This is a baseball blog that hardly talks about baseball so I thought we'd try something a little different this week and you know, actually talk about baseball. To do this I enlisted some help and had an email chat with Al Bethke of Al's Ramblings, one of my favorite Brewers blogs. Al mostly concentrates on the sabermetric side of the Brewers and generally takes a contrarian viewpoint on most things. When it's all said and done he ends up being right a whole lot more than he is wrong which kind of makes him annoying (I kid.) It got kind of long so we are going to break it into two parts, with part two tomorrow.
Miller Park Drunk: Okay, let's kick this thing off Al. One thing that I have written about in the past that has gotten a lot of feedback from my readers is the subject of booing. There are a lot of people out there who think it's okay to boo people who are under performing or making generally bad decisions. I was at the ESPN game this past Tuesday against the Cardinals and the crowd was openly booing Suppan when he was pulled. It just doesn't make any sense to me. You are a bit more of a Suppan apologist than I am, but at the same time whether I like him or not I am smart enough to realize that no matter what happens he is going to be starting every fifth day for the rest of the season. To me, you should never boo your own team under any circumstances. Boo your umpires. Boo your Barry/Manny/A-Rod's of the world. Boo your Sheffields. Leave your own team alone. It's almost like people who beat their dog for going to the bathroom in the house. It does absolutely nothing to change things and just makes your dog hate you. What I'm wondering is how you feel on the subject of booing and why do you think that so many casual Brewers fans think it's okay? I don't see how Mike Cameron striking out three times in a game is worse than their beloved Brett Favre throwing 15 interceptions in the first half. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday I had my first softball game of the season. It was a win for The People's Champs so that was nice, but words can't really describe how tired and sore I am. Maybe I should re-think this whole Miller Park Drunk, drinking beer and eating delicious foods lifestyle (pause for laughter). Yesterday was a pretty big day for me, but it really pales in comparison to the day of Ryan Braun.
Ryan Braun: Well I am off to the doctor for my MRI now.
20 minutes later...
DOCTOR: Ryan, there is nothing wrong with you.
Ryan Braun: Yay!
DOCTOR: In fact you are a perfect human being. You are what Hitler had in mind when he seeked to create a super-race, which is ironic because..
Ryan Braun: Sorry Doc, can't talk. I have to get to Pittsburgh.
/gets into car
Ryan Braun: Oh no I need gas.
/stops at gas station
GAS STATION ATTENDANT: Don't worry Mister Braun, this one's on me!
Ryan Braun: Sweet!
/drives down the block, a mad woman runs up to his car
MAD WOMAN: My baby! My baby! Someone save my baby!
/runs into burning house
/arrives at airport and gets on the plane
FLIGHT ATTENDANT: For your in flight movie we will be showing The Goonies.
Ryan Braun: Yeah!
Two hours later..
/checks cellphone, 1 new text message
DIGITAL KEN MACHA: we r down 2 we need u k? lol ttyl
Ryan Braun: I don't think he knows what lol means.
/arrives at ballpark instantaneously
/dresses in a matter of seconds
/hits game-tying double
A good friend of mine hates Mike Cameron. I mean, HATES. He's one of these people that thinks strikeouts somehow count for more outs than any other out. I am not one of these people. I love people who are above average defensively, hit home runs and steal bases. I don't care if they strikeout as long as when they make contact it counts. Maybe this is from years of playing fantasy baseball, maybe it's because I like a little pain with my pleasure. Either way, I love Mike Cameron. After Rickie Weeks he's my favorite player on the team (I have issues.) Obviously I LOVED yesterday's game where he went 3-3 with 3 RBIs, two HRs, 3 Runs and a walk. (Of course, I don't really understand why he couldn't do this at the four games I went to (you'd think he'd want to impress his biggest fan), but I digress.) Mike Cameron playing like this at the beginning of the season where he has struggled throughout his career is something to get excited about. I can't believe the team ever seriously considered trading him for Melky Cabrera. Sure, it was a pure salary dump but do you realize that Cabrera is just a backup now (and before Nady got hurt the 2nd backup)? Mike Cameron is one of the top 5 Center fielders in the National League. That'd be like trading Alex P. Keaton for Skippy. Skippy isn't taking you to the playoffs. Or the homecoming dance. I don't know about you, but I want the Wolf.
Think about this in tailgating terms. You've got the whole set up. You start with the most important thing which is the beer (Ryan Braun), then you have the bags (Prince Fielder), the food (JJ Hardy and Corey Hart), your friends (Yovani, Weeks, Hall) and the close proximity to the port-o-potty (the bullpen, whoever I forgot). You are all set up for a good day at the park. You can have a good time with just these things, right? Of course, but isn't your day a lot better if someone brought chairs (Mike Cameron)? That's what Mike Cameron brings to the table. You don't necessarily need him, but you are a lot better off with him and at the end of the day a lot happier too.
Shop March 10th, 2009
Who are the ad wizards that came up with this one?
Do you remember Robin Yount's 3000th hit? It was truly one of the greatest individual achievments in Brewers history and to celebrate this great moment our friends at Coca-Cola released special cans! 12 packs even! Long gone from the shelves, these cans now hold a special value to collectors and fans alike. Now, you can remember this monumental moment in Brewers history by purchasing one of the last remaining cans! The value of this item is likely to continue going up so bid now and secure your can!
(Seller's note: There is just one problem though, I got thirsty and drank the Coke so all value this item might have had is gone. Buy it anyway though. Please?)