Last night Rickie Weeks went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. If that hit had been an extra base hit, it would have been the most Rickie Weeks line ever. 1-for-4 with a walk isn't a sexy line and it's not very fun to watch, but it's good and it's valuable. It's a .400 On Base Percentage and it's what Rickie Weeks does. If you understand that and why it's valuable and why that 1-for-4 with a walk game, day in and day out is actually awesome, then good for you. You're sophisticated and understand the nuances of baseball better than your average fan. Enjoying Rickie Weeks is like listening to Grizzly Bear, it's good if you're into that sort of thing, but if you're not it's pretty freakin' boring and crappy.
How do you spell Rickie Weeks?
No. There are more Es and a lot more Ks.
Rickie Weeks has established himself as a baseball player and he is unlikely to ever change. His walk and strikeout totals will be high, he'll have EXTREME cold streaks and homer-happy hot streaks, he'll play average defense and maybe he'll run a little (if he's healthy.) Oh yeah that's another thing he does: get injured. He's 30 years old and this is his ninth season as the Brewers starting second baseman, he's not going to change. We've done this before. He is what he is. Expecting a better Rickie Weeks is like expecting a strong female role model to emerge on Teen Mom 2. It's not happening.
But what if you, like, don't want to be sophisticated and nuanced? What if you like music from the radio and beer and you like your baseball simple? Me watch baseball. Homerun good. Strikeout bad. Me like runs. What then?
Honestly? Just roll with it. I am over the idea of defending Rickie Weeks. He is who he is. He's never going to be Robinson Cano. There is nothing that will make him strikeout less and there is nothing that will make him into a .300 hitter. It's not who he is. He's 1-for-4 with a walk, all day everyday. Well, everyday until he gets hurt.
Last year was pretty awful for a time and he still ended up being a slightly above average second baseman. Better than the Darwin Barneys and Jamey Carrolls of the world. He might frustrate the crap out of you, but in the end he will perform better than roughly 2/3rds of the other second baseman in the league. What he lacks in grit, he makes up for in getting hit in the face by baseballs. I'm happy with that and you should be too.
Yet sometimes I wonder if it's time for Rickie Weeks to move on. Time for him to make some other team's fans crazy for awhile. Much like he will never change, the people who don't like him will never change either and I'm pretty sure that no matter what Scooter Gennett plays like, fans will love him. He'll be Craig Counsell 2.0, which is basically 2009 Craig Counsell with less-Whitefish Bay and more funny name.
Rickie just isn't the career Brewer type. He's not the career any one team type. He should be gone by now. He should be a Blue Jay or something.
Yet I can't imagine the Brewers without him and the thought of losing him makes me have a sad. If you are one of the people who hate Rickie Weeks then you probably have the opposite feeling. You cherish the day that he leaves town and that's your right. The grass is always greener and all that, but one day you won't feel this way. One day you will go to a Brewers game and they will induct Rickie into the Walk of Fame (projected date: 2043) and you will remember the good times. Strikeouts are shitty in the moment, but in the years that follow they become just another out. They don't matter anymore. Rickie Weeks will still be Rickie Weeks, but you'll remember the OBP and not the way he got out the other 65% of the time. You'll like Rickie Weeks again.
Or maybe you'll still hate him and you'll boo a 60 year old man. (Which would honestly be hilarious. We don't boo enough senior citizens.) I don't care what you do. I'm done defending him.
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