Al's Ramblings

Saturday, May 31, 2014

(5/31/2014 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Let the Rambling dog out over an hour ago. No sign of him wanting to come in.

To some, he may look like an elderly cocker spaniel. In his mind, he is the Eliminator of June Bugs.

I should have him fitted for a cape.

5/31/2014 11:33:00 PM

(5/31/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson goes 7+, allows 1, 10th consecutive quality start.

5/31/2014 09:48:00 PM

(5/31/2014 08:35:00 PM) - Al

On the same idea as the Wang post, but Ron has also managed to get KRod, Smith, and Kintzler three consecutive days off...KRod actually got four, but warmed up Wednesday night twice, so that was hardly a day of rest.

5/31/2014 08:35:00 PM

(5/31/2014 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Obama keeps making Carteresque foreign policy moves.

Setting terrorists free and insisting the war on terror is in the past is quite possibly the stupidest thing you can possibly do. Making deals with a terrorist group is so amateurish, it borders on insanity.

5/31/2014 07:53:00 PM

(5/31/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Kudos to Roenicke for getting nine outs from Wang in the last couple days. There are times when your 7th reliever may have to pitch in a close game, especially if the team plays a string of extra inning contests or someone is nicked up. But, using him low leverage situations in which the game is quite lopsided is preferred.

Almost exactly another month to go to hit 90 days on the active roster, if you're keeping track.

5/31/2014 07:11:00 PM

(5/31/2014 04:08:00 PM) - Al

If they're not going to overturn an obvious mistake just because it's close, why have replay?

It is quite apparent the guys in NY try to find a way to not overturn their buddies' errors. It was close, but when the ball is in the glove and there is a gap between the foot and the base, that's an out.

One run that should not have scored, due to two bad calls on the same play. Pathetic. They just keep digging more dirt out of the hole.

5/31/2014 04:08:00 PM

(5/31/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Wily's fastball at 96-95-96 after the trainer spoke with him. Nothing wrong with his velocity.

I wonder if he has a lingering issue, like a knee or groin that is less than perfect. He did not take a warm up toss, which tells me it is not his arm.

5/31/2014 03:44:00 PM

(5/31/2014 03:07:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and son went to his school's bike "fun ride" fundraiser this morning to volunteer, though he ended up riding six miles anyway. The Rambling wife, thinking she had married someone successful, bought $40 worth of raffle tickets (it's for a good cause, you know), but did end up winning a hot pink, 26 inch ladies bike, which will be perfect for her when she finishes growing.

{She has always been 5-0, but last time she went in for her checkup, the nurse deemed her 4-11. Not sure if she'd shrinking or if the gal was having a bad day.}

Since she got a $150 bike for $40, this makes us having to buy a new push mower a bit less painful. Our old one cost $25 as the Rambling wife bought it at a garage sale a decade or so ago.  It starts, but won't run fast enough to not kill when you're actually cutting grass.

They just don't make stuff to last anymore.:)

5/31/2014 03:07:00 PM

(5/31/2014 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Brewers thinking of hitting the pitcher 8th when Aramis returns.

Computer simulations have shown this does lead to a few more runs a season, about 20, if memory serves. In theory, it's kind of backwards, but not really...though the 8th spot will get about twenty more PA's than the 9th, the pitcher won't get them, a PH would, unless the game was out of reach.

5/31/2014 02:25:00 PM

(5/31/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Tom Gorzelanny has just over a week left on his rehab assignment. RR says "He's still not where he needs to be."

Hopefully, he'll understand this and agree to go to the minors until he is 100%. 

5/31/2014 01:35:00 PM

(5/31/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is how we survived not wearing bike helmets.

5/31/2014 10:00:00 AM

Friday, May 30, 2014

(5/30/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Aramis will play a couple games in Appleton, hopes to return as soon as Tuesday. It may work out nicely that they play in MIN, as he can DH a game or two to avoid having to play in the field consecutive days. 

5/30/2014 07:11:00 PM

(5/30/2014 06:43:00 PM) - Al

Brad Mills in May: 2-0, 1.16 ERA. 43 SO in 38.2 IP. 0.70 WHIP .138 opp BA--Brewers

Veteran journeyman or not, Doug is going to start fielding calls for Mills. He might pitch his way right out of the organization. 

5/30/2014 06:43:00 PM

(5/30/2014 06:37:00 PM) - Al

I'm far from a fashion expert, but I think these look great.

5/30/2014 06:37:00 PM

(5/30/2014 04:57:00 PM) - Al

If his new agents have an ounce of backbone, their first bit of advice to him will be to change his horrible name.

At least it's not Lingering, I suppose.

5/30/2014 04:57:00 PM

(5/30/2014 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said Friday in a radio interview that he and co-owner Wesley Edens are strongly considering a change in the team's traditional jersey colors of red and green.

Lasry did not say what a new color scheme would be but said, "We're definitely looking at doing that (making a change). It does need a little bit of help."

Lasry also said in the 1250 WSSP interview that he is upset there is not more Bucks gear available around the city.

"The thing that pisses me off is there's no gear," he said. "I wanted to get stuff for friends back home (in New York). I went yesterday to the Bradley Center to get gear.

"There are a lot of things we need to do. You're going to see a whole bunch of changes."--JS

You can't fall down in most of WI and not hit someone wearing Brewers' or Packers' clothing or caps? Badgers just a notch below that. Bucks? I have no doubt you see far more Lakers, Bulls, and Heat stuff. It's just like the Crew under the Seligs...vastly undermarketed.

They advertise the same way almost all churches do...they complain how expensive it is, and say they have to depend on word of mouth. There's a reason church attendance is in the toilet...for the most part, they do things the same way as they did half a century ago, which simply does not work in today's "bombarded by marketing all the time, shorter attention span" world. The irony is, instead of combating these societal changes, they blame the public.

5/30/2014 04:54:00 PM

(5/30/2014 01:57:00 PM) - Al

They vote with their feet.

This is why raising taxes results in less incoming revenue. It's math.

5/30/2014 01:57:00 PM

(5/30/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

I just don't see Kendys Morales ending up with MIL.

1. Too many of the casual bloggers say/said he would. They are so rarely correct (despite the fact they insist they have "inside" sources), you can almost ignore their predictions.

2. Continued positive statements about Reynolds/Overbay from the braintrust.

3. Overbay has hit better of late (1472 OPS last week, 707 last two weeks).

4, It makes sense that 1B production will go up once Ramirez returns, as they will be able to mix and match a bit more.

5. And finally...every day, more teams seem to be mentioned as interested.

5/30/2014 01:51:00 PM

(5/30/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Record amount of time between hurricanes hitting US land.

Somewhere, in a brothel or massage parlor, Al Gore lies dejectedly on a giant Scrooge McDuck like pile of cash and thinks, "Of all the terrible timing."

Have you heard folks say there have been more storms of late? Lies or simple suggestion tricks. As I have stated several times, Warren Buffet has spoken often of how profitable his insurance and reinsurance companies have been the past few years. Fewer storms equals less damage.

We have survived several ice ages, and a mini ice age occurred less than a thousand years ago...every one before fossil fuels and the Industrial Revolution. "Climate change" is the result of greedy, self important people taking advantage of the fact that, since the dawn of time, weather varies. And, since many people refuse to think for themselves, or are just rubes, they refuse to believe in chance, or randomness.

Such highly suggestive behavior is why we used to have witch trials, and why we used to sacrifice a lamb or small child to the gods.

5/30/2014 01:32:00 PM

(5/30/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Rewriting history...because the truth is very damning.

5/30/2014 10:30:00 AM

(5/30/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

He's a legend in his own mind. And it's all about him.

5/30/2014 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, May 29, 2014

(5/29/2014 10:31:00 PM) - Al

Vaccines, is there nothing they can't do?

It appears they protect both mom and the unborn unchild.

5/29/2014 10:31:00 PM

(5/29/2014 05:43:00 PM) - Al

What does FSW have on tonight?

Ultimate fighting.

From 2007.

The Rambling son was 5 then.

5/29/2014 05:43:00 PM

(5/29/2014 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I'd love to have that bobblehead.

5/29/2014 02:06:00 PM

(5/29/2014 01:20:00 PM) - Al

The left, so polite and civil.

They're very pro long as you share the same opinion as they do. If you don't, you're worthless.

5/29/2014 01:20:00 PM

(5/29/2014 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Sometimes, it just depends on your personal, where you can put guys.--Ron Roenicke, as quoted by Tom H, JS

I believe the word is personnel.

By the way, the JS wants you to pay for their fine writing. Worth every penny...heh.

5/29/2014 01:10:00 PM

(5/29/2014 12:51:00 PM) - Al

1. This is codependence at its finest.

2. The millennial generation is made fun of a lot, and you know why? Because they do incredibly pointless stuff like this.

If they were comfortable in their own skin, they'd just have the wherewithal to read a book if they want to. But they don't, because they feel the need to "be doing something."

It's kind of sad, really. 

5/29/2014 12:51:00 PM

(5/29/2014 12:41:00 PM) - Al

They loved W.

They don't respect Obama in the least.

The difference is as obvious as can be.

5/29/2014 12:41:00 PM

(5/29/2014 12:37:00 PM) - Al

It's all about them. And whatever they go through is far worse than those goofy military guys do.

I'm so glad she's not on my side.

5/29/2014 12:37:00 PM

(5/29/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

After years of delays because of licensing the music used on the show, Fred Savage reports The Wonder Years will soon be on DVD.

I watched some episodes on Netflix a couple years ago, and was surprised how unfunny and annoying Wayne was, as I do not remember that at all when it was on. And, Kevin seemed like such a whiner and complainer too. Some episodes were great, but many, especially those that "tried to make a point" were preachy and tough to watch.

The one thing I'll never forget is when it was on, I never understood what Kevin saw in Winnie, as there were several other girls I felt were prettier. Turns out, I knew nothing. And, she's intelligent too.

5/29/2014 11:00:00 AM

(5/29/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Much is being made made of the fact the Brewers have 32 wins 1/3rd of the way through the season, which is a 96 win pace.

I will venture to say that if they win 96, it will be a fine campaign. The good news is, Doug and the braintrust is probably already looking to see what they can add. The obvious answer is a relief arm or two, especially after Wang spends his 90th day on the active roster. I have no idea what SP's will be available, but I'd project Nelson at a 4-4.50 ERA, so they would have to be a top of the rotation guy to be much better than that. I would also say they will look for a veteran utility player, in the mold of a Jerry Hairston. No offense to Herrera or Falu, who are perfectly capable of being bench fellas, but would be challenged to play every day if Segura went down. The good news...many teams might be happy to dump such a player if they are making $3M+. Finally, with Braun playing at 75%, and Gomez with back issues, a 4th OF capable of playing all three spots and playing every day if needed would be another nice pickup. Even better would be if that guy had 1B experience, but to find a capable defender at 1B and CF might be difficult.

