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Acquitted on a technicality

You know, the first two months of the season looked really good for the Reds until Ryan Braun was suddenly proven “innocent.”

I’m not going to say that it’s a conspiracy by the Commish, but come on. A Brewers player wins an appeal? Seriously?

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This must be voodoo.

That’s the only way to explain it. How else could an American League player, who has never played a single game for a National League team, win the National League Most Valuable Player award? It just doesn’t make sense.

Ryan Braun has played 729 games over five major league seasons, all for the Milwaukee Brewers. He never played for the Mets, or the Braves, or the Reds, or the Pirates, or the Dodgers, or the Giants, or the Astros, or any of the other National League teams. So how is he named the National League MVP?

Is this because of interleague play? The lines have been blurred so much that the awards are just given out to whoever the voters want to give it, regardless of what league they are actually in?

I looked at the history of the award, and no other player from the American League has ever been named the NL MVP. And, on the flipside, no player from the NL has ever been named the AL MVP. The same holds true for the Cy Young Award: every winner has been awarded the trophy for the league he actually played.

Even the last Milwaukee Brewer to be named the MVP, Robin Yount, was given the proper league’s trophy in 1989. He was the American League MVP (even if he didn’t really deserve to be).

I just don’t get it. And I blame Bud Selig.

My condolences to Matt Kemp. You, sir, were robbed.

2011 Fan Pack Challenge: Milwaukee Brewers

One word: Wow. I am not a Brewers fan, but Wow. Yeah, capital-W Wow.

On the last day for the 10-point timeliness score, the Brewers came through with an awesome fan pack, neatly tucked inside a very nice folder with pictures of Ryan Braun on one side and Yovani Gallardo on the other. This thing is so nice looking, it should be framed if you’re a Brewers fan (which I’m not). Two 3-card packs of 2008 UD First Edition were inside the folder, along with 3 small classic logo stickers, a fridge magnet schedule, a Sportsflics-like luggage tag with Braun’s picture on it (airTran is evidently “The airline of Ryan Braun“), four pocket schedules (with Rickie Weeks on the front), and a couple of full-color ads for Miller Park events and a list of potential gifts for Brewers fans.

With this package, the Brew Crew pulls ahead of the Dodgers. Can anyone top them?

Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 point (featuring Rickie Weeks)
Stickers = 3 (classic logo…love it!)
Baseball cards = 6
High-quality promotional items = 3 (folder featuring Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, luggage tag featuring Ryan Braun, magnet schedule)
Other stuff = 1 (ads for Miller Park events and holiday shopping)
Timeliness = 10 points
TOTAL SCORE = 24 POINTS

Click here to ask for your own fan pack. Don’t forget to say, “Pretty please.”

It’s a conspiracy

JFK, UFOs, WTC…this country is built on conspiracy theories. But I have one that is bigger than them all. Read the rest of this entry

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