Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Great Big Hi-Yi

When I was I kid, I invented the ultimate defense against my older siblings.

I was five or six years old, and I was the victim of frequent pummelings, which consisted of being sat on, farted on, punched in the shoulder, punched in the leg, or all of the above. Before too long, however, I learned that if I grabbed my older brothers' pointer finger and thumb and stretch them in opposite directions, they were quick to end the beatings. I called my move the Hi-yi (pronounced High-Yigh), and it quickly became a part of Rosenthal family folklore for many years to come.

I never administered the Hi-yi without the accompanying battle cry, which was simply yelling "Hi-Yi!" at the top of my lungs with a prepubescent energy that would scare a warlock. It got to the point that all I had to do was yell, "Hi-yi!" anytime I was being messed with, and in a Pavlovian-induced sweat, they'd automatically let go of me and leave me alone. But even though they were the victims of the Hi-Yi, both my older brothers and older sister loved it. They'd frequently encourage me to deliver a "Hi-Yi" to one of the other siblings, my parents or random strangers that passed by our driveway. It was my calling card. And it showed the world that little Tommy was not to be messed with anymore...

The reason I bring up this story is because the Milwaukee Brewers just delivered one massive Hi-yi to the Houston Astros. Since the Brewers joined the National League in 1998, the Astros have been like their bullying older siblings--beating them up without hesitation and reminding them who was in charge of the division. As a matter of fact, as a division rival, the Brewers have NEVER won the season series against the Astros. The closest they came was in 2003, when the Brewers won eight of seventeen. Since then, the Brewers have gone 6-13; 5-10 and 5-10 in the head-to-head series between the two teams.

And when they look across the dugout, you can't help but think that some of the Brewers are seeing their big brothers. Loretta was certainly a brother of sorts to Jenkins for many years, Fielder credits much of his current success to the big brother-like guidance Carlos Lee provided last year, and Ned Yost might feel like he's living in the shadow of a big brother, considering that Garner was the last manager to lead the Crew to a winning season.

Now it's true--the Brewers haven't secured the season series yet (they're 7-2 against the Astros, with 9 more games to play), but they've certainly sent a message to the other dugout. They're not afraid of you anymore, Astros. And if you try to push them around; you'll get a couple more Hi-yis before this season is done...

FINAL THOUGHTS
I was honored to read a plug for my blog at the following link:
http://badgersportsfan.blogspot.com

I'm not sure who this gentleman is, but he may be even more insane for the Badgers than I am for the Crew. (I've been so consumed in Brewers buzz, that I almost forgot that we could have a top 10 (5?) football team, especially if the kid from Kansas State lives up to his reputation...) Whoever this guy is, I certainly appreciate any traffic he may have directed my way...

Speaking of which, last Sunday I added a hit counter to my blog. I was basically curious if anyone besides my friends Chad and Brent (and my wife, who I force to proof read) was actually reading this babble. I was pleasantly surprised to see that in 10 days I had well over 160 hits. (Truth be told, had it only been 10 or 20, I was going to just keep popping on the site myself and pad my stats.)

Also, I keep forgetting to highlight a cool article on the triple (the 8th most exciting play in baseball, you might recall) that Chad, known by our fantasy football league as the owner of the Manziers, sent to me...well, a couple of weeks ago. Despite my tardiness, it's pretty interesting stuff, and it makes me man crush on Curtis Granderson, just a tad...

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6915602

Finally, one of the best things about today's walk-off win was that it was Lacrosse Day at Miller Park. I'm hoping lots of these Lacrosse folks took part in what I think is the Brewers coolest promotion--Walk-off Wednesday. On these days, if you buy a t-shirt of a player at the store and he has a walk-off hit, you also receive an autographed bat from the player.

The dumbest promotion? Has to be the one they do on the radio (I forget who sponsors it) where you win $5,000 and a car if the Brewers turn a triple play. Yeah...that's right--a TRIPLE play. So not only do you have to hope that the Brewers complete one of the rarest feats in baseball during the game, but you have to have it happen during a particular INNING! Please tell me people didn't really sign up for this. You have a better chance of getting Paris Hilton into Yale Law than you do of getting a triple play turned in a specific inning. The Brewers haven't even turned a triple play since 1999 (against the CUBS, mind you). And what kind of promotion has you cheering for the opposition's first two batters to get on base! I swear to God, I can hear the eyes rolling in Jim Powell's head every time the triple play inning comes up...

Okay, I'm done rambling for the night, but before you go, make sure you vote for Prince!

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/vote_brewers.jsp

Otherwise, I'll have to give you a Hi-yi...

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Anonymous said...

Hey Bro,
The Hi-Yi will go down in Rosenthal family lore as the all time little bro attempt at vengeance. Taylor and I still talk about it all the time. I look forward to your thoughts on the Hi-Yi the Bucks just put on Yi. Drafting him even though "his people" said he didn't want us to. Can you say "New #1 in world wide jersey sales!" I hope he joins the Bango Nation.
Late,
Tim

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