Archive for September, 2007

Fifty!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Who else just finished watching Prince’s 50th Home Run of the year? It’s the kids second full year and he becomes the youngest player to hit 50 in a year. How can anyone not love Prince? Seriously…he’s got a grin bigger than the Mississippi, he’s humble, he has a big bat but can still hit for contact, he hustles on every play, not to mention his defense has been top notch. Take THAT Billy Beane. Who would you rather have now: Nick Swisher or Prince Fielder? The Brewers will do the laughing now thank you very much. It’s been an absolute pleasure watching Prince. Now if only the Brewers can catch those pesky rich Cubs…

To add to this post, I’m going to post some headlines that haven’t been seen:

Estrada finally shows hustle onto the DL. (That’s probably not fair since he was doing his best this past month)

Piniella thanks Satan for giving him the Pirates over the weekend instead of the Braves, Asks another favor: A-Rod

Rickie Weeks Earns Bobblehead Day, Plans for Craig Counsell Bobblehead Scrapped

JJ Hardy loses race to Bill Schroeder, Claims the “Goodfeet people” gave him an unfair advantage

“Ungrateful” Piniella hasn’t paid him back for letting him out of the Devil Rays says an angry lord of the underworld

Cardinals reflect on year full of bad pitching, HGH, and Scott Spiezio; Cry themselves to sleep

This is what it’s all about

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

In May, when the Brewers were cruising to a big division lead and looked unbeatable in a week division, one of my co-workers said he hoped the Cubs would make a race out of it because there is nothing more fun than a pennant race.

I, being a hardcore Brewer fan that has endured far too many disappointing seasons, said I hoped the Brewers had it wrapped up by the all-star break.

Needless to say, my co-worker got his wish.

On the one hand, if the Brewers pull out on top in this race, which they tied last night (actually leading now by percentage points), this month will probably go down as one of my favorite of all time. If they fail to take the division crown, I will be crushed as a promising season will have been for nothing but development (a word ALL Brewers fans are sick of hearing).

But let’s face it. This is fun right now. Sure, I always watch the Brewers in September, but I don’t know if I’ve ever paid THIS much attention. And I do know that the rest of the state hasn’t. People are talking Brewers in September as they go up against the state’s official religion, the Green Bay Packers, and another holy hobby, the Wisconsin Badgers. People are going to the games too. The Brewers are set to announce a new all-time attendance record this week.

So, this race really is what baseball is all about. Let’s enjoy it.

But if the Brewers don’t win it, it’s going to be a long offseason…

GO CREW!

It’s the Final Countdown!

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Like the others have said, it’s been quite awhile. We all feel bad but there were two reasons for me not posting. One, the Brewers were depressing. I didn’t want to complain all the time, but I would have believe me. Secondly, I got a new job in early August. The rest of August was a lot of getting ready to move and driving to orientation meetings. I have plenty of ideas now to add to our blog, so if anyone’s listening, we’re back. Tell your friends.

Ok, that’s out of the way. I wanted to post something happy. I was at the game on Friday and even though they lost, the atmosphere in Miller Park was astounding. Milwaukee is ready for some playoffs and you can tell from the fans at Miller Park and even Milwaukee as a whole. While driving around the town to pick my brother up, there were Brewers logos everywhere. It honestly reminded me of some parts of Green Bay (not the parts close to the stadium, but hey, it’s a start), except supplant Green for Blue. Inside the stadium, it was exciting, it was loud, it was everything those guys on 1250am want it to be. The fans exploded for a Prince home run. The fans were really loud for a surprise Mike Rivera bomb as well (by the way, he’s doing better in Milwaukee than he was doing in Nashville). The fans cheered for Ned standing up for Jenkins and yelling at the third base umpire. And the fans booed after Ned’s idea of bringing in young Mitch Stetter in a tight game against Adam Dunn backfired. That run in that inning ended up being the game and we knew it. I love the atmosphere, it’s like nothing I’ve experienced in awhile. Most Septembers before this, we would drive down after class got over, get tickets at the gate, and sit in a half full Miller Park. Let’s go Brewers, and let’s go fans!

It gets old…

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

To say it has been too long is vastly understated. We at RFB have been slacking…hard. No excuses. I would like this returning post to be possitive, but I’m afraid I can’t do that.

While this playoff chase is incredibly exciting (this is the first time this has happened in my life except for when I was 7 months old), it has been incredibly frustrating as well. I agree with Jared’s post, but think about it. If Derrick Turnbow and the like hadn’t blown a MLB leading amount of leads/games, the Crew would be running away with this division. I have spent most of the season standing up for Turnbow, but this just gets old after a while. We tied the game in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game only for Derrick to come in, walk a couple and blow the lead…again. It’s not just Turnbow either. It’s damn near the entire bullpen minus maybe Cordero and Shouse. Obviously blown saves and holds are going to happen to every relief pitcher, but it’d be nice not to lead the league in them as a whole. Our setup guy should not have a 4.50 ERA. I’m not even thinking about what we’re going to do next season.

Anyway…our offense has really come around as of late, and the starting pitching, minus Bush, has really solidified. Hopefully our bullpen will quickly shape up for the last couple of weeks of this playoff hunt. Go Crew!

A September First

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

NL Standings


Wake up Brewer fans!

And I mean us here at Right Field Bleachers too.

Take a look at that graphic above. The Brewers are in FIRST PLACE in SEPTEMBER.

Sure, it’s been a tough road and they have the talent on this team to have wrapped this division up already. And it is a tie with the Cubs for first with St. Louis only a game behind. And, yeah, the Crew is about to go on a road trip and they’ve played terribly away from Miller. And, sure, that road trip includes a series at PNC Park, the Brewers’ house of horrors.

BUT WHO CARES?

How much would you have given at the beginning of the year to be in this exact situation? I don’t know about you, but if you would have told me before the season that our Milwaukee Brewers, the team that hasn’t been in the playoffs since 1982, would be winning the division in September, I would have been overcome with excitement.

This is an emotional roller coaster and there have been a lot of downs, but the team is on an upswing and controls their own destiny. It’s time to start believing. No more feeling sorry for ourselves. This team is legit and has as good of a shot as any in the division to win it.

Think back to last year or any of the seasons since the early ’90s. The Brewers were out of it by now and resorting to touting their prospects to try to get 15,000 fans to show up at the games. How bad would your past self kick your present self’s ass for not appreciating this?

It’s time to get up off the mat and finish this fight. It’s the 12th round and the Brewers have the Cubs and the Cards on the ropes. Let’s finish this.

I’ll see you all at Miller for the playoffs!

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