"The attitude is totally different here now," Burnitz says. "It's time for us to make some noise. I'm not saying we'll win the World Series, but we need to show people we can contend, and we have to start right now."
The opening of a sparkling—and dry—park should help. The Brewers, who have drawn 2 million fans only once in their 32-year history, already have sold more than 1.7 million tickets and expect to push 3 million by the time the season is over. The park is sure to delight Clipper, Splinter and Burnie, as well, because the power alleys are closer in both left and right than they were at County Stadium. "Plus no more cold wind blowing in," says Jenkins, "and no more at bats when you have no feeling in your hands because they're frozen."
That's not all. Sexson, who folded most of his body onto Bernie's slide for a ride before a game last year ("I had to stick my feet out to the sides to slow myself down," he says), has another reason to look forward to the new digs. "Dude, have you seen pictures of Bernie's new slide?" he says. "It's awesome. It's got a bunch of twists and turns. I can't wait to try it out."