch before the game.

Nigel, Josh, Bo and Duje throwing out the first pitch. Bo must know baseball. He was the only one who threw a halfway decent pitch.

The scene outside Miller Park before Monday night’s game. Plenty of red throughout the park.

Coach getting warmed up before throwing out the first pitch. I feel like he has done this a time or two back in the day.

Badgers on the field before the game. An experience that none of them will ever forget.

Most of the guys from this past season’s team enjoying themselves at Miller Park.

Two of the greatest guys to call Wisconsin their home. Can you imagine the stories these two have? To share a beer and listen to their conversation would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.