I am going to the game today so there won't be any updates. What there will be is drunken tweeting. It's all the fun of Miller Park Drunk without the spelling, grammar, capitalization and links with the added bonus of drunk texting. My ex-girlfriend hated it, but I'm sure you will LOVE IT. (Then again, I was sure she would love it too.) You can follow us or just check out this post right here as we've set it up to post live (I think). This could be awesome or it might suck, either way: it's free.
Trevor Hoffman made his Milwaukee Brewers debut last night in a non-save situation thanks to a 5 run ninth inning. The debut was long awaited and much needed. When I went to the game on the last home stand there were already t-shirts on sale that said TREVOR TIME on them before he ever appeared in his first game. When you add in his bobblehead day it becomes clear that the Milwaukee brass wants the fans to embrace Trevor Hoffman. And why not? He is the closer with the most amount of saves in history. He deserves to be embraced.
I've had my doubts about Trevor Hoffman if only because I'm a baseball ageist and if Todd Coffey, Mitch Stetter and Mark DiFelice have proven anything this season it's that you don't need to spend millions on the bullpen. However after last night, his first appearance of the season, I think I am changing my stance on Trevor Hoffman. I like this guy. He reminds me of George Burns in 18 Again!.
Let's face it this is a young team and we need someone like him around. We need a guy who can tell the players what is what like in the world before democracy free agency. We need a guy who played through World War II AND the '94 strike. What better way to warn our young players about the swine flu than someone who lived through polio? Veteran leadership cannot be discounted and there is really no better man for the job than Trevor Hoffman* to provide that.
As long as you don't blow a lot of saves, I like you Trevor Hoffman. You're a-okay in my book.
(*=Unless, of course the Brewers sign Julio Franco.)
I have sources inside Miller Park. I don't like to brag about this, but I do. One of my sources tipped me off today about the Ryan Braun/John Hirschbeck conversation after Braun was hit squarely in the back yesterday. Here for your reading pleasure is inside access that you won't find anywhere else, the complete chat transcript between Ryan Braun, umpire John Hirschbeck and Ken Macha.
|Hold me back, man. Hold me back.|
|Calm down take your base.
/warns both teams
|I ain't a killer but don't push me.|
|Okay, take your base.|
|Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to getting pussy.|
|Come on Ryan, just take the base. Let's not make this worse than it is.|
|My adversaries crumble when we rumble. It's a catastrophe.|
|Are you just quoting 2pac songs?|
|Bust him to see if he bleed, he shoulda never messed around with a sick-ass ninja like me. They call my name out and ninjas run.|
|Do you even have the uncensored version?|
|THUG LIFE BAY-BEEEE!
At least nobody spit in my face.
The Brewers lost yesterday and despite problems with FSN-WI, I watched just about the whole game with the score at 3-2 Astros. The Brewers seemingly had chances to come back every single inning after falling behind.
Top of the 5th: 2 LOB
Top of the 6th: 1 LOB
Top of the 7th: 3 LOB
Top of the 8th: 0 LOB
Top of the 9th: 1 LOB
The one inning in which they didn't leave any on base ended with Jason Kendall getting caught stealing. Yes, that Jason Kendall. Let me tell you what I know about Jason Kendall.
Jason Kendall specifically selected his at-bat song to scare little kids.
Jason Kendall has 170 steals in his career, but
Jason Kendall turns 35 in two months.
I am not one to pile on Jason Kendall. There are other blogs that do that, this is not one of them. I just don't expect much from the catcher position. He's a perfectly acceptable placeholder until Salome or whoever else is ready to take over. He knows the staff and plays good defense. Maybe Rivera should play a bit more, but overall he's fine. I will say this.
Ken Macha should know that the only way Jason Kendall steals that base is if Jason Kendall is the one trying to throw him out. That was a terrible, ridiculous idea. I understand that you don't like Jason Kendall, that doesn't mean that you can embarass the poor guy on television. Quit tweeting and lock it up.
