The Milwaukee Brewers' season is over following a 12-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the NLCS. Heading into the offseason, the Brewers face the strong possibility of losing Prince Fielder, one of their biggest stars, in free agency. And If one were to judge the reaction of the crowd to Prince Fielder's last at-bat, a groundout, it's but a foregone conclusion Sunday marked his final game in a Milwaukee uniform.
Reading between the lines, it sure sounds like this was goodbye for Fielder. Following the game, his comments resembled more "thanks for the memories" than "I'll be back."
"I love these guys. I've been playing with most of them since I was 18," Fielder said. "So this organization has been great to me. Yeah, man, it's just been good. It's been real."
Still, Fielder said he's yet to make a decision. He's saying goodbye for now, though.
"I'm not thinking about that quite yet. I'm just trying to say goodbye to my teammates. It's the offseason, you're not going to see them at 3 o'clock every day," he said.
Fielder has some time to make up his mind, but on the open market, he'll be a hot commodity this offseason. With a huge payday almost guaranteed, it appears Milwaukee is out of the picture, with Fielder prepared to move on.
On Sunday, though, the attention was on the game, and the Brewers couldn't force Game 6. The Cardinals came out swinging on offense, burying the Brewers with a big outburst of runs in the early innings. For now, Milwaukee celebrates its team, but soon the attention will turn to free agency and the likelihood of life without Fielder.