We've decided against doing a long, season retrospective post about the team. There is simply too much to talk about. For instance the pitching staff deserved its own post. Prince Fielder probably deserves his own post. So we're not done writing about the Brewers, not by a longshot. That being said, there are a few things that I am not going to be writing about. Things that bothered me all season long that I am so happy we don't have to put up with anymore. Things like Anthony Witrado and The Happy Youngster. Things like this:
- Tom Haudricourt's Twitter: Tyler Maas covered this excellently over the summer, but it needs to be reiterated. This was the most depressing thing to read about the Brewers all season. How anyone could hate watching the Brewers play baseball so much and be employed to write about it, I'll never know. The only thing worse than his constant complaining about the Brewers is his attempts at humor. Leave it to the professionals buddy. In his defense it's not like he just hates the Brewers, he hates his alma mater too.
- People with gloves: Yeah, yeah we've been down this road before but hear me out. People with gloves annoy me. This is a fact. I will speak this fact loudly and clearly to anyone who will listen. What really pisses me off is when people decide that *I'm* the asshole for saying it. Really? You're defending the 30 year old in a baseball glove? The person who knows a lot about the team and baseball who is generally considered smart and funny is wrong and the guy who is afraid of a ball hitting his bare hands and/or wants the ball so badly he will wear a glove to get it over anyone else is right? Is that the stance we're taking here?
- Jason Kendall the gamer: Jason Kendall is great, at drawing walks and getting hit by pitches. He's also quite excellent at hitting flyballs to mid center field in crucial times that make casual fans believe he might have gotten a good piece of it. That's about it. His defense has been praised repeatedly, but modern metrics contradict this. Jason Kendall had a great career, but he is nothing more than a backup now. Let's let him be one.
- Having huge hangovers after going to games
- Other people writing about the Brewers: If there is one thing I've learned this season it's that the people who try to write about every team in the league, don't know anything about most of the teams in the league. Even websites I respect like Big League Stew don't get it. In their Walk Toward The Light series they said they knew the Brewers were done when "CC Sabathia signed with the Yankees" which is weird considering the Brewers were in first place at the end of June. They were in first place at the end of June and were within shouting distance of the Widl Card for awhile after that, but we knew they were going to pitch terribly and fall apart in the second half because CC Sabathia was gone. Riiiiiiiiight.
- Anything anyone on the radio says about the Brewers: I hate sports radio and the Brewers are a huge reason why. Think about it: Rickie Weeks to Center Field, JJ Hardy getting traded for Jon Lester, it's okay to trade Gamel and Escobar for Halladay, trade Prince Fielder for Matt Cain and every other stupid thing that will never happen that people only say because they have no concept of how baseball works comes from sports radio.
- Manny Parra: If Dave Bush's injury was the conduit for the ultimate struggles of the pitching staff, Manny Parra was at the poster boy for it's crappiness. In one of my earliest posts I was mad that Suppan was getting the Opening Day start and that Gallardo and Parra were moved down. I was truly convinced that Manny Parra was going to have a big breakout year (and I wasn't the only one) and he didn't. He really, really didn't adding almost a full two runs to his ERA over 2008. The worst feeling in the world is when you have tickets to a game where Parra is pitching. You don't know what is going to happen, but there is a good chance they will lose and an even better one that if they lose it will be badly.
- Ryan Braun doing things that make me not like him: I love Ryan Braun, really I do! I once wrote a post basically asking him to be my best friend. Whether it was sticking his tongue out or creating a line of shirts that I personally would not wear or ruining my sex life, it always seemed like there was something driving a wedge between Braun and I. Now that the season is over, he's hanging in California and we don't have to worry about eachother. Unless the rumors are true and he's opening a restaurant near me. That'd be weird.
- Alledged stalkers emailing me
- People complaining about Doug Melvin: Say what you want about the pitching staff, I have my opinions and you have yours, but what's lost in the whole mess is the fact that Brewers had the THIRD best offense in the National League. For a small market team without a whole lot of money to have the third best offense in the NL is not an accident. It takes a very smart, very good GM to make that happen and despite what happened with the pitching this year Doug Melvin has done and will continue to do an excellent job. So shut up about.
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