Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Braun’

Recap of Braun’s Interview With Rome

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Here’s the video:

And some of the highlights:

  • “I feel like we’ve made some moves to head in the right direction.”
  • “I’m really looking forward to the season starting.”
  • Can the Brewers compete with the Cardinals this season? ”I hope so.” Talked about optimism that builds in offseason, ready to get season started.
  • Feels pitching is more important in post season — “It’s extremely difficult to win if you don’t have that legitimate no. 1-type starter.”
  • Worried about losing Prince in a year or two? “I think the reality is that he’s earned the right to go out and make as much money as he can. Realistically, I’d love to keep him, but we’ll see what happens.”
  • Sense of urgency is there to win now.
  • Does the team need more? “I kind of learned my lesson last year in not playing GM.” Management puts team in best position to win that they can.
  • On rift with Melvin last year — “We’ve moved on. We’ve moved past that.” “Doug is my boy.”
  • Is Yo a legitimate no. 1? “I think he’s well on his way.” “I really look for him to take a step forward this year and be the guy.”
  • Is the team upset Macha is back? “Having played for him a year, I think everybody knows what to expect this year. It’ll be a much more comfortable atmosphere and comfortable environment.”
  • Did the “The Bachelor” ask him to be on the show? There were “preliminary discussions,” but he’s “not too big on the whole reality show idea.” Focus is on baseball.

Braun is Burning

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will be on Jim Rome is Burning today. The L.A. native will be in studio for the show, which airs at 3:30 Central on ESPN.

Love him or hate him, Rome does great interviews so I’m looking forward to seeing it. Braun is pretty tight laced in interviews most of the time, but I bet Rome can get him to open up a bit. And it couldn’t go much worse than Braun’s interview on the show with Adam Carolla guest hosting a few years ago:

We’ll post the video of the interview when it’s available later.

The All-Decade Team

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Happy Holidays everyone! Since we are on the cusp of a new decade, I decided to put out the Milwaukee Brewers All-Decade team! This was quite an up and down decade for the Crew. We saw the end of our beloved Milwaukee County Stadium, but enjoyed the beauty that is Miller Park. We saw the worst of the worst (3 straight years of finishing last in the NL Central including a 100 loss season) and something we hadn’t seen in over 20 years: Playoffs.  We saw managers change (Lopes, Royster, Yost, Sveum, and Macha). We saw fan favorites come and go. We saw the rise of baseball in HD and a rise in Brewers payroll. Yes, it was quite a roller coaster being a Brewer fan in the 00’s. To look back on the decade that was, Here’s my 25-man All-Decade Roster.

Starters

C - The list of Brewers’ catchers from this decade reads like a sick joke: Bennett, Estrada, Bako, Moeller. It was hard to pick, but Damian Miller is my catcher of the decade. In ‘05 and ‘06, he was a solid catcher both offensively and defensively and had a lackluster ‘07 because of the amazingly underwhelming Johnny Estrada.

1B - Prince Fielder - It’s only been since ‘06 that the Brewers have had Fielder as their starting first baseman, but he’s only gotten better over time. He’s even had 2 seasons with over 40 HR’s. He’s been the leader of this team and has shown maturity beyond his years. He even improved his defense!

2B - Ron Belliard - We started off the decade with Belliard at second. He hit alright, but was great at the double play. He was part of turning 129 double plays in 2000.

3B -Ryan Braun - I don’t care how bad his defense was. I don’t care that he’s an outfielder more than a third baseman. He was the best third baseman the Brewers have and I’m putting him here dammit. What else can you say about Ryan Braun? He’s a stud. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He’s the Hebrew Hammer. He likes really ugly MMA shirts. He’s cocky, but says the right things almost all the time. The best thing you can say about him: He’ll be a Brewer far into this next decade!

SS - JJ Hardy - This JJ brought all the ladies to the yard, but behind his female appeal was a great defensive shortstop with a lot of pop in his bat. He made the All-Star team in 2007. His fire continued in 2008 with over 20 home runs again (which is great for a shortstop).

OF - Carlos Lee - We put up with his lazy outfield because you could count on 100 RBI’s. Before Prince was ready for Prime Time, there was Carlos Lee. Even though the Crew only had him for 1 3/4 years, he delivered over 60 home runs and almost 200 RBI’s.

