I never had any doubt that the Brewers would be leading the NL Central by August.
I knew there would be continual sweeps, great pitcher’s duels and offensive outbursts that couldn’t be matched.
I always hoped that Felip-ayyyyyyy Lopez would be back in a Brewers uniform.
There was never once a bit of hesitation whenever asked if Milwaukee was a legitimate contender in 2011.
Of course, you know that none of the previous statements are true. Yes. I’ve had my doubts about this team. Who hasn’t? They got even bigger once I saw the Pirates were forcing their way towards the top and I thought they were going to be insurmountable when Rickie Weeks went down last week against the Cubs. (Though the surprise re-addition of Lopez puts a bandage on that wound, and the pick-up of Jerry Hairston, Jr. is kinda like the Bactine–it really will help, even though you might not want to put it on.)
However, the Brewers swept that series and followed it up with a sweep of the Astros, which isn’t hard to do when both teams are scraping the bottom of the division and Houston decided to part ways with both Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn during the series.
Milwaukee extended their winning streak to 7 with one monster inning against Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter last night. Zack Greinke allowed a 2-run homer to Matt Holliday in the top of the first and the Brewers were playing with that deficit because Carpenter was lights out through the first 4, allowing just one hit. The Crew batted around in the bottom of the 5th, starting with Yuniesky Betancourt, and all 5 of the runs scored before the first out was recorded. Turns out, Milwaukee didn’t even need all 5, but hey, any time Tony Plush decides to poke his head out for a little fun (and a bases-clearing double), I’m into it.
But, there were a couple of moments that had my heart racing (and not in a good way). I was not pleased to see a bases-loaded, one-out jam at the hands of Greinke in the 6th. The Brewers probably wouldn’t have gotten out of it without harm if it weren’t for a, well, blown call at first on a Skip Schumaker double play-inducing grounder. We all hate bad calls. Until they go our way. So, obviously, I’m okay with it.
With last night’s win, Milwaukee has a relatively comfortable 3 1/2 game cushion over STL. It’s certainly no LoveSac. More like your standard beanbag chair. But it works. And who doesn’t like a beanbag chair?
But what hasn’t been helping on this little climb to the top? Craig Counsell’s bat.
Remember when Counsell used to come in to PH and would actually do something beneficial? Aside from the walk-off sacrifice fly to finish the first half (which I didn’t actually see, due to a 3rd day of preoccupation with Dave Matthews), I do not. Forty-five ABs without a hit. Four RBIs on the season with a .145 AVG. It’s atrocious. Yes, he’s a veteran presence, yes he can still play above average defense, yes he’s…nope. That’s all I got. I love you, Craigy, but turn this around offensively or it’s gonna have to be time to retire. I don’t particularly like either of the 40-year-old lefties on the bench (seriously, Brewers. Who needs TWO??) but something’s gotta give with Counsell. Like, soon.
Attempting to stretch the current streak to 8 wins, Shaun Marcum (10-3, 3.33) faces off against Jaime Garcia (10-5, 3.14). Garcia is tough on left-handed hitters, thus Hairston getting the start in CF over Nyjer Morgan and the only lefty in the Brewers line-up is, of couse, Prince Fielder. On the flip-side, Garcia’s ERA in 2 previous starts at Miller Park is 7.20, so if the Crew can continue to swing and play the same smart baseball they’ve been playing as of late, they may be able to solve the otherwise on-point Garcia.
But I’m good. I think that LoveSac is on it’s way.
Casey gets enough. It’s outta here!
Edmonds is incredible! (For being old.)
My favorite MLB beard goes yard.
Corey’s sitting pretty on 16-game streak.
Skip Schumaker is hot. Don’t hate.
Poor Yadi. Can’t hit. Must suck.
Prince adds to fantasy team. Thanks!
K-Loe almost doesnt, then does. Whew!
Axford! Corey! Brewers win! Brewers win!
Crew takes Game 1, next 3?
Former Hubby on hill for #2.
Go Narv Dog and Go Brewers!
True, this may be a little premature. And in actuality, it should really be called the 2009 Top 10 Hotties because this is based on players and performance from last season, but honestly, who cares? It’s really just for my own personal enjoyment, afterall. But this list is official. (For girly baseball nerds, anyway.) For the duration of the 2010 season, I will refer back to it, make amends when someone pisses me off (see #8) and shuffle guys around based on whether or not they’re on my good side at the time.
