Al's Ramblings

Friday, August 31, 2018

(8/31/2018 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Bethancourt played at AAA tonight, Bandy did not.

I assume Jett will be joining the team tomorrow, assuming of course they add a 3rd C.

Knebel got his first appearance in, 1 inning, 1 hot, 1 walk, 1 K, 0 runs. He will probably return soon, as early as SUN.

I would expect Woodruff, Houser, Saladino, Santana and probably Bandy to join the team tomorrow; with Broxton, Davies, Knebel, and Peralta being added soon...along with Granderson, Gonzalez, and Cedeno. That would be 33 tomorrow, and 37 in a few days.

That would leave Nottingham, Diplan, and Wilkerson as the only 3 not up, along with the guys on the 60 day DL.  

8/31/2018 11:37:00 PM

(8/31/2018 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Counsell does not commit to using Gio as a SP.

I still think his best role would be as a long man to face mostly LH's. Someone struggles early, gives up some runs, they could use someone to get through that inning, PH if necessary, and then bring him in to start the inning, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, whatever, go until it makes sense to take him out, and give him 2-3 days off and do it again.

EDIT: Arnold seems to verify they do not plan to just put him into the rotation and let him start every 5th day. 

8/31/2018 11:19:00 PM

(8/31/2018 11:15:00 PM) - Al

Aaron Brooks and Jake Thompson DFA'd. I would expect both to be claimed and added to a team's major league roster. I can hope I'm incorrect.

Probably be one more tomorrow if a 3rd C is brought up.

FYI, Brooks was paid about $5700 for being on the Crew's roster, but not pitching, the last 2 days. Good work if you can get it. 

8/31/2018 11:15:00 PM

(8/31/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Fake news problems.

8/31/2018 11:00:00 PM

(8/31/2018 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Crew picks up Granderson as well.

That's 3 from the 40 man that will have to be DFA'd or outrighted (Gio, Curtis, and either Bandy/Bethancourt). Surprising none were traded; the clubs simply must not have had a match.

8/31/2018 10:23:00 PM

(8/31/2018 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Granderson has not been mentioned at all today since Rosenthal's rumor this AM. Still an hour plus to go, but it's hard to believe TOR would keep him and pass on a couple prospects.

8/31/2018 09:44:00 PM

(8/31/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Scumbags. With bias.

8/31/2018 09:00:00 PM

(8/31/2018 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will have to clear a spot on the 40 for Gio, and at least one more, for that 3rd C.

8/31/2018 08:28:00 PM

(8/31/2018 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Certainly not top prospects for Gio, but more than I would have liked to have seen. Must have been a other decent offers they had to beat.

8/31/2018 08:23:00 PM

(8/31/2018 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Gio nets the Nats 2 minor leaguers, which is 1-2 more than he's worth.

8/31/2018 06:02:00 PM

(8/31/2018 05:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers acquire Gio, per Rosenthal.

8/31/2018 05:59:00 PM

(8/31/2018 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Rumor has the A's or Brewers acquiring Gio.

He was good in JUL but weak in AUG. I only see him having success if used as a long reliever, maybe to come in 4th or 5th inning and get some outs versus mostly LH's.

He went 7 innings and gave up a single run twice in AUG, and was awful in his other 4, never going more than 5 frames and always giving up 5 runs. Basically, you'd just be trading for his past success and hoping for the best.

8/31/2018 05:44:00 PM

(8/31/2018 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Those that wonder why the Badgers are never ranked in the top 5 and rarely mentioned for the national championship playoff unless undefeated, look no further than being a 35 point favorite versus Western Kentucky tonight.

I understand they don't want to play a top 10 team. I also understand scheduling a team like WK is as gutless as it gets.

8/31/2018 05:34:00 PM

(8/31/2018 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Two minor moves, probably for the AAA playoffs, though Nottingham could end up in MIL in SEP if healthy.

8/31/2018 04:15:00 PM

(8/31/2018 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Matt Arnold says team will use Cedeno at any time in game, including possibly as a situational lefty. May allow Hader and Jennings to be used for other purposes.

Said team still talking to several clubs, nothing imminent.

Orf and Hernandez both outrighted to AAA, so both cleared waivers. 