Listening to Doug tonight, I think he loves the Lyle/Mark combo at 1B, especially defensively. Is Kendrys Morales a possibility? Sure, almost any upgrade is. But I don't think it's nearly as high on the list as the others I mentioned.

Enjoy the day off.

5/29/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

(5/28/2014 11:33:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have now had 10+ hits in 8 straight games, batting .312 (91-for-292) with 48 runs (6 runs per game).

This almost perfectly coincides with the Crew finishing their series with ATL. You know, it might have to do with facing mediocre pitching.:)

5/28/2014 11:33:00 PM

(5/28/2014 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Nothing in the presser about KRod's up and down in the bullpen, even before the Crew expanded the lead to 5. I hate when the most interesting thing gets no mention at all...instead, one of the reporters said something to the effect of, "How 'bout that HR by Davis."

Good one.

5/28/2014 11:06:00 PM

(5/28/2014 10:29:00 PM) - Al

Fans in the ballpark are tweeting that KRod sat down and Duke and/or Wooten got up before the HR by Davis.

Gotta wonder if KRod experienced soreness or was unable to get loose.

5/28/2014 10:29:00 PM

(5/28/2014 09:46:00 PM) - Al

The military is overwhelmingly Republican.

That makes me feel better about my beliefs.

5/28/2014 09:46:00 PM

(5/28/2014 08:14:00 PM) - Al

There wasn't a challenge, just a 4-5 minute delay because the umps are in over their heads.


5/28/2014 08:14:00 PM

(5/28/2014 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman points out that Gomez is one of the top dozen players in the sport.

Not only did Doug trade for him, he gave him a three year extension at about half his current value just before he broke out.

I don't know if Doug has a resume, as I am not sure he'd want another job at his age. But, if he does, under qualifications, the top line would simply read: Carlos Gomez.

Of course, finding young, athletic players who are already top defenders that have offensive upside is an excellent strategy, to say the least. Focusing on what a player can do instead of what they can't is as well. 

5/28/2014 03:51:00 PM

(5/28/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Wang pitching a simulated game as I type at MP. I would assume that would leave him unavailable tonight, and the team day off is tomorrow.

To me, that sounds very much like the way a team treats a player they have no intention of offering back to the Pirates. As I have said before, at this point, several teams would claim him on waivers, keep him up a month, and DL him after that.

FYI, KRod is probably unavailable tonight as well, as he has pitched three days in a row. He could talk his way in, however, considering they are off tomorrow. I doubt it though, considering his pitch counts of late.

5/28/2014 03:39:00 PM

(5/28/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Fancy private school has yummy lunches, does not follow goofy rules set forth by unknowledgeable first lady.

5/28/2014 12:00:00 PM

(5/28/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The left hates freedom.

Despises it.

5/28/2014 11:00:00 AM

(5/28/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Not since George Constanza pushed down women and children have I witnessed such girlie man behavior.

5/28/2014 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

(5/27/2014 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Someone just retweeted out an O's fan saying:

Buck should have known Yo G is a Silver Slugger winner. Better bat than Renolds!

This, my friends, is what second guessers look like. It pretty much defines you as not only casual, but a blithering idiot. 

5/27/2014 11:19:00 PM

(5/27/2014 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Lost in the exciement is how badly the Orioles' LF/CF played that ball off the fence...if they hang back and play the carom, they have a decent shot at the "runs like Al" Mark Reynolds. But, both of them ran full speed after the ball, and then had to change directions to chase the ball. That takes precious seconds.

Funny, just yesterday, lots of casuals on Twitter were saying how Nick Markasis was "just jogging" after the balls hit into the RF corner. That's by design, because it's tough to bend down and catch a ball running at full speed. If you do that, you're very likely to...wait for it...have to chase the ball down, and probably give up an extra base.

5/27/2014 11:06:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:48:00 PM) - Al

Umpires only have to do one thing balls and strikes.

And, a lot of them suck at it.

5/27/2014 10:48:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Never forget, the difference between most utility players and most AAA veterans is one word:


5/27/2014 10:41:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:25:00 PM) - Al

Everyone in my hometown is posting they have no power, storm went through.

Small town news. :)

And this is coming from me, who regularly tells tales about his cocker spaniel.

5/27/2014 10:25:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:12:00 PM) - Al

This is one unlucky team since the first few weeks of the season. More line drives at infielders and hard one hoppers turned into ground outs (and double plays) than one can imagine.

Is it all just balancing out? Maybe, it seemed every ball found a hole in early April.

5/27/2014 10:12:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:00:00 PM) - Al

If nothing else, those old media folks (and a few self important others) who insist that PED's increased performance sure do have a tough time explaining the continued success of...just about every single player suspended for PED's.

They do help you heal quicker, and stay on the field for more games. That said, steroids are prescribed all the time to help everyday non athletes overcome pain and injury. Obviously, they can be abused, but so can almost every drug. The ATP has oodles of tests for elevated amounts of caffeine every year, but only informs the player of the health risks, no suspension or fine.

5/27/2014 10:00:00 PM

(5/27/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Seeing a lot of second guessing on Twitter. Heh.

People second guess because they're in a position to do so. You know, hacks in mom's basement, waiting for their next government check to arrive. People with actual talent and belief in themselves either say it beforehand or shut up. Sadly, that's not what populates the internet, to say the least.

Truth is, it's tough to give a team five outs and not give up something. Segura rushed to turn two, and probably should have just made sure of one...never mind he had a slow runner batting. That said, it's not like Segura is going to be replaced anytime soon, so you have to hope it's used as a teachable moment.

5/27/2014 09:49:00 PM

(5/27/2014 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Strike zone is all over the place tonight, huge to start the game, now tight as it goes on. Hard to believe how the same guy can have no clue back there just because it's two hours later.

Of course, it's hot out there, he goes on vacation soon, and, oh well, he'll still get his raise. With all those incentives, it's hard to believe they aren't very good, huh? 

5/27/2014 09:27:00 PM

(5/27/2014 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Adam Jones slams his helmet down after striking out...nothing.

How many times have we heard that's an automatic ejection when Braun or a Brewers' player has done it? It's not, because only bad umpires do so. Sadly, that's that's the vast majority.

They are consistently inconsistent. 

5/27/2014 07:20:00 PM

(5/27/2014 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Another Facebook friend just shocked UHaul called them to inform them they will not have a truck and had to cancel their reservation. Of course, in some cases, it's understandable...the previous renter may not bring it back on time, or, the truck may experience mechanical problems and not be able to be fixed in time.

However, I have never heard this given as an excuse, it's always just a simple, "We ran out of trucks," or "Lots of people moving this weekend." Apparently, they just take unlimited reservations, and a few days before, cancel those they cannot take care of. Since they are the only nationwide game in town, they seem to get away with it...this is at least the 5th time I've heard this exact same issue.

5/27/2014 06:53:00 PM

(5/27/2014 05:15:00 PM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin said team was only told death threat to Khris Davis "has been handled." Was originally posted on Twitter.--JS

Goodness. How pathetic is that? 

5/27/2014 05:15:00 PM

(5/27/2014 04:27:00 PM) - Al

$6.20 Brewers' tickets on Monday, 6/2. Only 4th level and bleachers left, but $6 is mighty inexpensive.

5/27/2014 04:27:00 PM

(5/27/2014 01:47:00 PM) - Al

As a contrarian, this is one of the best articles I've ever read.

Any attempt to limit freedom over consenting adults is a poor one. It simply sets us up to accept more limits later. If I want to do some filing for a friend in the evenings, and we agree on $5 an hour, no bureaucrat or lawmaker should get in the way of that agreement. 

5/27/2014 01:47:00 PM

(5/27/2014 01:11:00 PM) - Al

If you take your wife with you to see him, have her a wear something loose fitting, or Johnny won't be able to concentrate.

The fact that anyone would use him proves that they'll do anything to win a court case. Look, it can't be that difficult to find a lawyer that's not an off the chart scumbag, insert your own joke here.

5/27/2014 01:11:00 PM

(5/27/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. We gotta pass the bill to see what's in it...we gotta see what's in it before we vote on it.

The left is nothing but consistently inconsistent.

When you don't stand for anything,  I suppose that's pretty easy to do.

5/27/2014 10:00:00 AM

Monday, May 26, 2014

(5/26/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Crime in Colorado seems flat, down slightly, since marijuana was legalized. I expected petty stuff to be up, though by a minimal amount, 5% or so.

CO is running a nice trial for the rest of the country.

5/26/2014 08:27:00 PM

(5/26/2014 06:33:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying all year they're well due for one of these. And they were, having already "stolen" 3-4 games they had little business of winning.

That said, while KRod has not been giving up line drives and long HR's, it sure would appear teams are sitting on his breaking ball, and in doing so, hitting decent pitches and getting hits in doing so. That was bound to occur sooner or later, as advance scouting is done both in person and from the TV. Wooten, who has been superb as well, looked to be the same situation, sit on junk and smack it.

5/26/2014 06:33:00 PM

(5/26/2014 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Even after today, they are 10-7 in one run games, and their run differential is +11, and they still are three wins above their expected total. Add all that up, the sum is a team that will even things out. In theory, there is no reason that has to happen...but it always seems to. 

5/26/2014 06:20:00 PM

(5/26/2014 03:34:00 PM) - Al

If you try hard enough you can steer anything to end up the way you want it to.

5/26/2014 03:34:00 PM

(5/26/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have announced that Bianchi has accepted his outright assignment. He will report to Triple-A Nashville.--MLBTR

No word of an official opt out, but I'm sure if a team called Doug and told him they wanted Bianchi in the majors, Doug would take care of him.

5/26/2014 03:30:00 PM

(5/26/2014 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Overbay could easily have a pair of homers today. If Ramirez gets back and is able to play 5 days a week, Roenicke will be able to mix and match Reynolds and Lyle a bit more, and it should only help.

5/26/2014 03:12:00 PM

(5/26/2014 02:50:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I don't really notice the length of men's shorts, but women's seem to have moved up of late. I can't say this bothers me (I do not have a daughter, which I am thankful for every damn day), but this trend seems to have gone into the plus size market as well.

