Christian Yelich Bought 10,000 Tickets to Give Away to Brewers Fans In the Ultimate Hashtag Good Guy Move
I've talked about being a hashtag good guy on this publication many-a-time (as well on twitter dot com), but I've never really gone into great depths about what it actually means to be a hashtag good guy (or gal).
The definition is ever-evolving, but essentially it's doing the right thing for the right reasons, but also because you'll get some love for doing it. You say hashtag out loud, but never actually use one so that people can't easily find it online, but still definitely put whatever it is you did on the record so people can find if they so choose. When I eventually donate my hair but post it on social media for clout and #HireDozo purposes, that's a hashtag good guy move. It's still giving a person (likely a child) with cancer or alopecia some gorgeous fucking flow that I'm greatly attached to (both literally and figuratively) because I want to help. If Jeff Bezos was ever like, "fiiiine, I'll use my massive fortunate built off exploitation to end world hunger," so people would like him, that would be a hashtag good guy move and one I fully support. Hell, I'd settle on actually paying taxes.
Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers just took the NL Central race into his own hands with one of the best hashtag good guy moves I've ever seen.
I like Yeli a lot. He's been awesome on the stuff he's done with various Barstool programs, he has fun with the Pete Davidson comps, and he has a hot mom, so you know he knows how to bust balls out of self-defense.
The 2018 NL MVP hasn't been himself the last two seasons, but that doesn't take a cent away from the 9-year, 215 million dollar deal he signed before the 2020 campaign that he's now using to pay back the fans.
This is an awesome move to show the fans some love, especially after a down year, but this is also a textbook hashtag good guy move. It helps everybody involved; it 1000% gets Yelich some good PR, and Brewer fans get some (relatively...wtf is with the fees?) free tickets to watch a rematch of the 1982 World Series where the Brewers have a chance to clinch the NL Central.
Despite basically abandoning baseball in the wake of the Mookie Betts trade, part of me will always love the game, and one thing that always bothered me was low attendance. I loved going to games and obviously know tickets can be expensive, but seeing the stands in Oakland, Tampa, or Atlanta like 36% full when the team is competing for a playoff berth bums me tf out. Milwaukee is famous for becoming Wrigley-North whenever the Cubs come to town. I'd imagine Cardinal fans travel well too.
So Yeli killed like four (red) birds with one stone here. He helped himself get back in the good graces of Brewer fans who may be upset that he's underperformed/been hurt, he got some PR for doing a nice thing to give back to the fans, reinvested in his organization that invested so much in him, AND he helped his team regain a home-field advantage for a very important series by filling up Miller Park (I'm not acknowledging the new name). There's really not a complaint to be made here. It sucks Aaron Rodgers wants out (and was terrible Sunday), but between this and the Bucks winning it all, it's not a bad time to be a Wisconsin pro sports fan. Bravo, Christian, you just earned yourself a spot on team hashtag good guy for life.
Some examples of what being a hashtag good guy is all about.
Willie Lanier, the first black Middle Linebacker in professional football, was a champion of Civil Rights and the 1972 NFL Man of the Year (later named after Walter Payton...making this my second straight blog referencing Sweetness). Ray Nitschke adopted three children.