Clearly, Mike Burns is not a better pitcher than 2-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana, but Burnsie did have the better pitching line tonight. In 6 2/3 innings, Burns gave up just two runs, while Santana gave up five earned in six frames. Granted, many of Santana's runs were scored because the Mets absolutely forgot how to field on Tuesday night, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that Burns has performed admirably in his short stints with Milwaukee so far this season.
Didn't expect this news when I clicked over on Deadspin tonight. Apparently, the episode of the Best Damn Sports Show Period! that will air tonight will be it's last episode ever, which actually kind of saddens me. I haven't been the biggest BDSSP fan, but there was a stretch in high school where I watched it like every night for a month, so there were some fond memories there. At least, until the show turned into Chris Rose and John Salley counting down the top 50 of everything, those got kind of repetitive.
I'm certainly not rooting against the success of Tony Gwynn Jr., but I can't say that I'm rooting for it, either. I've long said that if this kid's last name wasn't Gwynn, he would have been out of the major leagues a long time ago. Too many Brewers fans thought this guy was going to be our centerfielder of the future - myself included - but we were all duped by him as he constantly underachieved when he did find himself on the Brewers roster. And even though the guy we traded him for, Jody Gerut, has turned out to be garbage, I'm not unhappy about the TGJ era being over in Milwaukee.
First, (Milwaukee) signed Mike Cameron, even though Cameron had to serve a 30-day suspension to start the season. And when Little T went down with a hamstring injury (after beginning the season 4-for-7)...
Yes, friends, your eyes don't deceive you – that's a sample size of SEVEN AT-BATS cited as proof that TGJ was off to a good start in '08. I also enjoyed the part where Tom Friend (he's another dude whose full name must be used at all times, I've decided) glossed over the fact that the guy couldn't even stay healthy for five fucking games at the start of the year; nothing like taking advantage of your (allegedly) long-overdue opportunity by blowing out a wheel in the first series of the year. Carpe diem, indeed.
...they fell in love with another center fielder, Gabe Kapler. The timing couldn't have been worse.
… except for the Brewers, who went 8-12 in April and May with Gwynn (when he wasn't on the DL), and promptly ran off a 58-30 stretch between the time TGJ got sent down (May 23) and got called back up (September 1).
Well if you wondered where the offense was on this club after getting shutout on Sunday, your questions were answered. The Brewers put up 10 runs on 19 hits to knock off the Mets 10-6 in one of the more memorable games of the season.
The Bucks roster continues to evolve as they head into the 2009-2010 season, and it looks like it's going to be a roster without the servies of Charlie Villanueva. The Bucks did not extend their $4.6 million qualifying offer to Skillanueva, which means he is now free to negotiate with any NBA team, and that the Bucks won't get a chance to match the offer.
Here are the facts: Bill Hall went 1-for-7 this week, appeared in only two games, and lost even more time at third base because of how well Casey McGehee has been playing. Yet, in that time frame, he also garnered 149,288 votes towards the MLB All-Star Game. This clearly begs the question, who is still voting for this guy?
I don't know about you, but even with Jay Cutler I am not really worried about the Chicago Bears right now. I personally think that Cutler is a tad overrated, and don't think his appearance in a Bears uniform is going to make them a playoff team. That being said, Cutler has performed well with decent receivers such as Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal, and I think if the Bears were to get Plaxico Burress I would start to become a little more concerned.
Apparently Aaron Rodgers is dating this SI swimsuit model, Julie Henderson. Interestingly enough, this chick used to date 51-year old founder of Def Jam, Russell Simmons, even though she's only 23. Not really sure what Simmons and Rodgers have in common as far as what her taste in men is, except for the whole rich and famous thing of course. As long as she doesn't one day embarrass herself while doing the intro for Monday Night Football against the Broncos (Deanna reference), I fully support Rodgers in his decision.
In a game that saw Mat Gamel try things off from the leadoff spot and Jason Kendall go hitless on his own bobblehead day, the Brewers really just got nothing going as they fell to the Giants 7-0. With the win, the Giants take back the Wild Card lead that the Brewers had taken from them just one night before.
As for a Player of the Game? Yikes. Suppan sucked of course, so he's out of the running. Let's see, we could go with Casey McGehee. He only had one hit (no Brewers had more than one) but his went for a double. Chris Narveson was the only pitcher not to allow a run, so that's something. Basically with McGehee hitting .336 right now and Narveson's ERA being at 10.27, I'm going to reward McGehee for how well he's been playing lately and give him the honor, as he becomes our poor man version of Mark DeRosa (who the Brewers asked about before he was shipped off to St. Louis).