OF - Geoff Jenkins - Roaming the outfield until 2007, Geoff hit 182 home runs and 71 Outfield Assists for the Brewers this decade. Jenks was also voted into the All-Star game in 2004 by the Brewers fans! He ended up having a stellar year that year hitting .296 with 28 HR’s.

OF - Scott Podsednik - Milwaukee’s ROY runner up was the beginning of the resurgence of interest in the Brewers. While he really only had one good year with the Brewers (and only two overall), he set a Brewers record for most SB’s in a year.

Bench

1B - Richie Sexson - While I have never been the biggest fan of Sexson because he would choke under pressure, his numbers as a Brewer don’t lie. He hit 133 home runs in a Brewer, including two seasons with 45 (2001 and 2003). He was  a two time All-Star and was involved in an amazing trade for the Brewers.

1B - Lyle Overbay - OK, so I have three first basemen. The Big O was a doubles machine after coming over in the Sexson trade and bridged the gap perfectly between Sexson and Fielder.

OF - Brady Clark - Most people laugh about Brady, but he was a solid member of the Brewers outfield for 4 years this decade. He hit an average of .283 and was a big part of 2005’s .500 year (which people forget was a big deal at the time)

INF - Mark Loretta - Mark had a really strong run in Milwaukee to start his career. And while most of his career was played in the previous decade, he still played for 2 3/4 of this one. Always one you could count on to get on base,  Mark never had more than 60 strikeouts in a season.

OF - Corey Hart - Hart made his debut in 2004, but didn’t recieve the role of everyday starter until 2007. His speed and his bat make him a dynamic player even though his head has gotten in the way.

C - I guess you need two catchers on a 25 man roster so I pick Jason Kendall. I know there are a lot of fans who hate Kendall (such a strong feeling), but many of those fans don’t remember most of the catchers from this past decade. We didn’t have a Surhoff or a Nilsson. And I wouldn’t mind having a Jason Kendall who busts his ass every day on my team….problem is if this was real, he wouldn’t let me put him on the bench.

Pitchers

SP - Ben Sheets - Ben’s entire MLB career started in 2001 even though it seems like he’s been around for longer. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cy Young and threw over 1200 K’s this decade. I won’t ever forget the day Jared and I saw Sheeter the night after he threw 18 K’s at a Bucks game (Jenkins had front row and Sheeter was sitting 8 rows back by us). He’s Milwaukee’s first legit ace since Higuera and I’d like to see him back in Brewer Blue.

SP - Doug Davis -Doug Davis isn’t flashy. He isn’t dominant. He isn’t fan friendly. He’s just there. And for 3+ years, he was the team’s dependable workhorse. Doug is the reason most Brewer fans check quality starts because 70% of his 2004 starts were quality, although he just won half.

SP - Chris Capuano - Yet another part of the Richie Sexson trade, Cappie was an All-Star in 2005. What people remember most about Capuano was his insane pick-off move which prompted umpires re-check their rule books about balks. He’s the final part of the MM3 (See Kolb)

SP - Yovani Gallardo - This young star in the making was better than expected in ‘09.  He also was helpful down the playoff stretch in ‘08 (even though a freak accident derailed almost all of that season). I’m excited to see how Yo matures in this next decade.

SP - C.C. Sabathia - Sure he grabbed the cash and left, but before he did, he gave Milwaukee a hero they have not seen in a long time. C.C. delivered the team the playoffs and for that, he will never be forgotten. We were able to see what C.C. would have been like in the playoffs had he not been used up, but most people would agree that the Brewers would have never gotten to the playoffs had he been used more sparingly.

RP - Dan Kolb - There are a group of pitchers I like to call the Mike Maddux Three. These pitchers had their highest levels of success under his tutelage and most came out of nowhere to become All-Stars, then fizzle away. The first of those three is Dan Kolb. Dan was all sorts of mediocre until in 2003 when he had an ERA of 1.99 and saved 21 games. The next year he saved 39 and became an All-Star. The following year, he was traded for Jose Capellan which was a move that benefited NO ONE.

