FIRST PLACE. SERIOUSLY.
The Brewers haven't been playing that good lately and it's hard to get excited about the team. Maybe the games on TV don't feel as "can't miss" as they used to, maybe you aren't in as big of a rush to leave the parking lot as you normally are or maybe you don't update your popular blog as much as you normally do. Try and remember, there are good things going on with this team even if they aren't winning.
The last time the Brewers were 1o games over .500 was 6/23/09. This site was still new and we spent most of our time talking about pitchers the Brewers should acquire. (Cliff Lee was my personal favorite.) At the time we had no way of knowing how far the team would tumble or how long it would take them to be that good again. We tried to stay positive and thought it was a cold streak that would soon be over. We ended up thinking that for two years.
Make no mistake about it, this would be as close as we'll ever get to trading for CC two years in a row. This trade is like that last shot you take at bar time. It's AWESOME and it might get you laid, but holy cow you will regret it later. Me? I love Roy Halladay. He's been one of my favorite pitchers since I had him in fantasy baseball three years ago. ERA+ isn't a perfect stat, but Halladay hasn't been below average since the year 2000. He's been an above average starter since before Miller Park opened, think about that. He is crazy, crazy good. NINE COMPLETE GAMES! Plus, I love doing things that are mind blowingly awesome that end up coming back to haunt you later.
That's why I have a kid.
It's sort of fitting that the last post I ever wrote while the Brewers were in sole possession of first place is a plea for Roy Halladay to join us. I've always believed the Brewers were a player away and I've always tried to remain positive about the team's chances. Now if I would have known that would be the last time I would write about a first place Milwaukee Brewers team for two years I might have done a few things different. I probably would have said how much I enjoyed our time in first place, how much I appreciated it. I would have thanked the people who got us there and reminisced about the good times. I would have made more Jeff Suppan jokes and taken more time to really take down Braden Looper. In retrospect that guy got off way too easy. Same goes for Dave Bush. If I knew then what I know now things might have been different.
Of course there is no way to know these things. The Cubs could sign Henry Rowengartner tonight, sweep the Brewers in Wrigley and then this would be the last post I write for a long time about the first place Milwaukee Brewers. You just never know with these things. I think this is the best Brewers team of my lifetime, but there is no way of telling how things will go from here on out. I think we should savor this moment. If 2009 taught us anything it's that there are no guarantees when it comes to these things and no matter what happens between now and the end of the season I just want to say these things about a few players.
Ryan Braun - You are awesome and I'm sorry I said you wanted to be a Yankee one day. You are an amazing baseball player and I can't imagine the Brewers without you. You are the man. MVP!
Prince Fielder - You deserve every dollar you get from the Orioles. MVP!
Zack Greinke - I'm probably guilty of thinking you'd be 16-0 with a 0.00 ERA by now, but you have been very good and I am still very happy to have you. The fact that you will only get better is very exciting.
Shaun Marcum - Cy Young consideration! Trade of the year! Also, I love your dirty hat.
Yovani Gallardo - I didn't forget about you!
Rickie Weeks - You play chicken with a Mack truck.
Corey Hart - Your biggest contribution to the 2011 season will always be this t-shirt.
Nyjer Morgan - Thanks for being an insane person.
Carlos Gomez - Are you the best defensive centerfielder ever?
John Axford - *point and wink*
Ron Roenicke - You are a great manager. Eat some food.
Doug Melvin - I never lost faith in you. Executive of the year!
Let's enjoy this moment, but not get too far ahead of ourselves. There is still a lot of baseball to be played. It starts tonight against the Cubs, but it keeps going for five more months. This is the first step, but I can tell you from my experiences in A/A that the first step is the easiest. It's the rest of them that are hard.
That being said, FIRST PLACE@()#$@)(#U@*)(#$I#!_#!!!!