What a season! So much drama! So much excitement! So much baseball! So much shittiness and despair!
I never felt great about the season. Those first couple months were pretty cool, but it never felt quite right. There was just something.. off. It felt like the things that went right went a little too right, if that makes sense. They were good, but deep down I think that everyone knew that they weren't that good. In the end, they are who we thought they were.
Or at least who Doug Melvin thought they were. I've seen people calling for Melvin's head after this season, but that's really dumb. Why? Because this is a real-life conversation that Doug Melvin had with Mark Attanasio before the season:
||Hey Doug, what kind of team do we have this year? World Series? Playoffs? I don't want to send another apology letter to the fans like last year. That was weird.
||My team puts us about 82-83 wins, so no Cup and I don't think we'll be going to playoffs either, eh? Sorry.
/eats a donut whole in one bite
||Anything I can do to fix that? I have lots of money that I am willing to spend. Some people say that I am a "fan's owner" who is willing to go above budget to put the best team on the field.
||If everything goes like poutine gravy, maybe. Bullpen would need to be amazing, starters would need to pitch amazing, players would need to out perform projections, a vintage Braun season, Gomez being MVP and no injuries then maybe. Maybe, eh? But I juts don't think we have enough shit kickers for it this year. Sorry. Sorry.
||Well, I trust you Doug. 82 wins is much better than last year so I'll take it. And just to be safe I am going to pick up Roenicke's option for 2015.
|| /sips Tim Horton's coffee
||lol i dunno
Did they think things might be different when they were riding high in first place in July? Sure! But Doug is smart enough to know the team's true talent level. He's smart enough to go to Fangraphs and look at the Playoff Odds. On the night of the trade deadline, the night they traded for Gerardo Parra, the Brewers had a 2 game lead in the division. Their odds winning the division? A a mere 31.2% compared to the Cardinals' 38.1%. Do you think Doug didn't know this? Do you think Doug didn't share this info with Mark Attanasio? You're lying to yourself. They knew this team's talent.
But what about Roenicke? Shouldn't he take the blame? Why didn't they fire his ass? Well, they already extended him for 2015 so if they fired him, they'd have to pay two managers. I'm guessing they don't want to pay two six figure salaries for one shitty job. (I say shitty job because clearly they can't hire a manager with a shred of creativity or the ability to think an inch outside of the box.) Second, you probably can't blame Ron Roenicke for that collapse. Why? Because...
This is Ron Roenicke during a 10-game winning streak:
And this is Ron Roenicke during a 10-game losing streak:
He doesn't know what the hell is going on. He is tangentially aware that a team is winning or losing more than the opposite, but he doesn't have anything to do with it. When people say that the manager can't control what the players do on the field, they are talking about Ron Roenicke. He writes names on a piece of paper, he makes a call to the bullpen and that's about it. He isn't Phil Jackson installing the Triangle Offense, he's a guy who writes names on a piece of paper. He is meaningless.
So, who's to blame? We have to blame SOMEONE. There is no way a team could go from first place to third and miss the playoffs in the final two months of the season without SOMEBODY being at fault. This sucked and SOMEONE has to pay. Who? Who do we blame? Who is the motherfucker who ruined my fall? Who deserves to get fired for this shit?
If you are pissed and calling for the head of someone from the Brewers, take a look in a mirror.
THIS IS YOUR FAULT
YOU are the one who thought the Cardinals and Pirates weren't going to make a run.
YOU are the one who thought Wily Peralta was for real.
THE BREWERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN
YOU are the one who made excuses for Lyle Overbay.
YOU are the one who cheered K-Rod.
RON ROENICKE IS A SMART, EDUCATED MAN
YOU are the one who believed.
YOU are the one who wished for this.
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