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Hello, Brew Crew

June 23, 2010 | 08:38 AM
Lake Geneva. A beautiful, picturesque landscape nestled in the heart of southern Walworth County.

Every summer, people from around the country, especially Wisconsin and Illinois, flock to our tiny little tourist town in hopes of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.

Whether it's water skiing, boating, shopping or simply just kicking back on the beach and catching some rays, thousands upon thousands each summer flood Broad and Geneva streets in search of a good time.

And the attraction isn't limited to your average Joe. Celebrities and sports figures have taken a liking to our quaint area. I have heard rumblings that Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Burlington native Tony Romo owns a house on Geneva Lake. But more importantly, there's a player on the Milwaukee Brewers who's about to take the area restaurant business by storm.

But, you see, Ryan Braun isn't just any player. As of June 15, he is the leading vote-getter among outfielders to start the All-Star Game for the National League. If that continues, it would be his third consecutive all-star start, something no Brewer player has ever done.

Although he has cooled off after a hot start, Braun still is batting .304 with 10 home runs, 45 RBIs and a team-leading 11 stolen bases. He led the National League in hits last season. In left field, he has only committed one error.

The bottom line is that Braun is a stud, and the 2007 National League Rookie of the Year has put his name behind Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill, which is set to open shortly.

As a Brewer fan since birth, I am simply ecstatic. How cool is it going to be to walk down the street for lunch on a Wednesday and possibly see Braun, Prince Fielder or any other Brewers eating lunch?

Let's be honest here — I'll probably stare at them the whole time I'm there. It will look awkward and possibly scary, but I just can't pass up an opportunity to meet or talk to my baseball heroes. However, I understand a lot of you out there are Cubs fans and may not even know who Braun is, but that's OK. Any true fan of the game will appreciate star athletes hanging right down the street from their homes or places of employment.

Sure, the Brewers don't have many days off in summer, but during homestands there are some exceptions. That's when I would find a way to head over to the restaurant, Brewers fans. And in the offseason, who knows what kind of Brewer parties will go down. I've heard Braun loves participating in water sports on Geneva Lake, so heads up to all you aquatic activists.

Editor Lisa Seiser and I soon will begin our golf course reviews, and wouldn't it be something if we yelled "Fore" and jeopardized actually hitting Braun and his buddies on the other fairway. I don't want to be Wisconsin's version of Jeff Maier and end someone's career with an errant drive. With my golf game, anything, and I do mean anything, is possible.

So the next time you're out on the town and you accidentally bump into a stranger, look carefully. It just may be a baseball star incognito.

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