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2015 Memes and Inside Joke List Update

2015 was an awful year for Brewers wins. And as far as memes go, the year seemed to make up in quality for what it lacked in quantity. I might have missed some, but at the moment I only have FIVE new inside jokes from the season. Nevertheless, a lot of the old memes brought us a lot of joy, and the new ones are pretty high quality.

As always, if I missed anything let me know in the comments!

Or Broxton – A comment which seemed to begin in July of 2015. Jonathan Broxton had been nothing but terribly frustrating for Brewers fans, and as we were hoping to execute some trades at midseason, we joked about trading Broxton instead of our more valuable pieces. Shockingly, they did actually trade him, but the meme has kept going strong! And with the addition of Keon Broxton, it has a bright year ahead.

Possible Origin

Shut It Down – As the Brewers terrible 2015 season worked to a close, we didn't want to see our valuable players endangered by continued playing of baseball. So the cry went up among the Brewers faithful...SHUT HIM DOWN!

FUN (the Cardinals) – Originated with an animated gif of Matt Garza shouting a word that is similar to FUN. As Jean Shephard described this word in A Christmas Story, FUDGE...only he didn't say Fudge. He said the big one. F dash dash dash dash. It was originally used simply as a statement of frustratttion, but since we are always frustrated with the Cardinals, it evolved to include FUN THE CARDINALS, FTC for short.

Cold Nature country – I'm just going to leave the original comment here, and you'll figure it out.

It has been plain and simple to this baseball fan, Melvin DOES NOT know baseball talent. He’s from Canada, but he always find a way to put a Canadian player on his bucket list. Baseball is a warm weather sport (so to speak), and Canada is a cold nature country. What do this tell you?

Original Comment

Nana is washed up – We can't always read things correctly. So when eddiematthews came across "[Daniel] Nava is washed up" he thought it said "Nana is washed up." Since then Nana has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a BCB meme.

Original Comment

Back to the old ones.

Attanasio lacks the will to win – Since the search feature sucks, I am unable to find the original post. But one particularly insightful poster stopped by a couple years ago to let us all know that ultimately, Mark Attanasio has a lot of money, and the Brewers would be in the playoffs if he would just spend more of it. He has so much money in fact, that he could run the Brewers at a loss and still have tons of money left over. And if he had the "will to win" he would do this. But he doesn't. So we're stuck rooting for a team that could make the playoffs if only we had an owner who cared about whether the team won. It is unclear if this poster ever saw the Brewers during the Selig-era.

Hooper Norris – Although it was short lived, AcesHigh's efforts at compiling entertaining comments from the corners of the internet where most of us dare not go produced a big hit. Yahoo! comments, Facebook comments, and JSOnline comments (shudders). One Yahoo commenter asked "What ever happened to Hooper Norris at First Base?" He of course meant Hunter Norris, but this fictional first baseman took on a life of his own. Including his own baseball card.

Comments of the Week - Second Edition

Implied Images – On one fateful night of the 2014 season, SBNation stopped allowing images to be posted. This left us wondering what to do about this important part of our game thread posting. We wound up posting "implied images" such as "DatBunt.gif" and "Garzathrowingtheballintothestands.gif" to reference well known images, as well as using the freedom of the medium to make up new things like "BCBCommentersInGrowingPainsOpeningTitles.gif".

WCW – This year we got the joy of a Rule 5 Draft pick who has a chance to be a strong pitcher down the road, but was an awful pitcher out of the bullpen for 2014. But he did give us some good material. For one, his name "Wei Chung Wang", led to a number of immature jokes, even after we learned that his name is pronounced "Wong". Plus "Wei Chung Wang Wednesday" was an entertaining series of videos featuring the Brewers relief staff dancing like goofy kids, and that was fun.

Sexy-time bicycles – MrLeam posted a link to an article about a Scottish man who was caught simulating sexual acts with a bicycle. This led to an ongoing joke that this was in fact MrLeam, and in some cases, that it is actually commonplace among Scottish men. Original Appearance

Mark Reynolds is blind – Shortly after being signed to the Brewers, a commenter kindly directed us to this link which details the elaborate ruse in which a blind man has played baseball for years and convinced us all that he's not actually blind.

