I had a crisis of faith this past season. A crisis of faith in baseball, the MLB and it's system, even the Brewers. I just got tired of it all. The playoffs featuring the big spending Yankees and Phillies, the "underdog" World Series champion with a $100 million dollar payroll, the bargain signings and the Fielder trade rumors. I was just tired of it. Tired of thinking about prospects. Tired of going for 85 wins and luck. Tired of myself. Tired of this town.
When the Brewers made their move for Shaun Marcum those thoughts were completely eliminated. I loved the Brewers again. I had a renewed sense of hope that I just didn't feel last year during the offseason. The Brewers were adding someone to their biggest problem that was a significant upgrade over the people he was replacing. This was huge.
I knew that the Brewers had about an extra 30% chance of making the playoffs with Marcum, but it wasn't going to be enough because even if they made it there were still teams with better pitchers. The Giants haven't changed, the Phillies have only gotten better by adding the best pitcher in the league and the Cardinals remain dangerous. There was always a chance, but it was going to be a serious uphill climb.
TheFightins, a wildly popular Phillies blog, closed earlier this year and I remember wondering if we should do the same. An "if they couldn't make it, what hope do we have?" kind of thing. We might have reached our plateau as far as traffic for a Brewers-only blog goes and the Brewers themselves looked as if they might be looking to rebuild if things didn't go their way this year, with Prince Fielder and my man crush Rickie Weeks likely moving on. Maybe it was time for me to move on too and do something else. I thought about it for about two seconds before deciding against it. I just couldn't do it. So, why does that matter now?
Because the Brewers got Zack Greinke! I mean, can you imagine? If we had decided to close this blog we'd be crawling back to you like a guy whose ex-girlfriend just got a boob job. I'd be begging to be let back into your life. BEGGING! I'd (blank) your (blank), man. I would never forgive myself for closing my Brewers blog right before the Brewers pulled off the greatest trade in the history of baseball.
On Sunday morning I woke up and did a "Zack Greinke dance" for about 15 minutes before my girlfriend threatened to record me and put it on the website. (Honestly, there is enough footage of me with my shirt off on this site.) I had to work that day, but all I wanted to do was stay home and write 3000 blog posts.
ZACK GREINKE! SERIOUSLY!
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I honestly can't remember being happier about a Brewers transaction in my entire life. I rank finding out the trade was official right up there with the greatest moments of my life. THANK YOU DOUG MELVIN.
Greatest moments of my life:
- Son being born
- Something involving my girlfriend*
- Zack Greinke becoming a Brewer
The point here is that I can't imagine what it felt like to want to close this site or to not like baseball anymore because I love this site and baseball and the Brewers more than anything in my life right now. I just want to write, watch and read about the Brewers every second of every day for the rest of my life. The Brewers are going to the World Series and then they are going to win it. We are about to see the greatest Brewers team of our lifetime. Everything that came before will seem like a joke.
Hey, 1982 what a season am I right? Yeah, what a season... FOR LOSERS! 2011 BITCHES!!!!
Remember when the Brewers traded for CC Sabathia and won the Wild Card? HAHAHA THAT WAS HILARIOUS.
Blah blah blah Pete Vuckovich, Ben Sheets, Jamie Navarro, blah blah blah. ZACK FRICKIN' GREINKE!!!!!!!!!11 *crotch chop*
This is the most wonderful time of the year..
* = in case she reads this. Greinke is totally #2.
Look, I know I am gushing like a maniac here but I have numbers to back it up. Look! The Brewers are going to be awesome.
LAST SEASON (as starter)
Dave Bush: 4.51 ERA (31 starts)
ERA Manny Parra (16 starts) 84.1 58 6.19 Doug Davis (8 starts) 38.1 32 7.51 Chris Capuano (4 starts) 45.2 21 4.14 Jeff Suppan (2 starts) 9.1 9 8.68 Mark Rogers (2 starts) 8 2 2.25 Marco Estrada (1 start) 3 2 6.00 Brewers #5 starters 188.2 124 5.92
That's Dave Bush and 33 average to mediocore to are-you-f'n-kidding-me starts from six different pitchers. Next season those starts will be filled by Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. I have to type that again to accentuate my point.
NEXT SEASON WE WILL REPLACE DAVE BUSH AND THE FIFTH STARTER PU-PU PLATTER WITH ZACK GREINKE AND SHAUN MARCUM.
2010: 3.64 ERA (31 starts)
2011 Bill James projection: 3.77 ERA (31 starts)
2010: 4.17 ERA (33 starts)
2011 Bill James projection: 3.57 ERA (33 starts)
I mean, this just shouldn't happen. We're talking about literally hundreds of runs the other team won't score next season. HUNDREDS. I'm no math expert, but the Brewers should be projected for something like 1800 wins next season and that 's not even including the fact that:
Prince Fielder is in a contract year!
Marcum and Greinke are moving to the National League!
Greinke just won the Cy Young two years ago with a 205 ERA+!
Ryan Braun still exists and is going to be happier in 2011!
2011 is the year of the Rabbit and Rabbit years are known to be quiet, positive and inspiring just like the Brewers!
I... I can't even handle this. We'll talk later.
(Until then, suck it Cubs fans.)