I’ve chosen not to do the day-by-day countdown like I did last year because **shocker** the Top 3 are the same. Yes, sometimes even Skip Schumaker’s performance doesn’t weigh in on the decisions. If it did, every time he led off and didn’t get on base, it would knock him down a peg. Hell, he’d be well off the list by now. But alas, some things cannot be disputed. Hotness is one of those things.
So without further ado, the Top 10 for 2010.
Ryan Church, Pittsburgh Pirates
First of all, thank you, Ryan, for staying in the National League. Church was oft out last season with various injuries (which is no surprise. Concussions, much?) but I feel fortunate enough to have gotten to see him at Miller Park on a couple of occasions. And by fortunate, I mean downright giddy. Ordinarily, Church isn’t the kind of guy I’d see on the street and think, “damn,” but on the field? Well, in a baseball uniform, there’s little you’ve got to do to turn my head.
And overall, Ryan Church doesn’t do much. He’s a career .272 hitter and his OBP and SLG are only slightly higher. Church has played for some notoriously bad teams, too. Well, not bad, just not good. And he’s continuing that tradition with the Pirates for 2010. I mean, you could do worse, I suppose. But Pittsburgh is rebuilding and going with Church isn’t such a bad thing.
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
The only time you will hear me say anything positive about the Yankees is when I’m talking about good looking guys. Ordinarily, you wouldn’t even see a Yankee on this list, but if it weren’t for that damn World Series last year, I probably wouldn’t have fallen for Robinson Cano. Have you ever seen such perfect teeth? And this girl is all about good oral hygiene.
This poor guy has played his entire career so far with the Yankees but, you know, he’s been holding his own. He managed to scrape by in ’06 by batting a mere .342 and last season eked out .320. And, he’s just one of those guys you love to watch play. He’s young, energetic and hot. What more could you ask for?
Manny Parra, Milwaukee Brewers
So what if Manny’s Josh Hartnett-esque good looks haven’t quite caught on yet? I’m still on board. He’s tall and brooding and looks great in high socks – all pluses for me.
And so what if his ERA has done nothing but balloon since his debut in 2007? He’s been kicked off the list once already. And this position is a demotion from his #5 spot last year. Poor Manny just has to learn to deal with pressure and the occasional bad game. Plus, he’s competing for a job this year so I’m hoping that, all things considered, he finally has a stand-out year for the Brewers. Lord knows he (and they) need it.
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
Ahhh, another set of beautiful chompers! Joe’s slipped down in the ratings since last year too, but that’s most definitely not performance based. I just fell in love with some new guys and comparatively, being tall and having nice teeth won’t get you everywhere. But it will get you JJ Hardy’s spot in the Top 10. (Hardy is nowhere near the list this year, btw.)
Joe Mauer easily had the most talked about year in ’09. He won the AL MVP without question as he and his .365 average couldn’t be beat. (Not to mention that his first at-bat after coming off an off-season back injury produced a home run – a small glimpse of things to come.) 2010 will be another big year for Joe, as he’s nearing a pretty big contract extension with the Twins. Awe, such the hometown hero.
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
I never thought much about Matt Kemp being a hottie. That is until I saw him make some appearances on Sports Soup. And, well, yum! I’m a sucker for a guy in glasses. And a guy that knows how to dress. And a guy with a great jawline. And since Kemp’s got all three of those going on off the field, he definitely qualifies as an on-field hottie, as well.
After watching Mike Cameron in centerfield the past couple of seasons, I’ve been spoiled by hotdogging plays. And by spoiled, I mean watching him go over the top for a routine play and miss. Watching Kemp play last year was way more entertaining because unlike Cam, he only had 2 errors. At the plate, Matt did pretty well, batting .297 and was nearing a 30-30 season, stealing 34 bases but coming in just 4 shy of 30 homers.
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
I came across a picture of Andre at a signing event in a work newsletter and was shocked at how I’d not considered him for the list before. Shocked. There isn’t much to elaborate on other than he’s gorgeous.
Last season Andre batted .272 with 31 home runs and 106 RBIs but had a great post-season run for the 8 games the Dodgers played. Ethier hit .355 with 3 homers and 6 RBIs. Along with Kemp, the Dodgers are boasting a great looking outfield. Manny Ramirez brings them down a bit, but with the other 2, he doesn’t have to be hot.
Garrett Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates
Who would’ve ever thought with guys like Ryan Doumit and the brothers LaRoche that the Pirates would’ve ever had 2 players on the Top 10 Hotties list? Well, enter the 2009 season and Garrett Jones. Holy hell, what a good looking man. I recall watching a Brewers-Pirates game on TV last year and seeing Jones for the first time. If I weren’t already sitting, my knees would’ve gone weak. That jaw, the scruff, 6’4″, not to mention one of the most perfect profiles I’ve ever seen – what’s not to love?