It probably should have stopped with the size 8's and under. This is why my shorts rub against my ankles.

5/26/2014 02:50:00 PM

(5/26/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al

The post below reminded me of this one.

Probably because I know the Rambling dog would be far more devastated than the Rambling wife.

5/26/2014 02:29:00 PM

(5/26/2014 02:23:00 PM) - Al

I can't recall ever seeing this image before. Never forget the families, as they do not always choose the life.

5/26/2014 02:23:00 PM

(5/26/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

A message from Gary Sinise, who of course played Lt. Dan in the classic film, Forrest Gump, and continues to do great work today. 

Thank you to all the men and women who served from myself as well. I hope if you are somehow offended by my "missing the point" of the day, you soon learn we should be thanking our military every day, because without them, past and present, we would not be the finest nation to ever grace the planet.

5/26/2014 01:00:00 PM

(5/26/2014 12:50:00 PM) - Al

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. — George S. Patton

Thanks to Michael for emailing that in. That's a fine way to look at it. 

5/26/2014 12:50:00 PM

(5/26/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Sophia, looking quite fetching, reports Henderson experienced soreness in his shoulder in Huntsville and will wait a week or two to go back on rehab.

Ramirez's hammy is feeling better and hopes to be back soon, in the next 7-10 days.

5/26/2014 12:47:00 PM

(5/26/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

A touching tribute because many Americans are too preoccupied, ignorant, or not patriotic enough to say thank you.

Have a good Memorial Day, and don't be afraid to have a good day. Brave heroes died so we could enjoy the warm weather at the beginning of summer, which is a three day weekend for many of us. If you're going to be grumpy, heck, save that for a weekday in February.

5/26/2014 09:30:00 AM

(5/26/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Adding pages of regulations and needless red tape have not helped. Neither has high fuel costs, who needs that silly pipeline?

Luckily though, this administration has magically kept the sea level of the oceans from rising...just by saying so.

5/26/2014 08:00:00 AM

(5/26/2014 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Some rapper who couldn't spell hypocrite if you gave him a half dozen tries still knows Hank Reid is one.

5/26/2014 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, May 25, 2014

(5/25/2014 10:14:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling brother says hay is in that $4-6 a bale range, especially if they are well made and heavy. Might be able to find lighter and mediocre stuff for $3. He says the days of 50 cents a bale for lower quality stuff may be gone forever.

I would assume much of that is due to high fuel prices, as it takes several pieces of equipment to produce.

5/25/2014 10:14:00 PM

(5/25/2014 08:16:00 PM) - Al

I see people listing small bales of hay for $4-6 a bale in this area. Is that what hay is going for this year, or is that someone just looking to sell a few bales to people that own a few horses?

5/25/2014 08:16:00 PM

(5/25/2014 06:13:00 PM) - Al

Once again, the umpires ignore the guy who started the incident.

And unless the Red Sox are forfeiting the game, the Rays should score as many runs as they can. BOS brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th. No lead is insurmountable.

Joe Maddon noted in his postgame scrum that Ellsbury stole in the 8th with Sox up by 6 last season, and Rays didn't utter a peep.--Globe

Well, six is less than five...right?

Heh. They're unwritten rules for a reason...because only the ignorant follow them.

5/25/2014 06:13:00 PM

(5/25/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

The gal reported a "flurry of moves" after the game...but it was only the Nelson/Falu exchange.

I don't think she knows what a "flurry" is, as every move has to involve at least two players.

5/25/2014 05:27:00 PM

(5/25/2014 03:46:00 PM) - Al

The team will select the contract of INF Irving Falu tomorrow from Triple-A.--Brewers

Because if they select it today, they have to pay him today. All just paperwork, he'll join the team tomorrow, and basically gives the Brewers two speedy switch hitters able to play anywhere except P/C/1B (Elian has actually played both C and 1B, but Irving has not, though he has extensive experience at 2B/SS/3B/RF). 

5/25/2014 03:46:00 PM

(5/25/2014 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson back to Nashville, Gallardo to start Wednesday.--Brewers

Estrada's spot, and Marco usually does very well with extra rest.

5/25/2014 03:41:00 PM

(5/25/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Not all lefties are mass murderers...but some are.

5/25/2014 03:39:00 PM

(5/25/2014 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers get to 30 victories on the earliest date in club history. Previous earliest date was May 31 in both 2011 and 2007.--JS
Of course, they started in March this year, but, point taken.

5/25/2014 03:34:00 PM

(5/25/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Falu is not playing today in Nashville, so he might already be on his way to Milwaukee, if he is indeed the guy coming up.

5/25/2014 03:32:00 PM

(5/25/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al

I would go with Fiers or another arm for the time being for that final roster spot. If you get a couple solid 7-8 inning starts, you could always swap the pitcher for Falu or someone else then. 

5/25/2014 02:24:00 PM

(5/25/2014 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Nelson over 100 pitches, so likely his last batter, and certainly his last inning.

He's some fastball location and a passable change up away from having top of the rotation stuff. Back to AAA for now, but sadly, I'm sure an injury will have him back far sooner than we would prefer.

5/25/2014 02:21:00 PM

(5/25/2014 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Nelson with three scoreless, but struggling with his control. Good enough stuff, or the lack of a scouting report on him, keeping Marlins' from smacking the ball, so far at least.

5/25/2014 01:26:00 PM

(5/25/2014 11:55:00 AM) - Al

The JS reports the Brewers are likely to call up an infielder after the game when Nelson is returned. As I mentioned yesterday, Irving Falu is basically Herrera's twin, a speedy, switch hitting INF/OF; probably more of a defensive guy.

5/25/2014 11:55:00 AM

(5/25/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al


Nicely stated about Memorial Day. We don't sit around and celebrate the birth of Jesus all day on Christmas, and we don't celebrate his resurrection on Easter. Why we would we celebrate the deaths of our military? 

Note what it is and move on. I'm certainly not going to apologize for enjoying my long weekend. 


I can't disagree with CB's thoughts.

5/25/2014 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, May 24, 2014

(5/24/2014 10:57:00 PM) - Al

NM ranchers being denied access to water for their cattle on Fed land they have been using for years. The Feds say it is to protect a mouse.--Instapundit

We're in the best of hands.

5/24/2014 10:57:00 PM

(5/24/2014 09:57:00 PM) - Al reports and Roenicke seems to confirm that Nelson will be sent back to the minors as soon as Sunday's game is over.

One thing to keep in mind that I kind of passed over was Doug's many mentions that he wanted a flexible bench, both with position versatility and options remaining. Herrera is certainly not the defender at SS Bianchi is, and probably is not at 2B or 3B. That said, he's the 3rd string 2B, 3rd string 3B (2nd until Aramis returns), and if Segura is injured and Elian has to play SS every day, we wouldn't be feeling any better having Bianchi there. Add in the fact Elian is a switch hitter and can play all 3 OF spots...he may well have beat out Bianchi after spring training, but loyalty to Jeff and his defense won out.

With an average offense at best, it's tough to keep a defensive guy.

As far that extra roster spot, they could use Fiers or another arm (they have three spots open on the 40, so they could go with someone else as well, if they wish to keep Mike starting in AAA). They could go with another position player. They could literally do one for a few days and then do the other, based on the amount of work the bullpen gets. This creates a more practical bench that can flip back and forth.

The fact Bianchi did not have an option may have been the most important factor here.

5/24/2014 09:57:00 PM

(5/24/2014 09:33:00 PM) - Al

We made this recipe from The Chew tonight, and all three of us loved it. We made it with cheddar instead of pepperjack, and I think swiss would be delicious. You don't need to use more than half a bottle of BBQ sauce either. Two bottles is overkill.

I made it with my low carb, homemade BBQ sauce, which is also outstanding.

5/24/2014 09:33:00 PM

(5/24/2014 07:57:00 PM) - Al

I admit, if I was Bianchi, I'd take free agency. He can play at AAA for anyone, and not only does the Crew have Herrera, they also have Irving Falu, who can also play almost anywhere on the field and switch hit, at AAA.

I look at it this way...if they don't have room for me now, without Ramirez, they are unlikely to have room for me when he returns in a week or two.

5/24/2014 07:57:00 PM

(5/24/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Just got done grilling, and I see the Crew outrighted Bianchi to Nashville, which he can refuse and become a free agent. I did not think they had enough faith in Herrera to trust him as the only reserve SS, but, I guess I was wrong.

I'll see what my options are. The coaching staff expressed that they really like me and they want me to get my swing right, everything right down there. This could be a good thing.

It's always good to hear they like what you did, how you play the game. This is where I came up for the first time. I love the organization. I hope to be back. At the same time, I have to do what's best for me and my family.--Bianchi

We hope he doesn't (decline). We told him him how much we want him here.--Roenicke

I thought Bianchi was safe due to his ability to play 2B/SS/3B well. I'm also surprised by his total lack of offense...this year is a tiny sample, but even overall, he was a plus hitter in AAA. Of course, coming off the bench is a tough gig.

Curious as to what happens after Nelson pitches, if they will send him right down or keep him for a while and use him to protect the bullpen.

5/24/2014 07:23:00 PM

(5/24/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Seeing Thornburg in reminds me someone will have to go down to make room for Nelson to start tomorrow, and it will almost certainly be either Thornburg, Wooten, or Herrera, and I'm sure they do not want to send any of them down. Barring someone being DL'd, either tonight or tomorrow AM, they won't have a choice.

5/24/2014 05:38:00 PM

(5/24/2014 05:29:00 PM) - Al

I was in the middle of my Memorial Day thoughts, so here's my Gomez thoughts:

Keep trucking my friend. Teams should play to their strengths, and Carlos runs like the wind. You don't hear any complaints when he basically steals a win when the opposition makes a poor throw and he scores the winning run. Sometimes, they're going to make a very good throw and get him. Tip your cap and move on.

In today's game, runs are way down from a few years ago, for a variety of factors. Picking up a base is important, far moreso than it used to be. Bunting is more important too, as is basestealing, and holding/throwing out runners.

5/24/2014 05:29:00 PM

(5/24/2014 05:22:00 PM) - Al

For many of us, as patriotic Americans, this is Memorial Day weekend, universally accepted as the beginning of summer. The last couple years, the Rambling family went to the inlaws vacation compound, minus me and the Rambling dog, because one of us was not invited, and the other is antisocial. This year, however, we're all at home, and are just taking it easy; grilling, drinking flavored fruit beverages (the Rambling son and myself downed an entire pitcher of Crystal Light this afternoon; we are bad, bad men), and being thankful our son is old enough to mow the lawn, because I sure the hell don't want to (and the Rambling wife is all, "I can't straighten my arm," and "I shouldn't be using power equipment all doped up on painkillers.")