Today's another day to find you, shying away. I'll be coming for your love, okay?
All afternoon long while I was watching this soccer game, I was looking forward to writing an article about how the United States has finally arrived on the world soccer scene. The focus of my article was going to be about how a win against Brazil in the Confederations Cup finals was going to be the defining moment in American soccer history. After Landon Donovan converted a beautiful transition attack to put the U.S. up 2-0, I thought for sure this game was in the book. But Brazil rallied back and beat the U.S. 3-2, and the Americans were left to wonder about the game that got away.
Wow, do I need to get off working weekends. Anyway, the Brewers are back in front for the Wild Card, as they beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night. Trevor Hoffman essentially blew the game, but thank god for Corey Hart, J.J. Hardy, and Prince Fielder, who helped lead the Brewers to a late-inning victory. Speaking of Prince, he was the Player of the Game, pretty much that's what happens when you knock in four RBI as well as a home run.
On this day, I see clearly, everything has come to life (I don't want the artist, I want the wrestler).
Yikes, I almost forgot to do this!
Player of the Game: Yovani Gallardo.
Suicide, it's a Suicide.
In baseball, it's three strikes and you're out, and Jeremy Jeffress is awfully close to getting strike three. Already suspended 50 games during 2007-2008 for testing positive for marijuana, Jeffress has again tested posted for a "substance of abuse" and will now be forced to serve a 100 game suspension, which will carry over into next season. One more positive test from Jeffress would lead to a lifetime ban under the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention Program.
If you're in Vegas this summer, make sure you get a chance to check out Greg Stiemsma in a Memphis Grizzlies summer league uniform, because it's probably the last chance you'll get to see him in an NBA uniform. Stiemsma has agreed to play for them this summer, but you never know, maybe he's got a future as a 15th man somewhere out there.
I've been looking around some Bucks blogs during the last ten minutes, and seriously, does anyone like Brandon Jennings? This is a guy that rolled the dice, went to Italy instead of Arizona, played a decent year of professional ball, and is now a Milwaukee Buck. With Jonny Flynn gone, this was the guy I wanted, and I cheered about as hard for this pick as I did when the Packers took B.J. Raji. The Bucks took the guy I wanted them to take, and I'm pretty pleased about the decision.
In a word, games against the Minnesota Twins are annoying. I just hate Minnesota so much, and the Twins are no exception to that. I'm not sure what about the playing the Brewers brings out the best in the Twins, but they certainly looked like world beaters in both series against the Crew this season. In six games against us, the Twins took five of them, including Thursday's 6-4 win in Milwaukee.
There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't. My ex-wife loves him.
A goal in the 88th minute was just enough for the Brazilian side, as they knocked off South Africa in the Semifinals of the Confederations Cup 1-0. This sets up a rematch for the United States, and they will face Brazil on Sunday at 1:25pm in the Finals, with the game to be broadcast on ESPN2.
It would have been better in the USA's interest if South Africa could have squeezed out a victory, as Brazil is clearly a much better team. Brazil has already had their way with America once in this tournament, beating the U.S. 3-0 in the first round. But if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and after the States win against Spain yesterday, I guess anything is possible.
Not everyone has been happy with the subjects I've chosen to write about lately here at The Bucky Channel, and this week I finally face the music and apologize for my actions. At least, most of them. I also reveal which hockey team I will be following next year, comment about the U.S. soccer's big win against Spain, and have some parting words for the guy behind "Boom Goes the Dynamite". All that and more, in this week's edition of Winks Thinks.
When you're struggling for wins, you'll take whatever you can get. That was definitely the case for the Brewers Wednesday night, when Jason Kendall turned a double to the wall into the game-winning run, thanks to the comedy of errors from the Minnesota Twins.
After improbable circumstances helped land the United States into the Confederations Cup semifinals against Spain on Wednesday, there was no way that U.S. could actually pull off a victory against the unstoppable force that was the Spanish side. Somehow though, they pulled it off, scoring goals when they had the chances and playing lockdown defense to earn a 2-0 victory over Spain.
A week ago, I had said that with the way the United States was playing, they were still a long way from finding any sort of success at next year's World Cup. Um, wrong. In the last four days, the U.S. has outscored Egypt and Spain 5-0, looking like a completely different team than the one that played Italy and Brazil at the beginning of this tournament. This is the kind of soccer the United States should be playing at this point in their development. While they are clearly not better than Spain, they still can beat the world's top teams when they play their best soccer, and there's nothing wrong with that at this point.
