If you’re a member of the visiting team and are playing the Milwaukee Brewers, you could be in for a treat. Or a scare. Several Major League Baseball players, current and former, have told some crazy stories about their stay in Milwaukee. Many visiting teams stay at the historic Pfister Hotel in downtown. Legend has it that the hotel, built in 1893, is haunted by the ghost of its founder Charles Pfister. Many MLB players have described that haunting feeling.
Michael Young and Justin Upton were spooked
Michael Young, who was with the Philadelphia Phillies at the time, remembers being freaked out when he stayed at the Pfister Hotel when playing the Milwaukee Brewers. “Oh, f— that place,” Young told ESPN in 2013. “Listen, I’m not someone who spreads ghost stories, so if I’m telling you this, it happened. A couple of years ago, I was lying in bed after a night game, and I was out. My room was locked, but I heard these footsteps inside my room, stomping around. I’d heard all these stories about this hotel, so I was wide awake at that point.
“And then I heard it again, these footsteps on the floor, so I yelled out, “Hey! Make yourself at home. Hang out, have a seat, but do not wake me up, okay?” After that, I didn’t hear a thing for the rest of the night. I just let him know he was welcome, that we could be pals, that he could marinate in there for as long as he needed to, just as long as he didn’t wake me up.”
Justin Upton, who was an outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, said he will spring for his own hotel rather than stay there again. “From the minute I walk in there, I’m freaked out,” he said. “The whole place, the creepy lights on the side, everything. I have to sleep with the blinds open and the lights on. Next time, I’m finding another hotel and paying for it on my own. I can’t sleep there.”
Carlos Martinez and Marcell Ozuna had to room together
According to MLB.com, St. Louis Cardinals teammates Carlos Martinez and Marcell Ozuna both claimed to have seen a ghost during their stay in 2018. Martinez took to Instagram and said he couldn’t sleep because he had just seen a ghost after the Cards’ game with the Milwaukee Brewers. Ozuna also said he saw one. The two of them, along with teammate Tommy Pham, went into Francisco Pena’s room in hopes of remaining safe together for the night.
“We are here in Milwaukee,” Martinez said in Spanish in the video. “I just saw a ghost. In Ozuna’s room, he saw another one.”
“We are all here. We are all in Peñita’s (Francisco Pena) room. We are all stuck here. We are going to sleep together… If the ghost shows again, we are all going to fight together.”
Bryce Harper shares his haunted story
In the ESPN article, Bryce Harper, who was playing for the Washington Nationals, recalled his haunting story. “Before I went to sleep, I laid a pair of jeans and a shirt on that table at the foot of the bed, those things in hotels that you sit on to put on your shoes,” he said. “I just laid ’em out, simple as that. When I woke up in the morning — I swear on everything — the clothes were on the floor and the table was on the opposite side of the room against the wall. I was so flustered and I honestly thought there might be someone in my room. Had no idea what the hell just happened, so I actually looked around, and then I checked to see if the door was still latched, and it was.
“I thought someone — maybe (Jayson) Werth — came into my room during the night and moved everything around, and I knew Tyler Moore and Lombo (Steve Lombardozzi) were both near me too, but they said that no one had done anything like that. Now, they could be lying to me. That’s possible, and no one else seemed to have a weird experience, but it really creeped me out. I went downstairs and changed my room immediately. Different room, different floor. I said, ‘I just need to get out of that room. I don’t want to talk about it, I just need to get out.’ So they moved me to a higher floor.