That said, we do have to remember that Memorial Day is a day remember the sacrifice of our fallen heroes. I use it to be thankful of our current and former military members, but, I do that every day, because I know freedom is not free, and must be defended. Our national anthem speaks of bombs exploding, and how comforting it was to see the flag still waving over the greatest land the planet has ever known. The verse about silent protests and singing folk songs has been mysteriously lost to history, because, it was so damn stupid (and of course, never existed), but hence, I digress.

About this time of year, however, we are bombarded by people who insist Memorial Day is a somber event that should not be "celebrated" at should be like a funeral or something. Many of these folks are either military friendly or always painfully negative nellies, so it's an odd pairing. One gal said last year we should enjoy the day, but spend part of it doing something like cleaning up a veteran's cemetery. Well, that's a nice thought, but I don't know why that should be done on Monday rather than, you know, any other day.

I recall when I ran a party store in a south Mpls suburb, the guy on the radio signed off Friday morning by saying, basically, to remember it's not just a three day weekend, but to remember what the day is. My full time associate, who was a blunt, tell it like it is woman, responded, "What, are we supposed to be sad all weekend?"

Of course not. Dan Fleyschman, an entrepreneur who has started many tech companies, dabbled in pro poker, and started a charity to help the homeless, had a nice quote this morning:

The point of Memorial Day is to remember the millions of people that fought for us to have the freedom to do all these fun things.  

Yes it is. Don't feel bad about enjoying yourself, and spending time with your friends and family. Thank a veteran if you see one. If you have lost someone, keep them in your thoughts. If you know someone who has, thank them for their sacrifice.

And if you're taking life advice from people who say "don't have fun" or "you should stop enjoying yourself," it might be time for a quick life review. Those folks are only trying to bring others down to their miserable level. Write out a blueprint that does not involve listening to those buffoons.

And, dare I say it, but happy Memorial Day weekend.

5/24/2014 05:22:00 PM

(5/24/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

The irony about Wily getting all upset about stuff is that some teams love it (Arizona I'm sure would), and others look down on it (Minnesota for one, Atlanta took Chris Johnson out last night after a temper tantrum, even though it was out of sight in the tunnel).

In Wily's case, pitching is a bit too "exact" for him to gain anything from extra motivation (if he were shoveling dirt, he might just be able to do more, faster).

5/24/2014 03:53:00 PM

(5/24/2014 03:33:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog woke up for the first time and I let him out about 12:30AM last night. I then woke up about 2:30, and my leg did not feel right. In my daze, I straightened it out, and gave myself an incredibly painful charleyhorse.

As I say every time I get one, it is just amazing how painful those are. Thankfully, they only last a few seconds.

5/24/2014 03:33:00 PM

(5/24/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This morning, about 10AM, as we readied to go to Golden Corral for brunch...

Rambling wife: Al!

Al: Yes?

RW: Come here. You need to help me get dressed.

Al: (inaudible)

RW: What were you saying?

Al: Just something about living the dream.

5/24/2014 03:30:00 PM

(5/24/2014 01:23:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife bought the last 'tennis elbow support" they had at Wal Mart.

There's another phrase I never thought I'd say.

5/24/2014 01:23:00 PM

(5/24/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Lineup today, Braun back, batting 2nd.

If he is limited power wise, he may remain there.

5/24/2014 01:21:00 PM

(5/24/2014 09:25:00 AM) - Al

Happy Memorial Day weekend. A special thank you to the men and women who have served, and to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Rambling wife woke up this AM with a very sore elbow, barely able to move it. I googled it, read off the symptoms, and lo and behold, she is a victim of tennis elbow. She, like most sufferers of the condition, does not play tennis. She has been told by Dr. Internet to relax her arm, ice it, and take pain relievers.

She has also been told she is old.

5/24/2014 09:25:00 AM

Friday, May 23, 2014

(5/23/2014 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Something I learned while looking up something's about eight hours from my hometown in SW WI to southern IL.

It's about ten hours from southern IL to the southern tip of Georgia.

And it's about eight hours from southern GA to southern Florida.

Doesn't seem like the first or last would take that long, and the middle would be far longer.

5/23/2014 11:00:00 PM

(5/23/2014 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Khris Davis started in Braun's place in left and seventh in the

Wow. Embarassing ignorance from the MLB gal in ATL.

5/23/2014 10:32:00 PM

(5/23/2014 09:31:00 PM) - Al

If you plan on going to the Memorial Day game, better get your tickets tonight. They are selling both standing room and obstructed view, meaning they are out of everything except single seats.

5/23/2014 09:31:00 PM

(5/23/2014 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Braun available to PH tonight, expects to start tomorrow. No DL for him, it would appear.

5/23/2014 05:34:00 PM

(5/23/2014 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Yo pitched a bullpen today and says he expects to start Sunday, but all the outliers indicate he'll get some rest. No chance of him going on the DL, he's fine.

5/23/2014 05:32:00 PM

(5/23/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

The question is if Yo or Braun will be DL'd, or if someone will be sent down. Other than the obvious choice of Herrera, whose versatility is valuable with a short bench, another choice would be to sent out a reliever with options (Wooten or Thornburg), start Nelson, then immediately replace Jimmy with another pitcher for the 'pen, maybe Fiers.

If a player is sent down, they must remain ten days, unless they are replacing an injured player. A week and a half of mostly rest might be a nice respite for Tyler, who has never worked in relief before this year.

5/23/2014 05:16:00 PM

(5/23/2014 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Nashville announces Jimmy Nelson will not be starting tonight as planned. Looks like he'll be starting Sunday in Miami.

He pitched well last September in MIL and at each level in the minors. Note the improvement each season when he repeated a level and his consistent K rate. Kid is developing just as you hope to see. Turns 25 in a couple weeks, probably penciled into a rotation spot for next season.

5/23/2014 04:44:00 PM

(5/23/2014 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Former top pick Taylor Jungmann has been promoted from AA to AAA...that would lead one to believe a pitched will be promoted from Nashville to MIL. 

5/23/2014 04:39:00 PM

(5/23/2014 11:56:00 AM) - Al

New camo pattern announced.

I hope it's OK that I can see it so well. Of course, I'm not outside either.

5/23/2014 11:56:00 AM

(5/23/2014 11:27:00 AM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to start tonight for Nashville, so if he does, that would mean Thornburg or Fiers would pick up the start Sunday if Yo can't go. Fiers pitched Wednesday, but only threw 70 pitches in 6 plus innings.

5/23/2014 11:27:00 AM

(5/23/2014 11:23:00 AM) - Al

Suzy Favor Hamilton tells her Twitter followers that she's chaperoning a Girl Scouts' camping trip tonight.

I can't imagine the uptight "holier than thou" parents being very happy with that.

5/23/2014 11:23:00 AM

(5/23/2014 11:11:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers and Red Sox are the only teams in MLB to use just five starting pitchers this season. Gallardo start on Sunday in Miami TBD.--Brewers' PR

That's one reason why the Crew are near the top of the wins list. On a broader note, MIL basically played with their top 25 guys in April, while other clubs played with 20 of their top 25, and then 26-30. With all due respect to Tom G, Jim H, and Brandon K, Wooten has filled in admirably, as has Herrera.

While casuals and JS writers talk about the calendar flipping over to May, in reality, Ramirez and Braun being out or at partial strength have led to fewer runs being scored; and the pitching, while still solid, has been less dominant. And to be honest, the good fortune has balanced out...lost in last night's game was the real key play, that grounder that bounced off Reynolds' glove. In April, that would have been a double play, or at least an out. When you're not going good, balls like that find the hole.

It also explains why pitching depth is so vital. Teams need 15-18 pitchers over 162. Many scoff over Wooten and others like him, solid arms probably "correctly placed" at AAA, but perfectly able to be passable in the majors. You need those guys at some point.

5/23/2014 11:11:00 AM

Thursday, May 22, 2014

(5/22/2014 11:33:00 PM) - Al

FSW explains things better, Ron thought Tomlin would do something, and he did not.

I still doubt we're hearing everything.

5/22/2014 11:33:00 PM

(5/22/2014 10:45:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says he takes responsibility, miscommunication.

As a former retail manager, I assume that means someone goofed. We'll probably never know the full story, but I have to wonder if the interim pitching coach called the wrong number and did not know Hanel's voice. Ron doesn't go make the change if he hasn't been told Snith is ready.

Again, more important is Braun's status and on a related note, getting Gomez back and healthy. Schafer is a plus defender, but he's a step down on offense, to say the least. No word on when Braun will be able to play, and to be honest, they may not know. The fact he was on the bench late in the game either means he'll be out a while or it was relatively minor, and he may not miss a game. How's that for running the gamut?

5/22/2014 10:45:00 PM

(5/22/2014 10:05:00 PM) - Al

This is why the government has no idea about damn near everything.

5/22/2014 10:05:00 PM

(5/22/2014 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Brevin Pritzl of DePere verbally commits to Wisconsin. He'll start school in 2015.

6-3 shooter, though I've seen him listed from 6-2 to 6-5. 

5/22/2014 09:40:00 PM

(5/22/2014 09:37:00 PM) - Al

That's the thing...these guys can be drop dead awful...which they are, and balls and strikes is pretty much all that matters now. You don't even need base umpires...all but a couple plays a game are obvious. The couple are nearly always reviewed.

5/22/2014 09:37:00 PM

(5/22/2014 09:30:00 PM) - Al

99% accurate?

On close calls, they don't even get 50%. So bad, they had to change the game.

5/22/2014 09:30:00 PM

(5/22/2014 09:27:00 PM) - Al

The far bigger picture is the fact that, at the moment, the Crew is without Braun and Ramirez, which of course, is just like much of the second half of last year. The Crew has the SP to compete without them, but those two are probably worth half a run a game over their replacements...that's a lot of offense to make up...using the simple rule of ten, every ten runs scored is worth a win.

Over a season, eight wins is the difference between a .500 club and a 89 win, probable playoff team, basically, average versus good.

5/22/2014 09:27:00 PM

(5/22/2014 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Build it, and they will come...

At least for a season or two.

5/22/2014 06:45:00 PM

(5/22/2014 03:47:00 PM) - Al

About 20K tickets sold for the MP soccer game in five hours, plus the presale to Brewers' season ticket holders.