8/31/2018 04:01:00 PM

(8/31/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I still remember the left's argument.

Well, we don't know for sure they hacked her server loaded with classified information she so stupidly used.

When that's the best you got, you already lost.

8/31/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:53:00 PM) - Al

One of my favorite sayings over the years is, "no matter how long the long weekend, people always like taking a day off on either side of it (usually before) and make it an even longer weekend."

22 people work in the Rambling wife's office. 6 were there yesterday and today.

8/31/2018 03:53:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Better than nothing.

8/31/2018 03:49:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I currently actually own a peloton bike.  I love it.  The ability to connect it to gps and basically ride the hills or lack of on actual roads in your area is kinda cool.  I agree it is just an exercise bike in the end.  Yet I can go ride the hills of the alps from my home and not have to travel (which i dispise).   Keep up the great work Al and go Brewers.

If you have the money, I bet it's a really nice exercise bike. And, I bet ya Nathan is in a helluva lot better shape than me.

8/31/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Nate Orf outrighted off 40 man to make room for Cedeno.

We'll see if that means he has to clear waivers or already did.

8/31/2018 03:28:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:17:00 PM) - Al


Biden, Kerry, and Hillary slugging it out in primaries.

8/31/2018 03:17:00 PM

(8/31/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al


Somewhere, Obama is smoking 4 cigarettes at a time, wondering why taking more money from those who earned it and enforcing stifling regulations didn't work.

8/31/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/31/2018 02:56:00 PM) - Al

I assume Cedeno will not make it to DC in time for the game, but I believe the Crew has to make room for him on the 40 man right away.

8/31/2018 02:56:00 PM

(8/31/2018 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers acquire LH reliever from White Sox.

He's had a good season, and has been equally effective versus LH's and RH's, though some of that would seem to be luck based. Has been a bit wild, but has a lot of K's also. Will be arby eligible this offseason.

8/31/2018 02:50:00 PM

(8/31/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I agree completely.

If you recall, McCain was far too old in '08, but since then, the old media insists every seat be filled by someone almost as old as McCain was when he passed. 

I think it's directly related to the fact Hillary was so old in '16. They got so used to insisting she was not too old, it's affected their judgement.

8/31/2018 02:30:00 PM

(8/31/2018 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Of course he was.

The only corruption is on Mueller's side.

8/31/2018 02:18:00 PM

(8/31/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Because their checks are larger.


Funny how that works.

8/31/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/31/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Two thoughts

1. Whenever "French" and "fighting" are in the same sentence, the outcome is predetermined. All I know is, I bet the English dudes caught a lot of seafood, and the French fellas pouted a lot that evening while complaining to their mistress.

2. Also, I'm suddenly hungry for scallops.

8/31/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/31/2018 01:07:00 PM) - Al

I'll just throw this out as a placeholder if nothing else...if we do trades, part of the return will probably be off the current 40 man roster, as those players have value, and will have to be DFA'd regardless.

Broxton, Orf, Diplan, Saladino, Wilkerson, and Brooks probably most at risk. Houser might be thrown in there as well, as he does not have an option for 2019.

8/31/2018 01:07:00 PM

(8/31/2018 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Jason sends in this article and asks if it's the beginnings of "overheating" talk among the old media.

Note that many of these nations are said to be hurting in part due to tariffs, but the USA is booming.

8/31/2018 01:03:00 PM

(8/31/2018 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Good old Bill.

8/31/2018 12:47:00 PM

(8/31/2018 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Brewers talking to Blue Jays about Curtis Granderson, who has cleared waivers. Supposedly a wonderful guy and would be used as a LH bench bat. That said, anyone who understands math knows how little a player who would get maybe 40-50 PA's could add to a team...even a plus player would only add 2-3 runs of value, which, using the Rule of 10, would amount to 0.2 or 0.3 extra wins.

That said, I like the idea more than adding a SP like Gio Gonzalez, who is probably not as good as Davies or Woodruff (and one could argue Wilkerson or Brooks). Of course, the hope is that acquisition would "get hot" like Cole Hamels has for the Cubs...but, in a small sample, that player could just as easily slump (as Schoop did in his slow start in MIL, but has been fine of late).

8/31/2018 12:17:00 PM

(8/31/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Follow them while you're there. If you like laughing at stupid people.