RP -Derrick Turnbow - Turnbow is another member of the MM3. A fireballer picked off of waivers, Turnbow was known as the “Wild Thing”. He had wild hair and a wild streak, but his fastball could touch three digits. This streak caught up with him, but not before he was named to the All-Star game. Sadly, his bobblehead ended his career.

RP - Francisco Cordero - Another in the streak of Brewers All-Star Relievers, Cordero was a name on the Carlos Lee trade that quickly became so valuable, people forgot how bad Kevin Mench was. CoCo came in to Click, Click, Boom and saved 44 games with a 2.98 ERA. He was lost to Cincinatti because they offered him a couple extra million the following year.

RP - Brian Shouse - Lefty specialists are in high demand nowadays and the Brewers had a great one in Brian Shouse. When he was picked up, most people said “Who?”, but this lefty had 2+ strong years in Milwaukee and had a cult following.

RP - Trevor Hoffman - OK, so he only had one year in Milwaukee, but you would agree it was a great one, right? He exceeded expectations and was a highlight in a disappointing ‘09 effort. Plus he was the capper on a decade that saw 6 Brewers pitchers become All-Stars.

RP - I have one more reliever spot and it’s hard to give it to just one person because there were so many players that were similar. They weren’t great, but they were who the Brewers had so my last reliever is Matts DeSkanick. That’s right. A hybrid of Matt Wise, Mike DeJean, Curtis Leskanic, and Brooks Kieschnick. They were all middle of the road relievers, but were necessary or had a small following of fans at the time. (If Jared or Tyler could make a photoshop of this, that would be awesome)

Manager - Ned Yost - Love him or hate him, he’s the man that took the Brewers from awful to competitive.

There you have it! Feel free to post your own! I know we’re all looking forward to another up and down decade of Brewer baseball. I hoped to do a Brewer of the Decade Vote in lieu of a fan favorite vote, but we’ll see if the site is around long enough for that.

Morning Ramble - 11/13

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Ryan Braun won his second straight Silver Slugger award, putting him with the likes of Molitor and Cooper for Brewers who have won the award in consecutive years. Congrats Brauny!

This story about a guy who worked for Lambeau for 22 years getting fired probably because of something he did or didn’t say to Mike McCarthy angers me. I’ve stood up for McCarthy in the past, but that might be ending. I’ve been very unhappy with his play calling this year, his inability to change/help the team’s flaws, and if he really was this immature and bitter after the loss to the Vikings, then that’s just ridiculous and not what you want from a leader. Even if the guy said “Don’t lay an egg”, McCarthy should have listened to him, because that’s exactly what the Packers ended up doing.

By the way, is Brandon Jennings the most intriguing athlete playing in Wisconsin at this very moment? Think of all the Packers, Badgers, and Bucks and this guy is ripping the positive headlines from everyone else.

AFTERNOON RAMBLE

Looper’s option was NOT picked up, which was a slight surprise to me. The Brewers are trying to pool resources to see how much money they have, which is interesting because this week they have talked to agents representing Mark Mulder and John Lackey and are apparently interested in Edwin Jackson and possibly Javier Vasquez. Looper, who I liked as a pickup last year, gave up the most runs and home runs in the National League last year.

BEN SHEETS SIGHTING…er…actually, his agent finally spoke up to make sure people knew his client wasn’t dead or injured. Casey Close believes Sheets will be ready by Spring Training and said 3 teams already inquired (two of which are probably Texas and Milwaukee)

Thank God Seattle re-signed Jack Wilson. I’m very excited not to deal with his ugly mug (and uncanny ability to throw out runners right before they reach base) over 10 times a year.

Cubs are going for Granderson

Melvin’s End-of-Season Media Blitz

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Doug Melvin had his year-end press conference then he went on 620 with Bill Michaels…some highlights of both:

- Melvin basically said Braun and Prince won’t be traded. On 620, Michaels asked if they were going to look into locking up Prince and Melvin said something to the effect of when we have those discussions, it will be quiet like how we approached Trevor about an extension. Does this mean that Melvin will talk huge extension with Boras this offseason???

- Probably not, because right after that he said that he wants to figure out pitching before position players

- That included decisions on Mike Cameron, Jason Kendall, and Craig Counsell he said on 620.