5/22/2014 03:47:00 PM

(5/22/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al


I was reading another Brewers' blog, and they were discussing what happens when Henderson, Gorzelanny, and Ramirez all return. Wooten and Herrera seem likely to be two of the three demoted, but who do you see as #3? 


Matt, I doubt if Doug and Gord have given this much thought, so to be honest, we shouldn't either. That said, I agree with you on Elian and Rob, though I like both of them. If that day were today (which it is not), I'd say they might well put Yo on the DL to delay making a decision. Otherwise, it probably comes down to how steadfast they are about keeping Wang, at least until 90 days on the active roster are up.

If they are determined to keep Wang, I'd say the three names "on the bubble" would be Overbay, Henderson, and Thornburg, Lyle because of his production and Jim and Tyler because they have options. If Henderson continues to throw 93-94 instead of his career norm of 95-96, he might be the "surprise" demotion, to those who do not read Ramblings.

5/22/2014 03:42:00 PM

(5/22/2014 03:23:00 PM) - Al

This reeks of panic.

Rehab in the minors or a stint in the minors (he doesn't have to go, but I believe he does to get paid) seem like far better options. He'll have a half dozen offers the second he clears waivers.

5/22/2014 03:23:00 PM

(5/22/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Fielder may miss season if he elects surgery.

The irony here is, I doubt if his weight had much/anything to do with this injury. This is just the risk of athletic competition or life breaking a guy down.

5/22/2014 03:20:00 PM

(5/22/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

I always giggle when I read people insist something is going to be a mammoth failure, because rarely does a wise businessman, with money to put on an event, not realize it will be a success...or else he would not put money into it.

Miller Park is having a soccer game later in the summer, popular team from Mexico and a generic team from the EPL, the most popular soccer league in the world. The one thing almost everyone agreed on? Tickets were too expensive. Best seats were $70, no tickets less than $25.

Just checked...only single seats left in the $50 and $70 areas. $25 seats that remain are by the RF corner...and the soccer field is from home plate to the LF wall.

Needless to say, considering they went on sale four hours ago, I think they're doing just fine.

5/22/2014 02:32:00 PM

(5/22/2014 02:18:00 PM) - Al

I don't peruse the Brewers' message boards like I once did, but once or twice a week, I meander over and glance at what is being said. I do often find links there that lead to other things. I joked a few days ago that Weeks went from "worthless" and "should release him" to "should move him to LF" and "indispensable."

In reality, he is what he is, a good platoon 2B who makes way too much money. 30 good PA's did not effect that.

So, last night, I came upon this about Jeff Bianchi..."What we need is a guy who can play 2B//SS/3B and put up some decent offensive numbers."

If only the person who typed that understood how hilarious that thought is.

And while we're at it, we need delicious pie with no calories, and women that are easy to understand.

Now if you'll excuse me, my ice cream is too cold. 

5/22/2014 02:18:00 PM

(5/22/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Dem proudly says Communism works.

I'm so glad these clowns aren't on my side. Those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

5/22/2014 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

(5/21/2014 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Ron and Doug sure are more intelligent when they have a SP go 8 and give up 1.

5/21/2014 08:46:00 PM

(5/21/2014 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Fiers gives up no runs in 5 frames, could be a short enough start to consider him in place of Yo Sunday, if necessary. I would assume it will be either Mike or Jimmy Nelson, unless they go with Thornburg.

5/21/2014 07:38:00 PM

(5/21/2014 06:50:00 PM) - Al

This is true for Dockers as well...people simply wash their pants far too often. It wears them out 2-3 times as quickly. Wash them if you spill on them, or every few weeks. Otherwise, you're just wasting water.

That said, wash your underwear every damn day. Heck, I've read you should change your socks mid day if you sweat a lot.

5/21/2014 06:50:00 PM

(5/21/2014 06:34:00 PM) - Al

I've read several people say that the Crew might have some sort of "handshake" deal with Kendrys Morales to sign him for a prorated share of the qualifying offer after the June the compensation magically disappears after the first round is over. I'm not saying they do or don't, as it makes so much sense it will probably never happen.

There's little doubt Morales would be a step up from Overbay, and Reynolds has played plenty well enough to pick up a start or two a week at 1B, as Kendrys is not able to play seven days a week due to past injuries and lingering pain.

I'm sure the only thing keeping Lyle around is his stellar defense and overall veteran respect, as while he still hasn't broken the 100 PA mark, .296/.281 versus RHP is unacceptable unless you play C or SS. Hunter Morris has solid AAA stats, about .350/.500 vs. RHP. I worry about his 8 walks and 21 K's in 97 AB's...both indicate a long, early swing and do not bode well for a smooth transition.

5/21/2014 06:34:00 PM

(5/21/2014 04:33:00 PM) - Al

Gallardo reports ankle "very sore" today.

They'll give it a couple days and see how it feels. Thornburg won't be able to pitch today or tomorrow, so I assume they'll make a call by Friday to prep for the start Sunday.

EDIT: Fiers scheduled to pitch tonight, if he is in the mix, they will probably pull him after 2-3 innings. 

5/21/2014 04:33:00 PM

(5/21/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Women also talk far more about women's bodies than men never make fun of women for being ten pounds overweight or minor flaws...many guys prefer heavier to lighter.

5/21/2014 04:09:00 PM

(5/21/2014 03:57:00 PM) - Al

As I said before, I wish our military safety and luck, but considering how many people are missing and supposedly kidnapped in the world daily, I hate the precedent it sets.

I don't see this as a US issue. If the UN did anything except drink huge amounts of liquor and cost NYC a fortune in security, this would be a perfect thing for them to concern themselves with.

5/21/2014 03:57:00 PM

(5/21/2014 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Song says We're In Love with Mallory.

Who isn't?

5/21/2014 03:46:00 PM

(5/21/2014 11:50:00 AM) - Al

Gomez visited the child hit by the foul ball, says he's doing fine.

5/21/2014 11:50:00 AM

(5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Never heard of A1 or A2 milk. I wonder how much of it is true and how much is marketing.

EDIT: No proof of being better. 

5/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

(5/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Famed investor says to watch out.

He's been right a lot in the past twenty years. That said, the warning not to keep all your money in one bank makes perfect sense, many of us have been recommending that for years. If you have more than the insured amount, no offense, but you're so stupid as to be hopeless.

5/21/2014 09:00:00 AM

(5/21/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

All over the internet, search engines are overwhelmed by single fellas checking to see if Mallory Edens is single.

NOTE: Ms. Edens is 18, so I assume she is unmarried.

And very leggy. 

EDIT: Took me a long time, but the internet finally got some pics of Edens' short dress.

5/21/2014 07:30:00 AM

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

(5/20/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Might well be Herrera's last PA for a while. I like him; nice, versatile player.

Gonzalez is letting his pitchers go, Minor was over 110, and Teheran is at 120. That can't be good in the long run. Fredi was chastised for overusing his top 2-3 relievers a couple years ago, and now seems to be going to the other extreme.

5/20/2014 09:00:00 PM

(5/20/2014 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg with a bullpen saving outing. He doesn't look like he did in April, but kudos to him this evening.

5/20/2014 08:22:00 PM

(5/20/2014 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Yo injured as he leaps for bouncer over mound.

As always, any injury to a SP has the potential to be devastating.

Thornburg on his way in, so he is not "down" at the moment. Regardless of whether Yo looks to be able to make his next start, with two 5 inning starts in a row, and now a 3+ one due to injury, it is almost a sure thing the Crew will have another arm in Atlanta by game time tomorrow.

Fiers, Nelson, and Hellweg are on the 40 man, though Hellweg is out for the season, and could be taken off the 40 by outrighting him, or by placing him on the 60 day DL. Both Fiers and Nelson have been pitching outstanding, as both have sub 2 ERA's and sub 1 WHIP's...probably both top five SP's in all of AAA. Nelson pitched Sunday, Fiers a day or two before that. 

Also pitching well are Brent Leach and Brad Mills, two veteran journeyman LHP's, who would have to be added to the 40 man roster first.

5/20/2014 07:48:00 PM

(5/20/2014 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Bucks get 2nd pick, Cavaliers leapfrog them and will pick 1st.

5/20/2014 07:28:00 PM

(5/20/2014 07:17:00 PM) - Al

I didn't even know about fact, I heard it on the news.

He's either lying, or he's completely unaware of everything going on in his own nation.

Or, both.

5/20/2014 07:17:00 PM

(5/20/2014 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens have held preliminary talks about potential replacements for GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway, but the more likely outcome appears to be that they stay for at least one more year.--Grantland summary, from Hoops Rumors

Rumors have it the new owners have suggested just blowing things up and bringing in an entire new braintrust, who would likely choose a new coach. However, starting out by owing several respected basketball people huge money, probably around $10-12M, would make sense in some ways, but probably not fiscally.

5/20/2014 06:40:00 PM

(5/20/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have a far better chance at picking 4th in the draft than anywhere else.

No one ever mentions that little tidbit, do they?

And, on the record, I would almost certainly trade the pick, as this is a deep draft, and the top four all have question marks (however, I do like Parker the most). I'd trade whatever pick I ended up with for a young player in the mold of Knight or Middleton, and take the trading team's first rounder, hopefully not any lower than the 10th-12th pick.

I'd also look to package one or two of the 2nd round choices with a player and move up to the late 1st round, as many teams actually prefer a high 2nd round pick to a low 1st rounder, as there is no guaranteed money and you can often stash them in Europe for a year or two.

5/20/2014 06:22:00 PM

(5/20/2014 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Wang is a Rule 5 draft pick and must spend 90 days on the Brewers' active roster this season and be up all season otherwise. He is trying to make the unprecedented leap from rookie ball but is 22 with a good arm and high upside, so they'd like to keep him and develop him in the future as a starting pitcher.

That leaves Roenicke to find some middle ground where Wang doesn't go so long between outings and is put into situations where he can succeed. Roenicke also doesn't want the young pitcher's confidence to be shattered by getting roughed up on the mound.

"I always worry about that," said Roenicke. "I had Kranitz in late last night with Wang and Frankie (Rodriguez) was here late, talking to him, trying to let him know that we know it's a very difficult situation for him. Just like a guy who sits on the bench for three weeks without starting and has to go up there with the game on the line and hit. These things aren't easy."

As for the commitment to keeping Wang, Roenicke said, "We'd like to if there's a way to do it. We certainly would like to do it. That's part of trying to figure this thing out."--JS

I told Amy and Tom about the 90 day requirement today on Twitter, and Tom used it just an hour later. I can't believe that's a coincidence.