8/31/2018 11:30:00 AM

(8/31/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

My first thought?

This is like getting in a time machine and going back to meet Front Row Amy when she was in college.

8/31/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/31/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I meant to link this a couple days ago, but anything I read on my phone often gets forgotten. MLB defensive positions are soon becoming unimportant.

Good to see the Brewers on the forefront of this, as they were among the first to use the full scale defensive shifts, along with the Rays. Now, everyone does it, and only casuals complain about it.

It's just math.

On a related note, I remember back when I played slow pitch softball, there was always a team made up of "old guys*" that played most every weekend. I would not even have noticed them except my middle school health and PE teacher played 2B most of the time. He always would say, "Hey Bethke," and I would respond "Hi Coach," when one of us ended up at 2B, as I always played 2B or SS.

{Yes, I had above average communication skills even in my early 20's.}

They were all overweight, ran very slowly, and struggled to make anything but the routine play.**

Yet, they always hit the ball hard and made the routine play, and made the money every time I saw them play. There's a lesson to be learned there.

*I realize now they were about the age I am today.

**Again, the similarity to modern me is very, very high.

8/31/2018 09:00:00 AM

(8/31/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, you wonder how out of touch celebs are when they post back to school pictures of their previously never seen children.

They overestimate the appeal of their offspring. No one goes to a movie or concert and thinks, "I wonder what backpack their 4th grader has?"

8/31/2018 07:30:00 AM

(8/31/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't mean to be, you know, realistic and common sensical and all, but how long is it after the younger, in better shape, and far cooler people than me buy a Peloton do they realize they paid $2500 for an exercise bike?

Just curious.

8/31/2018 05:00:00 AM

(8/31/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Why do we notice how good President Trump is on Twitter?

Because most groups have no idea how to best utilize it.

8/31/2018 03:00:00 AM

(8/31/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I played at the same table as Wil Wheaton on Poker Stars several times.

He was a jerk then and remains a jerk to this day.

8/31/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 30, 2018

(8/30/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

As a wise man says, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.

I love it when they get caught telling the truth. Tomorrow, he'll insist Wisconsin was never that great.

8/30/2018 10:30:00 PM

(8/30/2018 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have hovered around 3 wins more than "expected" all season.

Mostly due to their 27-17 record in one run games, they are now 5 games above where they "should be."

Fun fact? The Nats have outscored their opponents by 74 runs this season. The Brewers? +23. While the Brewers have won 5 extra, the Nats have lost 8 more than expected. Simply put, you'd never believe it if it wasn't true.

8/30/2018 08:56:00 PM

(8/30/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

I always get a good laugh out of agents who don't understand the simple fact that limiting a prospect's service time when their team is out of contention is simply good payroll management.

8/30/2018 08:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

They can't even tell the truth when they insist they tell the truth!

8/30/2018 06:30:00 PM

(8/30/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Another mention of Wellstone. Today is #2 of 5 days. Imagine how prolonged #5 is going to be.

A wise man might say the reason McCain and President Trump never got along was that they were too much alike. The difference? Trump is proud of it and does not feel the need to hide it.

I think it's called "being comfortable in your own skin."

8/30/2018 06:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 05:01:00 PM) - Al

With friends like this...

8/30/2018 05:01:00 PM

(8/30/2018 05:00:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing here is seeing the old media have to play defense and spend the day insisting they are honest and not fake (just what you would expect them to do if they were fake).

Darn it, they could be making up stories ("unnamed sources" is French for "guess what I made up") and focusing on minute, unimportant negatives.

They're so busy, they haven't even had time to insist economic growth is bad for the little people!

8/30/2018 05:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Jennings with a sprained ankle, day to day. Counsell thinks he might well miss a few days, but hopes it's minimal. Depends on pain.

Ankle sprains are notoriously tough to tell on time missed...some guys miss a couple days, some a couple months. If you recall, Rickie Weeks was never the same after what I think was called an ankle sprain.

Only one day until rosters expand, so while they may not have a lefty available, they'll have plenty of arms.

8/30/2018 04:14:00 PM

(8/30/2018 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pull out a victory and win the series.

You may have known that, but I didn't.