- He said that keeping both J.J. and Escobar would be “very difficult”, which Haudricourt basically believes (and I agree) means “OPEN MARKET ON HARDY”

- Lopez and Weeks were brought up. Listen up, everyone…no matter how many message boards you read or sports talk shows you listen to, Rickie Weeks ISN’T moving to the outfield. Rickie is considered the second base starter right now. Lopez might fall into that group of players that Melvin won’t decide on until some pitching is figured out.

- Finally, Melvin very bluntly said that the Brewers were looking to get two starting pitchers.

Melvin will also be on 620 tomorrow morning for his last Brewers 360 of the year where he will probably rehash all of this…but maybe there will be some new news

InReview (9/28)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Weekly Record: 3-4

Current Record: 77-79


A Glance:
Monday: Another record broken! Looper had the most home runs hit off of a Brewers pitcher ever this season! (L)
Tuesday: No Starting Pitching…Lost a Series to the Cubs at home…at least the Brewers don’t have Milton Bradley (L)
Wednesday: Narv-dog actually has a decent start. Gerut and Prince win it. Last time we see Hells Bells? (W)
Thursday: Suppan gets battered…Happ gets ROY? (L)
Friday: Brewers beat around Cliff Lee…pretend it was CC (W)
Saturday: Braun hits another September walk-off. This time, to no fanfare and little meaning (W)was strong (W)
Sunday: A losing game=a losing home season…(L)

Likes:

Braun’s game winning home run on Saturday

How well Narveson pitched this week

Braun hitting at least 30 home runs each of this first 3 years!

Dislikes:

Having a losing home record this season…the talent on the team coupled with over 3 million fans coming makes that unacceptable

Bush looking like he should have stayed on the DL and shut it down this year

McGehee ending his dream season hurt

Good for the Week

Ryan Braun delivered on Saturday, but he was delivering all week. He hit .400 this past week and finally hit his 30th home run!

Goat for the Week

Dave Bush used to pound the strike zone. Now he just got pounded this week. I know there has to be something still the matter with Bushie, but he was 0-2 this week with a 15.88 ERA in only 5.2 innings.

This Week in Stats

Weekly ERA: 5.43  (20th in the ML)                                     YTD: 4.75 (27th in the ML)
Weekly BA: .289 (8th in the ML)                                         YTD: .262 (15th in the ML)
Weekly Opponents BA: .285 (19th in the ML)                 YTD: .267 (21st in the ML)
Weekly Slugging Percentage: .459 (7th in the ML)     YTD: .425 (10th in the ML)
Weekly Fielding Percentage: .972  (26th in the ML)      YTD: .984 (17th in the ML)

Quick Hitter:

Looper broke Wayne Franklin’s record on Monday. It’s  been the record since 2003.  Before that? It was Mike Caldwell giving up 35 in 1983.

The last time the Brewers had a losing record at home was 2004. They finished 68-93. They still had an attendance of over 2 million. Brewer fans rock.

At least this year wasn’t that bad…then again the expectations this year were huge.

Something to Think About:

Cecil Cooper was fired from the Stro’s. Willie Randolph has said he would be interested in looking at the job. I would coach swap Coop for Willie happily. By the way, Dale Sveum should get coach of the year for the Brewers based on what he’s done for Counsell, Weeks, and Gerut alone (not to mention getting Braun and Fielder up around .300)

Braun Off Limits Again?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

No, not in trade destinations. He’s obviously off limits there. I’m talking about in the dating field.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch photo gallery of the All-Star parade featured the above photo in which you can see Braun with a young lady that looks to be the same woman he was with at least year’s event (Andreena Clarke). Braun and Clarke were dating, but reportedly broke up a few weeks ago.

Why am I making a second post on Braun’s dating life in a month’s time? Well, it’s a slow news day and I don’t want to make a post about the NL losing again in the All-Star game. Plus, any time I can post anything with the words “Braun,” “girlfriend” or any related terms, we get a bunch of hits from lame Braun stalkers surfing the Web. And I’m not ashamed to pander to them. We’re basically a gossip blog anyway. I mean, we were linked on TMZ today…

Team Chemistry? I Have the Remetee!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Much has been said about team chemistry following Braun’s comments after Sunday’s game. If there are any hard feelings, I have the perfect solution — another Remetee launch party!