Tom also said KRod talked to him and told him how tough it is working once every couple weeks. That's what veteran leadership is.

If Gomez and Braun are back and going to play most days, I might well send Herrera down and go with a 13th pitcher for a stretch, especially if Thornburg is less than 100%. These stretches of 16 and 20 days in a row can be mighty tough, as even without a "short start" of only a couple innings.

I often say 70 innings is just about perfect for most relief pitchers, and there are 26 weeks in a season, meaning a perfect workload is just under three innings a week. Since you can have a dozen relievers in September, and no one pitches during the all star break, I usually say three a week innings is pretty darn close to desired.

Let's do the math...if you play seven games a week, and have seven guys in the bullpen, that's 6 innings the SP's have to average (extras and not having to pitch the 9th throw it off slightly). However, if you only play six games, suddenly, the SP's only have to average 5.1 or 5.2 innings. In a week with a doubleheader, the pressure is really on.

5/20/2014 06:12:00 PM

(5/20/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Mpls gets the '18 Super Bowl, because they have a modern stadium with climate control.

Only in WI would people brag about the fact they have a behind the times stadium that could never host the big game.

So there.:)

5/20/2014 05:44:00 PM

(5/20/2014 04:18:00 PM) - Al

The fact both Tom H and Front Row Amy are saying Wang is a major hindrance makes me feel even better about my stance that I would keep him. Yes, I am a noted contrarian. They are overestimating the value of the 12th picher/25th man on the roster.

EDIT: By the way, I love Amy, and have chatted with her several times online. I have defended her when folks attack her for dressing suggestively. She's a very nice, smart gal, and she can dress however she chooses. And allow me to say, damn.

That said, like most fans, she is not thinking about the future, only today. Wang may never develop, or he may suffer an injury and never make it. That said, he's young, and throws 93+ with his left arm, and throws strikes. There are only 25 guys in this upcoming June draft that can do that. They will all get a bonus of $500K or more, or will go to college.

Wang's price? $50K and 90 days on the active roster. They've paid the cash, and he's spent about 50 days on the 25 man. They still owe about 40 days. I think they should pay it.

5/20/2014 04:18:00 PM

(5/20/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

One of the most liberal universities in the land caught not doing the simplest things.

One has to wonder if any of them are not hypocrites.

5/20/2014 12:00:00 PM

(5/20/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

McCain mocks the US weak response to Ukraine's requests.

Obama is terrified of a real leader like Putin. He doesn't even pretend to hide it.

5/20/2014 11:00:00 AM

(5/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This is 100% true.

And he did "stumble upon" the job, as he was completely unqualified, and his results show it.

5/20/2014 09:30:00 AM

Monday, May 19, 2014

(5/19/2014 10:26:00 PM) - Al

Selfish and completely oblivious to what's going on around him.

Carter must smile himself to sleep nightly, knowing his title of "worst ever" is almost certainly gone, because the old media doesn't write history books.

5/19/2014 10:26:00 PM

(5/19/2014 10:20:00 PM) - Al

At this point, I'd keep Wang on the 25 man until July 1st, or whenever the magic date is. I'd do that even if it meant going with 12 other pitchers part of the time

That said, Doug will make the decision. Many will overreact, but to be truthful, no team's last pitcher on the staff makes much of a difference. There's probably something more to the story here as well, as Thornburg has barely pitched of late, and has been ineffective, for the most part, when he has. Hiding Tyler and Wang is almost impossible, but they're not going to talk about a tired arm unless they have to.

5/19/2014 10:20:00 PM

(5/19/2014 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Overbay hit 81 mph. Never would have guessed that.

Don't forget, Mike Caldwell once threw an entire game without hitting 80 mph, throwing his fastball at 76-79. Rene Lachemann, then of the Mariners, went on a lengthy talk after the game on how difficult it was for major league players to hit such a 'slow" fastball.

Trevor Hoffman's success throwing a change up even when the opponent knew a change up was coming shows you it's about location, though velocity is a darn nice attribute to have.  

5/19/2014 09:35:00 PM

(5/19/2014 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Melvin made it clear that the Brewers have every intention of keeping Wang, however, and explained why.

"We look at him as a player who would be a high draft pick (if in the draft last year or this year) and they aren't easy to find," said Melvin. "We're doing everything we can to keep him.--JS

Given that the time frame is now about six more weeks, it seems very likely Wang will remain with the Crew, and then will be DL'd after 7/1. 

5/19/2014 09:30:00 PM

(5/19/2014 09:29:00 PM) - Al

As I have said, at this point, I cannot imagine Wang getting back to the Pirates, as for the price of six weeks on the 25 man roster, any team can pick up a highly touted lefty. For many teams, that's an absolute no brainer.

5/19/2014 09:29:00 PM

(5/19/2014 09:05:00 PM) - Al


Again, that makes me wonder if Thornburg is 100%, as he did pitch an inning yesterday, but, for most guys, two days in a row of an inning each is pretty routine.

5/19/2014 09:05:00 PM

(5/19/2014 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Actually, it fits in perfectly with the left's "wish it and it will occur" mentality.

It reminds me of the idea singing about it in a folk song will somehow fix the problem, while sending trained military in to kill those responsible will not. I will say this...holding up a card in front of a camera is about as pathetic a response as any I have ever seen.

5/19/2014 06:19:00 PM

(5/19/2014 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Herm Cain lets them have it.

As he says, the VA has long had troubles, even under W. Of course, it always has, but, once again, the current administration's habit of trying to cover up and failing miserably, followed by denying they knew the problem existed, once again has pathetic results.

5/19/2014 05:51:00 PM

(5/19/2014 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Alfredo Figaro was hit hard the other day, 4 runs in 4 innings, and went on the DL today.

Why these guys insist on pitching at partial strength is beyond me, but in reality, they are rarely anywhere near full strength or pain free.

5/19/2014 01:55:00 PM

(5/19/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

As President, I won't stand for hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for benefits.--Obama 2007 

Well, he didn' 2015, we now have millions. And, stop me if you've heard this before, a cover up trying to hide it. 

He'll take every nickel out of every pocket, but will not spend a penny on the military or the veterans. 

Hey, I didn't vote for him.  

5/19/2014 01:34:00 PM

(5/19/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Car companies are buying their own cars and hiding them.

People are idiots.

5/19/2014 01:30:00 PM

(5/19/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al

I would have blasted the spoiled little punks far worse than that, but then again, I'm far too anti social to be invited to such things.

5/19/2014 01:27:00 PM

(5/19/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Trust me, common sense and facts are incredibly bad tools in which to judge the administration.

By the way, I'm very disappointed by how racist Dr. Carson is...

5/19/2014 11:30:00 AM

(5/19/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another scandal.

It's almost as if he's never run anything his entire life.

5/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

(5/19/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another embarrassing overreaction by a public school.

At least his skirt was long enough.

5/19/2014 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, May 18, 2014

(5/18/2014 08:09:00 PM) - Al

If nothing else, maybe we can all take solace in the fact that while we may disagree on many things, we all just hate Brendon and Rachel.

If you don't watch The Amazing Race, never mind. 

5/18/2014 08:09:00 PM

(5/18/2014 03:38:00 PM) - Al

TV team talking about the fact many scouts didn't think Segura had the arm or the build for SS.

That's why I'm not a fan of listening to scouts, who tend to speak in cliches and, dare I say it, ignorance.

If you'll recall, when the Crew was about to trade Greinke, Doug sent Craig Counsell out to watch Segura, who had been a 2B his entire career except for a part of a season. Counsell watched him play a few games and came back simply stating Jean had all the physical tools to be a SS.

Luckily, Doug listened to Counsell rather than all the naysayers.

To be honest, whenever you hear a scout say "he does not have the build" to play a certain position, that scout is an idiot. Any player; tall, short, stocky, or thin, can play any position. You might prefer not to have a 5-8 1B, but if he hits enough, you'll have a 5-8 1B. 

5/18/2014 03:38:00 PM

(5/18/2014 02:15:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned milk prices were so high in the last post. Yesterday on Facebook, several people chimed in to complain about paying $4-5 for a gallon of milk. Of course, I always suggest those people go start a farm of their own if it's so damn easy.

I do the same thing when gas gets high enough for people to start whining, so I inform them to drill for oil, refine it into gas, and sell it themselves. It takes a while, but eventually someone will say, "I don't have the money/time/know how to do that," and I then inform them to quit their bitching, which explains why my friend count continues to plummet.

Of course, you don't have to buy milk, we hardly ever do anymore, as it has carbs, so I don't drink it. Powdered milk works fine in recipes, and let's be honest, water is better for us anyway.

5/18/2014 02:15:00 PM

(5/18/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

We went out on my "cheat day" for brunch, and on the way home, we stopped and got fresh bread for dinner and the Rambling son and I decided to buy some ice cream, as opposed to going out for some later. After we'd been home a couple hours, I asked him if he wanted some, and he said sure. So, I got us each a bowl.

Years ago, I recall the Rambling brother saying he didn't like half gallons of ice cream, because there's only a few bowls worth, and you're always digging around at the bottom. After two bowls, it looks to be over half gone (though a "half gallon" is now 56 ounces, because we're too dumb to notice)...though maybe that says more about our serving size.

I was working with a guy who was dieting, and he said he was hungry one night, so he noticed a "serving" of ice cream only had 120 calories. He got a cup and measured it out...he said a normal bowl that he would eat must be about 500-600 calories.

And despite the fact last I heard milk prices were near record highs (those farmers, always making a fortune), our ice cream was $3.

This, my friends, is why we're all fat.

5/18/2014 02:08:00 PM

(5/18/2014 01:57:00 PM) - Al

US homes on average receive 189.1 cable TV channels and only watch 17.5 of them.

I was writing some stuff online last night, and finally switched it to the music channels until I finished up. There's like 50 of those alone.

5/18/2014 01:57:00 PM

(5/18/2014 01:06:00 PM) - Al

With an option year pending, the Brewers will not entertain extension talks on Gallardo until the end of the season. The Brewers will gladly pick up the $13 million option, but Gallardo’s agents, Alan Nero and Bobby Witt, will certainly be willing to discuss a longer term this offseason.--Boston Globe

I'm firmly entrenched in the year to year camp for pitchers, and if you have to go 3-4 for a free agent, well, you proceed slowly. With Yo, his velocity has decreased from 92.3 - 92.7 in '09 - '11 to 90.7 - 91.1 in '13 - '14.

