Beginning Friday, the Brewers will host the Cubs for a three-game home series at Miller Park. The Brewers vs. Cubs rivalry is well-known amongst fans of both teams, but do you know the history of this rivalry? Here’s a look some interesting facts about the Brewers vs. Cubs rivalry:
- Brewers and Cubs have played each other in the Cactus League of spring training since 1969 (when brewers were the Seattle Pilots), but the rivalry didn’t grow until 1998 when the Brewers joined the National League.
- 1st official Brewers vs. Cubs meeting was June 13th, 1997 in interleague play at Wrigley Field (Brewers won 4-2).
- The rivalry is often referred to as the “I-94 rivalry” because of the fact that both Miller Park and Wrigley Field are located just off of I-94.
- When the Cubs come to Miller Park, the park is often referred to as “Wrigley Field North” because in past years, more Cubs fans have showed up to the games than Brewers fans. Wrigley Field has also been historically sold out and Milwaukee Brewers tickets have been easier to come by for Cubs fans.
- On Saturday, April 11th, 2008, the Brewers hosted the Cubs for the second of their three-game home opener series. This game boasted the highest attendance in Major League baseball.
- The Brewers and Cubs have never met in the post-season.
What do you think about the Brewers vs. Cubs rivalry? Is it still a big deal or do you think it’s dwindling?