Okay, I take it back. I take back everything I said negatively about Ryan Braun's clothing line and the way he dresses. As long as he never dresses like Anthony Witrado of the Journal Sentinel I'll be happy.
If you don't feel like or can't watch the video, I have transcribed it for you below.
YO DIS YO MAN A-DUB FROM THE MILWAUKEE JIZOURNAL SENTO! I'M HEAR LIVE FROM SPRING TRIZZY REPORTIN' ON DA BREW CREW! MY HOMEY BILLY HALL HAD LASIK SURGERY ON HIS EYEZ MAN! HE SAY THIS SEASON IS GON' BE OFF DA CHAIN FO SHEEZY! I JUST WANNA GIVE A QUICK SHOUTOUT TO MY MAN RAY-J WHOS LOOKIN' FOR HOT BITCHZZ ON VH1 RIGHT NOW, ONE LOVE HOMIE. SAY HI TO KIM FOR ME LOLZ! I GOTS TO BE GOIN' NOW CUZ I GOTS TO RITE SOME ARTICLES AND SHIT. GOTS TO GET PAID NA MEAN?! PEACE!
(throws up W with fingers)
Today's JS piece centers on Corey Hart, "Hart attacks stamina", honestly I'm surprised they didn't go with something like "Corey has the Hart to tackle stamina". In it Corey blames his September woes on stamina. Which makes sense, he's young and has never played that many games before. Honestly, I think there is more to it.
So with the Brewers down a run in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, up stepped Corey Hart, whose struggles in September already had been documented. But he had yet to produce anything as bad as what followed.
Michael Wuertz threw Hart three consecutive sliders, all below the knees, each one farther away from Hart than the first. The final one ended up in the left batter's box.
Hart flailed at all three, never coming close to touching one.
Yeah, that was awful. Sure, without that moment we wouldn't have had the greatest moment I have ever seen live (Braun's homerun) but it shouldn't of had to come to that. Let's look at Corey's thoughts on that at-bat now.
"I wasn't really praying to get on or praying to get a hit. At that point, I was just praying that it would be in the strike zone and I could put it in play. That's how bad it was."
To me this statement clearly states that when Corey steps up to the plate, he doesn't know what he's doing. He's just swinging. This is echoed by Dale Sveum.
"He has to turn (hitting) into an art form instead of going up there and winging it," Sveum said. "He's what I call a poor-man's Vladimir Guerrero because when it leaves the pitcher's hand, he has a chance to hit it."
Vladimir Guerrero is a freak of nature. He is not a role model for hitters. He can do things that nobody can do. I've seen him hit balls that bounced in front of the plate and take them for a double. Corey Hart can't do that and can't be Vlad. He needs to figure something else out because the pitchers have figured him out. They know he's going to swing as indicated by this study at BCB.
For a guy who spent a lot of time hitting behind Fielder and Braun he was way too willing to swing especially at pitches outside the zone. Swinging at 30% of fastballs outside the zone just isn't going to work. He needs to stop swinging at those and maybe he will get a few more hittable ones. I know Hart simply isn't going to ever walk enough but he has to stop swinging at balls out of the zone.
Blame it on stamina, personal problems or whatever you want, but Corey Hart is going to the plate with a bad approach. No approach and for all the talk about the loss of Sheets and Sabathia, a positive step forward by Hart could go a long way in making that up.
Do you remember Robin Yount's 3000th hit? It was truly one of the greatest individual achievments in Brewers history and to celebrate this great moment our friends at Coca-Cola released special cans! 12 packs even! Long gone from the shelves, these cans now hold a special value to collectors and fans alike. Now, you can remember this monumental moment in Brewers history by purchasing one of the last remaining cans! The value of this item is likely to continue going up so bid now and secure your can!
(Seller's note: There is just one problem though, I got thirsty and drank the Coke so all value this item might have had is gone. Buy it anyway though. Please?)
From the JS Blog:
This is how Macha has them lined up now, and he emphasized this does not mean they will line up this way for the season:
RHP Jeff Suppan
RHP Yovani Gallardo
LHP Manny Parra
RHP Braden Looper
RHP Dave Bush
But, you know what? It wouldn't surprise me if they lined up this way at the start of the season
Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me either which is disappointing (to say the least). I know that in the grand scheme of things the order of the starting 5 doesn't really matter and things even out over a 162 game season. I understand that, but why would you make your WORST pitcher line up with the opposing teams BEST pitcher for the first few series of the season?
Let's assume a few other teams #1 starter and look at Suppan's first three match ups.
4/7 @ Giants: Reigning Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum
4/12 CHC: Carlos Zambrano
4/18 @NYM: Johan Santana
Now let's look at how they all match up for 2009 using CHONE projections.
So, like, don't do that. It's a really bad idea.
Hey, idiots! Don't you have anything better to do? Don't you have jobs? Or school? Or... something? Anything better to do than try to sleep outside of Miller Park for two weeks? Have you ever heard of the internet? Did you know you can buy tickets online there? Or are you just going for Opening Day tickets? And if so, why didn't you just buy one of the 20 game or 9 packs that offered Opening Day seats? Oh, wait you probably can't afford those because you don't have a job or go to school and can camp out in front of Miller Park for two weeks.
Here's the thing: these people are not diehard fans. These aren't even really fans. They're idiots. Diehard fans buy tickets in packages because they want to see as many games as possible. I understand that these packages are expensive, but diehard fans know that when one season ends that there is another one coming up in six months and that they should save their money so they can buy tickets ahead of time. So be honest with yourself unemployed, Miller Park campers and admit that you are doing all of this for attention and your real goal is not to get tickets, but to be on TV. As soon as you can admit that to yourself, you'll be much better off.