As of this writing, the Brewers are eleven games over .500, in first place in the NL Central and currently own the best record in the league. Hang on, I need to re-read that sentence three or four times to let it sink in.
Okay, I'm good.
At 18 wins and 7 losses, the Brewers are in a really good place. They are in the driver's seat for the division and have already surpassed pretty much everyone's expectations for them this season. Even if you were someone who thought the Brewers were something like a .500 team (me), you should be excited because .500 ball puts them at 86-87 wins and, at worst, a Wild Card spot. It's pretty cool. In the past I've been known as an optimist regarding the Brewers season outlook so in theory I should be bouncing off the walls right now, but today I'm going to go a different route. Today, I'd like to be known as the Winston Wolfe of Brewers bloggers. After all, there is still something like 3 days left in the month of April and 167 games left in the season. Let's not start s-ing each other's d's quite yet.
We need to be real. So right now we're going to reveal...
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Just in case you ignored Fox Sports, Fox Sports-1, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, the radio, WTMJ-4, Fox6, newspapers and the internet for the last twenty four hours you maybe missed this big news story: Carlos Gomez hit a triple and then the pitcher said something to him and then he got thrown out for starting a bench clearing brawl. He then did an interview where he stated "I’m not apologizing for nothing I did today. This is my job, I’ve been doing it for eight years like that. They know I play like that. It’s not to disrespect nobody. So if they take it like that, they don’t like it, that’s fine, and I’m fine with it."
This whole thing inspired a discussion on whether or not Carlos Gomez is a thug and nothing quite captured the essence of the argument like HuskieNation TV who posted this video entitled "Carlos Gomez -Thug?" If that wasn't descriptive enough he added this: "Let me know what you guys think... Carlos Gomez...... he's a great player, but does he act like a thug much?"
Let's watch it. Actually don't. I will for you and then we'll find out if Carlos Gomez act like a thug much, together. Continue reading →
For three out of the past four years there has been a party at Miller Park unlike any other, a party that has changed the lives of the people who attended and a party that took tailgating to levels that were previously unimaginable to the human liver. They called it the Pants Party for reasons they can't quite remember and over time it began to take on its own meaning. It was a place where fun and baseball and friendship and drinking came together to create an amazing time and memory in the hearts and minds of the attendees. Each year it grew bigger, each year it became better. It was the highlight of the summer for many and a good time for all, but like all things in this life it has come to...
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Someone asked me on Saturday night how I thought the Brewers would finish this season. When they asked me my immediate reaction was to say "third or fourth, maybe a wild card" which is the nice way of saying "ugh they aren't going to win anything I hate them I wish the Cardinals would fly Oceanic Airlines". I didn't even really think about that too much it was just my natural reaction to assume mediocrity. I'm a terrible fan. My friend then asked what "Vince, the Miller Park Drunk guy" thought about the upcoming season. My first thought was that it was the same thing, this site is nothing if I can't be myself and be honest, but then I remembered that we were embarking on the Casual Era and things weren't quite like that anymore. I wasn't quite like that anymore and my original answer was probably a lie. The old me looked at WAR, injury probabilities, pictures of Ron Roenicke, projected FIP for guys born in 1978 and gave up before the season even started. The new, improved Casual Era me? He sees the season going much better because I don't know how the season is going to go until the season is over. That's why they play the games, kid. Cause I'm Mr. Brightside. Continue reading →
I can think of a lot of reasons that I don't write like I used to. Here's a few of them:
- They haven't really been that fun.
- I think the front office still thinks it's 2011.
- Even though I think that I fail to latch onto new stars like Gomez or Segura in a significant way despite the fact that they are proof that I am wrong about that last thing.
- Ryan Braun made me feel like a fucking dick for defending him. He's still the best player and I'm glad he can help his win (and I still don't really give a shit about steroids and think the world would be a better place if they were legal), but he's a douchebag. Which is funny because we made our bones calling him a douchebag. I should have known.
- The pitching.
- Rickie Weeks, my favorite guy, is kinda what people say about him now.
- The front office doesn't really jive with my own feelings about what a baseball front office should be and they aren't winning so I feel like they are outdated and wrong. Whether this is real or not (it probably isn't), it still has bearing on how I enjoy the baseball team.
- The stupidity of baseball, the corporate office that controls things.
- The Brewers, despite being the hometown nine, are still just another corporation out to rob us of every cent we have. (See: the dog, Hank)
- I've been really into wrestling. Which is funny because it pisses me off and makes me love/hate it just as much as the Brewers do. I'm flying to New Orleans in two weeks for WrestleMania and all I can think about is how awful it will be.
- I really don't get why they keep bringing back K-Rod. He's a good pitcher who is the worst pitcher ever for a few games at a time. That's one thing, but my real issue is that he's a guy with some not so good stuff towards women on his resume and I have a hard time reconciling that with my feminist nature. There are a lot of guys who can get a bunch of saves, blow a bunch of games and then get a few more saves without having a history of being a dick. Just because the woman you hit fled to Venezuela doesn't mean you didn't hit a woman. In short, fuck him.
- The stupidity of baseball, the business that makes things unfair for teams like the Brewers.
- The inevitability that no matter what we do, who we draft, who we sign, what dogs we save, who the GM is, who the owner is, what the cost of beer is or how healthy the economy is; that we will never be as consistently great as the Cardinals. They will always find a way to win through some combination of knowing what they are doing and devil's magic. We will have great seasons, but we will never be them. It is the absolute worst and it is the toughest, most disgusting pill to swallow.
- The stupidity of baseball, the sport that is so dependent on the quality of pitching when pitching is the hardest thing to acquire, predict and keep healthy. Nine Ryan Brauns are no match for one Pedro Martinez and no cure for one Jeff Suppan.
- And on and on. (And on.)
But if I had to sum up my lack of writing about the Brewers in one easy to read statement it would be this one:
The Brewers have made multiple moves, Braun is back and they might be good, but the only thing I have really paid attention to is a homeless dog.
Yep, that about sums it up. Continue reading →