Once long, long ago, a computer was built to answer the ultimate question about the life, the universe, and everything. It was able to derive the answer was 42. This is common knowledge. What's unknown to this day is, what the ultimate question to life, the universe, and everything actually is. The super advanced computer that was built to find the question was either lost to time or full of idiots. It's not really clear. But perhaps we can find the ultimate answer somewhere within the most perfect game in the universe...
Could the question be: How many games will the Brewers win in 2016? Milwaukee has been accused of tanking by fans and pundits alike. They really aren't, but the truth should never get in the way of a good narrative. It is somewhat true that the Brewers won't be very good this year. They're probably going to lose quite a few games. They might even lose 90+ games. But they also have a group of pretty interesting post hype prospects that could put together a run that result in a better win-loss record than 2015. Either way, there's no way they lose 120 games so no, this is not the ultimate question to life, the universe, and everything.
Could the question be: How many games in 2016 will it take for Brewers fans to start calling for Brewers manager Craig Counsell to be fired? Milwaukee won't lose 100 games this year, but they're not going to win a ton either. Casual fans get restless and most of them don't really get what a rebuild is all about. So after the first month of optimism fades away, and things start looking ugly, people are going to want a scapegoat. And it's usually the manager because he's an easy target. Last year Ron Roenicke was fired after just 25 games. But, it's going to take a bit longer for fans to start calling for Counsell's head: 26 games. So no, this is not the ultimate question to life, the universe, and everything.
Could the question be: How many error will Matt Garza and Chris Carter combine for at first base? Garza is notorious for his errant throws to first base. It's pathological. And Carter isn't exactly know for his glove. But the most errors in a single season Garza had was 7. Carter's high was 8. So even when you combine their worst seasons, it's not even close to 42. But I did learn something interesting while looking into this. If you add up Garza's career errors and Carter's career errors at first base you get...42!
Clearly the two will combine to create errors out of nowhere like some kind of cosmic expression by the maker. So yes, this very well could be the ultimate question to the life, the universe, and everything. And do you know why? Because the creation of the universe is also generally considered a bad move. It all fits!
Or it might not make any sense at all. Who knows? What do you think?