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Rhinelander fans travel to Milwaukee for Brewers playoff gamesSubmitted: 10/13/2018

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MILWAUKEE - Nothing beats a good tailgate, with the ice-cold beer, the team spirit and the way it brings people together.

In this case, the Brewers brought Brian McLaughlin of Rhinelander together with his son Blair, who lives in Chicago.

"After the final win in the last series against the Rockies, he called me up and said 'let's go to the game' and I said 'go ahead and get it,' so here we are," Brian McLaughlin said.

Brian raised Blair in the Milwaukee area, where he passed down his die-hard Brewer fandom to his son.

And even though Blair moved to the Windy City, he's always cheered on the Brewers, especially in their one game playoff against the Cubs.


"It was heartbreaking for them and exciting for me," Blair said. "I was one guy in a sea of Cubs fans."

McLaughlin was not the only one to make the four-hour drive from Rhinelander to the Good Land.

Family friend Jim Rude also tagged along.

"I've been going to opening day with him for quite awhile," Rude said. "He called me up, told me he had tickets, and I said 'yeah, sounds like a plan.'"

Three friends: united both in location and in belief.

"I think they're going all the way," Rude said.

"Brewers are taking it all, obviously," Blair said.

"Go Brewers," Brian said.


Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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