In honor of the Brewers’ all-time home run leader turning 37 today, here are eight of Ryan Braun’s top moments in his career.
(Note: These aren’t in any particular order!)
1. 9th Inning Grand Slam
It definitely was a September to remember. After losing Christian Yelich for the remainder of the season due to a kneecap injury, Ryan Braun stepped up and truly made September his month. An absolute blast out into left field at the top of the 9th brought the Brewers up 7-4.
2. Passing Yount as Home-Run Leader
Facing the Miami Marlins back in 2015, Ryan Braun passed former Brewer and Hall of Famer Robin Yount for the Brewers’ all-time home run leader with his 252nd home run.
3. 10th Inning Walk-Off Grand Slam
Fans of the Brewers back in 2008 remember this very moment. The Brewers were looking to sweep the Pirates in their series. All tied up at one, Braun launched one into left field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, bringing the Brewers a win over the Pirates 5-1.
4. Career Home Run 350
When we say September is Braun’s month, we truly mean it. This season, though it was weird and not really what fans wanted to see from the Brewers, Braun made the best of it. On September 16th, 2020, Braun hit career home run 350, still holding his record for Brewers’ all-time home runs.
5. 2008 Playoffs Clutch
It had nearly been 26 years since the Brewers last saw postseason baseball. However, in game 162 of the ‘08 season, the crew was ready to break that streak. Bottom of the eighth inning with one man on, Ryan Braun, who at the time was a second year player, made his way to the plate. At the first pitch, he drove the ball deep into left field, smashing a two-run home run to bring the Brewers a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs.
6. Clinching the 2011 Division Title
It was a moment that brought joy and excitement to Brewers fans as we witnessed Braun hit a no-doubt home run into center field to give them the lead. As soon as that ball left the bat, everyone knew it was gone, and it was just one of the many shining moments of Braun’s MVP year. This go-ahead home run helped the Brewers clinch the 2011 Division title for the first time since 1982.
7. 18th Inning Winning Single
The longest game in Miller Park history to be played, the Brewers were facing the New York Mets in an 18-inning game. Ryan Braun hit a two-run single with one out to bring the Brewers the comeback victory of 4-3.
8. Three-Run Blast Against the Padres
2018 was a season to remember for the Brewers. It was only the beginning of what was to come, when Ryan Braun hit a bomb against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the ninth, bringing the Brewers an 8-6 lead. Not only was it his first home-run of the season, but it was also a 5-RBI night for Mr. Clutch.
Ryan Braun has truly left his mark in Milwaukee. We are uncertain about his future as a Brewer, but we as fans are thankful that we got to watch him grow as a player. These are only just eight moments of his incredible career; There are so many more that I could compile, but this would be a very long article. Nonetheless, Braun holds a special place in all of Brewers’ fans’ hearts. Happy birthday, Ryan Braun!