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.)