He's as solid as any pitcher who is not a bona fide #1 SP. He'll be a FA at 30. His DUI is a red flag, as is his decreased velocity. I wouldn't go more than three years at market, if he remains healthy and effective until after the '15 season.

Extension? As long as he is able to pitch and pitch well, you have to have interest in locking him up without hitting the open market.

5/18/2014 01:06:00 PM

Saturday, May 17, 2014

(5/17/2014 10:38:00 PM) - Al

Whenever you see an unexplained decrease in production, an injury is almost always to blame.

5/17/2014 10:38:00 PM

(5/17/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Be kind to the people that aren’t treating you right. Be your best even though you’re not getting the credit. Pass those tests. The tough times get us ready for the next level.--Joel Osteen

I pretty much always try to kill people with kindness. I almost envy the people at the office who can yell and scream at people on the phone and ask for supervisors and the like...I can't do that. And sometimes, it works. 

But mostly, I'm always friendliest to people who are meanest to me. I always think this must drive them pure batty. Over the years, I have continued to take care of many clients who have canceled stuff with me, and thus, affecting my money made, of course. Many have later apologized to me, and said they probably made a bad decision. By far the worst is when they admit they took my advice, but had "their guy" do it instead of me. 

5/17/2014 10:08:00 PM

(5/17/2014 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Jim Henderson will throw a bullpen tomorrow, and if all goes well, will head out on rehab soon thereafter.

5/17/2014 08:53:00 PM

(5/17/2014 02:57:00 PM) - Al

Garza may not have much of a chance to win this game with Jackson pitching well, but if he can go 6-7 and keep the Cubs at 3 or 4, it keeps the Crew within striking distance, saves the 'pen, and might well help them win one in the next few days.

I always wish there was a stat that simply measured whether the SP went 5+ innings. I've always felt that was a huge boost, as the bullpen can really tire and wear down in just a day or two if the SP goes 4.1 one night and 2.2 the next. Many scoff at the phrase "innings eaters," but pitchers that give their team 200 mediocre innings a season make about $7M per.

Much like a par golfer on the PGA tour, people may mock them, but they mock them all the way to the bank.

5/17/2014 02:57:00 PM

(5/17/2014 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe Hillary is not going to be loyal.

She's a horrible human being, men despise her, and women don't have any respect for her. Those things are going to be difficult to hide from the voters. 

5/17/2014 01:22:00 PM

(5/17/2014 12:48:00 PM) - Al

I don't know why you guys aren't winning...looks like you got plenty of gritty, scrappy fellas that aren't very good.

What LaRussa is saying today.

I'm not dismissing the little things, and giving a good effort. I am saying the big things matter far more.

5/17/2014 12:48:00 PM

Friday, May 16, 2014

(5/16/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

I just saw an ad for the Aria in Vegas, in which they brag about having housekeeping twice a day.

1. Whenever we stay in a hotel, I always request no housekeeping while I'm there, as my room doesn't need to be cleaned every day. Twice a day? Unless you're making meth or using cocaine, I fail to see the need.

2. Why do they think having a strange person come in your room and use smelly chemicals is a plus?

5/16/2014 09:55:00 PM

(5/16/2014 09:31:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just got our weekend started by giving me a haircut.

{Why yes, we are wild.}

Every time she does this, I put $15 into out retirement account to note the savings.

Total now in account?


Well, you gotta start somewhere.

5/16/2014 09:31:00 PM

(5/16/2014 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Sacramento selling out 20,000 again? What the hell is going on in Northern Cal?--USL Pro

Sacramento sold out their debut and apparently are close to selling out game two. The MLS is soon to expand to 24 teams, but even after that, have another 6-8 cities that are strong contenders, though some might need to expand a stadium first.

Great to see, a few years ago, they started in 1996 with ten, and contracted back down to ten after 2004. The growth has been phenomenal.

5/16/2014 08:26:00 PM

(5/16/2014 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Pretty much every history teacher I ever had agreed with this.

It was much ado about nothing. Stuff far worse than that goes on daily in Chicago, and has for decades.

5/16/2014 07:03:00 PM

(5/16/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

It's been a disaster from day one.

5/16/2014 06:00:00 PM

(5/16/2014 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Golden Gate private equity firm buys Red Lobster for $2.1B, then agrees to sell 500 (of 700) of the buildings the restaurants are housed in for $1.5B, with the agreement in place they will continue to lease them. Basically, they bought the RL name and company infrastructure for $600M. Last year, RL's sales were down 12% to....$611M.

I'm far from a restaurant value expert, but I know in the past chains have been sold to 3-4 times annual sales...this is basically 1x sales. Red Lobster has always been a favorite of ours, though we never visited often, due to the $15-20 per diner average plate, especially now with the Rambling son not eating off the kid's menu anymore.

Everything I have read indicates they have been very slow to run specials in the down economy, Applebee's 2 for $20 deal was so well received, it's now a permanent piece of the menu. Olive Garden, another Darden chain, is famous for all you can eat breadsticks and $7.99 pasta specials. Seafood is pricey, and one of the articles even mentioned how long stays by people eating crab legs or lobster slow down the diners leading to long waits and people leaving rather than waiting. 

5/16/2014 05:52:00 PM

(5/16/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Maybe Jeff Smar.....a just had trouble gripping the ball, but it sure looked like he walked Schafer on purpose to face Segura.

I know it's righty/righty, but, Logan is not even a starter.

5/16/2014 05:09:00 PM

(5/16/2014 04:59:00 PM) - Al

I DVR'd the game, but I can never remember seeing Wrigley so empty...even twenty years ago. The upper deck was barely anyone...maybe a hundred on the entire LF side. By the looks of the players, you'd think it was 10 degrees, with hoods and parkas on the bench.

Historic? Yep.

Outdated? Yep.

As I say about Fenway, a new stadium that incorporates some of the features of the old park would be a perfect solution, and would allow the Cubs to draw 10K more fans on many dates, and heaven forbid, be comfortable. The Rambling nephew just went to a game last weekend at MP, and if it would have been that cold, he would have just wanted to go home.

People always imagine it being 80 degrees and sunny, the forget half the games are played in April, May, and September. 

5/16/2014 04:59:00 PM

(5/16/2014 04:46:00 PM) - Al

I'll be damned, I'm a Republican.

If you're a patriotic capitalist, it's tough not to be. Great shirt and story behind it.

5/16/2014 04:46:00 PM

(5/16/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

That's a mighty cute politician.

5/16/2014 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, May 15, 2014

(5/15/2014 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Watched the Squueze Play of the game on FSW...Thornburg walked two and gave up a rocket that Reynolds turned into a 5-4-3 DP. If he's healthy, he has lost his delivery. He's gotta be just above Wang right now on the usage chart. 

5/15/2014 09:24:00 PM

(5/15/2014 08:31:00 PM) - Al

I think gluten free is just a fancy way for many people to go low carb, which I think is the way man was designed to eat.

Worst than anything is just how annoying it is to see everyone insisting gluten causes cancer, heart disease, and every ailment under the sun.

The only thing more annoying is those, "I'm going to run a 5K, who wants to join me?"

Do what you want, but quit your constant humble gloating.

5/15/2014 08:31:00 PM

(5/15/2014 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Once Gomez gets back and healthy, one wonders if they might go with an extra arm in the bullpen for a while. I have to do some research, but I just read a few days someone saying something to the effect that after July 1st, Wang can be DL'd, as the rules state Rule 5 picks must spend 90 days on the 25 man roster before September 1st.

Remember, the DL is for injured players, but there is no rule stating you have to be injured seriously.

Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on a team's active roster for the entire season. To prevent abuse of the draft, the player selected must be active for at least 90 days. That keeps teams from selecting players and placing them on the DL for the majority of the

So, we're down to about 45 more days.July 1st is a good estimate, though it may be a couple days prior to that, as the campaign began March 31st.

5/15/2014 04:13:00 PM

(5/15/2014 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg got a couple outs today, while also walking a pair. If he was suffering from an injury or "dead arm," he is back, apparently. Nice job by Roenicke today getting Zach, Tyler, and Rob all into the game, as none had got any work since the day off Monday.

5/15/2014 03:56:00 PM

(5/15/2014 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Left for our weekly office meeting at 8:30 this morning. Got home about 1PM.

I left the Rambling dog lying on the bed. I arrived home and found the Rambling dog...lying on the bed.

I know, you're thinking; Al, he easily could have jumped down and jumped back up. No he can't. He used to be able to, but hasn't made it for over a year. I haven't seen him try in ages, as landing on one's head is not a canine motivator.

So, in the morning, the Rambling wife lets him out, and when he come back in, she lifts him up on the bed. He wanders over, sniffs to make sure the lump is me, turns around once or twice, and plops himself down, often putting his head on the Rambling wife's pillow (though I can always tell them apart, as the Rambling wife gets her haircut far more often).

5/15/2014 03:54:00 PM

(5/15/2014 03:21:00 PM) - Al

Every time I flip over to watch the Brewers on MLB, I am reminded how intolerable their programming is unless they are showing baseball. Mad Dog? He's a good thirty years behind the times. That show on MTV2 has one of the most beautiful women in the world, and you still couldn't pay me to watch it.

5/15/2014 03:21:00 PM

(5/15/2014 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another embarrassingly bad and impossible to explain decision by a public school.

She'll never teach again. Not in any school where parents have the internet. In today's world, you can't do that to your kid, never mind someone else's. I'd suggest she start applying in Amish villages, but a 6 year old Amish kid would have beat the crap out of that chubby old hag.

5/15/2014 02:10:00 PM

(5/15/2014 01:56:00 PM) - Al

SL seems to not believe in tiny samples. If you're not going to ignore a subpar twenty game stretch, that player shouldn't be up anyway.

A couple weeks ago, many of the casuals said Weeks should be released. Now, many of the same folks are calling for him to play everyday, or close to it. Why? Because he's had a good 25 PA's. While he has been hitting the ball better, much of his success has been on grounders between SS and 3B, not to mention that broken bat dribbler down the 1B line. That's not skill, though one could argue it is proof you get luckier the better you are.

There's little doubt Rickie is a better option versus LH SP, and when he's got a .450ish OBP going, I have no problem riding the hot hand and giving him some starts versus RH's as well. That said, Rickie is still the exact same player he was two weeks ago.

5/15/2014 01:56:00 PM

(5/15/2014 01:48:00 PM) - Al

SL had a .330 BA with RISP last year.

This year? know, it's almost like that was a fluke, and they simply were very fortunate last season.

