MINNEAPOLIS The mix of Joe Mauer and Ryan Braun jerseys would have you believe that this weekend's series between the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers is a heated rivalry.
Last season, the game on July 2 between these two teams was the most-attended game at Target Field all season, drawing 41,378 fans. Each of the three games that weekend drew over 40,000 fans, the most highly-attended three-game series of the year.
It's the same story when Minnesota travels to Milwaukee to play at Miller Park. Droves of Twins fans make the annual trek east, across the big river and into enemy territory. Add in that Miller Park's parking lot is perhaps one of the biggest pregame tailgating spots in baseball, and it can make for a rowdy atmosphere especially when two neighboring fan bases collide.
"That Saturday game in Miller Park is probably up there. It's better than any other single game we play all year," said Twins reliever Glen Perkins. "There's tons of fans there. They're all out by...