Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rambling Rose, Part 2

So many things to talk about, so little time. After working Monday and Tuesday night's games this week, I'm right back at Miller Park Friday and Saturday, and then back again as a fan on Sunday. And a lot happened over the course of the SWEEP against the Giants that I haven't yet had a chance to discuss...

SO once again, if you don't mind (and hell, even if you do), I'm going to take this opportunity to ramble...

--I want to start by apologizing for some really poor writing on my part. Two blogs ago, I mentioned that at times Brewers strike outs can pile up faster than Shawn Kemp's paternity suits. That was a horribly dated line, and I sincerely apologize. Shawn Kemp hasn't even made the slightest blip on the sports radar scene for any of his last 3,476 cheeseburgers. Perhaps in 1994, that would have been a timely line. So forgive me. What I meant to say was "Brewers strike outs can pile up faster than Elijah Duke's paternity suits." Thank you. I feel much better and much more contemporary now.

--One of my responsibilities as a concierge at Miller Park is to go on the peanut run. At the top of the third inning, we fill up the carts and deliver complimentary peanuts to all of the regular suite holders. Most of the time, it's actually kind of fun. The way some of these people respond to the peanuts, you'd think I was handing them a blank check from the Brewers. "Whoa! Peanuts! Awesome. Thanks, man!" But I like that. It makes me feel good, and on occasion we even share a celebratory peanut-induced high-five. Which is nice. BUT then there's times when people actually get a bit snotty about the peanuts. For instance, one gentleman on Tuesday night said, "Wow, peanuts. I pay $530 on food and I get a whole two free bags of peanuts. Just what I wanted."

Look...

If you expect me to feel bad that you can sit in the suites and afford $530 worth of food, well, then...you're pretty much a dumbass. No, not even pretty much. You're 100%, Grade A, dumbass. Plain and simple. I'm here after my regular job, trying to earn an extra buck or two so my soon-to-be-born child can enjoy a quality infant daycare--preferably, one that will completely quell my concerns and eliminate any urges I might have to hide a nanny cam in her nostrils. But I bet you don't care much about that either, right? No, of course not, and I don't blame you. So please just take the peanuts. Please. Take the peanuts.
(I will say that I have learned a valuable lesson on the importance of over-articulating that final "t" when I walk into the suites announcing, "Complimentary peanuts." Without that last "t," you WILL get some incredulous looks.)

--I would be remiss to bask in the joys of the recently-resurrected Brewers offense without at least mentioning one Corey Hart. How incredible has he been this past week? I still think he looks like something out of the Hee-Haw cornfields (and there's no way I'd ever enroll my daughter-to-be at the Corey Hart Daycare Center), but the kid can flat out rake. For those of you Tony Gwynn fans that are miffed about his recent demotion to Triple A, just remember that Corey was sent down about this time last year for the same reason--to get more at bats. Quite frankly, I'd say that move has turned out ok.

--Because I've been so Brewers gung-ho of late, I've been completely neglecting to talk about the Bucks up and coming draft pick. But truth be told, I'm still not sure what I want Larry to do with the 6th pick. Every mock draft I look at has the Bucks taking someone different, largely because they all have different picks going at #3. I do plan on talking draft strategy in a blog article next week, so I don't want to say too much right now...but, I have to mention that everyone seems to be in agreement that if Horford would still be on the board, the Bucks will get him. Am I the only one that's scared by this? I mean, are we seriously going to draft Tito's son? Wasn't one Horford acquisition painful enough for this franchise? Anyone who's watched college basketball has certainly seen the younger Horford play effective minutes on both sides of the ball in crucial moments of crucial games, but...I'm just not sure we should go down that Tito-like path again. It's kind of like when the Packers drafted Aaron Rogers and the Rich Campbell flashbacks caused me to dry heave. Oh and, I'm still not sold on the Rogers kid either. (And for anyone who argues that Rogers hasn't had a chance to prove himself yet, I'll just remind you that by this point in their careers, we knew we had talent with Brunell, Brooks and Hasselbeck.)

--So it's only been 7 of the last 8, but I'm starting to get those giddy daydreams again. I try telling myself, "It's only June, Tom. There's lots of baseball to be played." But I can't help but think this 25th anniversary makes it destined to be. And I even started thinking again about the whole "Pee Your Pants for the Brewers" thing. And now I'm starting to think it's just not enough of a commitment. I mean, like so many other Brewers fans I too signed up to wet myself in the event that they make the play-offs, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that this is probably bound to happen anyhow...involuntarily. I can just see myself in front of the t.v. watching Billy squeeze the final out of the clinching game and looking down and thinking, "Aw, crap. I just peed." It's been twenty-five years, folks. There's really no telling how my body's going to respond to that kind of shock. But I'm ready to find out. So let's not have a let down against the Royals this weekend. And let's take another big step...to wetness.

9 comments:

Eric S said...

Two players the Bucks should seriously consider - Jeff Green (if he is still on the board) or Yi Jianlian. Green is the real deal - he can shoot, drive, and pass - probably a bit too unselfish. In his workouts, Yi looks quite impressive, but it may take a few years to come into his own. I was extremely disappointed that we couldn't leap into the 2 spot - a lineup of Bogus, Vill, Durant, Redd, and Mo would have looked pretty sweet, with Simmons and Ruben coming off the pine.

Anonymous said...

what # are you on the pee your pants website?

Anonymous said...

I am # 869.

-Thomas
(Bayview)

Anonymous said...

Eric--

I'm really surprised you're not letting us up here in wisconsin know that the Bucks need to take one of your florida Gator boys.

I'm a huge Corey Brewer fan (and no, not just because his last name is "Brewer"), and I think it's about high time the Bucks start looking to acquire players who excel on the defensive end...crap, now I've cut into my pre-draft article...oh well...will call that a teaser...

Eric S. said...

I think Brewer will be a good pro, not a great pro. There are those that compare him to a young Mr. Pippen; however, even he would not have had a great career had it not been for Jordan pushing him so hard. Noah will be a workhorse, but no better than a defensive stopper. Horford - not sure what to make out of him...great for college b-ball, but at 6-10, I really don't think he'll be much better than someone like Chris Wilcox or Channing Frye. I hope they can draft someone this year that can produce immediately, such as Green. "Wait until next year" is something that Cub fans typically say or something that the Crew fans continuously said until now.

Anonymous said...

If the Bucks take Jeff Green, the management should be flogged...the dude forgot to show up in the biggest game of his life in the final four...not someone worth investing millions in...

Clint Barton said...

Tom,
I have finally entered the mid season forum. Upon reading multiple pages for too many minutes, I will refrain from forwarding my weak blog address to you. I will, however, bookmark yours and read it often.
Beat ya' Heidi!

Anonymous said...

Thomas -

enjoyed the latest popsting again. Crew is looking good, though come Thursday they head down to see my cubbies -- soriano is on fire, and how bout the SQUEEZE to beat the Sox on Sat.

keep up the good news == oh, and if the bucks take the chinese guy, they're in trouble, -- i'd go corey brewer for two reasons -- 1) he plays D and can handle the ball and reminds many of scottie pippen, and 2) his last name is brewer -- he'll be an icon from day one!

matt

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