I don't know how it happened. I don't know when it happened, but somehow at some point I became a Doug Melvin apologist. I don't think that Doug Melvin should be fired. I think Doug Melvin should be signed to be the team's GM forever. As the Brewers have now lost their last 9 games seemingly everyone is calling for the head of Doug Melvin. I don't agree with them. I looked all over the internet and I could only find one other person who agreed with me, his name is Al. (FYI, We did this before the Brewers won yesterday.) Warning, this be long.
MPD: As of this writing the Brewers have now lost 8 games in a row. Of the eight games I would say that five of the games were lost by the starters and two were lost by the bullpen (with the final game being Sunday's against the Phillies which I would say was lost by one centimeter of Corey Hart's bat.) Now, everyone is calling for people to be fired. Some I agree with (Hoffman), some I could care less about because it won't make a difference (Macha) and the final one, I just don't understand. That final one is Doug Melvin, the mustached general manager. People are saying that because he put the team together that sucks right now that he should be fired for it. It's not just casual fans, it's diehards fans too and the argument is is logical. After all, he is the one who signed Doug Davis, Trevor Hoffman, Jeff Suppan, LaTroy Hawkins and throughout his GM career he's never been good with the pitchers. Those pitchers I mentioned are the ones that have underperformed and someone has to take the blame for them, but to me it shouldn't be Doug Melvin. Everyone who has performed poorly does not have a track record of performing this poorly and you can't blame Doug Melvin for that.
Trevor Hoffman has been awful, but he showed zero signs of decline last season. He is throwing the same pitches at the same speed he always has, but he's missing his spots. Does that mean he is done? Or is it something else?
Doug Davis hasn't been great, but he's also faced some bad luck (.415 BABIP.)
LaTroy Hawkins was hurt.
Claudio Vargas? Well, you can't win em' all.
Todd Coffey has had five bad outings and 15 shutout ones, but he's on pace for a lot of innings right now. That can't be good.
In your opinion Al, what has been wrong with this pitching staff, whose fault is it and what can be done to fix it? Read the rest of this entry »
Last night the Brewers fell to the power of the pierogies and lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their chances, a few leads went by the wayside and in the ninth inning they had Braun on first with nobody out and Prince Fielder at the plate. What happened? Well, Prince Fielder struck out on a high fastball that everyone in the world saw coming except for him and Braun got caught trying to take third on a steal after Andy Laroche did some sort of "Matrix stuff". And that, as they say, was the ballgame. But what exactly happened out there? Read the rest of this entry »
I think the last remaining member of the "Trevor Hoffman is just having a slow start" bandwagon fell off yesterday and now we can all finally accept that Trevor Hoffman is done as a closer. He doesn't have it. He throws right down the middle and he doesn't fool anyone. Is this a person in the world that was honestly surprised that Glaus hit that homerun? I didn't think so. Yesterday should be Trevor Hoffman's last chance to be the Brewers closer and he shouldn't get a chance to hit 600, at least with the Brewers. Sorry guy, it's been a nice career but it's over. How do I know? Because at this point, even the animal kingdom hates him and animals are stupid. If they hate you, you must really suck.
Last night I went to the Brewers game with wezen-ball and on the drive home I formulated in my head an entire post that I wanted to write about the Brewers recent home stand. I was all set to write it right when I got home. Then I got home and decided to write it in the morning, but I was going to get up extra early to write it. I set my alarm for early in the morning and was all set to wake up and write about the Brewers, but then the morning came and I hit snooze and slept til 11:30.
This is how watching the Brewers can make you feel. I don't want to stop watching them, I don't want to stop supporting them and I don't want to stop doing this blog, but I just don't feel any sense of urgency to do any of those things. It's tough. Outside of Trevor Hoffman, I don't really want anyone to lose their job. I don't hate them, they just make me say "ehh" and that is a place you don't want to be. I imagine that some of you are in a much worse place than I am when it comes to this team. That's why I have prepared this mini-FAQ on the Brewers suckitude.
Do the Brewers suck?
Right now, yes. Overall, probably not.
Should I throw in the towel on the playoffs?
No, but you should probably pick up the towel and be prepared to throw it. This team does have a good, long stretch of winning baseball ahead of it. It's impossible for them not to (my guess is July). They haven't even played the Astros yet and have barely played 1/4 of the season. Still, seven games under .500 is seven games under .500 and at some point you can get too far back.
Should I boo them?
No. Booing is stupid and only makes them want to play their games somewhere besides Miller Park. Why should Pittsburgh get all the Brewers wins? That's not fair.
Why do the Brewers hate Milwaukee?
I think they're pissed because the Wisconsin weather teased us with an early summer with beautiful weather in early April followed by cold weather for the next six weeks. I honestly can't say I blame them.
Should we fire Ken Macha?
Now, that is the million dollar question. For answers to that and more continue reading the Monday Mailbag. Read the rest of this entry »
Nobody ever likes the decade they grew up in. People who grew up in the 90s think the 80s were cool. (This one might actually be true. The 90s had AIDs and nobody was putting out after AIDs came along. Thanks a lot, Magic Johnson.) People who grew up in the 70s think the 60s were cool. Actually, everyone seems to think growing up in the 60s was cool. Why? I have no idea. Oh, let's do a bunch of acid and listen to shitty music. Let's rebel against the system by smoking pot and getting tear gassed. Let's wear stupid looking clothes and have all our friends die in Vietnam. Yeah, the 60s were real awesome. Me? If I could do it all over again, I'd totally want to grow up in the seventies. Think about it.
Porn theaters? Check.
Schlitz sold at County Stadium? Check.
18 years old to drink with nobody really checking? Check.
Bars open til 5 or 6 in the morning? Check.
(The best case scenario would be to be born in the early 60s with two older brothers. That way you hit your teens right towards the mid 70s and your brothers are a couple of drugged out hippies. I bet your parents would let you get away with anything as long as you weren't sitting in your room eating acid and trying to explain to them that Jerry Garcia changed your life while wearing a tie dyed shirt and a pair of bell bottoms.)
The 70s were a potpourri of everything I like and more. Don't even act like you don't feel the same way. When you take your special lady friend home do you put on Al Green or Chris Brown? When you want to watch an awesome movie do you watch Avatar? Or do you watch The Godfather, Rocky, The Godfather II, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Star Wars, Jaws, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Animal House or Apocalypse Now? I can go on and on. The best Billy Joel album? The Stranger. The best type of lamp? Lava. The best Captain and Tennille song? Okay, that was a trick question there is no best Captain and Tennille song.
The point is that the 70s were the best f*ckin' time to be alive, man and being a Brewers fan is no exception. And since this weekend is 70s Retro Weekend we thought it was time to take you back to a time when the music was good, the movies were awesome, afros were an acceptable look on white guys and "do you have any ludes?" wasn't met with a puzzled look. So put on some ELO, pop a few barbs, crack open a Schlitz and come see what's brewin'. Read the rest of this entry »