Check out this awesomely horrible video of the May 29 event at Decibel that just popped up on YouTube:

Things I love about the video:

  • The video is put out by “DbTV.” I’m sure it stands for Decibel, but judging by some of the people at the event, the Db could have easily stood for douchebag…
  • Braun wearing a collared shirt underneath one of the hideous Remetee t-shirts.
  • Bill Hall not striking out for once… but this time it’s with the ladies.
  • J.J. Hardy in a random photo looking like he’s modeling for the clothing line.
  • Mike Rivera looking uncomfortable and lost.
  • Jorge Julio making an appearance days before his Brewer career came to an end.
  • Mike Cameron’s horrible dance moves.
  • I know the Reds were in town, but who invited Chris Dickerson?
  • The fact that Braun could have slept with every woman in the video and most of the men too…

Braun’s Comments

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

By now, I’m sure you’ve all read them, but here’s a recap of some of what Braun said today after the game (cut out of the JSOnline article and the Brewers.com article):

“We’re at the point right now where it would be important for us to go out there and acquire somebody.”

“I know (Melvin) is trying to make our ballclub better. I know he recognizes the importance of making a move and making it soon, but at the same time I think everybody’s recognized there’s a lot of teams that are still in the race.”

“With that being said, it would be nice to make a move to help us out for the time being. The sooner we do it, the better.”

“It’s always important to have some momentum going into the second half and to show everybody that we’re for real so we can go out there and make a move and improve our ballclub. We want to be headed in the right direction, not the wrong direction to go out and do that.”

“(The Cubs) threw the ball a lot better than our starters did. They certainly swung the bats better than we did as well. Clearly, they were the better team.”

“Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours in this series. All four guys we saw in this series are No. 1, worst-case, No. 2-type starters. They make big pitches in big situations. You’re not always going to get hits in those situations.”

“We need to find a way to throw the ball a little better to have success. When you’re constantly behind in games, it’s not easy. It’s not fun. Their starting pitching was clearly a lot better than ours this series.”

Personally, I don’t have a problem with anything Braun said. I don’t think his comments will make him any tighter with Seth McClung or Mike Burns, the players he seems to be calling out, but McClung seems like the kind of firey guy that will react positively to comments like this (although he’s likely ticketed for a return to the bullpen) and Burns, well, he’s really just a warm body they can throw on the mound right now anyway… Melvin probably isn’t too keen on being called out by his own players, but I’m sure he respects Braun’s intensity. Afterall, they both are after the same thing — winning.

What I think has been lost a bit in the comments is that they should work to rally the team too. Braun has done this before. Remember the Red Sox series at Fenway last year and the “I almost felt like this series, we didn’t expect to win” comments? The Brewers aren’t nearly as bad off now as they were then, but Braun’s comments can serve the same purpose: To unite the team, refocus them a bit and get them fighting together again. The Brewers turned things around after Braun called his teammates out last year. Why not this year too?

Dave Bush and Manny Parra should return in the coming weeks and that will help. Plus I think we all believe Melvin will do something before the trade deadline, and whatever players he does acquire will serve as an additional boost to the team. The Brewers are a game out of first place and have the first place team coming to town. It’s time to rally, not panic. Braun’s comments could help push the Brewers to a strong finish to the first half of the season and give them some momentum before they get to the stretch run.

Braun Commits (Dating) Error

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Ryan Braun and his girlfriend Andreena Clarke reportedly have broken up (according to this Kiss FM blog).

As legions of female Brewers fans celebrate across our great state and beyond, I have to admit I’m less than thrilled about the news. No, not because my fiance is one of the thousands of women who will now lustfully thrust themselves upon Braun at the next possible opportunity in an attempt to rip one of those godawful Remetee shirts right off him, revealing his 86 pack of abs. I mean, she is probably one of those… But I’ve grown to accept it.

What bothers me about the break up is that I will no longer get the chance to see sporadic photos of Braun’s former arm candy, Andreena Clarke. And that’s a damn shame.

As Ryan undoubtedly embarks on a sexual conquest falling somewhere between the coital accomplishments of Wilt Chamberlain and the erotic exploits of Johnny’s twisted imagination, I can’t help but feel like we were just getting to know Andreena…

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