8/30/2018 04:09:00 PM

(8/30/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Dems to begin insisting that GDP is a poor way to measure economic growth, that Obama's crappy 2-3% growth was actually better.

You laugh, but I promise you we'll begin hearting code words like "overheating," "growing too fast," and the like soon.

Because the truth would be too damn painful.

8/30/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 03:45:00 PM) - Al

No cavities, and my "numbers are better."

Short of winning "free dental care for life," that's about as good as a dental visit can go. 

8/30/2018 03:45:00 PM

(8/30/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

What a novel idea.

8/30/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/30/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers headed to the Arizona Fall League, per Adam:

Pitchers Daniel Brown, Bubba Derby, Jon Olczak and Miguel Sanchez; catcher Mario Feliciano, infielders Keston Hiura and Weston Wilson; outfielder Trent Grisham.

8/30/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al


Not very governorial. This is why America was never great.

Maybe someday, they will learn to emulate our president with his mature behavior.

8/30/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 01:25:00 PM) - Al

I canceled my dental cleaning a few months ago because I had a bad cold, and was afraid I would be unable to not cough and hack while keeping my mouth open for infinite lengths of time.

They said "we might as well reschedule you right now" slyly, knowing I'd put it off until I had a sore spot months later. They said my hygienist was full until THU, AUG30*. I said sure, assuming the world would probably end long before then, because, you know, President Trump is crazy, and his tax cuts will lead to the end of days at any moment, because, if we have learned nothing else, redistributing more income leads to a stronger economy (also known as the Jimmy Carter "I didn't know the misery index went that high" rule).

Due to the above, I somehow failed to check the Brewers' matinee schedule. Hence, I will be DVRing the game at about 1:30 and watching the conclusion later. I could tell her to put the game on the TV that's on the ceiling after she adjusts my reclining, rock hard chair so my head is inches from the floor and my feet are 6 feet in the air (I have been assured that not only is this a good working position for her, but it's extremely comfortable for me), but it does not seem like an enjoyable way to watch the game.

*I could use another person, but not only does she laugh at my jokes (she is also the Rambling wife's hygienist, and she tells her "He's so FUNNY!"); I quietly admire anyone who can be booked months in advance while remaining fully clothed.

8/30/2018 01:25:00 PM

(8/30/2018 01:24:00 PM) - Al

The fact out local weather babe tweets about nothing but weather and sports makes me wish I was 25 years younger.

8/30/2018 01:24:00 PM

(8/30/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Everyone's equal as long as you're far left.

8/30/2018 01:00:00 PM

(8/30/2018 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Seeing many people on Twitter saying that McCain having 3 funerals all over the country is incredibly tacky and pathetic. Many saying it is overkill (no pun intended). Saying it is "too much of a good thing" and that even McCain fans and apologists are tired of it already. My favorite? "We simply do not have the attention span for days of mourning. This shows how out of touch McCain was."

I'd just like to remind you, I was days ahead of the game on that one too.

8/30/2018 11:11:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:49:00 AM) - Al

Davies will start MON versus the Cubs, also announced this AM.

8/30/2018 10:49:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, sexual misbehavior is really important...but only if the accused is not running for office.

See Clinton, Bill.

8/30/2018 10:44:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:38:00 AM) - Al

Hernandez DFA'd off the 40 man, Aaron Brooks added to the 40 and called up. Barnes added (I got him and Knebel mixed up last night, Jacob can come back, Corey has to wait until 9/2). Peralta and Williams sent to AAA.

As we have discussed here, any more deletions from the 40 will be very painful. I'm sure they feel strongly that they hope Hernandez clears, actually, as he has great stuff, but has been unable to harness it in the strike zone.

Peralta and Williams can return in 10 days.

Also, a catcher will be added on SAT, but not Nottingham, per the JS. That will require more 40 man finagling. One would assume Bandy or Bethancourt.

8/30/2018 10:38:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

It's because they are joyless negative nellies.

It's kind of sad really. Spending your limited time on the planet looking for things to be unhappy about, and then pretending to be offended.

Smile and enjoy it. These are the good old days.

8/30/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

In the future, everyone will be wimpy and afraid to admit that killing evil is a glorious thing.

This is why the USA is forced to take care of business. Because all these other nations' leaders make Neville Chamberlain seem like a hawk.

