City Limits: Milwaukee
Running for Home
Next to a parking lot of tailgating Milwaukee Brewer fans, a river comes back to life.
BY JAMES CARD
The Drake, Summer 2014
A haze hangs over Milwaukee, and it emanates from Miller Park. The area has the sweet stink of a backyard party on a sunny day—smoke rising from countless grills that tailgaters fire up in the hours before the opening pitch. The usual suspects and their props are here by the thousands: a blonde wearing aviator shades and a Brewer ball cap sips on a Miller High Life and smokes a cigarette, while her boyfriend ignites some charcoal with a blowtorch. A grandma slathers mustard on charred bratwursts tucked in sesame buns; kids wearing jerseys bearing the names Segura, Lucroy and Gomez play catch among the parked cars. People lounge in lawn chairs and work up a pre-game buzz with brandy Old Fashioneds and Leinenkugel’s while listening to Bob Uecker on pre-game radio. I’m the freak here with the fly rod.
Read the rest in the Summer 2014 issue of The Drake.