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I was supposed to be interviewing this afternoon, but it looks like that'll be early next week.  So I have a bit of extra time on my hands, and I feel like I should post something before the game.  Without bullet points, what would life be?

  • SBN sister site Gaslamp Ball reports on Rick Sutcliffe's guest appearance during Saturday's game.  I was watching that feed via, and couldn't believe it.  As soon as Sut opened his mouth, I knew adult substances of some sort were involved.  If you missed it, they've got video.

  • I'm a few days late with this one, but Kansas City reporter Joe Posnanski has had it with the Royals.  It's a good, thoughtful article, and a nice reminder that our team doesn't suck anymore.

  • Here's a Q&A with at the official site.  And this is a very interesting article about Doug's routine in between starts.  Thanks to Rick for pointing it out.

  • The Journal-Sentinel reports on the initial meeting between Doug Melvin and 's agent:
    "The two points that were made was Carlos said he'd like to stay here and we'd like to have him back," Melvin said. "There's a lot between those two statements that has to be solved."
    That, I think, is a bit of an understatement.

  • Speaking of Carlos, it's never too early to speculate where he might end up, especially if circumstances lead him to be traded before the deadline this year.  This appeared to be one of the rare situations that the Yankees wouldn't be involved--until last night.  Hideki Matsui broke his wrist, and could possibly miss the rest of the season.  Attention, Brewers fan shoppers: start making selections now.

  • Totally off-topic: a very good jazz pianist, and a friend of mine, Deidre Rodman, has just released a new album with legendary bass player Steve Swallow.  Also of interest: her "cocktail pop" band, the Lascivious Biddies.  A few years ago  my band did a gig with the Biddies, and since then things have really taken off for them, while I ...well, I'm a big Brewers fan :).
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