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Beermakers vs. Same-Aged Siblings would make quite the event

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by Luc Anthony

I invite you to imagine the unimaginable. The unthinkable. The heretofore incomprehensible. What sporting milestone do I refer to? The Minnesota Vikings winning the Super Bowl? No, even as a Viking die-hard, that’s too far-fetched for me. The Milwaukee Bucks attaining more than five fans in western Wisconsin? I don’t think they’re relevant enough that anyone has even tried to imagine that happening. Instead, I refer to a suddenly realistic possibility for the Fall Classic: Brewers-Twins in the World Series.

See? You’re not laughing at the thought anymore, are you? Sure, there are ebbs and flows to a regular season, but by the peak of this summer, one could make a convincing case that both Minnesota and Milwaukee would be present near the end of the baseball season. A case that could rarely have been legitimately made.

The Brewers and Twins each have all-time win-loss records with more losses than wins. You may remember that the Twins were originally the first edition of the Washington Senators, playing D.C. baseball from 1901 to 1960. A common saying of the time, referring to the city of Washington, was “First in war, first in peace, last in the American League.” Needless to say, this was a hapless club that moved to the Twin Cities in 1961, though they immediately played better baseball, with a solid mid-late ’60s run of one pennant and a couple more division titles. However, just in time for the 1970 arrival in Milwaukee of the Brewers, the Twins took a downward tilt that would mostly not recover until the late ’80s.

At the time, the Brewers were an American League team, until their leap to the National League in 1998. Obviously, the Twins and Brewers could not meet in the World Series when both were in the AL, but an American League Championship Series meeting was not out of the question, and would surely be thrilling for those of us intertwined in the Border Battle. The problem was, the two almost never threatened to make such a match-up.

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