Al's Ramblings

Friday, May 27, 2016

(5/27/2016 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Repeating this from last week, as many of you need to relax.

No big deal, and if it means veterans are thanked "in error" on Memorial Day, that's hardly a concern to me, as I thank them ever day.

5/27/2016 12:08:00 PM

(5/27/2016 12:03:00 PM) - Al

What's funny about this list of leadership qualities? Our president does not remotely fit a single one of them.

We're talking about a guy who flies to Hawaii separately from his family to avoid spending time with them.

5/27/2016 12:03:00 PM

(5/27/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why I gave up hiking.

That, and they informed me it was only "hiking" if it was done outside.

5/27/2016 11:00:00 AM

(5/27/2016 10:50:00 AM) - Al

We live in the greatest land of opportunity the planet has ever known.

You can dislike that all you want, but never deny it.

5/27/2016 10:50:00 AM

(5/27/2016 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Checked my work email. All but two are from companies letting me know that they will be closed Monday.

Thanks for that nugget of info. They should send out a note if they're open, as it's a US government holiday.

5/27/2016 10:19:00 AM

(5/27/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al


 Funny because it's true.

Delaying adulthood is one of the many unintended consequences of eight years of tax, spend, and regulate. Because a 26 year old still on mom and dad's insurance is a Democrat for life.

5/27/2016 08:00:00 AM

Thursday, May 26, 2016

(5/26/2016 11:42:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said he had Marinez, Torres, and Goforth tonight. Lucky Wily went as long as he did, and things worked out.

Seems like he has had a lot of games like that already in his year on the job. Not sure if it's more extra inning games than average or if it's related to the Crew, for the most part, having a group of relievers that were best suited to go one inning and one inning only.

5/26/2016 11:42:00 PM

(5/26/2016 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Our houseguest for the next week. She has that "face outside the car facing the wind" look 24/7.

My first comment is a simple one...4 year old dogs have a lot more energy than 18 year old dogs.

5/26/2016 07:06:00 PM

(5/26/2016 05:19:00 PM) - Al

38M people will travel Memorial Day, busiest in 11 years and 2nd busiest ever.

The CBS News travel editor is in the Wausau studio, he is from WI and home for the weekend (able to write off the trip if he works, don't you know). He says the key is to travel by car if 400 miles or less, and travel at off peak times.

The other key is to slow the hell down.

5/26/2016 05:19:00 PM

(5/26/2016 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Goforth up, Capuano to DL with "elbow soreness."

Not sure how bad that injury is, as every pitcher in the majors has a sore elbow right about now. Regardless, a fresh arm will come in handy.

5/26/2016 04:12:00 PM

(5/26/2016 02:25:00 PM) - Al

The JS reports this is the first time the Brewers have played 11 1-2 run games in a row since they moved to MIL in 1970.

You could probably simulate games for years and never have that happen. The truth is always stranger than fiction.

5/26/2016 02:25:00 PM

(5/26/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al


Re: rain

My grandpa used to say "Nope. The rain missed the fields." 

I'm not sure if he actually believed it or not, but he said it often.



5/26/2016 11:00:00 AM

(5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I do not recall a war on police back when W was president.

Of course, I don't recall W saying a bunch of ignorant anti police statements either.

Ironic, huh?

5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM

(5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

1. Only half (50%) of Sanders supporters pick Clinton over Trump in the general election trial heat, down from 55% last week. Most of the remainder choosing "Not sure," "Someone else" or "I would not vote" – only 11% pick Trump.

2. One third (33%) of Sanders supporters believe Sanders is more likely than Clinton to end up the nominee.

3. About half (51%) of Democratic primary voters, including 78% of Sanders supporters, say the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been biased towards Clinton.

4. 46% of Americans say violence is "likely" at this summer's Democratic national convention.--You Gov poll results

My thoughts?

1. Not voting is fine with me. Hillary needs that far left, drug using vote.

2. One third of Sanders supporters do not understand math. Insert your own punchline here.

3. The other 49% have not been paying attention, or do not know how the convention works.

4. Dem operatives are said to be afraid of a "1968 convention," in which most of America will see as an Occupy like, "well, I ain't voting for any of them" fiasco.


5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

(5/25/2016 11:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell is now 2-0 when using Jeffress in the bottom of the 9th or in extra innings on the road.

The one thing I dislike about it is probably why it became a trend for teams not to use their closer in such situations...they ended up using him two innings in what could have easily been a losing contest.

I would think there's a realistic chance Jeffress and Blazek are unavailable tomorrow, and quite possibly Boyer as well. If they had a couple relievers with options, they could easily send one down and bring in a reinforcement, but unfortunately, the bullpen as constructed now does not have that as a possibility.

EDIT: I just realized they could send Broxton down, but 2 of the next 4 games have a LH SP on the mound, so I doubt they will choose that route. 

5/25/2016 11:38:00 PM

(5/25/2016 11:03:00 PM) - Al

I don't think I've ever seen a major league hitter so overmatched by fastball after fastball than AJ Pierzynski.

I defended him when he was released by BOS, as he was still hitting RHP, well, at least for a C. At best, at this point, he should be catching 1-2 times a week, and if set up to succeed, he should face all Kyle Lohse/Taylor Jungmann "types"...guys that top out at 91-92.

