Today, Commissioner Jeremiah Mills announced that the Patriot League’s inaugural All-Star Game will take place at High Life Field, home of the Milwaukee Bear Claws.
The park offers an attractive venue for the game, one deeply steeped in the city’s history. High Life Field was built as part of the redevelopment of the abandoned Pabst Brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee. The park, which was designed as a tribute to Milwaukee’s beer heritage, fits in perfectly with its surroundings. The exterior of the park was designed to resemble the faux-castle style of the old Pabst corporate office building. The left-field wall backs up to the façade of the main factory building, which is decorated with a clock and a Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Fireworks shoot out of the top of the old smokestack every time the Bear Claws win.
Upon entering through the main gate, fans pass through the King’s Courtyard, in the middle of which is a statue of King Gambrinus, the unofficial patron saint of beer. Surrounding the courtyard are multiple beer gardens, which are positioned to allow fans to watch the game while enjoying a cold one.
Although the Bear Claws have the league’s best record, Mills said the decision was not made on that basis. Rather, he said that he intends to rotate hosting honors among the league’s charter cities.
“The Bear Claws are honored to host the inaugural Patriot League All-Star Game and look forward to welcoming you all to Milwaukee,” said Bear Claws owner Jennifer Petitt. “Join us in raising a cold Miller High Life in celebration of this great event. The Champagne of Beers is never better than when served ice cold on a prematurely hot day like today.”
The selection of High Life Field met with widespread acclaim around the league. “Down in Jackson, we are all about the High Life,” said Jackson Hammerheads owner Steven Butler.
One dissident, though, was Knoxville Smokies manager Snuff Wallace. Unsurprisingly, he believes that Commissioner Mills, who also owns the Smokies, should have selected Knoxville’s Rocky Top Park for the honor.
“I mean, what the hell good is it to be the man in charge if you don’t pull strings for your own guys?” said Wallace.
In the end, though, Wallace isn’t too upset about the decision. “Everyone will get a real good look at our park when we’re claiming the championship trophy,” said the Knoxville skipper. Besides, he adds, “I like beer.”