Overbay Hit Tracker – Since we expected such awful offensive performance from Lyle Overbay, drezdn kept the Lyle Overbay Hit Tracker in his signature for the course of the season. It was intended to run briefly as a joke, but he fully committed to the project, and for that we thank him.

Rich People Conversations – After signing a contract extension and becoming a wealthy American, Carlos Gomez Googled "rich people conversations" so that he would know what to talk about.

Braun fueled by boos – As Braun returned to baseball after a long suspension for performance enhancers, he showed most of his power on the road. Particularly in Philadelphia, thus the legend began that Braun is using the boos to motivate himself.

All Cubs Prospects will hit 60 home runs – As we considered the future of the Cubs franchise this season, one Cubs fan came over to tell us that we knew absolutely nothing about the Cubs prospects, and that they were all going to be the best players ever. We just keep bringing it up and raising the numbers of home runs they're going to hit. (Any help finding original source is welcomed)

Uecker's Wrigley Sitcom – During a particularly bizarre radio broadcast of a Brewers-Cubs game at Wrigley in which the Brewers had a sizable lead, Uecker pitched his idea for a sitcom about the lives of families living in the apartments across from Wrigley on which the makeshift stands were put up. He was going to pitch the idea to Jerry Seinfeld. No word about what Seinfeld said or if it will ever be made. Game Thread

"With the new job, I listened to Thursday's game on the radio through my MLB At-Bat app. For the entire game, Bob Uecker talked about creating a sitcom featuring a family living in one of the Chicago rooftops next to Wrigley Field and the family would hate baseball. They were from England and loved cricket. Uecker kept adding on to the story, and it was absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud at work with some of the parts as Uecker didn't stop for the whole game as Milwaukee had a comfortable lead." Source

Lucroy Stare down – After the genius move of Kirk Gibson, who called for Ryan Braun to be plunked with runners on second and third and only one out while the Diamondbacks enjoyed a one-run lead in the seventh, Lucroy hit a grand slam home run. As he rounded the bases, there appeared to be a moment when he glared disapprovingly at the Diamondbacks dugout. This stare down was about the time as the Mario Kart Wii U meme of the "Luigi Death Stare" was taking off, and thus a popular joke on BCB was born. And might I say, that's some fine photoshop work.

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Post-Game Thread

Gomez in Tight Pants – Baseball players are in good shape. Women (and men) have been known to notice the shape of the players. Carlos Gomez and his derriere have become a thing of legend on BCB, especially when he wears his pants tight. Earliest reference

Scooter is 12 years old – He looks really really young. Not much to talk about, but if you're looking for some easy recs, find a clever way to make fun of how young Scooter Gennett looks.

Make your own charts – Nullacct has developed quite the reputation as a master of photoshop...but he's been known to provide excellent charts and graphs as well. When another commenter asked to see a graph with some slight modification in variables, null gave him a chart alright. Link

Hunter Pence – Hunter Pence became the brunt of a lot of insults this season...just...very mild-mannered insults. "Hunter Pence can't parallel park" "Hunter Pence hates bacon" "Hunter Pence like the Godfather Part III"

Neenah – BrewAngel liked to help us pass the boredom of the offseason and spring training by regaling us with tales of his son's little league baseball. And then someone decided to tell him how boring and stupid these posts were. Since this commenter was from Neenah, we sometimes even claim that all of Neenah hates little league updates. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Hank The Dog / Melanie Iglesias – One fine day, Hank the Dog got to play with Melanie Iglesias. The pictures are very cute. We occasionally find ways to work it into the conversation.

We don't talk about Stephen Chapman – I've probably already said too much. BCB Rules Post

Bias Confirmed – The 2013 season felt like a broken record (the rotating kind that plays audio). It seemed that the same things kept happening. Squeeze bunts, contact plays, failure to drive in a runner at third with no outs, improbable Cardinals wins...etc. Confirmation bias is the psychological phenomenon of the tendency to observe events which conform to expectations as proof, and events which do not conform as anomalies. However, many of the supposed "confirmation biases" were in fact statistically accurate, so it came to represent the bitter acknowledgement of the unfairness of the universe. The effort was spearheaded in large part by Fred Hofstetter and his "The Week in Confirmation Bias" series.

