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Brewers vs. Cubs; Craig Counsell returns to Milwaukee, dividing fans

<div>Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/chi-cubs/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Chicago Cubs;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Chicago Cubs</a> watches action during the sixth inning against the <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/milwaukee/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Milwaukee Brewers;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Milwaukee Brewers</a> at American Family Field on May 27, 2024 in <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/milwaukee/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Milwaukee;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Milwaukee</a>, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)</div>

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers welcomed back a familiar face during the series against the Chicago Cubs.

Craig Counsell is back in Milwaukee for the first time since his departure from the team in November 2023.

It's a long-standing rivalry. Brewers and Cubs fans battling bags, beers and baseball. But things at American Family Field were turned up a notch on Monday, May 27.

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Counsell has got fans on both sides of the diamond heated.

The news that the former Brewers manager went to the Cubs hasn't quite settled since Monday's game against the Cubs was his first time back in Milwaukee. Brewers fans say this one stung, especially since he's from Whitefish Bay.

Counsell managed the Brewers for nine seasons. During his tenure, the team reached the playoffs five times in the last six years.

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Cubs fans were just as surprised, but say they're happy to have him.

And that added fuel to the fire.

"For him to bail out on a team that had promise just to go to a team that had more money is kind of a downer to me," Brewers fan Jim Wurster said.

Other fans are not as critical.

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"I don’t blame him at all for it," said Brewers fan John Schmitt. "How would you turn something like that down? I’m sure it was a hard decision for him."

<div>Chantalle and Autumn Mooney</div>
Chantalle and Autumn Mooney

Others have a house divided.

"It fueled it so much," Brewers fan Chantalle Mooney said.

"It’s more tense in the house now," her sister, Cubs fan Autumn Mooney said.

The Brewers went on to beat the Cubs 5-1 in Monday's game.