Brewers prep for Opening Day at Wrigley Field with final practice

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- All of the ugliness of the MLB lockout fades away in a time like this. Opening Day excitement is in the air at American Family Field.

The Brewers are in the middle of their final workout before the season. It's a lot of the same stars that have brought the team to a franchise record four straight playoffs, players like Christian Yelich, Brandon Woodruff, Josh Hader and Thursday's Opening Day starter Corbin Burnes.

There are some pretty high expectations for the Crew this season. But for now, they're just focused on day one and what manager Craig Counsell calls a year-long roller coaster.

"Opening Day is always something to look forward to. No matter how many times you've done it or where you do it," said Counsell. "Opening Day is a fun day for all of us."

"Personally I try not to make any game bigger than the last," said Brewers pitcher and 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes. "When you start making games bigger than they actually are, it's still a baseball game. If you put added pressure and added adrenaline you do things you haven't done in the past."

Burnes does admit there will be a little extra adrenaline no matter how hard he tries to downplay it. But Counsell says that could help because with the horrible forecast at Wrigley Field tomorrow, April 7, they might need a boost.

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