Twitter Poll (#WiscLohseWins) – This year Fox Sports Network tried to get in on this whole social media craze with Twitter polls. However, the questions were almost always inane, and the hash codes which represented the answer were often laughable. What am I most looking forward to for the 2014 season? #WiscBraunBunts

Leading the decline of Brewers blogs – As is usual for FanPosts, the 2013 season featured a particularly "insightful" message from one Brewers fan who complains about the lack of informative or useful commentary on BCB.(link here)

The post about the decline of BCB led Kyle to ask for suggestions , and the comment section of that article was quite fun. Some of the suggestions were purely comedic (box scores, changing BCB to a Futurama fan site, etc.) But some were pure gold, and it spawned the new feature "Face of the Franchise".

Another inside joke to be spawned from that segment was the idea that "good things happen when Dikembe goes to the bathroom" and Dikembe Trot Times (comment link) .

Inappropriate Ed Sedar Stop Signs – Although it was nothing new, 2013 featured some very questionable base coaching by Ed Sedar. In particular, the incident when he threw up the stop sign as Logan Schafer was more than halfway home, causing him to be tagged out in no-man's-land. This led to a series of comical "not-really-photoshops" of Ed Sedar throwing up the stop sign in other inappropriate circumstances, thanks to Hyatt.

Open Letters - After a particularly, um, "interesting" so called "open letter" by Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue, the legendary Hyatt wrote a parody piece writing to Mark Attanasio. Most interestingly, Hyatt displayed a high degree of prescience with this comment.

People that aren't dead yet – In the letter to the Cubs, many prospects promising minor league stat lines were cited, only to be followed by their ignoble accomplishments in the major leagues. Hyatt wrote numbers and then indicated that sadly, that player has died.

Get the brandy – Another gem from Hyatt's parody was references to the state of Wisconsin's general love for brandy. Having brought up the subject, I stated that before our next adventure (a rousing Magic: The Gathering game) we'd better get the brandy. In general, it can be used to indicate that things are about to get intense in a fun way.

Shortstops at 1B – With the actual first basemen getting injured at a rate comparable to Spinal Tap drummers, the Brewers ran a number of former shortstops out to the position. Cesar Izturis, Yuniesky Betancourt, Alex Gonzalez, Jeff Bianchi, etc. Players who couldn't hit their way out of a wet paper bag. At a position that is supposed to be all about offense. Oh, and for being former shortstops, they weren't very good defensively. But, we laugh to keep us from crying, so the next time we talk about a first basemen, ask if he's played SS before.

Khrushinator – Khris Davis, beloved by Noah Jarosh and other BCBers, has an interesting spelling to his name. He crushes the ball, and some of us on this board are Futurama fans (more on that later), so we pieced together the nickname for this dynamic young player.

Juan Francisco/Yuni Fat jokes – These guys are big. They're slow. They occasionally have power, but mostly they just seem to eat more than their fair share of the Brewer's post-game spread.

Fish puns – With players like Mike Trout, Mike Carp, and Tim Salmon to inspire us, we occasionally devolve into crappie puns about fish. Sorry to make a bass of myself here, but I promise I'm done. Or as they say in France, fin.

Bring back Futurama – Some people like to come to BCB and say the same thing over and over again, because they don't want anyone to confuse their silence for complacency. Since I had been, to that point, rather mum on the topic of Futurama's cancellation, I decided I could no longer allow BCBers to think that I was okay with the decision. So, any time a too-well-worn topic came up (such as Rickie Weeks poor performance or Bruce Seid), I (or rarely someone else) would say that Futurama needs to be brought back. (First usage)

Fire Seid Chats – After having my creative juices stirred by MrLeam, I discovered the most perfect way to describe the discussions of firing Bruce Seid often started by the malcontents of BCB. First usage, bklynbrewcrew's first time seeing it

Trader – After Kyle Lohse signed a free agent contract with the Brewers, disgruntled Cardinals fans were angry at him for not staying with the Cardinals (even though they weren't really in the bidding), so they compared him to Benedict Arnold, and other "traders" of history. Since then, we have used it ironically whenever a player changes team for any reason.

Unsheath the lightning – As Rickie Weeks performance continued to decline and fans were turning on him in droves, one author stood up to the naysayers, painting a rosy picture of the former All-Star second baseman. He said something about Rickie "unsheathing the lightning". Sadly, I can't find any early references to this, or the origin. Help is welcomed.

