I recieved some very sad news today.
Love of my life, owner of a fantastically perfect beard and probably the only Greek-Canadian that will ever have a tiny piece of my heart has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA-Nashville.
Yes, boys and girls, George Kottaras is gone.
Wearing his shirt in silent protest will prove futile as it will take a small miracle (or large injury) to clear a roster spot if he were to ever return.
Sure, I could hope for Wil Nieves to bite it hard, statistically or physically, but I don’t want the Brewers to take a hit just so I can see George play. I suppose I could just wait for September call-ups and hope that #16 has thrown out enough minor-league base runners to have his name called.
But why hope?
I hoped Nieves would be the one to go and look where that got me. Nowhere but wallowing in my sorrows that that fit, tanned, Greek god won’t be stepping up to the plate in the Majors anytime soon.
It’s a sad day, for sure. But I won’t let it get me too down.
Afterall, Ryan Braun signed a nice contract extension, the Brewers have started to barrel towards the top of the standings and there is a crapload of baseball to be played.
I mean, yes, I’ll have my mourning period but I’ll be back to my old self in no time.
But the second Nieves starts to go downhill, don’t forget: I’ve always been pro-George.
I think the headline says it all. (Sort of.)
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but the Brewers just beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies 9-0, 6 of those runs belonging to Doc. This coming off of a 12-inning, 6-3 win to open the series last night. And that coming off of a combined 17-8 sweep at the hands of the perpetually last-place Nationals.
Yeah, well, it’s too early to tell how the season will pan out, and we Brewers fans are usually optimistic until the very end, but if the streaky April start is any indication, things to come might not be so pretty for the Crew.
I mean, the 0-4 start? Meh. At least they’re not the Red Sox. Boston started 0-4 and hasn’t really improved. The basement of the AL East isn’t all that familiar to them, yet there they sit.
Winning 7 of 8 games to follow? Welllllll….. It doesn’t mean much when you then get swept by a team with one of the worst batting averages in the National League.
Until tonight, it seemed that the 2011 Brewers were a bit backwards from Brewers of recent seasons’ past. The pitching staff, with the exception of a 12-run hiccup in Cincinnati and a couple blown saves at the hands of John Axford, has been above average and holds a team ERA under 4. The bats, however, haven’t been able to muster more than 6 runs in a game. Until tonight in Philly.
As a team that is now above .500 and sits alone at 2nd in the NL Central, a mere half-game behind the Reds, are the Brewers finally starting to put their wishy-washy ways behind them? Let’s hope so.
We saw Zack Greinke pitch well in his first rehab start tonight. I mean, so what if it was Single-A? Dude can still pitch. And with a handful of starters already at a respectable 3.15 ERA and a combined 84 Ks in 20 innings, I’d say Greinke is definitely not going to hurt things joining in on that rotation. It’s always nice to have a Cy Young award winner in the mix. We all remember what CC Sabathia did for the team in a mere 3 months. Keep Greinke from breaking any more ribs for the rest of the season and I think this ballclub will be able to do what many predicted it would.
The National League Central is up for grabs and because I said we fans are always so glass-half-full, I think the Brewers legitimately have a chance to reach out and grab it.
So I wrote this post about how much I dislike ballhawks a year and half ago.
A month after I wrote it, the egotistical god to the ballhawks Zack Hample stumbled upon it and wrote a lovely response on his self-promoting blog. He told his minions to read my post and tell me the error of my ways, which was apparently having a negative opinion of him and those like him.
Anyway, the only reason I’m bringing this up now is that I’ve gotten a couple new comments recently regarding that opinion and, while I was being a good girl the whole time all those people we’re making sure that I knew I was completely and totally wrong about my own personal viewpoint (I wonder how many of them are Republicans…), I just can’t believe that over a year later, people still need to make sure I’m wrong.
I’m not going to go on any more about how much I loathe ballhawks. I think I made that pretty clear. I am, however, going to point out that while I may have stated my opinion as fact (yes, I’ll admit to that), many of the comments (including Zack’s post) took my words completely out of context. In some cases, it seemed people didn’t even thoroughly read what I wrote and in fact, put words into my mouth.
1. I never called that girl a ballhawk. I said she could’ve been, but that I didn’t get that impression. I never called her parents ballhawks either. In fact, the only reason I wrote the post was that the original article reminded me of greedy ballhawks.
This is what was written back:
“…you cannot take a couple greedy parents and call them ballhawks”
“It wasn’t necessarily a ballhawk that sued the Phillies. You are making the assumption that the 12 year old girl is the same as the grown men.”
(Nope. Wasn’t me.)
2. Don’t chastise me for making assumptions about people by making assumptions about me.
“But I can tell you’re a very deep person. After all, you’re a “total girly-girl” who “loves fashion, boys, pop music, and romantic comedies”.”
(Ok. That actually is in my bio. Not an assumption. But the rest is a doozy…)
“I’m sure that someone with such credentials can probably paint all ballhawks with such a broad brush and rest on your prejudices, knowing that your keen wit and love of fashion wouldn’t steer you wrong on such an important matter like human interaction. Right, sweetie?”
(I didn’t know I had a problem with human interaction. Thank you so much for pointing that out.)
“How many shoes do you need (I’m talking to you, blogger!)”
(Why assume I collect shoes? Because I work in fashion? Way to connect the dots…)
3. To Zack Hample: Your response was the worst. I read it. Twice. Because you tried submitting it. Twice. I chose not to publish it because, well, you already had. And it was so ego-stroking to you that I didn’t want your head to explode by having it published on more than one blog. (PS, the glove trick is stealing. That ball didn’t find it’s way to you from the field of play, it’s not a souvenir for you to take home. You’re flat-out taking MLB property from a bullpen that is, I’m pretty sure, off-limits to fans and their gloves on string.)
I write this blog for fun. I don’t pay for it (despite what one commenter seemed to believe), and even if I did, yes, I would still use it to voice my OPINIONS about things related to baseball. I hate the hobby of ballhawking and I knew I’d be stepping on toes by writing that original post, but I didn’t care. I didn’t know what kind of response, if any, I would get. I find it funny that one person can say ‘Hey go read this and tell her she’s totally wrong’ (notice the use of the single quote–hypothetical, but pretty much the gist of what he said.) and people actually listen. Am I happy people came and read it? I mean, I guess. Could I have done without all the negativity? Meh. I did start it.
And honestly, it’s hilarious to me that people are still commenting. Seriously, that’s the only reason that, after this long, I’ve finally chosen to reply. Personally, my favorite is the last one. Yes, 15 year old, I’d soooo rather have you drinking and doing drugs than going to a baseball game. Seriously? Is that what you got out of this? I spend my Friday nights going to baseball games. It’s actually a completely legit way to spend your weekend, so do it up! I just don’t like what you do at baseball games. That’s my call. I’m allowed to not like it. You’re only 15. There are going to be a lot of things in life that you’ll do that people won’t like. Get used to it.
Anyway, that’s it. I’m not going to say I’ll never make negative comments about ballhawks on here again, but I’m over it. Unless of course Mr. Hample sends his loyal followers around to harass me again.
Sidenote: Brewers are tied for 2nd, at .500, Narv Dog has a 0.00 ERA, Prince Fielder was just named the NL Player of the Week, I take back anything bad I ever said about Nyjer Morgan (thanks to his skills and @Tony_Plush), Jonathan Lucroy is back, George Kottaras and his new, hottie beard legitimately threw out a baserunner, and the Cubs still suck.
Only need three: Giants stomp Brewers.