5/25/2016 11:03:00 PM

(5/25/2016 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Villar may make a questionably aggressive baserunning decision on occasion, but as of 40some games in, I doubt there's more than a couple better SS's in the NL. If he's able to make the adjustment to 3B like Machado and many others have...well, we can dream.

5/25/2016 10:34:00 PM

(5/25/2016 09:26:00 PM) - Al

How many GOP nominees would be defended on a college campus in CA?

5/25/2016 09:26:00 PM

(5/25/2016 09:10:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if anyone has thrown forth a hypothesis on why the NBA playoffs have been evenly split between battles to the wire and blowout affairs?

5/25/2016 09:10:00 PM

(5/25/2016 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers one of many teams on Cuban OF, exempt from signing restrictions.

If you click on his name, you'll see he is a pure OBP man, walks a ton. Supposedly has some pop, but at 5-8, I'd say he might well be an Aoki type, an average LF/RF or a solid 4th OF.

5/25/2016 08:27:00 PM

(5/25/2016 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Raining here a sizable amount for the first time in about a month, about an inch so far, shower, pours, stops, shower, pours, stops pattern.

I'm sure the farmers will tell me it was either "too late" or "came down too fast."

EDIT: The Rambling mom and dad would call it a "million dollar rain." To paraphrase Forrest Gump, the government must keep that money, because I never saw any of it.

5/25/2016 07:40:00 PM

(5/25/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

I would think any city within a short drive of Milwaukee would be a near perfect match...only a couple D League teams draw enough to worry about, and needless to say, it can always be moved easily. Heck, I'd consider putting in 1500 seats or so to the practice facility they are building and play in that.

The whole point is to have it close so young players can play and practice with the team and also be available to get playing time, if they need it, with the D League club.

5/25/2016 05:43:00 PM

(5/25/2016 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Whiners, one and all.

If you want to run 26 miles, or any other number, good for you. You don't need to do it in front of a group of people, or on a certain course.

These attention whores that insist on paying $75 for a Tshirt and a dollar store medal? Go buy yourself a real problem.

5/25/2016 05:22:00 PM

(5/25/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Poker player and entrepreneur Phil Gordon announced on Twitter yesterday he had started collecting on some of his "Trump will win" bets. Said lots of those who had given him 15-1 or 20-1 were "getting very, very nervous."

They've been very quiet lately. Most simply did not understand the anger, nor did they notice the popularity. By the time they did, the math was already done; and they just were forced to accept it. Now that the polls are so close, very few are admitting defeat, just silently wondering where they went wrong.

Obama is not only the greatest gun salesman of all time, eight years of government proudly taking away rights in the name of "we know better" led to the ability for a complete outsider to step in and actually contend...and maybe win. Overestimating Hillary's popularity was an issue as well.

5/25/2016 09:30:00 AM

(5/25/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Trump picks up a few more votes every time this happens. Folks in flyover country despise this type of behavior.

Folks in WI saw the union folks acting like thugs in Madison and did not have an outlet to voice their disgust...until the election. Hell or high water would not have kept them away.

Luckily, the left doesn't get that.

EDIT: Great minds...

5/25/2016 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

(5/24/2016 11:16:00 PM) - Al

I've seen no fewer than 3 people say on Twitter that "Hillary and Golden State both have it locked up, they cannot be defeated," is not looking like nearly as intelligent a statement as it did about 3 months ago.

5/24/2016 11:16:00 PM

(5/24/2016 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Shane Peterson with a .563/1.163 Bondsian line since returning from the DL a few days ago. Doubt we'll see him in MIL barring several injuries or trades involving 1B/OF's, but he's plenty good enough to be a platoon/reserve in the majors. Just needs to find a home.

5/24/2016 11:10:00 PM

(5/24/2016 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Nigel Hayes will return for his senior season.

5/24/2016 05:42:00 PM

(5/24/2016 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith scheduled to pitch tonight and THU in Brevard County, then go to Colorado Springs and pitch back to back games. If all goes well, he will then be ready to join MIL.

We could see any number of injuries in the next week, but for those wondering about the math:

27 days in April
24 days in May
7 more days until Smith ready
32 days after September 1, when the active roster can be expanded to 40

90 days on active roster for Colin Walsh

Just saying, the math works.

5/24/2016 04:22:00 PM

(5/24/2016 04:18:00 PM) - Al

First baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa is on the market again after being released by the White Sox Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago tweets. He scuffled to a .201/.277/.344 batting line in 175 plate appearances at Triple-A Charlotte. The eight-year MLB veteran, now 32 years of age, owns a lifetime .255/.321/.391 batting line in 1,050 trips to the plate at the major league level.--MLBTR

This, or James Loney seems like a quick and easy temporary solution to the Mets 1B dilemma. Both are good gloves and OBP guys, but they already have a platoon partner on the team in Eric Campbell. 

5/24/2016 04:18:00 PM

(5/24/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I think I speak for many when I say, "Uh oh!"

5/24/2016 11:30:00 AM

(5/24/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Because she's easy disliked.

And has been for 25+ years.

5/24/2016 10:30:00 AM

(5/24/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The same people who insist breakfast is so damn important are the same ones who insist carbs are good and proteins are bad.

They're all being paid to insist that inexpensive grains and cereal are healthy. Because there's so much more money to throw around in that industry.

5/24/2016 09:30:00 AM

(5/24/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

ESPN doesn't even pretend to be about sports anymore.

Pro wrestling? Christ.

5/24/2016 08:30:00 AM

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