The premus of triples (Original Article)

This single article is responsible for a great blossoming of inside jokes and memes over the last year. Well, not so much the article, as the comments on the article. Go back and re-read it. It's classic.

Aramis Ramirez should hit more triples – A jab at Aramis Ramirez's speed and lack of triples which is thoroughly baseless. Spoken in sarcasm any more, it originated with the article linked above, which asks how many doubles Ramirez would have accumulated if he were capable of making it to third base.

you should take this down before more people see this – Failing to grasp that the takeaway of the "articule" was not meant to be a devaluation of Ramirez value, one friendly poster suggested that Kyle .

the premus of thsi post is all rwong – Although the commenter's actual words were spelled better than this when he made this particular statement, the general appearance and flow of his posts led to this line becoming a new inside joke.

40% of Ramirez value came in the last 2 months– Backtocali used this as a slam on Ramirez, having fallen for a basic statistical trap. See, the baseball season is roughly 6 months long, and so this doesn't mean much more than that his production was evenly distributed. BtC original comment.

Better Than Yuni (BTY) – Used either as an abbereviation to state the simple fact that someone would be better than Yuni at shortstop, OR as a stastistic, to measure how much better. But the units and scale are arbitrary. First mention I can find.

That's With Soy Sauce (TWSS) – Another redefined abbreviation. First mention I can find.

We should trade Lucroy for Wade Davis – A "friendly" Rays fan came to our board and asked us if we would consider trading Lucroy for Wade Davis. He proceeded to tell us how bad Lucroy is, arguing that all of our arguments for valuing him were wrong, and that we would be better served with Davis (recently moved to the bullpen) to shore up our rotation. He finally was revealed to be a classic "I'm just here to talk baseball!" troll, and was banned. But not before he could provide us with a handy new inside joke. Original Thread.

Fortunately for LosinCatmansLove, he's no longer around here much any more. My research into this inside joke led to my discover of this comment from 2010 where he suggests the Brewers trade Braun for Hellickson and Davis. Good thing Melvin didn't follow his advice.

We need 5 catchers (if Maldonado plays 1B) – In a discussion of whether Maldonado might be the best fill in for first base in Hart and Gamel's absence, chris33 argued that we would need a third catcher, because what would happen if Lucroy got injured? Then Maldonado would have to move from 1B to C, and that's just not acceptable. We'd need a catcher on the bench so Maldonado could stay at 1B. Moving position in a game is too hard. Originally it was just 3 catchers, but hyperbole won out and now we've decided that 5 catchers will need to be on the 25 man roster.

And here's all the old stuff. Brush up on it before the season. You're going to need it.

Old Vegas (abbr. OV)– The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel comment pages. Filled with crazy opinions and vicious personal attacks between posters. Originated here.

9 LaPortas – When LaPorta was a prized prospect, someone mentioned making a hypothetical team of "9 LaPortas", one for each position. Originated by battlekow.
This link points to a thread where it is further explained.

Kendall Unit of Grit (KUG) – A measure of a player's Grittiness.

Has he ever hit a grand slam? – Most frequently used in reference to Prince Fielder. It took him a while to get his first grand slam, so every time he came to bat with the bases loaded the announcers would bring it up in some form.

BSOHL – Abbreviation for "Best Shape Of His Life", the ubiquitous spring training journalists story.

Meat Man – The man who sells you meat and sausages. References this fan post from 2010 suggesting the five steps Brewers fans must take to be ready for the season to start. Link

Ken Macha – Hates Hungarians and Tony Curtis, Loves Perkins, Looks like the Keebler elf

Now that's great tasting chicken! - Originally the catchphrase of a Brakebush Chicken advertisent, Kyle began to use it as a home run call. Variations are frequently made to suit the player or the opponent, with jokes frequently made about Corey Hart being a caveman, or the more recent Khris Davis home run call of "great tasting khicken".

WOW~! - An expression of surprise. Originated on the evil BCB as the first comment when Zambrano was demoted to the bullpen. Received 12 recs.

