08
Apr 12

Milwaukee Brewers complete three game series

The 2012 Milwaukee Brewers season is here and it started with a bang!

No, that won't work.

The 2012 Milwaukee Brewers season is here and the Brewers have come out swingin'!

No, no, that won't work either.

The 2012 Milwaukee Brewers season is here and... yeah, it's here.

The excitement surrounding Opening Day was arguably at an all-time high. Fresh off a division championship and a playoff run that saw them fall just two wins shy of the World Series, the Brewers were set to capture the hearts and minds of Milwaukee again. The roster was different, but in a lot of ways it was better and the expectations were at an all-time high. The Brewers walked into Opening Day with their heads held high and the fans eating out of the palms of their hands. Each and every one of them filled with excitement and ready to begin their quest towards that elusive World Series. The wait was over. The time was now. The second largest crowd in Miller Park history was in attendance for the biggest Opening Day in Brewers history.

They lost 11-5 to the Cardinals. Continue reading →


17
Feb 12

MPD answers your fashion questions

Is it still proper to wear my Prince Fielder jerseys to Miller Park? My view is he gave so many great years of his career here, and many memorable moments. Obviously, one of the top Brewers of All-Time. So I say I am ok with wearing them, and I wouldn't pass judgement on others who do the same (but really people, the John Jaha ones have to go). What are your views on this MPD? - John

Is this a joke? Prince Fielder is a Detroit Tiger. The ink on his contract isn't even fresh and you want to honor his contributions to the team? Get a grip. Save that shit til 2020 when they give him a bobblehead and add him to the Walk of Fame.

I think people who think it's okay with wearing the jerseys of people who leave the team (the very next season, no less) are the same kind of people who think it's better to be friends with your ex instead of never talking to them again. What's the point? We got what we wanted out of them, had some good times and then things went south and you moved on. Prince Fielder is a Detroit Tiger, he doesn't love you anymore, it's time to move on. Continue reading →


17
Oct 11

The Brewers lost: WTF RRR

A lot can be said about Ron Roenicke's handling of the Brewers in the 2011 NLCS. I'm sure that much of it will key in on his stubborn decision to start Shaun Marcum in game 6 despite all signs pointing to that not working out very well. Some people will argue that it should have been Gallardo in this spot and that we could have just "figured it out" for game 7 and that is a good, popular argument. I am not here to make that argument.

Baseball is not a game of small sample sizes. Shaun Marcum should not be judged by his last two starts and Ron Roenicke had every reason to believe that the "real" Shaun Marcum would pitch in this game. Did I believe that myself? Absolutely not. I think Marcum has pitched too much this year and his arm has simply had enough. It's clear to me watching him that this is the case (the way he struggles, the way he avoids hitters), but nobody seems to want to acknowledge it. Or at least Ron Roenicke didn't. So much of being a baseball manager is "having faith in your guys" or some crap like that and in this case it screwed us, but Shaun Marcum starting this game is not what lost this game. (And no, it wasn't the defense either.) What lost us this game was this:

  • Top of the third. 6-4 St. Louis.
  • Narveson gives up a homerun to Pujols, obviously.
  • Berkman's stupid face grounds out.
  • Matt Holliday single.
  • David Freese double. F this guy so hard, btw.
  • Yadier (sweet neck tat, brah) Molina intentional walk.
  • Punto sacrifice fly.
  • LaTroy Hawkins enters the game.

I am not going to bore you with charts or WPA or whatever else, but let's be absolutely clear about this: THIS WAS THE GAME. To put it simply the Brewers scored six runs in this game and by the time the Cardinals scored number seven this game was over. Runs 8-12 did not matter. They sucked, but they did not matter. It was this and only this that decided this baseball game. It'd have been nice not to give up 4 in the first or another in the second, but that didn't kill us. This sequence did. It was the most important sequence of the game and Roenicke blew it. Continue reading →


06
Oct 11

The Milwaukee Brewers’ Finest Hour

Five days ago I wrote a post titled "NINE" that captured the feelings of a nation. The Brewers were fresh off of two amazing wins in front of a crazy hometown crowd and it felt like they could beat anyone. ESPN and other major websites were writing articles about how the Brewers were "the team nobody wanted to face" and a "World Series favorite." Everything that could go right did and everything that could go wrong didn't. Everything was clicking, everything was perfect and the whole thing just felt amazing. An entire state was on top of the world. At the end of that post I wrote the following:

I am going to try and not get too excited. I'm going to try and not let these two games cloud my vision. I know there is a long way to go. I know these are only two games, but wow... just wow. What a weekend.