The win will pit the U.S. against the winner of Brazil/South Africa for the finals of the Confederations Cup, which would be a huge get for the United States. By beating Spain, they could definitely beat either team that they would have to face on Sunday, but either way, a successful tournament for the United States.
Yeah, so that's actually the score right now. Landon Donovan put a ball across the mouth of the goal which was deflected by a couple of defenders. Somehow, Clint Dempsey was there to put his foot on it and blast the ball into the back of the net to give the States the 2-0 lead. There's about ten minutes left to go, and you can bet the Spanish attack is going to be insane all the way up until the final whistle.
It's still United States 1, Spain 0 as we head into the locker rooms for halftime. Spain has had plenty of chances, but so far the U.S. defense has stayed strong. As good as keeper Tim Howard is though, I don't see Spain not scoring in this game. If the U.S. is going to win, I think they're going to have to score at least one more goal. Still, to go up 1-0 at this point is very satisfying.
The U.S. gets the upper hand early as Jozy Altidore shields a defender off the ball at the top of the arc, turns, and strikes one past the Spanish keeper. The keeper Casillas actually got some body on the ball, but the shot deflected off of him and then the left post to trickle into the goal.
As of this posting, 35 minutes have gone by and Spain nearly just tied the game up. But for now the U.S. leads 1-0, with Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan both already being shown yellow cards.
More updates to come.
The United States takes on Spain in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup today. Coverage starts at 1:25pm (Central) on ESPN. Don't miss it!
It's safe to say that as of right now, the Minnesota Twins really do have the Milwaukee Brewers number. This fact is one that bothers me immensely. It's one thing for Cubs fans to come into Miller Park and be obnoxious, but it's a completely different story when it's the Twins. This is a fanbase that should have been contracted a long time ago, and now they are coming into our park and celebrating. That doesn't sit well with me.
Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends?
I hope you didn't already pre-order your Fabricio Oberto Milwaukee Bucks jerseys after learning he was involved in the trade for Richard Jefferson on Tuesday. Oberto's stay with the Bucks ended up being shorter than Jeff Hardy's latest title reign (WWE reference.... sorry), as he was shipped off to Detroit for Power Forward Amir Johnson. He's young, full of energy, and a good defender, perfect for the Bucks system.
I told my dad I'd keep the Q&A on the top of the page for as long as I could, but another "Greg" has stole the show. The latest bit of news is that Greg Jennings is in for a monster pay-day, although a well-deserved one. Greg Jennings needed to be signed to a long term deal because a) he's insanely awesome and b) fans needed to see that Thompson does know how to spend some cash now and then.
Mike Burns will get another shot at the big leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, only this time he will be doing so as a start. Burns has been again recalled from Nashville to start on Thursday against the Twins in place of Dave Bush. Bush, who has been struggling mightily as of late, is headed to the DL with a fatigued arm.
If nothing else, the latest Bucks trade is another reason for us to use our favorite Richard Jefferson picture. You know, I was pretty hard on GM John Hammond when he couldn't move Jefferson at the trade deadline last season, but Hammond finally came through and moved his $15 million contract to the San Antonio Spurs today. In return, the Bucks will receive Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto.
Go figure the one picture I could find featuring both Jason Kendall and Bill Hall also includes Eric Gagne, another major Brewers failure. In the latest updated NL All-Star voting results, Bill Hall and Jason Kendall still remain in the top five at their respected positions. Clearly, there is no way in hell that either of these guys will be voted as a starter into the All-Star game this July, but the fact that both of these guys even make it on the press release every week boggles my mind. As I've said, I'm glad we're voting in strong numbers, Brewers fans, but let's be real here. A look at where the Crew stands:
Any Donald Trump fans out there? If so, tonight is your chance to see the guy in person as he's heading to Green Bay tonight as part of WWE's Monday Night Raw production taking place at the Resch Center. The latest WWE storyline has Vince McMahon "selling" RAW to Donald Trump, so apparently Trump is going to be back in the ring tonight.
After getting destroyed by Italy and Brazil in their first two games of the Confederations Cup, the United States received an incredible gift when Egypt beat Italy 1-0 last Thursday. While still a longshot, that result meant that the United States still had a slim chance of advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.
The Brewers need to realize that they absolutely can't not give away games in which Craig Counsell hits a home run. Seriously, this event is about as rare as Haley's Comet (Shinedown, drink), so you have to take advantage. Casey McGehee also hit a home run but those were the only runners the Brewers would plate on Sunday, as Detroit beat Milwaukee 3-2 en route to a series sweep.