The BUCKS Debacle

BUCKS was a high schooler who came to chat after a Brewers loss. He believe that ERA and wins were the best measures of pitching skill, errors/fielding percentage the best measures of fielding ability, and AVG and HR the best measures of hitting ability. Argued relentlessly from this viewpoint.

ROFLCOPTER – An expression of laughter, derision, disbelief, etc.

http://www.brewcrewball.com/2010/5/18/1477534/reds-5-brewers-4#37843889

LOLLERSKATES - An expression of laughter, derision, disbelief, etc.

http://www.brewcrewball.com/2010/5/18/1477534/reds-5-brewers-4#37845346

RIDE BIKES~! - A combination of the WOW~! and the original comment of "Wanna RIDE BIKES?" used to reference the immaturity of BUCKS.

http://www.brewcrewball.com/2010/5/18/1477534/reds-5-brewers-4#37862848

The Frosty Mug from the next day was also a classic.

http://www.brewcrewball.com/2010/5/19/1478613/wednesdays-frosty-mug

The Deity – Nickname for Craig Counsell. Was listed as his position in the left bar. Unsure of origin.

Orange slices and capri sun – A reference to Craig Counsell's youthful appearance and energy.

Rally lobster – A picture of Kyle's Dachshund "Gorman" wearing a lobster costume. Intended to start rallies and help the Brewers win.

Bunson Honeydew – Image of the Muppets scientist, used to kill rallies of opposing teams.

Math is on our side – Yostism. "We still have four games left and we're two out," Yost said. "The math is on our side." Used to sarcastically comment that there is some mathematical probability of success, but in reality we all know it's not a very good probability.

Run-scorer. You have no concept. - References to a post-game quote by Ned Yost.

"That's not a weird stat. Rickie is a run-scorer," Yost said. "It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter," Yost told reporters. "See, you guys have no concept. He's a run-scorer. So there's nothing weird about it. That's what he does."

KittenMittons (verb) - to be lazy or half-assed at something. Originated when user KittenMittons joined the BCB Fantasy Baseball league, and by midway through the year had half his lineup on the DL and never logged back in to manage his team. (Couldn't find link to origin, but didn't look for long).

UPDATE: I decided to do something that KittenMittons would never do, and apply myself...and I found it! Hyatt called upon BCB to crowd-source a just and fair punishment for his desertion. The Scottish genius MrLeam suggested this brilliant punishment HERE.

Hyatt (verb) - to punch someone on the crotch. Originated when Hyatt kept talking about punching people in the crotch. He got the idea from Scrubs, where Jordan says "If you say 'I don't know,' I'll show you what I learned last week in my crotch-punching class." The Scrubs character Randall was also renowned for crotch punching. (First usage link unavailable)

Don be a dick - Used to call someone out for dickish behavior. Originated in a typo. Continued when Don Money said some dickish things about Mat Gamel.

Hello, I am a bear. - Russian misinterpretation of "Beast Mode." Likely comes from the visual similarity to the popular Russian meme "Preved Medved" which means "Hello Bear". Link

Mr. Golden Hands – Russian "misunderstanding" of Yuniesky Betancourt's defensive abilities. Link

Pan of Lasagna – Number 33 on the list of better shortstops than Yuniesky Betancourt. Originated with a nullacct post .

Pee-flavored cheerios – A Backtocali post telling us why the Brewers weren't good enough to win more than 85 games in 2011. The Brewers won 96, but the phrase has stuck around.

fortunate, but also lucky/ "fortunalucky" – A Backtocali post on another board (which one?) claimed that the Brewers had received more wins than was predicted, and thus were "fortunate, but also lucky."

Kenneth Lofton – An ironic reference to Kenny Lofton. Unsure of origin.

BCB Commenter's Union – Founded by ecocd in 2011. Unsure of the rest of the story.

Can he play shortstop? - A phrase used when any person (or often thing) is mentioned, because he/she/it could not be worse than Yuniesky Betancourt. Example usage.

BCBCU Bylaw:

III.3.b.
In the event that the Brewers acquire anyone or anything in a trade, it shall be noted on the message boards some form of the comment, "Can he/she/it play SS?"

Grillax – A quote from a Klement's sausage commercial that played without end during Spring Training 2011. Usually used to tell someone to "relax". However, it became so overplayed that it almost always got a "That's a paddlin" in response.

