Jenkins: Miller Park will be rocking

Jenkins: Miller Park will be rocking

MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins had this dream plenty of times. He'd be standing in the Miller Park outfield and hear the deafening roar of raucous Brewers fans enjoying their long-awaited taste of the postseason.

He just didn't expect to be wearing a visitor's uniform. It was weird enough for Jenkins in late April, when he arrived with the Phillies for a regular-season game against the Brewers.

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But now?

"You can't really write the script any better than that," he said. "It's pretty crazy that would be the scenario. There's definitely irony there, but it's a lot of fun, a lot of fun playing against the guys. We won the first two games, and we hope we can close it out here."

Though Jenkins hasn't appeared in either of the first two games of the best-of-five National League Division Series, the veteran outfielder has soaked in the experience with a rookie's wide-eyed excitement. He was one of the loudest celebrators during the Phillies' NL East clinching party.

"I'm just taking it in," he said.

And Saturday, when Milwaukee hosts its first playoff game since 1982, how will it be at Miller Park?

"It's going to pretty loud," Jenkins said. "You're going to have a lot of Miller Lite flowing. It's going to be loud, just like it was as our park. This city is excited to get a taste of [the postseason], and I think you're going to see that come out [Saturday]."

Jenkins spent his first 10 Major League seasons with the Brewers, hitting 212 homers. He became popular partly because of his resemblance to former Packers quarterback Brett Favre. When Jenkins left, he took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, thanking the fans for their support.

He signed with the Phillies to have a chance at the postseason, and batted .246 with nine homers with Philadelphia. He missed most of the past two months with a strained right hip flexor.

However, everything felt fine during the division-clinching celebration.

"I saw the September callups for us this year, and their first go-round, they're popping champagne on the field," Jenkins said. "It's an unbelievable feeling for them. So you look at that, and you think, gosh, it took me that long to get to that point. It took a while, almost 11 years, but obviously getting to this point, it's great."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.