PHOENIX -- Brewers fan Bob Koehler almost missed the team's home opener in 1993, when a cryptosporidium outbreak sickened about a quarter of the residents of greater Milwaukee. For two days, Koehler could not eat or drink, but he managed to make it to his seat at County Stadium for a streak that's still alive today. When Koehler settles into section 114, row 3, seat 5 at Miller Park on Monday, an island in a sea of seats near the Brewers' dugout held by principal owner Mark Attanasio, he'll be attending his 34th consecutive Brewers home opener. Koehler is continuing an Opening Day streak that began in 1978 with a win over the Orioles in which new manager George Bamberger's Bombers debuted their new "ball and glove" logo. A bit more than four years later, Koehler began a new streak. He said he's been in attendance for every pitch of every Brewers home game since midway through the 1982 season.
"But Opening Day, for some reason, you remember those," said Koehler, 53. "I guess because it's the start of something." Koehler's first home opener was back in 1972, a loss to the Tigers played on a Saturday after a Friday night rainout with fewer than 10,000 people in the stands. Koehler was a teenager at the time, and when he opened the newspaper the following day he found a photograph of himself and his buddies sitting alone in an empty section of seats.