20
Jun 10

Happy Fathers Day to you and me and everyone we know

Casey McGehee is a dad.

During the fifth inning of a Milwaukee Brewers game last week Casey McGehee used "C is for Cookie" by the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street as his at-bat music. Nobody seems to know why this is, but one could imagine. For one, it's kind of funny. He laughed. For another, his three year old son Mack was probably at the game and that is the kind of thing that would make a three year old really happy. Playing baseball is hard and takes a ton of work, but making sure his son is happy is something that comes natural to a dad like Casey McGehee.

Mack was born with cerebal palsy and brain damage, a premy that never quite fully recovered from it. I'll never forget the game I went to last summer where Mack threw out the first pitch. It was a pretty emotional moment and a drunk Miller Park Drunk in section 127 may have got some dust in his eye thinking about it at the time. That same drunk person found it completely unbelievable that on a day when his son threw out the first pitch that Casey McGehee would be sitting on the bench. It just didn't make sense, fire Ken Macha! Until the sixth inning when Casey hit a pinch-hit go-ahead homerun. Mack was still in the ballpark and got to hear the 39,890 people in attendance cheer their hearts out for his dad. That made sense. Continue reading →


20
May 10

The Matrix is a system designed to keep Ryan Braun off third base

Last night the Brewers fell to the power of the pierogies and lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their chances, a few leads went by the wayside and in the ninth inning they had Braun on first with nobody out and Prince Fielder at the plate. What happened? Well, Prince Fielder struck out on a high fastball that everyone in the world saw coming except for him and Braun got caught trying to take third on a steal after Andy Laroche did some sort of "Matrix stuff". And that, as they say, was the ballgame. But what exactly happened out there? Continue reading →


17
May 10

Mailbag Monday: Fire Ken Macha

Last night I went to the Brewers game with wezen-ball and on the drive home I formulated in my head an entire post that I wanted to write about the Brewers recent home stand. I was all set to write it right when I got home. Then I got home and decided to write it in the morning, but I was going to get up extra early to write it. I set my alarm for early in the morning and was all set to wake up and write about the Brewers, but then the morning came and I hit snooze and slept til 11:30.

This is how watching the Brewers can make you feel. I don't want to stop watching them, I don't want to stop supporting them and I don't want to stop doing this blog, but I just don't feel any sense of urgency to do any of those things. It's tough. Outside of Trevor Hoffman, I don't really want anyone to lose their job. I don't hate them, they just make me say "ehh" and that is a place you don't want to be. I imagine that some of you are in a much worse place than I am when it comes to this team. That's why I have prepared this mini-FAQ on the Brewers suckitude.

Do the Brewers suck?

Right now, yes. Overall, probably not.

Should I throw in the towel on the playoffs?

No, but you should probably pick up the towel and be prepared to throw it. This team does have a good, long stretch of winning baseball ahead of it. It's impossible for them not to (my guess is July). They haven't even played the Astros yet and have barely played 1/4 of the season. Still, seven games under .500 is seven games under .500 and at some point you can get too far back.

Should I boo them?

No. Booing is stupid and only makes them want to play their games somewhere besides Miller Park. Why should Pittsburgh get all the Brewers wins? That's not fair.

Why do the Brewers hate Milwaukee?

I think they're pissed because the Wisconsin weather teased us with an early summer with beautiful weather in early April followed by cold weather for the next six weeks. I honestly can't say I blame them.

Should we fire Ken Macha?

Now, that is the million dollar question. For answers to that and more continue reading the Monday Mailbag. Continue reading →


07
May 10

Miller Park Drunk vs the Brewers bullpen

I am the biggest optimist who writes about the Brewers on a regular basis. Every post I write either says "relax" or "calm down" or "save some of that glue for me to sniff". I don't think the Brewers are this bad. I don't think Doug Melvin did a bad job of putting this team together. I didn't think they would play this poorly and against LA they kind of proved me right. I'm an optimist and I believe in this team. At least I believe in most of it.

Last night's loss sucked, but even the loss itself wasn't enough to send me over the edge. What sent me over the edge was this story from Adam McCalvy that featured these gems of information:

Hawkins said his command has eluded him in all but his first two outings this season, and now his velocity is gone, too.

Here's what I don't understand about this. If you don't think you have good control and you don't have good velocity (and honestly, you should be able to tell when you're in the bullpen warming up) shouldn't you tell somebody? Shouldn't you say, "hey maybe someone else should take the ball today. We have a chance to win and I don't have my best stuff." I always warn my girlfriend when I don't have my best stuff (and she's just an inanimate blow-up doll of Precious from the movie Precious (Based on the novel Push by Sapphire).)

You have a GUARANTEED contract for the next two years, it's not like you have to prove yourself to make the money. (Just ask David Riske.)

Trouble is, Hawkins' best pitch has not been very good of late. He was pumping 96 mph fastballs with ease during his four scoreless outings to begin his Brewers career, but on Thursday he didn't top 91 mph.

Once again, things that could have been brought to someone's attention YESTERDAY!

"You can make mistakes if you throw hard enough. You can't make mistakes at 88-90 [mph]," Hawkins said. "If I knew what it was, I'd tell you and I'd fix it. ... It definitely doesn't put your mind at ease, that's for sure."

And this right here is what completely sets me off. "You can't make mistakes at 88-90 mph". Do you know who makes mistakes at (not 90) (not 88) eighty six mph? Our closer, our ace reliever, TREVOR HOFFMAN! Continue reading →


23
Apr 10

Apparently people don’t like this sort of behavior, your Cubs series preview

Apparently people don't like it when people do stuff like this, which is kind of stupid really. If I saw a guy walking down the street with his friend filming him I'd boo him too. (That's probably why I got fired from my job as an extra on that Keanu Reeves movie.) This is so obviously pre-planned you'd think it was for a reality dating show. There is absolutely no reason to be filming that unless you want to get attention and make Cubs fans look stupid. (Hint: they don't need your help.)

I'm not saying they weren't dicks, but the fact is that this sort of behavior is to be expected at a baseball game especially one where you are an away fan. If you don't expect to hear "you suck" at least fifty times, you're an idiot. It's kind of the point, you want one team to win and one team to lose. If someone is around that wants your team to lose, you don't like them. That's just how it works, it's not a big deal. Someone is going to boo you, don't frickin' cry about it.

The site I found this video on had a discussion in the comments calling this "distasteful" saying "they can't take their kids to games" and my personal favorite "as a Cubs fan, I am quite embarrassed." Really? He got booed. BOOED. People used their mouths to make a "boo" sound and directed it at him. That's it.

Did he get a drink thrown at him? No. Continue reading →

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