MVP finalist Christian Yelich receives creative tribute from Milwaukee County

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Christian Yelich helped carry the Milwaukee Brewers to the postseason for the first time since 2011 thanks to an incredible September. Now Milwaukee County will be transporting Brewers fans and other Milwaukee residents around on a bus route named after the National League MVP finalist.

Milwaukee County Transit (MCTS) officially announced Thursday that Bus Route 22 will become the “Yelich Line” for all of 2019 after fans overwhelmingly and positively responded to the possibility this week.

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The name came together quickly. On Wednesday, MCTS announced the route would be changed to the Yelich Line from Nov. 8 through Nov. 15 to celebrate Yelich’s NL MVP candidacy. Yelich is one of three finalists along with Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Bus Route 22 was selected because Yelich wears No. 22. The end date was selected because that’s the day the MVP winners will be announced. 

However, the MCTS said it was open to renaming it for the entire 2019 year if they got support from Brewers fans and Christian Yelich himself.


Before Wednesday even ended, Yelich got on board.


By Thursday morning, all of the requirements were reached.


The “Yelich Line” is open for business.

Bittersweet honor

While Yelich was being made to feel welcome by his baseball home, tragedy struck in Yelich’s hometown of Thousand Oaks, California. A gunman opened fire at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night, killing 12 and injuring several others.

Yelich took to Twitter on Thursday to support his hometown with a heartfelt post that certainly brought baseball back into perspective.


Thursday should have been a happy day for Yelich. In addition to this honor from Milwaukee County, he was also named a Silver Slugger winner.

Instead, we’re sure his mind and his heart were on home. Though we’re also sure the support from Milwaukee did a lot to raise his spirits.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich warms up for practice for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich warms up for practice for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series baseball game Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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