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Roenicke says Brewers 'didn't play as well as we would have liked to'

Ron Roenicke. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Roenicke says Brewers 'didn't play as well as we would have liked to'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Oct 18, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Theoretically, part of what makes a champion in Major League Baseball's postseason is that a team peaks at the right time.

The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals gave credence to that theory in their performance during their National League Championship Series.

The Cardinals peaked just before and during the playoffs, and they're moving on the World Series.

The Brewers didn't.  They're not moving on.

"It was certainly a tough series, the last one," explained Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who chatted with Greg Matzek and Gene Mueller  on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"We didn't play as well as we would have liked to.  The season went well.  We had a great year.  A couple guys had great seasons.  We were two games shy."

Roenicke admitted that his counterpart, St. Louis' Tony LaRussa, pushed all the right buttons - and they provided tremendous results, which was not the fate of Roenicke's moves.

"They really played almost a flawless series," said Roenicke. 

"Everything did go right.  He put in a pinch-hitter, and they may not even hit the ball hard, but it's right in between us, or they bloop it in.  Everything they did went right.  They played well.  It's not like they got all the breaks, but they created the breaks because they play so well."

Roenicke says that the Brewers didn't perform as well, so they didn't receive those breaks.

"That's what's tough, I think, to lose a series when you didn't play your best games."

After the Cardinals clinched the NLCS with a 12-6 victory over the Brewers in Sunday night's Game 6, he called his players together in the clubhouse to give them his feelings on the season.

"I think that's a better way to do it. I know it's hard right after a loss, because you're not in the greatest mood, but I wanted them to know what I thought about the season.  It was a nice little meeting, and I got a chance to say goodbye to everybody."

Roenicke explained that he didn't give as much of a goodbye as he wanted to for players such as Prince Fielder that may not be playing in a Brewers uniform during the 2012 season.

"It's too hard to at that last day, so I'll get on the hone and make sure I  have a little more of a real conversation with those guys," explained Roenicke.

"Yes, it is hard to say goodbye to those guys that you're not sure what's going to happen for next year, and it's hard for those guys to have all their teammates there and not sure what's going to happen to them, either."

In terms of Roenicke's own first-year managing experience, he said that the experience of running a team for the 162-game regular season schedule was what he expected, but not the playoffs.

"There's a lot of issues that come up, both good and bad, that you need to take care of.  I enjoyed that part of it.  I enjoyed helping out the guys in whatever way I could," said Roenicke. 

He explained, however, that the playoffs were not

'The postseason was a little more difficult than I thought for the manager," said Roenicke

"The media obligations and that was all fine, but what everybody's opinion on what you should do, that was a little more difficult."

Difficult is also a word he might use in terms of whether he would catch the World Series this year.

"Normally, I would watch the World Series.  It may be tough watching the Cardinals in it.  I'll end up, I'm sure, watching the games.  I'll head back home and stay there a while, and I think Doug and Mark Attanasio will talk about the season and what we need to do the next year."