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The hit that won the division -- and maybe more

Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:40 pm
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It was the hit that clinched the Central.

And maybe the MVP, too?

It sure felt that way, as Ryan Braun stood there with his bat held high in the air. It felt that way, as Braun's blast hit the center-field scoreboard, and as the Brewers celebrated their first division title in 29 years.

It felt as if Braun had done something special, and he had -- even if his three-run home run simply clinched a division crown.

The MVP race will go on for a few more days. Matt Kemp could still win a Triple Crown, and that would make him hard to ignore.

The National League Central race is over, over because Braun's three-run eighth-inning home run gave the Brewers a 4-1 win over the Marlins, while Alfonso Soriano's three-run homer gave the Cubs a 5-1 win over the second-place Cardinals.

It's over, and you can bet that title means a lot more to Braun than even an MVP would. He's been a Brewer since he was drafted in 2005, he went through the wild-card season in 2008 and he signed a contract that runs through 2020.

He knows how the fans have responded, knows how owner Mark Attanasio has responded. He knows that the Brewers could have traded free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder last winter, and that instead of doing that, they traded for Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.

General manager Doug Melvin went all-in, trading prospects, just as he had to get CC Sabathia in that wild-card season.

That year, the Brewers won just one playoff game, losing to the Phillies in the first round. And no one complained.

This time, they're no doubt aiming higher, and no doubt believe they can get past the Phillies and everyone else in the National League.

They'll note the similarities in the way they clinched, with a Braun home run giving the Brewers a win, and then with everyone staying around to watch the scoreboard before the celebration could begin.

But that team wasn't as good as this one. All the Brewers who were there will tell you that.

Braun was good then (in his first full big-league season), but not as good as he is now, when he's leading the league in hitting and near the top in home runs and RBI.

He may be the MVP. He may have clinched it with the dramatic home run Friday night.

We don’t know that yet. We do know he clinched the division crown.

And that's not bad.
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