That's a paddlin – As a punishment for doing anything against the BCB posting guide, or for doing/saying something deemed inappropriate. Occasionally used in the original sense of extreme control. Comes from the Simpsons, when the teacher's went on strike and old man Jasper stepped in to substitute.

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Written in the stars – A song played during (seemingly) every commercial break during the 2011 playoff run. Refers to something being "fate", but is typically used with heavy sarcasm.

Neuticles - Fake testicles for dogs who have been neutered.

Plunk Signal – An image of Miller Park with a projection of Prince Fielder getting hit by a pitch. Used after any HBP to signal "Plunkeveryone" to come tell us fascinating statistics about that plunk.

Caveman, arm-face – Nicknames for Corey Hart, whose long hair and unkempt look make him seem like a caveman. He has many tatttoos, including a face on his arm.

Sunglasses at Night – A reference to the song by a different Corey Hart. Usually referenced when Corey has failed to track a ball in the outfield, or swung and missed badly.

BMIRs – Badger Mutual Insurance Runs. Badger Mutual Insurance made an advertising agreement to get air time, so any run scored in the latter part of the game with the Brewers leading, normally called just an "Insurance Run", is now called "BMIR".

Braddock's sleep issues – Went on the disabled list with sleeping issues. We sometimes still joke about this.

Towel-pillow – Spring Training 2010, Jeff Suppan didn't have a pillow, so he slept with his head on a towel. This ended up sending him to the DL with neck issues. Usually referenced in the hopes that some player might be injured and unable to hurt the team with his horrible play.

Tickled one – Nyjer Morgan said of one of his game winning hits that he "tickled it out there."

Plushdamentals – Invented by the fake Tony Plush twitter account, this word represents playing baseball the Tony Plush way...things such as hitting triples.

Fat Elvis – Nickname for Lance Berkman

blas4mod – ???

I am not birthday – An Elvis impersonator was brought in to sing "Happy Birthday" to Takashi Saito on a day that was not his birthday. In his limited English, he could only object "I am not birthday!"

Cameron Garfield – When the BCB prospect ranking poll reached the 17th and final spot, some unknown individual spammed the board and voted hundreds of times for Cameron Garfield, a minor league catcher. This also led to jokes about the "prestigious 17th prospect spot".
The voting for Number 17.
The next morning's Frosty Mug.

Sarcasm font – Created by putting the @ symbol on both sides of text, it is used to convey sarcasm.

Oooo, a sarcasm detector.  Now THAT is a useful machine......

MOCK - A response to anyone who talks about fantasy baseball outside of the specified Fantasy threads.

Thanks for your insight - The canned response we should all give to anyone who comes trolling.

Pink Eye - A disease with symptoms of conjunctivitis and ocular itching. Caused by watching NBA basketball.

BEARDEDJEFF - A verb meaning "to jinx the Brewers." When it was announced that Adam Wainwright would be missing all of the 2011 season for Tommy John surgery, the board was generally sticking to "it's a shame for baseball." BEARDEDJEFF however expressed unabashed joy that the rivals had lost a star player. When Greinke injured himself playing basketball, it was blamed on BEARDEDJEFF.

Take a walk. Do some drugs. - A phrase to tell someone they should lighten up and live a little. Originated by Fatter than Joey, twice. Although originally one sentence, it has been adapted to be the two sentences by other users since it was coined.

Prognostikegger - The Official BCB prediction contest managed by JP, where there is nothing at stake and no threat, beyond the shame of defeat. Frequently shows up in game threads in the form of "I prognostikegged that." The name originates from a contest to select the name of the feature.

Band names - We have had frequent discussions of what would make a good band name. Occasionally when we hear a new one, we post about it. Here's an example.

The Deputy - A nickname for Ryan Braun. Aafter he called out Brewers pitchers for not doing their job, Doug Melvin, in his frustration, said "I’ll be glad to have Ryan help if he wants to. I’ll give him a badge and he can be my deputy." Link

Quevedo Day/Quevedo Run - Quevedo day is the September 28th memorialization of Ruben Quevedo's last day as a Brewer. This link contains the memories, and a retelling of the Quevedo Mile run.