Moreover, Garrett Jones made a push (along with Casey McGehee) as one of the older rookies in the game last season. At 28, he batted .293 and hit 44 RBIs and 21 home runs. I saw quite a few of those home runs because he hit what seemed like, oh, all of them, against the Brewers.
Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals
Yes, Skip again. Easily one of the hottest. Again, a sucker for a great scruff-covered jawline and he’s still holding on to the title of “Best Team Photo.” Seriously. Every other player manages to look like they’re posing for a mugshot. Not Skip. After my roadie to St. Louis at the end of last season, I decieded if I ever had to move there for any reason, I could handle it. 1. Because the city is awesome and 2. because of Skip Schumaker making it a little easier to not hate the Cardinals so much. What Skip lacks in height (he’s only 5’10” compared to the 6’+ crowd on the rest of the list) he makes up for in looks from the neck up.
Now, as I said earlier, performance would ordinarily warrant a hiatus from the list, but Schumaker managed a .303 average last year. He could’ve fooled me because every time I saw him in action, he wasn’t doing much at the plate. As a leadoff hitter, I feel like he should be doing more, but Tony LaRussa seems to like him in that spot. He’s also a really useful player on the field, as he’s an experienced outfielder that took over main duties at 2B for the Redbirds last year.
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
I mean, honestly. If it weren’t for, well, nothing. I find nothing wrong with this man. Even the flavor savor doesn’t bother me because Chase Utley can do anything he freaking wants to. It’s no wonder he’s so beloved by The Gang, Mac, in particular.
He’s a power-hitting second baseman. “Do you know how rare that is?” Last year, Chase hit .282 in the regular season and hit 31 homers. His post season was even better. He batted .296 and hit 6 homers, 5 of which came in the World Series alone. Not too shabby. Chase Utley is one of the main reasons the Phillies are my second favorite NL team.
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Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
As I’ve said many times before, Ryan is a stud. He’s the total package. He’s a tall, ripped, major league baseball player who’s got a bit hardware to back up the goods (ROY, a couple Silver Sluggers – you know). I like the attitude. I like, in his words, the swagger. It works in his favor because what girl doesn’t fall for the bad boy? And it doesn’t hurt when the bad boy is hot.
But we all know what Ryan is capable of on the field, too. He finished out ’09 with a .320 average, 114 RBIs and 32 HRs and led the National League with 203 hits. Braun continues to be one of the best players around today and I look forward to another stellar season in 2010. And I look forward to just looking at him, too.
Well, there they are. The 2010 Top 10 Hotties in all their glory. I hope you enjoyed my clearly feminine view on the Boys of Summer. Well, some of them anyway. Trust me, it’s hard work narrowing the list down to just 10. The few that got bumped from last year’s list are still lingering along with a handful of newbies, just ready to take someone’s place should anyone falter this season. But fear not, if that does happen, the loyal readers of A Girl’s View will be the first to know. Because I know you all care so much.
Okay, okay. It’s been quite some time. Let’s talk about last night, shall we?
I started my night with a very promising Facebook status: “Brewers game. Looking forward to awesome seats (thanks, MC!), Ryan’s 100th and untucked shirts.”
Welllllll, here’s a rundown of how the night really went.
My parents and I, for whatever reason, bought tickets to last night’s game against the Cardinals, like, 3 months ago. Terrace Box seats, nothing special. My dad’s BFF Mark (the MC from the FB status) called to say he had tickets behind the plate. Needless to say, we ditched the crappy seats in favor of his. Nice.
So now, we’ve got some extra tickets to rid ourselves of. We’re standing outside Miller Park when Mark spots this guy.
That’s right. Douglas C. Neidermeyer. Bob “The Maestro” Cobb. Well, alright. Mark Metcalf. Whatever you’d like to call him, we chatted a bit (because he and Mark are such good buddies) and as it turned out, his tickets had been lost in transit somehow and he was stuck outside. Good thing we had some to spare!
The night had started out well. Celeb sighting, 4th row seats, perfect view of Ryan Braun’s butt–excellent so far.
Even better was Prince Fielder’s 2-run shot in the bottom of the first, the Cards not being able to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities and a bullpen that wouldn’t quit. Scheduled starter Manny Parra left after a scoreless first due to neck spasms, but the ‘pen was getting out of jams left and right. My only concerns of the night? Would I be seen on TV attempting to eat a massive caramel apple and why wasn’t Top 10 Hottie Skip Schumaker in the lineup?