Thus far this season the Brewers have 7 steals and have been caught 7 times. That is not a recipe for success. Jason Kendall trying to steal bases? RECIPE FOR TOTAL FAILURE.
So here's the new rule. You are not allowed to attempt to steal if you are a 35 year old white catcher or wear the #28. Everyone else? Green light. Consider me your coach of common sense.
On Saturday we had to make a drive up to Appleton and back. This coincided with the broadcast of the Brewers game and I ended up listening to 9 1/2 innings of the game on the radio. To me, this is the great thing about baseball I listened to the whole thing on the radio and didn't feel like I missed a thing. During the game Pudge Rodriguez was ejected and then his manager was as well for arguing balls and strikes. For the rest of the game the fans booed every single ball and strike call that didn't go in their favor. At one point Uecker even commented that fans were booing a ball that was six inches off the plate which led him to say "these fans are going to boo the babysitter when they get home." I wasn't watching the pitches, but the way Uecker made it sound was rather ridiculous and this got me thinking about booing and how much I generally hate it.
When the Brewers were last home I went to a game against the Reds where Manny Parra was pitching. Parra was a little bit off that day(!). He walked one in the first inning, then gave up a double to score a run. In the second inning, he gave up a double and fans started to boo. He got out of it. Then in the third he gave up a walk followed by a two run homer and the fans REALLY started to boo. I turned to my friend and wondered aloud why they were booing as it was, you know, THE THIRD INNING and they were only down 2 runs. He then threw the next three innings scoreless. At the end of the day Parra gave up three runs and notched his only quality start of the season.
Thinking of this brought to mind a quote I heard from Jason Kendall on the pre game about "knowing which guys need a pat on the back and who needs a kick in the butt". As fans we want our team to do better. We dislike things that happen on the field, but is booing your own team really the best way to address this? I don't think so, let Kendall and Macha handle the "kick in the butt."
Think about it like this, you are at work. You do something wrong. What would you prefer to happen: A) your boss is nice about it, B) your boss says nothing, C) yelled at or D) booed by all your co-workers. Obviously, your answer is A or B and if you like someone you should always do A or B. So why when it's your favorite team at your home ball park do you go with C and D?
Here is a list of acceptable times/people to boo:
- The Yankees are in town and Alex Rodriguez is batting: No explanation needed.
- The umpires strike zone is actually all over the place: You are only allowed to boo, however, if it is clear to you. Don't be like those jackasses in Houston and boo any pitch you don't like. My seats are on the third base line and with a right handed batter up, I can't see the plate so I never question balls and strikes and you shouldn't either.
- A former player returns and was a jerk and/or sucked the whole time he was here: Examples being Eric Gagne, Jose Hernandez, Jeff Suppan if he ever leaves and Bill Sharp. (feel free to add more in the comments if you'd like)
- Another team is obviously throwing at the Brewers: This is the fans way of saying "Hey, f-you stop doing that and if you keep it up our team will come after you, but we don't really want them to because players involved in brawls get suspended and we can't really afford to lose Prince or Braun for a few games so stop doing that."
- There is a fan in the stands being an asshole and someone stands up to them. Then the nicer fan is thrown out along with the asshole or the asshole stays.: You know what I'm talking about, this happens all the time. (I love when people are thrown out by the way because it leads to my favorite moment of fan interaction, fans singing the "nanana hey hey goodbye song" love that.)
- An obvious call was blown by an umpire: This could be a home run, double play, someone was called safe when they were clearly out, anything.
- Roseanne sings the National Anthem.
And that's just about it. Did you see any situation herein where you boo players on your own team? (You didn't.) The reason they are home games is because the people like the team that is playing at home and the team likes playing at home. When the team is booed, they'd rather be in Philadelphia and nobody should ever want to be in Philadelphia, ever. Seriously, Philadelphia sucks.
Stop booing the Brewers. It's annoying and stupid.