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Eric Thames happy to land in Milwaukee with Brewers: ‘I love beer’

For a beer connoisseur, there are far worse places to land than in Milwaukee. Just ask Eric Thames.

After two mostly unsuccessful MLB campaigns in 2011 and 2012, Thames spent the last three seasons dominating in Korean leagues. Thames’ production in the KBO was so impressive the Milwaukee Brewers signed him to major league deal this past offseason, a three-year $16 million contract with a club option in 2020 at $7.5 million.

Given the rocky start to his MLB career and his tour in Korea, Thames is thrilled to be back stateside playing baseball. And the fact that he calls Milwaukee home is a huge fringe benefit.

Why? Because Thames loves beer. The slugger detailed his first impressions of Milwaukee — “pronounced ‘mill-e-wah-que’ which is Algonquin for ‘the good land,'” as Alice Cooper put it in “Wayne’s World” — in a recent interview.

“I came to Milwaukee before I signed, checked it out, and after an hour I knew it was where I wanted to be,” Thames said. “I love the Midwest. I love the hospitality of people. And Milwaukee has great beer.

“I love beer.”

To say Thames is lighting up baseball in his return to the States would be an understatement. The slugger is slashing at a .408/.500/.959 clip and is tied for the lead with seven home runs along with 12 RBI. Not too shabby.

And the best part? All that good Milwaukee beer, apparently.

[Hardball Talk]