Because they were.

I'm not sure how many AB's that is, but if you run a computer simulation of, say 1M AB's, it would have been a lot lower. Strange things happen in small samples.

5/15/2014 01:48:00 PM

(5/15/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

The Twins are one lost organization. Praise in public, criticize in private. Quick, when was the last time Doug said anything bad about a player through the media? Sad.

5/15/2014 01:45:00 PM

(5/15/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Who would have ever thought if you artificially increase wages that it would be bad for business?

Um, everyone thought that. Well, at least those with basic economic knowledge.

5/15/2014 01:30:00 PM

(5/15/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

That's great and all, but what if the vaccine gives Jenny's kid another case of fictional autism?

These are the same clowns that insist on suffering instead of taking OTC pain meds. Clueless fools. 

5/15/2014 01:30:00 PM

(5/15/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

5/15/2014 12:30:00 PM

(5/15/2014 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Two pro soccer teams, Chivas from Mexico and Swansea City from the EPL will play a friendly at Miller Park this summer.

Funny how the best seats are not the normal best seats. m,

5/15/2014 12:06:00 PM

(5/15/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Sixteen years ago, Seinfeld's finale was on.

No show has even come close to its consistency or high standards since.

5/15/2014 11:00:00 AM

(5/15/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't know if bug zappers work or not, but they are really cool. As for the rest, use deet, and use a lot of it, the highest concentration you can afford. Cover yourself and your clothes.

And for goodness sakes, quit listening to the old wives tales. They do not work, and it's embarrassing to hear people talk about vinegar and witch hazel when a bottle of Off is $3 at Wal Mart.

5/15/2014 10:00:00 AM

(5/15/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I worked with a couple young women in retail who stripped on Friday and Saturday nights. One said she usually made $200 in four hours. Another fella I worked with said he went to nursing school with a former "dancer" who made $10K on the Thursday-Sunday when the Super Bowl was in the Cities.

I realize some get pushed into it due to drugs or debt, but many are just college women making really good money.

5/15/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

(5/14/2014 11:23:00 PM) - Al

It appears the Mets outrighted Kyle Farnsworth to avoid guaranteeing him his remainder of his $750K salary.

His peripherals are not that good, but it's tough to release a guy with a 3 ERA. 

5/14/2014 11:23:00 PM

(5/14/2014 10:10:00 PM) - Al

KRod only gave up one hard hit ball, but probably paid for his impossible to keep down BAbip tonight. It is nearly impossible to have major league hitters hit .190 off you when they keep it in the field, no matter how good you are. Simply put, too many holes out there.

5/14/2014 10:10:00 PM

(5/14/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Dems surprised that most Americans think Obama lied about Benghazi should keep in mind that he LIED ABOUT BENGHAZI.--Michael Graham

And in effect, by not telling the truth, is still being dishonest by omission.

5/14/2014 07:19:00 PM

(5/14/2014 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Gomez drops his appeal, probably due to back pain. He'll miss the next three games, so he'll return Saturday...he probably would have missed tonight and tomorrow anyway, as the two games will be played in a twenty hour span.

5/14/2014 05:54:00 PM

(5/14/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if CBS's hesitation is due to how damn annoying  the fans of HIMYM were.

I watched it a couple times, and not only was every character impossible to like, it was incredibly unfunny.

5/14/2014 05:42:00 PM

(5/14/2014 05:31:00 PM) - Al

They don't get much better looking than Olivia Munn.

I have a new found respect for Mr. Rodgers.

5/14/2014 05:31:00 PM

(5/14/2014 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Gomez not in lineup tonight, so if he is not suspended, he still may not be able to go.

5/14/2014 04:08:00 PM

(5/14/2014 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Here's something strange...the Brewers play two day games on the next two weekdays, and then not another weekday matinee for five weeks.

5/14/2014 03:49:00 PM

(5/14/2014 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy out working at first base with Overbay, Roenicke and

Lefties going the next two games for PIT, he might just get a start there. Herrera can play 3B, but has not played it much at any level. 

5/14/2014 03:41:00 PM

(5/14/2014 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Two questions, feel free to reply at Twitter (@suitedconnect) or by email:

1. How do the ushers and other MP associates get paid, is it just hourly or are they paid by the game/event?

2. Last summer and fall, the Rambling good service mobile got anywhere from 34-39 miles per gallon, through a combo of driving the speed limit and mainly highways. Over the winter, that dipped clear down to 25-28, which I blamed on long warm ups and probably not running as comfortably due to the cold. So far this spring, I've got two tank fulls, and been getting 31-32. Any ideas? That seems like a huge drop to me, though it may not be.

5/14/2014 03:34:00 PM

(5/14/2014 02:21:00 PM) - Al

I talked to a scout today who called Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy "the most underrated player in National League.''--Jerry Crasnick

Most might be a stretch, but there's only about 6-7 catchers in the game that aren't black holes on offense. Lucroy is outstanding at framing pitches, and throws/blocks well. And, his contract is mindnumbingly team friendly

5/14/2014 02:21:00 PM

(5/14/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Todd Coffey throwing for scouts tomorrow, on the comeback trail.

5/14/2014 01:30:00 PM

(5/14/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Keppinger is likely better than the utility INF of most teams, though he has large splits and is not a good SS anymore.

All backups have warts, as that's why they're not everyday guys. He's a lefty masher, and has great versatility however. He'd make a nice platoon partner with Gennett.

5/14/2014 01:28:00 PM

(5/14/2014 11:03:00 AM) - Al

Yes, yes they should.

5/14/2014 11:03:00 AM

(5/14/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another school goes out of its way to embarrass themselves as power hungry know nothings.

I will also link to the young lady's post, and note that despite the fact she's just a HS kid, she seems a thousand times more mature than these clowns, who made a dress code, kicked her out despite the fact she followed it, and then tell her it's because adult men were ogling her. Who are these people, and how in the hell did they get a job running a school? And while I'll admit she's attractive, you can go to any place HS girls congregate and see more risque outfits.

EDIT: I don't even think this is a school, as it was a "homeschool prom." Whoever was running it should be forced to have this young lady stand there and critique their body for 15 minutes or so. This is why young women have eating disorders, because stupid people make gorgeous young women feel fat or ugly because they are curvy, healthy, and damn pretty.

5/14/2014 10:00:00 AM

(5/14/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I, of course, would be giddy to not be invited, so much so I would dance a jig and declare it a day to be remembered.

Of course, that's just me. 

5/14/2014 09:00:00 AM

(5/14/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Might a trade market develop for Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks, who is playing mostly against left-handers in a job-sharing arrangement with Scooter Gennett?

Well, Weeks is making $11 million in the final year of his contract, but he looks better offensively this season, batting .318 with a .739 OPS in 48 plate appearances.

The problem for the Brewers, if they want to move Weeks, will be finding a match.

The Cardinals and Orioles offer perhaps the most logical fits — both clubs struggle against left-handers and get little offense out of second base. But it’s doubtful the Brewers would trade Weeks within the division, and the Orioles’ greater need figures to be pitching.

The Indians, Royals, Mariners and Dodgers are the bottom four clubs in OPS against left-handers, but all are set at second base.--Rosenthal

First of all, Rosenthal may be a tiny man, but he loves his paragraphs.

About a dozen PA's ago, which was about a fortnight ago, Rickie was struggling. That's why I do not  pay attention to small samples, a couple good games and some ground balls through the hole, and a broken bat double down the 1B line suddenly have him looking plenty passable.

If any team does need a 2B, it will probably be because of injury. SL has both Ellis and Wong (currently in AAA), so they seem unlikely. I don't see any team paying Rickie more than $3-4M of his money owed, and since Scooter has not hit LHP's, I don't think $3-4M is worth it for the Crew to lose depth. That said, as long as they are using a soft platoon at 1B, having a more versatile platoon partner to partner with Gennett (like Herrera) makes the bench far more useful and multi faceted. Rickie's seeming grumpiness to realize he is no longer an everyday player may make this easier also.  

5/14/2014 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

(5/13/2014 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Gomez woke up with a bad back, aggravated it. He's day to day (but aren't we all). 

Welcome to my life, CG. I took Aleve for two weeks a while back and it kept it under control for about a month...I had to start up again a few days ago, as I would wake up in the night and have to use the bathroom, and almost have to crawl. Two weeks is pretty much the limit to be taking such a product, so hopefully this can knock it out for a while.

And Braun was supposed to only play half the game.

Estrada talked Roenicke into pitching the 6th. Given they knew Davis would have to sub for Braun later, they didn't have nearly as much depth as I thought to PH.

5/13/2014 10:51:00 PM

(5/13/2014 10:38:00 PM) - Al

No Thornburg again tonight, which seems to me he may at least be the victim of a tired arm or minor affliction of some kind.

5/13/2014 10:38:00 PM

(5/13/2014 10:24:00 PM) - Al

This is K-Rod's 17th save opportunity, and only the third time he has the luxury of a three-run lead.--Adam,

It seems like they've all been one run leads.

5/13/2014 10:24:00 PM

(5/13/2014 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Gomez left with back tightness. No word on Braun, which as the TV guys just said, may mean he was only scheduled to play 5-6 innings. He was not due up early either, so he may have already been receiving treatment.

5/13/2014 09:51:00 PM

(5/13/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Every call that it seems as if the replay has got wrong has failed to understand a tie goes to the runner. The throw has to "beat" the foot on the bag, and the replay guys never seem to realize that.

I mean, that's pretty simple stuff, and there's no reason it should take more than a minute. 3.5 minutes and to still get it wrong?

Only MLB.

5/13/2014 09:48:00 PM

(5/13/2014 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Hoping Braun was only scheduled to play half the game, as is often the case upon returning from an injury.

5/13/2014 09:29:00 PM

(5/13/2014 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Gomez out, hurt his knee or leg on the bases last inning. He will likely get a league day off or two, hopefully back to 100% after that.

5/13/2014 09:06:00 PM

(5/13/2014 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Surprised Estrada hit with a full bench and a rested bullpen, as he is at 102 pitches. Maybe the bullpen is not at full strength, as I wondered if Thornburg was healthy when he was bypassed Sunday for Wooten.

5/13/2014 09:04:00 PM

(5/13/2014 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Proof of a bad economy.

This also shows how stupid it was to discuss needing the draft again. That was just for politics.

I do hate to see those numbers so low, especially with the emphasis on special forces/lots of guns and ammo type operations throughout the world. I'd feel a lot better with far more boots on the ground.

5/13/2014 08:17:00 PM

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