So I was grocery shopping with my mom today and we walked past a rack of calendars. It made me think of how, even though it’s December 4th, I had just turned my calendar page yesterday. And who do I see? JJ Hardy. Understandably, JJ wasn’t entirely terrible in 2008 and, yes, was still part of the team so why not put him in the 2009 calendar? Well, the month before had featured Bill Hall. As we all know by now, Hall is now a Mariner.
So I had to walk over to the rack and find a 2010 Milwaukee Brewers calendar and wouldn’t you know it, both Hardy and Hall are featured again!
Of course, baseball is a fickle business and unless you’re locked down to a solid, long-term contract, you’re future could be a pretty big question mark. But Hall was traded in August. Does it really take that long to put a calendar together? I mean, at least wait until late September to submit the pages. There are 25 guys on the team. You only have to pick 12. Bill Hall? Really?
Anyway, we both found it humorous that the 2 biggest slumping players of last season (Brad Nelson notwithstanding) were chosen way back when to be calendar boys for 2010.
But the Brewers seemed to have gotten themselves a catcher for next season, and at a more than 50% discount, too. Gregg Zaun, who split time within the Orioles and Rays organizations last year, signed on for 1 year at $2.15 million, with a club option for 2011. The 38-year-old Zaun will have to earn his keep, as Mike Rivera, Angel Salome and George Kottaras are all on the 40-man roster as well. The Brewers were looking to shed payroll of some of their higher-paid guys to open up their options and hopefully acquite some starting pitching for next year. They certainly did so by not making Jason Kendall an offer, who made $5 million in 2009.
Also, Doug Melvin spoke with Craig Counsell’s agent earlier in the week to discuss the possibility of keeping Counsell on for the 2010 season. As I’ve said before, I’m all for keeping Craigy on the team. Left-handed bats are always useful, and as a bench player, he’s certainly versatile. He had an amazing season last year on a bum knee, so hopefully his post-surgery knee will be even better. Plus, I always like hearing Jimi Hendrix when Counsell comes up to bat…
In other news, I just want to say how happy I am to have made the mlblogs leaderboard for the month of November. I love having this outlet to voice my thoughts and OPINIONS, even if I do create a little controversy every now and then. So perhaps thanks are in order to Zack Hample for getting me there? Yes, thanks, Zack, for not being able to handle one person, alllllll the way in Milwaukee, not liking your childish hobby and sending all your loyal minions to flock to my blog. I appreciate it!
Opening Day and I only caught parts of 2 games. Sad. Then, I only saw some of Baseball Tonight with the sound off while the NCAA Championship was on at Leff’s. I would’ve rather watched baseball all night.
But, I must congratulate Mol for winning her first bracket ever! She picked UNC. Nice.
So, anyway, this will only be a quick recap of what I saw and then my picture for the day. I will not recount stats, as I wasn’t able to pay too much attention, but at least the 2 games that I did see most of were the 2 I wanted to see.
First up, Yankees-Orioles. I wanted to see CC Sabathia pitch his first game in Yankee pinstripes, and, as I thought he would, he faltered. Sabathia allowed 5 runs in less than 5 innings and was tapped for the 10-6 loss. Now, it’s definitely not an “I told you so” type of situtation, seeing as it was only the first game of the season, but it was a pretty rough outing. At least this time he’s got 7 years to prove himself.
The next game I caught was Cubs-Astros. The Cubs got off to a good start with a 1st inning HR from Alfonso Soriano. They were up 4-0 in the 9th, when a too little, too late Astros rally only managed 2 runs and the Cubs came out on top, giving Carlos Zambrano his first Opening Day win.
Tomorrow the Brewers take on the Giants, Suppan vs. Lincecum. Yikes. Like I said yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see San Francisco take Game 1, but I think the Brewers will wind up with the series win.
Today’s picture comes from CCs first game in a Brewers uniform. Unlike his game today, the Brewers won and CC would go on to be one of the best things to happen to Milwaukee in 26 years. Even if he was only here for a few short months. I will always remember this game because of CC, the Ryan Braun tshirt and the unbearable stench at Miller Park due to the 80+ degree July night. Awesome.
Brewers first game tomorrow, then 3 days till Drunk Lot!!!