Last weekend was awesome, no doubt, but the odds of the Brewers sweeping the playoffs were slim. The odds of them sweeping the Diamondbacks were good, but they weren't a sure thing. A loss in this series was to be expected as the Diamondbacks are a very good baseball team. Two losses, while not ideal, was also a possibility. Losing these games was not the end of the world. Although it certainly does feel that way. Continue reading →


26
Sep 11

MPD and the poorly timed vacation

I am writing this update from my seat on a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica. I would normally be sleeping at this time, but I have a fear about being incepted so I am writing this update instead. This past weekend, specifically Friday, has been one of my favorite weekends of all time Brewers-wise. I had chills up and down my spine watching Braun's homerun, I was fighting off tears (because tears are totally gay unless you are watching a Pixar movie) when the confetti started to fall and all I wanted to do all weekend long was celebrate. Every shot I took was dedicated to the Brewers and for that reason there were many of them. I started up conversations with complete strangers just to talk about the Brewers. I didn't care if they even liked baseball, I just want to say the same thing over and over again. THIS IS AWESOME THIS IS AWESOME THIS IS AWESOME

It was probably the happiest I've ever been as a Brewers fan which surprised me actually as I wrote on my tumblr Friday night:

Three years ago I was there on the night that they clinched. It’s a place, a time and a memory that I will never forget and wish I could re-live over and over forever. It’s the greatest baseball game I’ve ever been to.

Tonight may have been better and I only watched it on TV. With no sound.

I love the Milwaukee Brewers.

But that's really how I feel. This is amazing. I would argue that this is not only the best Brewers team I've ever seen, but the best Brewers team ever. Gallardo and Greinke, despite their flaws (mainly not throwing a strike in 0-2 or 1-2 counts thus increasing their pitch counts and exiting early), can dominate any team at any time. When they are on, they are unhittable. Wolf and Marcum don't have what those two have talent-wise, but they are amazing nonetheless putting up everything the Brewers needed from them and then a little bit more. Ryan Braun is obviously a huge stud and should finish his career as the greatest Brewer ever, but Fielder, Hart and Weeks are right there with him as four of the top 60 hitters in all of baseball. (btw, this is why we can afford to have Yuni in the lineup and wait out another Casey McGehee slump.) The bullpen has been great and John Axford is unbelievable. There is no greater feeling as a baseball fan than the supreme confidence you get when your closer comes in with the lead and you just KNOW you are going to win. It's just like it was with Hoffman last year, only the exact opposite. I truly believe the Brewers are going to win the World Series with this group of guys right here. Doesn't mean they will, just means that I believe this is the greatest opportunity they've ever had.

No matter what happens I am going to cherish every single moment I've had this season. I only went to a couple games this year and I've written less than ever, but I've watched probably 80-90% of the games and I've never once lost hope. I knew since the day I did the Zack Greinke dance that this was the year and I never once stopped believing it. This is the most important playoff run of my lifetime. So, why am I on a plane to Costa Rica right now?

Costa Rican hookers.

Because I'm an idiot. Well, work actually, but still. The truth is when I booked this trip I didn't bother to look at the playoff schedule and now find myself in a position where I am going to be gone until game 4 of the NLDS (if necessary) and that's not even including the potential time I'll miss from a Lost-esque island plane crash. (Note: I hope this doesn't happen. I don't see one Iraqi soldier or hot convict on this flight.) This kills me. It causes me physically pain to write about it. I don't want to get called into Ben's office and have him show me World Series footage, I want to be there for the rally on Thursday and at the first home playoff game in three years. I want to experience each and every moment of this playoff run, have crazy parties in the parking lot before the games, not miss a single out of a single game and blackout after the losses. (Who am I kidding? I want to black out after the wins too.) I want to live it. Instead, I'll be sitting at a beach bar in tropical Costa Rica this weekend watching the games on TV. #humblebrag

Am I seriously complaining right now? Is this the most white whine post in MPD history? No, of course not. This trip is a necessary trip in my personal development and it could end up being a very lucrative thing for me. Which would be great for all of us. (Forward Fabrics for everyone!) I am happy to get out of Wisconsin for a little bit and spend some much needed time in the sun. I'm excited to exchange my money because every time I do that I feel like a millionaire. A dollar is like 10,000 bucks down there. I can't wait to meet someone who doesn't speak English who talks to me in Spanish and be all like "lol im american bro idk wtf u sayin" This trip is a good thing. I'm pumped.

The point I would like to make is that it doesn't matter where we are. This site has readers from all over the state and all over the country. Do I think the Milwaukee-area fans are bigger fans than the ones located in California? No way. You don't have to be at Miller Park for any of these games to be apart of it. We are all apart of it. Despite missing out on the atmosphere at the ballpark I will still be living and dying with every pitch. I'll probably still black out after the losses, only here I might have my kidneys stolen. I will still be on here and on twitter and everywhere else. I'll still be the same guy with the same feelings and the same opinions only I'll be doing it high on sweet South American cocaine from another country. It doesn't matter where we are, let's do this thing.

Besides, I'd rather go to the NLCS anyway.

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