“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.”
Those are the iconic words sung by the child actors in the cinematic classic “The Sound of Music.”
Those words also often represent the feelings of sports fans when a player, especially one of their favorites, leaves their favorite team. As sports fans, it is easy to get invested in not only the athletic competition unfolding before our eyes, but also to the players competing. This can result in tough departures from a fan’s perspective, whether the player in question played a season or two or a decade or two.
As Chris Carter recently signed with the New York Yankees, Brewers fans already find themselves saying goodbye to a relative newcomer to Miller Park. While many expressed well wishes to Carter on social media, others were frustrated that the Brewers would let a player with Carter’s power go.
So, what will the Brewers be missing with Carter? Yes, he did strike out a lot, with 206 Ks in just 644 at-bats (31.9 K%). However, he also did bring a lot of power to the first base position for Milwaukee (41 HRs), something the team had been lacking for a couple years. Before Carter, the last primary Brewers first baseman to hit 40 home runs was Mark Reynolds in 2014, who hit 47 that season.
Above everything else, no matter how many times he swung and missed or hit the ball out of the park, Carter became a fan favorite quickly in his one and only year in Milwaukee. He brought excitement to Miller Park and provided veteran leadership to a young, rebuilding franchise, which may prove to be quite important.
So, as the 2017 baseball season approaches and the Brewers move on to Eric Thames at the 3 spot on the field, Brewers fans say to you, Chris Carter: So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.
And also, thank you.