I'll see you again tonight when I go to bed in my head movies. But this head movie makes my eyes rain!
Not a very good series in Detroit so far, to say the least. It was another rough outing from Dave Bush as the Brewers fell to the Tigers 9-5 in the second game of the series. Couple that with the Cardinals 7-1 victory over the Royals today, and you have a new leader atop the NL Central. The Cardinals are now a half game up over the Crew for first place. In what I think is a very telling stat, the Brewers fall to 14-16 since the injury of one Rickie Weeks.
Rain and thunderstorms may have saved the Brewers from a loss a few weeks back in St. Louis, which is why many Brewers fans were optimistic when the game on Friday night went into a rain delay, as the Brewers were down 7-4 in the 4th innings. You need to complete five innings to make a game official, and even though the game was delayed for more than two hours, it eventually resumed and the Brewers were handed a 10-4 loss. The game was called after the seventh inning, as the rains would hit Detroit for a second time, and this time everyone agreed to just call it a day.
More fun times in the wild life that is Tony Mandarich. You'd think being known as the biggest bust in the history of sports would have been enough for him, but no, this guy isn't done yet. The latest? His ex-fiancee is claiming Mandarich set up a porn website under her name so that when people google searched for Sharra Ferbrache, the first site that popped up was full of sexual content of her and the like, including pictures from when they were together back in 2002. Don't bother searching for her now though, the sites have long been taken down.
This United Football League has been very secretive about their upcoming debut in the Fall of 2009 so far, but it looks like they are ready to start divulging some information. It appears there will be four teams to start the 2009 season, with another two to join in 2010. The teams will be located in Las Vegas (coached by Jim Fassel), New York (Ted Cotrell), Orlando (Jim Haslett), and San Francisco (Dennis Green). Teams from Hartford and L.A. are expected to join the league in 2010. For more information about the league structure, check out the Wikipedia entry, it's pretty informative.
Seven years ago, the United States put together a run and nearly found themselves in the World Cup Semi-Finals. Now, one year away from another likely World Cup appearance, the progression the U.S. has made in these last seven years seems minimal.
Fergie: Hot or Not? I can never tell, but lately I'm really into her. Hence the picture. But she's just a small part of Winks Thinks this week, which mainly focuses on my quest to try to like the NHL next season. I run through the teams and come up with eight squads that I wouldn't mind following next year, but I need your help. All that and more in this week's edition of Winks Thinks.
Not a bad way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Major League if you ask me, as the Brewers sweep the Indians in Cleveland with a 8-7 extra innings victory. J.J. Hardy hit a sac fly in the 11th to score the winning run, and then Mark DiFelice and Mitch Stetter were able to keep Cleveland off the board to get the victory.
It was another rough night for the pitching staff, including starter Yovani Gallardo who reached 116 pitches in just five innings. But once again, the offense was able to deliver, and the Brewers have won their series against the Indians after Tuesday's 7-5 win in The Cleve. There's still one more game to go in this series though, that will take place Wednesday night at 6:05pm.
Even though Brett Favre compared him wanting to play for Minnesota to when Vince Lombardi went to coach the Redskins, Favre is not the newsmaker from the debut of Joe Buck Live last night. That distinct honor goes to Artie Lange, who did want many of us have wanted to do for years, and ripped apart Joe Buck right to his face. Warning, the following video is very offensive if you don't like vulgar language or references to sexual activity. It's also offensive if you do like Joe Buck. Via Bob's Blitz:
Insane, simply insane. That certainly was Artie Lange doing what Artie Lange does best, and you could see the worry on Joe Buck's face intensify with each comment. That's the problem I have with Joe Buck, I would have liked to see him deal with the situation better. Granted, it's hard to comeback from something fairly unexpected like this, but it's just another example of why Joe Buck is called "out of touch". The man just has an aura of "I'm better than you", and Artie took full advantage of tearing that apart. Classic stuff, if you ask me.
But wait, there's more! For some reason, Buck decided to continue this train wreck for another eight minutes on HBO's website. The Big Lead has that video, which is just as hilarious if not more so.
I would just like to end this column by personally thanking Artie Lange for making him the focus of the first Joe Buck Live, and taking some of the media coverage away from Brett Favre today. It was refreshing.
