Robin Yount's fall and winter will be a lot easier to navigate after what happened in Game 5 of the NLDS last month at Miller Park.
"We got to the league championship series and we beat the Diamondbacks," said Yount, who lives in Arizona. "That was fun. I don't have to go listen to all the Phoenicians down there saying that they knocked us off. It's easier to walk around town in Phoenix right now knowing that we beat them."
Yount, who spent his entire 20-year Hall of Fame major league career with the Milwaukee Brewers, said he had a feeling the team was destined for great things in 2011 when he first saw them last February.
"It was all a blast because I was with them in spring training," he said. "I got a feel for the group of guys, fell in love with them early on had a lot of fun in spring training. I followed 'em all season long and to see them play that well and go as far as they did was certainly exciting for me, too."
Yount threw out the first pitch before Game 2 of the Arizona series and got to hear the cheers from the same fans who applauded his efforts nearly 30 years ago, the last time the Brewers made it to baseball's final four. Yount believes Milwaukee, which has competed in three playoff series in the past four years, has become a desired baseball destination.
"There's no question about it," he said. "The organization is certainly headed in the right direction. As long as you can compete every year or close to every year, you're a successful organization.
"It's not that easy to win, a lot of things have to go right. You've got to get a lot of breaks and get lucky. But as long as you're competitive, take it into September with a chance to win every year, you've gotta be proud of that organization."
There have been inevitable comparisons between Yount and fellow Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and the Brewers' current potent one-two punch of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. There are strong indications that Fielder will leave the team this offseason for bigger dollars in a bigger market. Back in the 1990s, the team couldn't afford to keep both of its stars though they were much older at the time -- and Molitor signed with Toronto after the 1992 season. Milwaukee didn't have another winning year until Braun showed up in 2007.
Could history repeat itself and free agency impact Milwaukee's ability to make a playoff run in 2012?
"That's Doug Melvin's call," Yount said of the Brewers general manager. "I'm not involved with all of that stuff, but I can tell you the way that (owner) Mark Attanasio and Doug Melvin and (assistant GM) Gord Ash are approaching this organization these days, they'll do everything they can to put the best team on the field they can."
These days, Yount, who retired after the 1993 season with 3,142 career hits, is involved with putting another competitive team on the field. He is a minority owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks, the newest addition to the Northwoods League. The Chinooks will be based in Mequon and play their home games at a new facility at Concordia University.
The league consists of undrafted college players trying to attract the attention of big league scouts by gaining experience in wooden bat competition. Yount unveiled the team's new name and logo at a Tuesday morning news conference at Concordia University's Center for Environmental Stewardship, which is adjacent to the new field.
"I wonder if this is how Mr. Selig got started," Yount laughed as he began his first official day as a baseball owner. "I don't know if I have commissioner in my future, but it certainly is exciting to be involved with a baseball team on this side of the fence, I guess."
Yount is excited about giving young players a chance to showcase themselves on the field and college students the opportunity to learn the business of baseball behind the scenes.
"It's a great opportunity to promote the game of baseball and use young college students to do it," he said. "They're going to be involved hands-on."
"Students will not only be our players, but they will help run this team, from trainers to ticket sales to marketing to broadcasting. You know, maybe the next Bob Uecker (also a minority owner of the Chinooks), maybe his replacement will come from here."
Yount says he has many interests outside of baseball, but "it would be too boring to list them all." He is an avid outdoorsman and recently spent time hunting for deer in the Arizona high country but had little success.
"I steal a line from Brett Favre about hunting," he said. "The only thing I ever kill is time."
One week, Yount is a hunter in Arizona. The following week, he becomes a baseball owner in Wisconsin. Next week? He'll be on a family vacation in Hawaii. "The Kid" is 56 years old now but is always on the move.
"I don't sit still long," he said. "I don't let the grass grow under my feet."