The Church of Baseball

The reactions from fanatics during last night’s Brewer/Nats game remind me why I could easily live without social media. Jesus H. Christ on a biscuit, people …

Most — including me — were throwing dirt on top of the Brewers back on September 1. Yet somehow, the Brewers went 20 and 7 in September and made the playoffs.

Hader is not the bad guy. He was our set-up guy until Knebel went down. When Hader’s good, he’s great. When he’s gassed, he’s normal. But we wouldn’t have been in the Wild-Card without him.

Trent Grisham is not the bad guy. The MVP was on the bench and, without Grisham’s bat and glove in September — particularly after Yelich went down — and we’re not in the Wild-Card.

Finally, Counsell is not the bad guy. For the seond year in a row, he did it with smoke and mirrors. (The Brewers win and he’s Manager of the Year.)

Ryan Zimmerman’s broken-bat single in the 8th was an elegant, perectly-placed metaphor for the beauty, heartbreak and greatness that is the game of baseball.

Leo Durocher said, “Baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand.”

Note: Photos via and courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. Thank you for a great year covering the Milwaukee Brewers!

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Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80 – The New York Times

Just heard that “Warm Up” has passed away.  He was an idol for so many reasons other than baseball . He was the odd man out. And … he really couldn’t have cared less.

Thanks for the knuckler, Warm Up …

Source: Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80 – The New York Times

Uecker

The Rockies are shelling the Brewers 11-5. You know it’s bad because Uecker starts telling the story of his 8’3″ hamburger flipper:

” … won’t believe how easy it is to smuggle it past security at Miller Park so long as you have engineered it with “the hinges at the 8’3 3/8ths mark” so it folds just so, and you stuff it in the back of your shirt with the spatula part holding up the back of your head nicely. Walk fast. Don’t sit down …

(Rockies get a hit) … it’s a shame I have to interrupt such an important thing with this … base hit to center.”

Jeff Levering, Ueck’s partner in the broadcast booth can barely keep it together.

Bob Uecker. Baseball Hall of Famer. Baseball and Wisconsin treasure.

(H/T to Ms. Cherie for the heads -up)

Brockmire and Opening Day