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As his second full season got underway, Khris Davis was feeling confident.
As his second full season got underway, Khris Davis was feeling confident. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Davis felt good as season got underway

Khris Davis rocked back in the chair in front of his locker in the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse, positioned for the first time next to veteran and former National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun.

"I feel great," he said as Opening Day loomed. "I can’t ask for a better situation and I just love coming to the ballpark and being able to compete with my teammates."

The Brewers left fielder expects himself to exceed the 22-homer, 69-RBI season of a year ago. (Through 13 games, the Brewers are 2-11 and Davis is batting .283 with no home runs and 2 RBI.)

OnMilwaukee.com: 2014 was the first time you made the Opening Day roster, and began in this position. What can you apply from that experience to this year?

Khris Davis: Yeah, nothing really changes. It’s all about winning. At the end of the day, that’s like what we make our paper off of. That’s it.

OMC: Last year you went through some adjustments with your approach to hitting – where are you at in that regard at the start of this year?

KD: I mean, like, I’m not different from most hitters – you know, seeing a good pitch and putting a good swing on it. That’s as the most basic it can get. I mean, nobody’s trying to reinvent anything. I’m just taking it pitch by pitch, you know?

OMC: Was there anything specifically this winter that you wanted to add to your game?

KD: Just work on good habits, as far as my routine. If you do that you just get rewarded. It’s just that simple.

OMC: How do you reflect on the start of last year, which wasn’t as good as you wanted?

KD: Yeah, I didn’t start that great. I mean, shoot, it is what it is. I’m not sure you choose to go through those struggles but I have scars from those struggles, you know? That’s all I can do is make mistakes and try not to make them same mistakes over and over.

OMC: Like anything, it heals …

KD: Yeah, everything gets better. That’s all I gotta do is just keep working hard and enjoy it. I’ve been completely happy.

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Sports Editor Jim Owczarski at Lambeau Field - which wasn't his favorite Wisconsin sports venue!
Sports Editor Jim Owczarski at Lambeau Field - which wasn't his favorite Wisconsin sports venue!

Milwaukee favorites for someone who's coming ... or going

Well, I’m off to a new adventure, leaving the Cream City after over three years here at OnMilwaukee.com. It’s been fun, very memorable, and full of fun people, places, drinks and food. On my way out, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites in all of those categories – sports or otherwise.

We’ll start with the non-sports favorites...

Milwaukee old fashioned: Distil

Photo: Distil / Facebook

I can’t say I’ve had them at every place in the city, but I’ve tried a ton over the last three years – and hands down, the bartenders at Distil do it right.

Local coffee: Valentine

They’re all good, with their unique twists on roasting, but I was fortunate to drink Valentine’s blends every day, five days a week, for a long time at OnMilwaukee.com, and I’m definitely bringing a few bags with me on the way out.

Dish: Comet’s mac ‘n cheese

Photo: Comet / Facebook

I first tried this nine years ago when I began coming to Milwaukee regularly, and it was an immediate favorite. I tried food all over this great city, looking for a contender to knock off the champ. Nope, still undefeated.

Burger: Oscar’s

Photo: Oscar's on Pierce/Facebook

Finding one was a challenge, seriously. I couldn’t find a suitable cheeseburger for years. Until I found Oscar’s (h/t to OnMilwaukee.com’s own Molly Snyder for that). I made sure to make it a regular stop.

Restaurant: Sanford


Photo: Sanford Milwaukee / Facebook

What can I say? Sometimes, the best is just the best, and Sanford does it every time. You can sit for hours, talk, and course after course is just … unforgettable.

OK, some quick sports favorites...

Venue: Miller Park

Lambeau Field is a close second, but I appreciated that the press box has remained behind home plate, and it was always a positive work environment that, save for the random elevator issue, was easy to do my job in.

Athletes / coaches to work with

I couldn't pick just one, because frankly every team, every clubhouse …

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Badgers red became the unofficial alternate color of the Brewers on Opening Day at Miller Park.
Badgers red became the unofficial alternate color of the Brewers on Opening Day at Miller Park.

Brewers share spotlight with Badgers

The 2015 Major League Baseball season began at Miller Park Monday afternoon, a day that always belongs to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Well, at least until this year. 

The Brewers didn't exist the last time the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team played for a national championship (1941) and in 1977, Marquette University won its lone national title on March 28, well before the Brewers opened their home schedule on April 12.

So, Monday has proven to be a unique set of circumstances for the Crew, who had to adopt red as an alternate color with the Badgers taking on Duke University later Monday night. 

Doug Melvin joked about the Brewers playing 21 innings to divide people's attention, but there would be no need for that -- people already had Bucky on the brain. 

And, as a result, so did the Brewers.

In their pregame media sessions, owner Mark Attanasio, manager Ron Roenicke and Melvin were all were asked about sharing the spotlight.

"As long as we both win I think it's great," Roenicke said. "It's a big day, no question. I'll certainly watch that game tonight."

Added Attanasio: "Nothing makes me happier. I didn’t realize, because I’ve only owned the team 11 years, it’d been, what, 78 years that they’ve been in the finals? It’s so hard to compete this year and win in anything, or in sports these days, Bo Ryan and that program, the way they’ve put things together, in my mind, done things always the right way, and the emphasis on teamwork and execution, we’ll all be watching them tonight, that’s for sure. I love it."

And of course, former Brewers owner and Major League Baseball commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig had to weigh in, as Wisconsin alumnus. 

"I'm worn out already," he quipped, noting the tough games leading up to the national title game. "It's great. I'm proud of the Badgers, proud to be a Badger.

"I'm hopeful tonight."

As were many in attendance at Miller Park, who weren't shy about representing both teams.

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