It seems that the bandwagon is emptying at an alarming rate. I try to keep positive because, well for one it's not very smart for me to say "stop caring about baseball, the Brewers season is over! Go find another blog!" and two, it's still baseball. Crazy things happen all the time. You just never know. Of course with every loss to the Pirates, you kind of DO know.
A recent poll on Brew Crew Ball has 1% of Brewers fans saying they won't give up on the season until it's over with 83% having already given up. 83%!!!! I'm not exactly sure what this means though. If you are among the 83%, do you still care about what happens? Or have you mentally checked out? Have you moved on to football season? If this is the case, I ask you to reconsider. This Brewers season is not the one we wanted, but it's still the Brewers season. It's kind of like a bad porno. Sure, the girls aren't as hot as you expected and they're all tatt'ed up like Josh Hamilton. Sure, there is too much closeup. Sure, the plot sucks and the music is terrible. The fact of the matter is it's still a porno, it's still people having sex. Despite it's problems there are a number of good reasons to continue watching the Brewers. Just like you keep watching the porno for the T&A, you should keep watching the Brewers for these reasons (and just like in porno not one of them is a "sausage race".)
- The crazy seasons of Braun and Fielder: This is so old school Brewers fan, I don't even think I should have to list it. Over the years fans have convinced themselves to keep watching for just a few players over and over. Things like, Will Paul Molitor hit over .300 (or .320 or .350)? Can Richie Sexson hit 40 homeruns? Can he hit 50? Can Dave Nilsson be anymore average?
This season is the greatest of all. Braun and Fielder are the best 3-4 combination in the entire league. I don't have to do any research to say that this has never happened in Milwaukee before. These types of things just don't happen here. Every game you watch you can be pretty sure that one of the two will do something awesome and the games where they are both on at the same time? Amazing.
- Casey McGehee for Rookie of the Year: It's weird considering Casey McGehee looks like a 35 year old bouncer at a strip club, but this is actually Casey's rookie year and he's making a pretty strong case for the award. The favorite at this point is likely Colby Rasmus of the Cardinals (who McGehee actually has a better wOBA than) or Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates (who despite not playing all season has been amazing). He's a longshot, but he has played just as well as his more popular competitors. I'd like to see the team put him out there everyday for the rest of the season and see what happens. Even if he is going to lose his job to Mat Gamel next year.
- Alcides Escobar: Count me as one of the few people who didn't mind JJ being sent down and not coming back. People complain about how it was "unethical" for the team to mess with his service time and it's costing him money, but excuse me for not feeling sorry for millionaires. I should want my team to pay this guy $8 million dollars next year when there is a younger, better replacement right there for him? No thanks. Sorry ladies.
The thing is Alcides Escobar is pretty damn amazing with the glove. He's the kind of shortstop that causes sports writers to have aneurysms while writing poetry to describe his play. We could put Braun back at third base and I wouldn't be worried about it with Escobar out there (and we basically will do that next season with Gamel on the left side). He is just so good at the position that it doesn't seem real. AND he's impossibly fast. What's not to like?
- Braden Looper worst 15 game winner of all time: It's a longshot (he's currently at 10), but I feel that the only way that Braden Looper's crappy season can be fully realized is if he hits the 15 win mark. In the midst of the worst season of his career and he should set a career high in wins. Unbelievable.
- Trevor Time: The Brewers could have 5 wins on the season and as long as all five were a save situation with "Hell's Bells" blaring over the loud speakers, it would be worth it. I almost believe this.
- Craig Counsell: Can you believe this dude turned 39 years old today? He's having one of the best seasons of his career which is amazing when you consider most of the games are well past his bedtime. He's playing so well that it's unclear if the Brewers will be able to get him to come back last year on another sweet "hometown" deal. So enjoy what could be our last days of Counsell, at least until he starts managing the team in two years.
- Spoilers: In the past I have said that the Brewers weren't out of it because if they got close they still have a ton of games left against the Cardinals and Cubs. Well, even if they don't get close they still have those games. Wouldn't it be cool for the Brewers to beat up on the Cardinals and put the Cubs in the playoffs? That'd be a nice way to end the season. (Before you freak out think of it like this, the Cardinals could win the World Series if they make the playoffs. The Cubs? Exactly.)
- Who knows? The great thing about baseball is that we don't know what's going to happen. Braun has 26 home runs, but in a weird way it feels like he should have more. Does he hit a ton from here on out? It could happen. Could Weeks come back for the last couple weeks of the season? You never know. Yovani Gallardo hit for the cycle? Jason Kendall get another extra base hit? The bullpen hold a lead? Todd Coffey walk to the mound?
The point is that anything could happen from here on out and there's a chance that whatever does happen could be the best thing to happen all season. So don't quit on the Brewers just yet, they could surprise you. Even if the surprise isn't a postseason.