Well, Skip eventually entered the game and, as far as I know, no one saw me eating because no one saw me on TV.
My favorite part of the night, besides RB’s bum, and Prince’s homer and Skip being 40 feet in front of me? Claudio Vargas getting himself out of a whole lot of potential run-scoring trouble in the bottom of the 8th after St. Louis had battled to within a run. What that meant was it would soon be Trevor Time.
Now, I’d had to pee since probably mid-7th. I didn’t want to miss Ryan’s 100th homerun (I was pretty sure I’d be in attendance for it. He knows how important that is to me) so I stuck it out. Then the top of the 8th was so nail-bitingly unnerving that I didn’t want to miss anything. Then Hell’s Bells came on, so I couldn’t get up for that….right?
Ugh. Twice now. Twice, I’ve witnessed Hoffman blow a save. First, he walks Poo Holes then he has to face Matt Holliday. Along with Ryan and Prince, they’re a pretty intimidating 3-4 combo. And what does Holliday do? But of course! Hits the ball to deep center for a 2-run bomb and the lead. Oops.
Okay, so it was only a 1-run lead. The Brewers can handle this, right? Wellllllll, the bottom of the order is up, and while I hadn’t quite given up yet, I wasn’t exactly feeling as confident for a win as I was when the night began. Lo and behold, the Cardinals came out on top. No shirts were untucked. RBs 100th remains in his bat. And the Brewers continue their slide. (After today’s loss, the Crew is 17 games out and 7 under .500. Ouch.)
Was I disappointed in the outcome? Of course. All in all, still a good night? Yep. Have I asked and answered a lot of my own questions in this post? Yeah, just noticed that.
So, since it’s been so long, I shall grace you all with a few choice pictures from last night’s game.
Look! Corey’s back!
Mark and my dad, with Ryan Ludwick striking out. Ha.
And, just because it’s been so long since my last post and I have yet to even mention it, let’s talk a little bit about Prince and the Boys’ celebration Sunday afternoon.
I disagree that it was offensive, unsportsmanlike and over the top. The Brewers, as we all know, have been on a downward spiral since well before the All-Star break and it’s seeming like there’s no stopping it. That game was OC (outta control). Spectacular defense (including that amaaaaaazing triple play!) and crazy good pitching made for a really long game, all tied up at a 1 apiece. The Giants already had the series in the bag and the Brewers had been struggling for any sort of offensive outburst. I mean, seriously, how long has it been since the Brewers had a walk-off win? I honestly don’t even remember. I say, celebrate all you want. The Cardinals started all the whining with the untucked shirts. Offensive? Get real, LaRussa. Now the Giants have something to complain about with the choreographed routine at the plate. Okay, so maybe a bit over the top, but hilarious! My guess is, that’s something they’d been planning out for such a long time, but never had the opportunity to do. And you know what else? It was at home, it was the final game of yet another lost series and, let’s face it, the Brewers don’t have much to play for this season other than to go out there and have fun everyday. And it’s really hard to have fun when you’re losing pretty damn consistently. So I say do it up, Boys! And do it as big as you want.
Skip Schumaker St. Louis Cardinals, 2B
For the sake of my sanity, I’ll be referring to Skip by his real first name, because, you know, he’s not 6 years old.
Jared quickly became one of my favorite guys to watch because of his intensity while playing. Everytime he’s at bat, it looks like he’s psyching himself out, like he’s mumbling little words of encouragement to himself, and I find that very endearing. And when he’s on the field, he’s all out. He may not be your prototypical power hitter or an award-winning fielder, but Schumaker is consistently good at what he does. He’s a career .299 hitter and 2008 was without a doubt his best season to date. Converting to 2B this season from the outfield might have an effect on his playing, but that’s yet to be determined.
What makes Jared so hot is, well, how overall hot he is. Again, here’s a guy with a great smile (he arguably has the best team photo), he’s built perfectly to my taste (not too tall, not to muscle-y), looks like he has fun on the field, yet still takes the game seriously–I just love Jared.
It’s kind of hard for me that the Cards are another big rival for the Brewers because I always find myself wanting to root for Schumaker. Not the whole team, just him. But I hold it in so no one thinks I’m a traitor.
Anyway, it’s time for the hot pictures. To the loyal readers, (King of Cali, I know you care!), I’m sorry for the 2-day delay. But the Hottie countdown has resumed and in a few days, it’ll be back to the Miller Park Opening Day countdown (12 days!!!)
Try to find a player with a better team pic than this guy.
Yes, I’m a sucker for the facial hair and great jawline.
Is it wrong to wish that I was being showered in beer, too?