As Game of Thrones season six begins to wind down, I thought it would be fun to compare the members of our local nine to the residents of the seven kingdoms. I strove to avoid including any major spoilers, so no need to cover your eyes here. I hope you enjoy!
Jon Lucroy - Jon Snow
In general, these two Jon's are widely beloved. Luc is probably the most popular Brewer among fans, and Jon Snow is widely the most popular character in Game of Thrones. Possessing devilish good looks and being thrust into leadership positions in their respective environments, these Jon's can certainly relate.
Additionally, there are a certain few MAJOR similarities from each of their past two seasons that served as the primary basis for me making this comparison. But for the sake of anyone not caught up on GOT, I will forego writing any spoilers here. But if you are caught up, hopefully you know what I'm talking about.
Ryan Braun - Jaime Lannister
Jaime, once one of the most lauded Knights in the seven kingdoms, experienced a fall from grace when he earned the moniker "Kingslayer." Brauny, once one of the most lauded young hitters in all of baseball, experienced a fall from grace when he used PEDs. Many individuals, such as "Goose" Gossage, refuse to forgive either of these men. However, many Game of Thrones fans love Jamie Lannister, and at least I, for one, continue to love Ryan Braun. If that isn't enough to convince you, Jaime lost his right hand, Braun lost his right thumb- well, he hurt it pretty badly anyway.
Aaron Hill - Jorah Mormont
As well traveled and seasoned veterans, Aaron and Jorah have quite a bit in common. Both were distinguished earlier in their careers- Jorah as a knight and Head of House Mormont, Hill as one of the better second basemen in baseball, clubbing 96 dingers in the 2009-12 seasons. As of late, both have fallen on hard times, becoming under appreciated when all they really want is to be loved. Additionally, a recent change of scenery has found Aaron Hill manning 3rd base a majority of the time, a position at which he shows certain stone-like qualities.
Orlando Arcia - Daenerys Targaryen
He is Orlando Venezuela-born of House Arcia, First of his name, the Unfazed, King of Colorado Springs, King of the Prospects, and the Shortstops, and the Brewers, Khal of the Great Barley Sea, Breaker of Saves, and the Father of Shuckers.
Chris Carter - Gregor Clegane
Actually these two are quite the opposite. Gregor Clegane, better known as "The Mountain," is one of the more reprehensible characters in fictional history. Chris Carter, on the other hand, seems like quite the nice fellow with his genuine smile and his teddy bear-like persona. Where their qualities meet is in brute strength. I'm not sure there's any other human on Westeros or Essos who would be on pace for 43 HRs through the first 63 games of the season.
Will Smith - Hodor
With the need to avoid publishing any spoilers, I'll say this - The Brewers' set up man is beloved by all and he holds...games.
David Stearns - Tyrion Lannister
Tyrion once said, "That's what I do. I drink, and I know things." Perhaps the wisest individual in all of Westeros, the man known as "The Imp" stands head and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to thinking and drinking. There is only one person in the Brewers organization who could fit this description: GM David Stearns. As a graduate from Harvard University, Stearns' career has skyrocketed to the point that he has attained the position of Brewers' General Manager at the tender age of 30. In the midst of what is shaping up to be a highly successful rebuild, the man known by his closest friends as "Slingin' Stearns" is unrivaled when it comes to baseball knowledge and intelligence. As for the drinking part, I have no clue as to the man's tendencies with alcohol, but he is the GM of a team named after beer.
Khris Davis - Samwell Tarly
While both Sam Tarly and Khris Davis have some valuable skills, they each have their own sets of flaws. Samwell's obesity and preference of books over fighting led his father to drive him away to the Night's Watch. Khrush's lack of an arm or on-base skills led many Brewers fans to treat him as the scapegoat. However, this does not mean that either Samwell or Khris are useless, it just so happens that their flaws sadly have often overshadowed their positive contributions.
Jay Bruce - The Waif
In this comparison, Jay Bruce is the Waif, and the Brewers collectively hold the role of Arya Stark. Just as the Waif frequently smacks Arya straight in the face with her bo staff, Jay Bruce has made a career of figuratively knocking the Brewers teeth in with his bat. In 124 games against the Crew, Jay Bruce possesses a .271/.350/.557 line with 35 HRs. That's the type of abuse that may not turn a head on the streets of Braavos, but it certainly hurts all the same.
St. Louis Cardinals - Red Priests
This one is obvious. The comparisons are endless: Both are extremely fond of the color red, both seem untrustworthy, both worship the Lord of Light, R'hllor, neither are above human sacrifices, and they both use demon magic to conquer their enemies. In fact, the red priests and priestesses might actually just be a fictional adaptation of the non-fictional Cardinals organization. No brainer here.
Well, that's what I was able to come up with. If there are any other GOT fans out there in the BCB universe, what else you got? Throw your comps into the comment section!
All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.