I have a good vibe about our club. I'm surrounded by a talented and focused group of young players, and we're getting the right results
After spending almost a season here, I can tell from the way the young guys carry themselves that they're building on last year's success. That's going to be important as we go down the stretch and play a lot of important baseball games these next several weeks. It reminds me a little of when I was coming up with Seattle. That was more of a veteran-heavy team, but I see a lot of similarities.
The thing that really stands out is talent, though. We have so many special players here. Our young talent is as good as that of any team in the league. I've seen it this year up close and personal, and I saw it the last few years while I was with the Padres.
You see guys like Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, who is very underrated, and Rickie Weeks and you see talent and upside. Add in young pitchers like Manny Parra and Yovani Gallardo, who is on the disabled list right now with a knee injury. I'm glad to be part of it.
There is also a lot of togetherness with our club, too. Lots of good friendships and strong bonds. I like to see our guys are with each other off the field and working with each other on the field. It helps that a lot of our young guys played their way up the Brewers system together. No doubt that has helped them succeed at this level.
Learning to be a good baseball team is a process. That is how I look at it. On the day you don't play good ball, you have to rebound. You learn from those days and you show what you learn by how you regroup and keep it going.
For example, we played a heavily hyped series against the Cubs a few weeks back, and, when things didn't go well for us, nobody here cried or panicked. We know we lost because we didn't perform the simple basics of executing fundamentals.
Now we're playing good baseball and we've been playing with a lot of confidence. We've had good pitching and some guys are banging the ball. We've also been able to find ways to overcome our injuries as a team.
That's why I have a good vibe about our team.
Veteran center fielder Mike Cameron has made the playoffs with both San Diego (2006) and Seattle (2000 and 2001). The 35-year-old Georgia native is in his first season with Milwaukee, which is 12-6 in August following a rough end to July when the club lost five of six.