For the second season in a row, the Milwaukee Brewers went stumbling and bumbling into the All-Star break.
Last year the Brewers roared to life after the break, caught the Chicago Cubs for the National League Central lead and then beat them in a one-game playoff in the Cubs’ den. Cubbie fans are still crying in their Old Style over that. It is, however, unlikely the Brewers will repeat that magic this season.
As the Brewers hit the break the team was a mess. The starting pitching by anyone not named Brandon Woodruff borders on being awful. The relief pitching by anyone not named Josh Hader hasn’t been a whole lot better, and now Hader has a back issue. The offense, save for Christian Yelich, has been out to lunch for nearly a month. It doesn’t give Brewer Nation a lot of hope for the second half.
Everybody says make some trades at the deadline and get some help. Easier said than done. The Brewers’ once-flush farm system is beginning to somewhat resemble Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. The Brewers have very few trade chips remaining in the system. That doesn’t mean they won’t try; David Stearns, president of Baseball operations, has pulled rabbits out of his hat before. Just don’t expect a blockbuster deal that will immediately turn things around.
The Brewers are beat up right now — Hader with a bad back, Ryan Braun a gimpy knee, Orlando Arcia with a shoulder injury and Lorenzo Cain playing hurt every day. The All-Star break couldn’t have come a better time for the “Crew.”
Chin music . . .
Former Wisconsin Badger star Frank Kaminsky has signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. Big Frank played in only 47 games this past season for Charlotte, and you can bet he will see a lot more action than that with Phoenix.
Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who also calls NFL games on FOX, committed a huge gaffe during a recent Reds-Cubs game when he said Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had to suffer through a 40-game suspension. That was a poor choice of words. If anyone suffered, it was Russell’s wife, who went through mental and physical abuse while married to him.
NFL preseason football is only four weeks away and I honestly couldn’t care less. Those games are a joke.
Actress Allison Williams and her husband Ricky Van Veen have separated. For those of you who had four years in the pool, feel free to go ahead and collect your winnings.
If they gave out a half-season MVP award the Brewers’ Christian Yelich would win it hands down. Let’s face it, the Los Angeles Dodgers would still be in first place without Cody Bellinger, but without Yelich the Brewers would be in Siberia.
The Badger men’s basketball program lost out on a blue chip in-state prospect in 6-8 Jalen Johnson, who will be a senior this year at Nicolet High School. He chose Duke over the Badgers, Kentucky and Arizona.
CBS football analyst Tony Romo says Green Bay Packer fans are going to love what new coach Matt LaFleur will bring to the offense, and he says it will resuscitate the career of Aaron Rodgers. That all sounds good — until you stop to realize the Packers are one Rodgers’ injury away from a 6-10 season.
It’s almost time to celebrate that day that defines our nation and sets us apart from the rest of the world. Yup, Amazon Prime Day is coming Monday, July 15.
The New York Mets recently paid tribute to the players on their 1969 championship team, including those who have passed away. Two of the players listed as dead, Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson, are still alive. Oops! The Mets then screwed up an apology when they spelled Hudson’s name as Jessie instead of Jesse. First they kill the guy, then spell his name wrong. They should put a tent over Citi Field — the Mets are a circus.
At the All-Star break there is only one real division race in baseball. All five teams in the National League Central are definitely in contention in what has become a division of mediocre teams.
And finally, a musical based on the life of Liberace is being planned for Broadway. Just to clarify for my younger readers, Liberace is not an Italian dish.
And there you have it!