Angry Birds - A nickname for the St. Louis Cardinals, after Tony LaRussa complained that the Brewers were changing the brightness of the ribbon board.

Tim Dillard hasn't pitched in a while - Each game preview features a summary of available bullpen pitchers and days since they last pitched. He frequently would go days or weeks between appearances, and so jokes ensued. For instance, Dillard pitched June 29th, then sat 18 games (I think he was sent to AAA) before appearing on July 18th, then sat another 17 before appearing on August 5th.


Tim Dillard has yet to pitch since being called up.
It's entirely possible Tim Dillard doesn't really exist.
Tim Dillard is still around here somewhere.
Tim Dillard is just about done with that book he brought along on the plane from Nashville.
Tim Dillard is almost done carving a life-sized squirrel out of one of George Kottaras' bats.
Tim Dillard is encased in Snow White's glass box, marked with "Break in Case of Emergencies" or something.Photoshopped
Brandon Boggs' invisibility coat wore off a bit last night and Tim Dillard is worried his might do the same today.
Tim Dillard last pitched eleven days ago, when he picked up the win for the Sounds
Tim Dillard has had plenty of time to read all about Danny Ray Herrera.
Tim Dillard might not even have been on the team plane.
Tim Dillard pitched two innings (24 pitches) last night, and only works on Mondays.
Tim Dillard Exists.
Tim Dillard has this really great Harry Caray impersonation he'd like to show you.
Tim Dillard has had time to listen to the new TMBG album several times by now.
Tim Dillard exists. Or he thinks he does. Lately, he's had a lot of time to ponder whether "I think, therefore I am" is correct.
Tim Dillard probably found Waldo by now.
Tim Dillard has not pitched since last Monday.
Tim Dillard could've been replaced by a cardboard cutout and we'd never know.
Tim Dillard? Does he even go here?
Tim Dillard didn't even have time to develop an Eric Farris impression.
Tim Dillard is a practical joke being played on fans by the Brewers front office. He doesn't actually exist.
Tim Dillard hasn't pitched in so long, that I don't know if any jokes for his absence exist anymore.
Tim Dillard has one of those jobs where all you have to do is show up and sit around until someone tells you to go home.
Tim Dillard is learning the meaning of the word "fortnight."
Tim Dillard is writing, producing and directing a new live action TMNT movie...all in the bullpen.
Tim Dillard is helping Mrs. Stetter meet Nick Carter.
Tim Dillard came out of an apparent retirement to throw one inning (9 pitches) last night. See you in September, Tim!
Tim Dillard doesn't think you know the meaning of "lonely."
Tim Dillard left his knitting basket in Houston and is pretty upset about it.
Tim Dillard might get to pitch if the two teams decide to play a third game today.

First Action Figure Reference
Second Action Figure Reference

Who? - A common response to someone talking about the "25th man" on the Brewers roster when that individual hasn't appeared in a game for weeks. Related to the Tim Dillard joke.

AXL CLOSE - A phrase associated with John Axford coming in for a save, or for actually recording the save. Combination of the name of Guns 'n Roses guitarist Axl Rose and John Axford's job...closing.

Dave Kerwin - An invention of Jason Kendall, he is the non-existent 2009 pitching coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates (actual pitching coach at the time was Joe Kerrigan). Jason Kendall was hit by a pitch on July 20, 2009, and said the decision was made my Dave Kerwin. He is now a villain, purportedly responsible for any and all bad blood between the Brewers and Pirates to this day. I believe the original Kendall quote was "I won't take no guff from Dave Kerwin."

If I Removed Cinnamon - An alternative interpretation of the abbreviation IIRC, which actually means "If I Recall Correctly". Originally appeared here, and used effectively here.

Also, cheese. - It’s been used in response to particularly exhaustive comments in an effort to lighten the mood or to deflate a particularly self-righteous argument, or tacked on to a list of likes and don’t likes, or when discussions regarding preferred concession stands or dishes. It’s not always an easy comment to work in. Originally appeared here.

Buying a house with your Recs - Recs are treasured around here. So much so, that we occasionally like to claim that they have real monetary value. The most frequent application is to the purchase of a house. Example.

