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Some things to read while repelling flies.

The combined efforts of three Brewers were not enough to power the National League to victory last night, making the league 12-0-1 since adding the Brewers. Tom H. wonders if the NL players sit around and think back to the glory days of 2002, when the game ended in a tie.

This extended streak of NL futility is certainly notable but hardly unprecedented. I had this in my inbox from TheJay this morning:
With the AL victory last night, the AL has won 12 of the last 13 all-star games and 18 of the last 22. Since 1960, though, the AL is 22-29-2 in the midsummer classic (two games each year from 1960 to 1962). From 1963 to 1985 the AL won a whopping two times.
By the way, if you see TheJay today, be sure to wish him a happy birthday. I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing to share a birthday with Nick Neugebauer. Also, happy belated birthday to Tristarscoop, whose birthday I missed yesterday.

As Tom H. noted, Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless inning last night but Heath Bell, his replacement in San Diego, gave up the winning run. Jeff Passan noted that Bell was the third Padre in four seasons to blow an All Star Game.

At least it wasn't a Pirate, I guess: Two Pirates were selected for the NL roster, but neither appeared in the game.

The JS has a look at the All Star experience for the three Brewers, which included meeting the President.

Hopefully Prince Fielder enjoyed the experience enough that he won't mind taking home less money than his teammates. I've previously mentioned that Braun received $50k for making the team and Fielder took home $25k. It turns out Trevor Hoffman got $50k too.

Of course, the All Star Game isn't just exciting for the players, it's also exciting for drunken, bandwagon fans, as Tyler Maas of Bugs & Cranks discovered.

Dave Bush is expected to start in Huntsville tonight in the final appearance of his rehab assignment, and could rejoin the starting rotation on July 20. Once he's back, he's got some serious work to do: he's hit ten batters in 2009, leaving him ten short of Jamey Wright's franchise record, set in 2001.

Want to get something cool for supporting a great cause? ESPN's V Foundation Auction is underway, and one of the items up for bid is a Brewers Batting Practice Experience, the opportunity for you and three friends to watch BP on the field at a Brewer game. The auction closes at 5:35 tonight, so time is running out.

The Brewers have two starters in tonight's AAA All Star Game: Alcides Escobar will play shortstop and bat second, and Brendan Katin will play right field and bat eighth. They'll both face International League starting pitcher Justin Lehr, a former Brewer.

The Brewers dropped another spot to 14th in WhatifSports' Power Rankings.

Around baseball:

Dodgers: Eric Milton had surgery to remove a herniated disk in his back and will miss the rest of the season.
Phillies: Signed Pedro Martinez to a one year deal worth $1 million, with up to $1.5 million in incentives.

Here are some non-Brewer related All Star notes:
  • Bernie Miklasz is still upset by Albert Pujols not winning the Home Run Derby, so he's proposing new rules.
  • Evan Longoria missed last night's game with an infected ring finger. That's the best euphemism for marriage I've ever heard.
  • I didn't realize it until this morning but, as Ryan Fagan points out, the Home Run Derby was actually 40 minutes longer than the All Star Game.
  • Despite having Sheryl Crow to sing the national anthem, and a cast of thousands on the field before the game, Major League Baseball didn't have anyone on hand to sing the Canadian national anthem.
  • Next year, homefield advantage in the World Series should be decided by a Mascot Relay Race. I'd rather watch that than celebrity softball.
So, let's say for a moment that you work in the front office of the Washington Nationals. You've got far and away the worst record in baseball, you recently fired your manager and you're quickly becoming a running joke around the league. How can you make this worse? Well, you could start by hiring Ned Yost to manage your team. He's reportedly a candidate for the job. (h/t William F. Yurasko)

Today we bid farewell to Chuckie Hacks, a Frosty Mug mainstay which has decided to shut down after several years of Wisconsin sports commentary. Thanks for the ride, guys.

Oh, and four years ago today Chris Magruder beat the Nationals, scoring the winning run in the tenth inning on a walk-off balk.

Drink up.