MILWAUKEE This picture had to be perfect. Just like the one before it and the one before that and all of the pictures that would follow. Ben Rouse would take the pictures himself, if he weren't the subject. But without the camera in his own hands, his instructions are that of a perfectionist, of someone who plans on taking this same picture plenty more times.
One hundred and sixty-two times, in all.
Rouse relishes being in control this much is obvious, as he holds a sign emblazoned with a plain, black "19" on Miller Park's upper deck, adjusting specific subtleties to make this photo just as perfect as the previous 18 mementos. For someone who's been through what Rouse has, control like this even over something as meager as a photograph is a luxury most people can't quite see the value in.
When it comes to baseball, Rouse has always been in control. Almost like a reflex, he recounts the total number of baseball games he's been to in his 25 years of life 300, as of the end of...