Running through the forest - When one shows up late to a game thread, there is a decision to be made...one could read all of the prior comments one by one, thus remaining uninvolved in current conversations, or hit CTRL+A to mark everything as read and join in with everyone else. Another alternative is referred to as "running through the forest", which involves holding down the Z key, "Z-scrolling" through all existing posts, thus allowing one to catch up with the game thread. It gets its name from the speed at which comments scroll by, as if seeing trees while speeding through a forest.

Sack of Potatoes - Sometimes used in trade discussions to mean a player is worthless. Most frequently used in reference to a first baseman. Since the first baseman largely just has to stop the ball, a sack of potatoes placed on 1B could do the job. It seems to have been originated by nullacct, with the best early usage here.

Rally Bilo - Helen of Troy is described as "The face that launched a thousand ships." Kate Bilo was the beautiful weather woman for Brewers games until the 2011 season. Her perfect features and stunning smile were capable of gluing men and women, watching baseball in a retractable roof stadium, to the screen for a weather broadcast. She is the standard against which all other weather-women are judged, but all fall short of the glory of Bilo. The animated .gif of her smiling face is used to beseach favor from the gods when the Brewers are in need of runs.

Shruggity - Mykenk's catchphrase, this term is roughly equivalent to "meh," indicating severe apathy.

Lacks a third pitch/ceiling of a third starter - These were phrases used by Backtocali to describe why the Brewers top prospects would never carry the team to a World Series, why the Front office sucked at acquiring young players, and to justify the need to trade away players who were performing at the time. They are now used sarcastically to explain why perfectly good players are bound to regress soon.

He plays the game the right way - Worn-out cliche used by announcers and members of the St Louis Cardinals. Used primarily as an ironic statement to point out general douchebaggery or hypocrisy. Example: "TLR ordered the Braun plunking, then denied it, only to later admit it. He plays the game the right way."

Best fans in baseball - Originated as a cliche for Cardinals fans. Used ironically any time a fan or fans do something Moranic.

Morans/Moranic - Deliberate misspelling of "Moron" frequently used to refer to Cardinals fans. Originates with this photo of a Cardinals fan.

What does Jerry Narron do? - Having followed this team for over a year with Jerry Narron as the bench coach, we have heard nothing about his involvement in baseball. All we know is that he writes the lineup card reeal purdy.

Shoulderhand - Former Brewers Pitching Coach Rick Peterson was infamous for putting his hand on the shoulder of a pitcher during any mound visit.

Webinars - Rick Peterson was also infamous for running a business at the same time as coaching the Brewers, for which he constantly produced webinars of pitching instruction.

Must-Win Game - This phrase, often bandied about by announcing crews, is used sarcastically to make fun of such announcers. Most frequently used on BCB when playing spring training games, opening day, or division rivals.

"..." - or any variant of punctuation with little to no verbiage. A reference to Mat Gamel's horrible interview during spring training 2012 where he showed himself to be a man of few words. Very few words. Originated and used several times in this thread.

You don't want the kids to see negative things (YDWTKTSNT) - A reference to a Chris Carpenter quote, as he attempted to explain why the Brewers behaviors, such as untucking, or celebrating big hits, should not be allowed. Apparently Little Leaguers should "play the game the right way" and not have fun.

Eating babies/infants - A BCB reference to the ghastly evil that is the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tiny bones - After a pitch was thrown up and in on Albert Pujols in a game where Ryan Braun had already been plunked, Tony LaRussa was upset in the postgame interview. He asked the rhetorical question "Do you know how many tiny bones are in the hand?".

You spelled Ishikawa wrong - When Jerry Narron wrote the lineup card with Norichika Aoki's name "spelled" out in Japanese, Ishikawa was still in standard script. So I stated that apparently he hadn't learned to spell Ishikawa. It went downhill from there.

RRR - An abbreviation for Runnin' Ron Roenicke, the Brewers manager who has an inexplicable fascination with small ball. Occasionally BRR for Buntin' Ron Roenicke.

Corey is the best at catching balls at the warning track - A comment made for a text-the-booth question. Origin. This led to further jokes about sending in other asinine comments to the booth with #BCB or #OV tacked on so we'd know it was a joke. Examples.

Cat names - Rabbit915 made a habit of posting modified Brewers names with cat themes. Examples include Paul Meowlitor, Ron Roenikitty, and Martin Hairballdonado.