I've been struggling to think of things to write about the Brewers lately. At one point I wanted to write a post about how Jim Henderson is the GREATEST CLOSER IN BREWERS HISTORY, but I obviously missed that bandwagon. Who would've thought that Honey Boo Boo's 15 minutes of fame would last longer than Jim Henderson's 15 minutes of being a good reliever? (Don't answer that. Sports betting sites wouldn't even take that action.) I'll probably write something about how awesome Aramis Ramirez has been or how the offense has been exactly what we dreamed it would be, but I can write those things anytime. Watching the Brewers lose in walk off fashion night after night just sucks the motivation to write Brewers things out of me so I'm just not going to do it. Let's talk about something else. Let's talk about these three things instead.
What is the point of baseball?
I've been thinking a lot about this Stephen Strasburg/Nationals situation lately (mostly because it is talked about on TV and blogs roughly every 15 seconds) and it really bothers me. I am down with the idea of protecting young pitchers to ensure they have a long career. I'm also down with protecting someone who had surgery not too long ago. Those are smart things for a team to do that make perfect sense. What I am not down with is shutting the ace of your baseball team down before the end of the season and leaving one of baseball's best players on the bench for the postseason.
Really, Nationals? This is your best option? Really? Couldn't you just make up a fake injury (think blisters or ingrown toenail) and put him on the DL for a bit? Couldn't you do something, anything to ensure he has a place on the postseason roster? Let's be serious, you are the Nationals. You play in the tough NL East with the Barves, Marlins, LOLMets and the Phillies all of whom are a threat to win the division during any season. (Well, besides the Mets.) Nobody expected you to be where you are right now and if the Phillies hadn't been so injured who knows what would've happened. This could be your best chance for the next several years to win the World Series and your decision is to sit your best pitcher to save him for next year (and the year after that and the year after that.) Do you think you're building some sort of dynasty? You're the Nationals. Be for real. The point of baseball isn't to save your best team for next year. The point of baseball is to win the World Series. So try to win the World Series. You want this, your (15) fans want this, Strasburg wants this; just frickin' do it.
I don't know
I recently read Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (mini review: funny, but certain parts were not meant for men whatsoever) and she has a chapter about the difference between boys and men. In it she says that men are "committed" to things and boys aren't. Men commit to mortages and duvets and whatever while boys struggle to make those commitments and thus make shitty boyfriends (I think.) I can see where she is coming from, but I'd like to take it a step further and tell you what I think the difference between being adult and not being an adult is. The difference, you see, is "I don't know."
Have you ever asked someone what they wanted to do and they replied "I don't know"? Of course you have. Everyone has. You've done it yourself. We all have. The thing about that question is that you really do know what you want to do, but you are just afraid to say it. You are afraid the person asking you won't agree or you are afraid that you will be judged for wanting to do that. When someone asks you what you want to do and you reply "I want to sit on the couch, watch TV all day and order both lunch and dinner from a place that delivers." That is scary to say to your boyfriend/girlfriend because they will probably think you are a gross pig so instead you say "I don't know" and then you end up going to Bed, Bath & Beyond or something which is what neither one of you really want to do. Don't do that. Don't go to Bed, Bath & Beyond.
My point is this: if you want to do something just say so. Don't say I don't know. If the other person doesn't want to do that then they can say that, but a big part of being an adult is having that confidence to say what you want to do and not being afraid of it. I want to drink at the bar and eat bad food all day on Sunday. Is that cool with you? Good. See how easy that was? So easy. Am I going to follow my own advice? I don't know.
King Felix: Best in the world
I try not to talk too much about other baseball teams here much, but I had a bit of a love affair with the Mariners for awhile. I lived in Seattle (Tacoma actually) and watched the Mariners every single day in 2001 when they won 116 games. Then I watched them everyday again in 2002 and I honestly thought I'd live in Seattle forever with my future kids growing up Mariner fans. Well, that didn't work out at all and it's been ten years since I set foot in the Pacific Northwest. I still followed the Mariners as much as I could after I moved. Ichiro is my favorite baseball player ever and if I have my way I will go to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony (and cry like a baby.) I don't like the idea of a "second favorite team" so much anymore, but the Mariners will always have a special place in my heart and are basically my second favorite team.
Following the Mariners I've known about King Felix since 2003 when he absolutely destroyed single-A. I remember his first start and his first win. I've seen him pitch some monster, monster games and I firmly believe that King Felix is the best pitcher in all of baseball. Whenever Felix pitches Mariners fans feel like they are going to win, like there is a mistake if they don't win (even with that offense.) It's an amazing feeling. Looking back on the Zack Greinke era it's how I wanted to feel about him and why he ultimately disappointed me. Zack Greinke is a very, very good pitcher, but he is nowhere near what Felix Hernandez is. Felix Hernandez is on another level. There is no one on his level.
Yesterday I was watching the Brewers game and getting ready for my day when I saw this tweet from the incomparable Lookout Landing:
I looked at the box score and saw that Felix was perfect through five. I immediately went to the MLBTV website where I saw that this was the free game of the day. YES. I started watching when I realized it was time for me to go to work. Should I call in? Is King Felix is about to pitch a perfect game a valid excuse? I ended up downloading the MLBAtBat app for my iPhone, paying for a month's subscription and started watching the game on there.
I've never seen a perfect game before, I've always been working or busy or something else, so I don't have much to compare this one to, but I can say that it was absolutely perfect and the greatest performance I've ever seen in this game. When Matt Cain pitched his perfect game Melky Cabrera made that awesome catch and when Buehrle pitched his there was an awesome catch too, but there wasn't anything like that in this one. This wasn't a perfect game made possible by an awesome catch. This was a perfect game made possible by King Felix being that much better than everyone at the game of baseball. I've never seen anything like it. It wasn't a no hitter because people were robbed of hits. It was a no hitter because people could not get hits. Felix was amazing and I was fully engrossed in it. I was jumping up and down at every strike. I had chills up and down my spine with every crowd reaction. I think I might have teared up a little at the end. I can't even describe it. It was engrossing and the feeling is addictive. I want to feel like that again.
All of this is just my way of saying that no matter what is happening in Brewers-land right now I still love baseball. Baseball is still the coolest and greatest sport and I will love it til the day I die. Things like that Felix game remind me how great it is and why I keep torturing myself with this Brewers team. The lows are low, but there is nothing higher than the highs. We'll feel like those Mariners fans felt yesterday again someday and it'll be better because it's us and not them.
BONUS MARKETING IDEA FOR THE BREWERS
Watching that perfect game yesterday I found out the the Mariners sell a section of tickets and call it the "King's Court." For $30 you get a ticket and a Felix t-shirt which is a pretty sweet deal. My question to you, Brewers, is why not do this in the 130/131 sections that are always empty and the last to sell at every game? $42 is a lot to sit next to the foul pole. Why not drop it down a few bucks, throw in a t-shirt and call it "Braun's Bar" or something? How is this not a good idea? It is. It's a really good idea.
(The section I am proposing, by the way, is the same section the Mariners use for King's Court.)
Think about it Brewers. Everyone stole your "racing costumed things" idea. Now it's your turn to steal an idea.