The Brewers and Cardinals seem to be mirror images of each other as they head into the 2012 season.
First, they both lost their MVP candidate first basemen to mega free agent contracts with American League teams. Then they both added aging veterans on short-term deals -- the Cardinals signed outfielder Carlos Beltran and the Brewers inked third baseman Aramis Ramirez -- to fill the gap. And now both teams look like they'll be without their right fielders for the start of the season.
The Birds' projected right fielder, Allen Craig, had surgery to repair damage to his kneecap over the off-season. And now Brew Crew right fielder Corey Hart has a torn knee ligament that will require surgery. It is expected to put him on the shelf for at month. The injury was discovered Sunday after Hart's knee swelled.
Hart wasn't the only Brewery to have a tough day on Sunday.
In his first game action since he managed to get his 50-game steroid suspension for a dirty drug test overturned on a technicality, 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun was met rudely by Giants fans of all people.
During the game at the Brewers' home park Giants fans changed "urine sample" amongst other colorful things during the game.
Ironically, Giants fans cheered enthusiastically for steroid poster child Barry Bonds when he was breaking Henry Aaron's career home run record while fans in other parks across the country chanted and booed their superstar.