Spring Training: A Tale of Two Brewers
|I wish we could do cool stuff like that.|
|Thank God we don't have to do stuff like that!|
Seriously, at what point is Miller Park going to just go ahead and offer me an apartment? The place already dominates my summers when the team is in town, now it's going to dominate my SummerFest too.
The Milwaukee Brewers have reached an agreement with Milwaukee World Festival Inc. to allow the operator of Summerfest to book major music concerts at Miller Park.
The agreement is part of the Brewers’ efforts to use Miller Park for non-baseball events. Revenue from music concerts, meetings and other events is not shared with other Major League Baseball teams through revenue sharing, said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers’ executive vice president of business operations.
The Brewers would keep the revenue generated from increasing the number of events at Miller Park.
In a spring training game (the tie) the other day, Trevor Hoffman came in to pitch during the 7th and the music guy played Hell's Bells. Trevor Hoffman was not happy.
"I hope we can scrap that," he said. "Everybody gets a mulligan."
I'm assuming that this means he only wants to hear that song when he is about to close in a real game and if that's the case, that's fine. Some, however, are speculating that this means that he wants to leave that song behind in San Diego and if that's case I have just one thing to say to him.
Listen, Trevor. You are one of the greatest closers of all time. All time great. You practically invented the entrance music, man. Maybe we're paying you too much and someone cheaper could do the same job, but that doesn't matter. You're with us now and we love you, but you don't you dare change your entrance music. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. I mean, how would you like it if you went to a WWE show and Stone Cold Steve Austin came out to something besides broken glass? You wouldn't like it would you? OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T. NOBODY WOULD! That's crazy talk, man. Do you want nobody to like you? Because that's what you are going to do if you don't come out to Hell's Bells. So, just kick the freakin' AC/DC already!
I just logged on to Brewers.com to see what time the spring training game started today and the graphic on the main page said that Opening Day was just 40 days and 2 hours away. Wow! That's not that long!
I hope I can make it. I don't know if I can, but if Josh Hartnett could. So can I. Even if Shannyn Sossamyn is way hotter than anyone on the team.
Projection systems are crazy to me. I don't really understand how anyone could write one and have it work. I tried to write a projection system once and the Brewers ended up going 24-185. Clearly, something was wrong with my math. (In my defense, the team did give 25 starts to Ruben Quevedo that year.)
CHONE just released their updated 2009 projections and things don't look good for the Brewers as they are currently penciled in to go 81-81. Does this mean they will go 81-81? Probably not. The way these projection systems work is they play each season 420,491 times and then average out all the numbers, add 3 and then divide by Pi. Or something. This is much worse than Baseball Prospectus who have the Brewers projected at 86-76 and The Hardball Times who projected them at 83-79 back in January. This is most likely due to CHONE's low projections on Gallardo, Looper and Braun. (CHONE is basically an average of the past four years (with some extra math thrown in) so Braun and Gallardo are too young to have proper data and Looper hasn't been starting that long. At least I hope that's why.)
Honestly they aren't that far off. This is an 83-86 win team with a LOT of upside. Almost every player on offense could be expected to have a better 2009 than 2008 which is really kind of scary when you think about it. Last year's Braun without the injury and 2007 Fielder could carry this team to the playoffs on their own, imagine what they'd do with an improved Weeks, Hardy, Hall and Hart. It's frightening to think of what this offense is capable of and with the clear favorite in the NL Central sending a guy to the OF that only played 20 out there last year and has only played more than 125 games TWICE in his 9 year career, it's easy to get excited.
But that's all a post for another day, today is about Spring Training Game #1 which is actually starting right this second.