UPDATE: 12:17 p.m.
Jeff Wagner gave his take on the story in the first hour of his show Tuesday. Watch:
Cole Hamels is new to the Brewers-Cubs rivalry, but even so, he doesn't think there is much of a rivalry in the first place.
The Cubs' pitcher, recently acquired from the Texas Rangers, didn't mince words regarding the teams after the Brewers' walk-off win Monday.
"When you have a majority of Cubs fans in the stands, I don't know if that's a rivalry," he said, "They aren't going to like me for the comment, but look at the ticket sales. When they start to get a little closer and their fans sell out, then I think that's kind of the understanding [of a rivalry]. But Cubs fans travel well."
There are multiple reasons for that.
About 4M of #Cubs fan base (double #MKE metro pop) finds it easier/faster/cheaper to drive to Miller Park vs take train to Wrigley. Those fans also happen to be in more affluent areas, so more likely to spend on going to game (2/)— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) September 4, 2018
On today's crowd: If you don't think Cubs fans targeted this game when the schedule was released, and then bought it up like mad when single-game tickets went on sale, you're kidding yourself. A holiday day game, in September, in a wonderful stadium, guaranteed to be played.— The Brewer Nation (@BrewerNation) September 4, 2018
Also, many #Brewers fans with season tickets will make it a point to sell tickets vs. #Cubs on secondary sites, knowing higher prices for 9-10 games/year will help them recoup some of the money they spent on tickets.— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) September 4, 2018
Similar to #Packers' opponent fans' behavior. (4/)
But don't let it fool you: #Brewers fans support their team.— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) September 4, 2018
Brewers average attendance NOT including #Cubs games this year: 34,408
(Only 253 fans per game less than overall average.)
Either total would be 10th in MLB attendance, and coming from sport's smallest market. (5/)
Hamels then cited his time as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and how fans would travel to Washington for games against the Nationals, calling that a rivalry.
Hamels did give credit to the Brewers for the win, but also used it to thank Cubs fans as well.
"They have great players, but in this game of baseball, you want to see the fans in the stands," he said. "To be able to have the Cubs fans travel in the masses that they do, it's great to see."
The Brewers are now currently four games back of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central Division. Listen to Brewers-Cubs with Bob Uecker on the call tonight at 6:35 p.m. at WTMJ.