When I attend ceremonies where a sermon is likely, I reach for The Official Baseball Rules I keep in my jacket pocket at all times. It kills time without disturbing anyone. Last week I attended a Jewish funeral, but forgot to transfer the pocket sized book to my dress coat. So, I read the Kaddish prayer in English instead and was surprised that the word death was never mentioned.
It got me thinking about this 2013 Brewer's season especially with the trading deadline and Gallardo, Ramirez, and maybe Axford going. This year does feel like a death that took so many drafts and smart trades and signings to build.
It's painful, especially the starting staff that shows minimal prospects for the future, but still, for me, the Brewers are entertaining. Don't get me wrong. I want to win, but in the end, I'm ok if the Brewers lose. I'm a Brewer's fan and I've been one for 30 some years. It was a double header against the Red Sox in the mid to late 70's that got me. Even a 100 loss season is not gonna change anything. Thornbourg, Peralta, and Hellweg have all retired a batter. That's enough for me. I'm hopeful. And Gorzelanny? What a great signing!
Last year the Brewers hit over 200 home runs and led the majors in stolen bases. That still blows my mind. And this year, they lead the majors in triples and infield singles. Maybe I'm reaching, but seriously, infield singles are entertaining and Carlos Gomez...well, with him, there is never a dull moment. Segura!
Maybe Nori Aoki is the most entertaining of all. In less than two years, he has 59 infield hits, 9 bunt base hits, and being left handed with speed turns every routine into a bang bang play. Nori doesn't strike out either; 73 times in 848 at bats. The other night he a sliced a 2 strike single to left field with a split hand grip.
Maybe I'm a blind Brewer's fan gushing over nothing, but that's the whole point. The Brewers will exist next season and intelligent trades are around the corner. They're not dead. There's a core to build on. This fog is gonna clear and uh oh, I'm two faced. This is now a sermon. Time for me to drink a beer and shut up.