Something about this picture really struck me as funny.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I did not catch Friday’s five+ hour, after midnight, 13 inning spectacle between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers. I was out volunteering at a Boy Scout camp and had no access to internet. All I could do is refresh Twitter and watch as the fans I follow react to the game. I was nervous for Kerry Wood, who thankfully bounced back from 9 straight balls with a double play. Everywhere I read I see people calling for Kerry’s head… I still have some optimism.
Word got out over the weekend that after using every reliever, Dale Sveum would have used Reed Johnson to pitch. Reed‘s my favorite (see Baseblog’s sponsorship of his Baseball-Reference page to the right) and I would have loved to see that. Since the game turned out to be a loss, and it was on the road, and Reed didn’t actually pitch, I guess it’s fortunate I missed the game.
Cubs fans get a break from Carlos Marmol for a bit, as he has been sent to the disabled list following Friday’s game. You can piecemeal the adventure Casey Coleman had from two posts from two of my favorite bloggers, Brett at Bleacher Nation and Julie at A League of Her Own. Coleman went from Triple-A game to the bus to the shower to packing his stuff in a garbage bag to a taxi ride to the airport to Denver to Milwaukee to Miller Park to the bullpen warming up to the game. It’s funny and awesome…good job to Coleman.
Final note – as you probably know, I’m a big baseball guy and my first team is the Cubs. But since I live in Wisconsin, go to school in Milwaukee, I get a lot of Brewers action too. When I attend non-Cubs baseball games, I cheer for players on my fantasy team/former Cubs/guys I like. As a Milwaukee student, I feel obligated to make a list of my favorite Brewers, and John Axford is creeping up to the top of that list.
- John Axford
- Aramis Ramirez
- Marco Estrada
- Norichika Aoki
- Craig Counsell (used to be higher, but I don’t know if he counts anymore since he’s a front office guy now)
Plenty of reasons guys are on this list, despite Ramirez’s ending in Chicago, he was an offensive force for many years. I saw Marco Estrada’s debut, which is kind of cool. Aoki reminds me of Fukudome and was successful in Japan. And Counsell is Counsell, ’nuff said.
Axford, for his personality, fan interaction on Twitter and such, skills, that streak that just ended (49!), service to the city, and awesome little things like his letter for the media you see here, is probably my favorite current Brewer, for whatever that is worth.
In the meantime… I smell a shark attack. It’s Pink Bats Day and Jeff Samardzija is on the mound. The Cubs are officially in last place now, it’s time to inch closer.