Sure, it's the beginning of March, there's snow on the ground and it's not too particularly warm outside yet, but that's the beauty of what Bob Uecker's voice can do. Just turning him and Cory on the radio today made it feel about thirty degrees warmer outside, and it was good to have them back. There's just something about hearing Uecker say "The Crew" that brings a warm feeling throughout my body.
But alas, Spring Training is upon us. The Brewers started their 2010 campaign against the San Francisco Giants, losing their first matchup by a score of 5-3. However, the starters played very well, and the Brewers had a 3-0 lead until the 5th inning before some guy named John Axford came in and gave up four runs. The important thing though is that these guys are back on the diamond, and that baseball season is back.
We still want to do some sort of mini-recaps for these exhibition games though, so let's roll out our new feature in which we highlight three positives from the game, but also one negative. We'll call it "Zing, Boom, Tararrel. Puke."
Zing - Rickie Weeks will get the first Brewers preseason Player of the Game award, even though we won't do the standings until the regular season. He had a very strong performance going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. Cory Provus noted on the broadcast that he was a bit worried about Weeks because of the wrist injury last year, but said that Weeks was still batting with the same power that he used during his breakout start last season. That's a great sign, for sure.
Boom - The Brewers gave up five runs in this one, none of which came off the arm of Jeff Suppan. He got the nod on Thursday and pitched two hitless innings, notching one strikeout. Actually, he, Todd Coffey, and Scott Schoeneweis carried a no-hitter through four innings.
Tararrel - In addition to Weeks, it was a good day offensively from the Brewers infield starters. Fielder and Counsell each had a hit apiece while McGehee had a pair. McGehee got the start over Gamel, who has yet to make his Spring Training debut. Ryan Braun sat this one out as well.
Puke - This goes to Barry Zito, who decided to plunk Prince Fielder in the back in retaliation for Prince's walk-off celebration when the two teams met last September. Prince was obviously a bit irked, but walked to first base just clapping his hands at Zito the whole way. That's the kind of swagger we need on this team. As for Zito, I understand the need to retaliate, but that kind of stuff should come in the regular season and not Spring Training, in my opinion.