Talk about a game I actually want to do a recap on. Unfortunately, a 5:30am start time at work tomorrow is sending me to bed, so here's one of those abbreviated editions I was talking about. I tried to keep things a little suspenseful with the Player of the Game by showing both Braun and Fielder, and here are their stat lines:
Imagine playing basketball, and one of your teammates fouls a guy pretty hard at half-court sometime during the second quarter. The foul is so hard that your teammate is not only kicked out of the game, but you can't replace him. For the rest of the game you're forced to play a man down, and you're going at your opponent four-on-five.
With about a month to play before we reach the Annual Mid-Summer Classic, the Brewers are holding steady amongst fan voting. Ryan Braun still remains in 2nd place in the outfield, and would be a starter should the voting end today, although he's likely to maintain that position anyway. As for the rest of the Brewers, here's what we got:
Catcher - Jason Kendall - 3rd Place
First Base - Prince Fielder - 3rd Place
Second Base - Rickie Weeks - 3rd Place
Shortstop - J.J. Hardy - 3rd Place
Third Base - Bill Hall - 5th Place (Sigh...)
Outfield - Mike Cameron - 7th Place
Outfield - Corey Hart - 9th Place
I know you've been loving the World Cup Qualifiers as much as I have (except for the tough U.S. loss to Costa Rica last week), and I wanted you all to be aware that more great international soccer is one the way. Before South Africa hosts the World Cup next year, they are preparing by hosting the Confederations Cup, in which champions of soccer tournaments from all around the globe take part in this international competition.
Two of the biggest d-bags in the world will be in the same room tonight, when Brett Favre will appear on the first episode of HBO's "Joe Buck Live". This is going to be the first time we hear from Favre directly regarding the whole Vikings situation, so it should be interesting, or something. The show will be broadcast live, hence the title, at 8pm Central tonight. Chances the following will occur:
Hey, look at that, Kobe finally won a title without Shaq. While I'm a huge fan of the Big Shaqtus, I was rooting for Kobe to get the Shaq monkey off his shoulders. Granted, he had Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, and many others (including my first favorite Fisher, Derek), but this has always been Kobe's team. Call me bandwagon or whatever you want to call it, but I've always been a "Lakers Guy", and I was happy to see them win tonight ("Lakers Guy" is a term not to be confused with "Lakers Fan", by the way). I am, however, a big Kobe fan.
Oh, the highs and lows of a 162 game schedule. Last week the Brewers were building a nice 2.5 game lead in the NL Central, but this week they've come back down and could be out of first after tonight's Cardinals game. This is the result of a 1-5 homestand, where they were first swept by the Colorado Rockies and then lost two out of three to the Chicago White Sox. Chicago was able to knock off Milwaukee 5-4, to send the Brewers down to a 34-29 record as they continue to show signs of struggle.
Inspired by Tomo Ohka's start on Saturday for the Cleveland Indians, as well as the recent conversation Bear and I had about how many former Brewers are currently playing down in Tampa Bay, I wanted to see just exactly where are the former Brewers are playing these days. The real question I wanted to know is would a team of 25 ex-Brewers be better than the 2009 model of the club? Without further adieu, here is the all-former Brewers roster of guys currently active in the MLB (I'm including players on the DL, and yes, it's Saturday night and I'm bored).
SP - Jorge De La Rosa (Rockies)
RP - Mike Adams (Padres)
RP - David Weathers (Reds)
RP - Francisco Cordero (Reds)
RP - Brian Shouse (Rays)
RP - Grant Balfour (Rays)
RP - Luis Vizcaino (Indians)
RP - Greg Aquino (Indians)
RP - Scott Linebrink (White Sox)
Looks like I was wise to post those flight times after all, because Manny Parra is definitely going to be on one of them. After his dreadful 1 2/3 innings performance in which he gave up six runs, Parra has been sent down to Nashville. This should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, as Parra has been the weak link of this pitching staff for over a month now. By getting his 8th lost of the season on Saturday, Parra now has as many losses to his name by June 13th as he did all of last year. We hope to see you back up soon, Manny, but this move absolutely had to happen.
No matter what, no matter when, no matter who... any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet. He just needs the right broom.
Is anyone else watching the Brewers/White Sox game right now? Man, is Manny Parra struggling. He has no command of any pitches, and the White Sox are feasting all over him. He didn't even make it through the 2nd inning! At this point, I just can't see how Manny Parra is going to play any role in the Brewers making the playoffs this season. The fact that we are atop the NL Central speaks volume about how good this team is, because of the fact we've been carrying around dead weight in Manny Parra all season.
So what do we do with this guy? Apparently, his confidence is so bad that a demotion to Nashville might actually lead him to the edge of a tall building, but I think it's the only choice. Something tells me Manny might need this information sooner rather than later:
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