This story is part of ESPN The Magazine's September 29 Fansourced Issue. Subscribe today!
Last year's ranking: 35
Title track: 82
Fan relations: 42
Stadium experience: 10
Bang for the buck: 22
For most of this season, it seemed as if something special was brewing in Milwaukee. On the heels of last season's dispiriting 88-loss campaign -- Milwaukee's worst since 2004 -- which included the PED-related suspension of outfielder Ryan Braun for the final 65 games, the Brewers came out of the gate strong in 2014 and proved to be one of this season's biggest surprises. In April, the team unveiled a Bob Uecker statue in the last row of Section 422 on the terrace level of Miller Park -- an homage to the iconic broadcaster's Miller Lite ad quip ("I must be in the front row!") and a fun photo op for fans. It became so popular that the Brewers had to limit access to the area during games.
Equally popular among fans: wins. The Brew Crew began the season 20-7 and sat atop the National League Central with at least a share of the lead from April 5 until Sept. 1. When our Ultimate Standings poll was conducted in June, the Brewers still looked like world-beaters -- which explains the 13-point jump in the team's title track rating since last season. A recent slide has put their playoff hopes in jeopardy, but it's safe to say that Milwaukee fans have gotten their money's worth this season. Thanks to the fifth-best affordability ranking among baseball teams (behind only Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tampa Bay) and reasonable average ticket ($24.96) and cost-per-game ($39.96) prices, Milwaukee's bang for the buck rose a whopping 31 spots. Uecker may have gotten bumped to the upper deck, but Brewers fans are still getting front-row value.