8/30/2018 10:00:00 AM

(8/30/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Now let's do a socialist country.

8/30/2018 10:00:00 AM

(8/30/2018 08:55:00 AM) - Al

48% approval rating?

Luckily I'm far too mature to throw out a line about McCain rolling over in his grave...

8/30/2018 08:55:00 AM

(8/30/2018 08:42:00 AM) - Al

The irony here is, no one cares at all how petty and vindictive McCain is to President Trump, but suddenly, the fact he went out of his way to exclude Palin seems to have gone over like the proverbial fart in church.

Hell hath no fury than to scorn a woman that looks great in a short skirt.

8/30/2018 08:42:00 AM

(8/30/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

They know who did it.

They know he broke the rules.

They don't care.

8/30/2018 08:30:00 AM

(8/30/2018 07:33:00 AM) - Al

As I pondered the other day, Peralta could be one of the guys going down (or being DL'd, both are 10 days) to make room for a fresh arm or 2.

Freddy would just miss a single start, and his innings count is high anyway. Might refresh him a bit. As I point out annually, players on non contenders are being shut down, while no one on contenders are unless they have a limb falling off.

As of Saturday, they will not have to worry, but they will still only have the same amount of the guys they trust.

8/30/2018 07:33:00 AM

(8/30/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al


8/30/2018 07:30:00 AM

(8/30/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

But, but, but...I want to go home!

8/30/2018 05:00:00 AM

(8/30/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I've been told this never happens.

8/30/2018 03:00:00 AM

(8/30/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Just wait, the left is going to pretend to be offended.

8/30/2018 01:00:00 AM

(8/30/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Bubba Derby is on the bubble whether or not he will be added to the 40 man roster. Trying to force his way on.

8/30/2018 12:30:00 AM

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

(8/29/2018 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says there will be roster moves. Actually said "guys," so we'll see if that means 2 moves. Williams and Burnes have options, but would have to stay down 10 days. A DL stay would allow them to bring Barnes back without staying down 10 days.

EDIT: Barnes actually pitched 2/3rd's of an inning in Omaha. Knebel has not pitched since going to AAA, so to be honest, I'm not sure he ever left the team.

Woodruff only pitched 2 innings despite starting, so he is definitely coming up, and may even be scheduled to start a game. Houser just pitched 7 frames MON.

My guess would be Barnes, Wilkerson and/or Jake Thompson.

8/29/2018 11:31:00 PM

(8/29/2018 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Imagine being an incompetent, substandard, disinterested SOB and having to embarrass yourself every night in front of thousands of people that could do a vastly superior job, while actually giving a damn.

Don't worry, they'll get a raise and more vacation, and 1 or 2 of them will get bonus cash for displaying their lack of skills and ambition in playoff games.

The hell with them.

8/29/2018 11:10:00 PM

(8/29/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I don't mean to, you know, bring common sense into this, but given the power of the incumbency, of course you want to choose someone who is not a placeholder.

Kyl is a good man, but is almost 80. I might be overthinking this, but I would pick a young, highly thought of Republican from a red district.

8/29/2018 09:30:00 PM

(8/29/2018 07:24:00 PM) - Al

The more you look, the more the riff between McCain and President Trump seems to be directly related to McCain's envy.

8/29/2018 07:24:00 PM

(8/29/2018 06:27:00 PM) - Al

New season of Joe Kenda begins tonight.

My, my, my.

8/29/2018 06:27:00 PM

(8/29/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Antifa is basically just Occupy that have avoided arrest. And it is 90% white.

It's also 100% unemployed scumbags.

8/29/2018 05:30:00 PM

(8/29/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If one did not know better, one would think he is a businessman who has negotiated his way to millions of dollars.

Hard to believe a community organizer lacked those skills.

8/29/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/29/2018 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Miller has never thrown nearly as many innings as Hader will.

And the casuals insist they should use him more...

8/29/2018 02:35:00 PM

(8/29/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

They simply hate the fact he's doing everything they wish Obama had done.

8/29/2018 02:30:00 PM

(8/29/2018 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Jake Thompson with a 1.69 ERA at altitude at AAA since being claimed by MIL (small sample alert, 5+ innings).

May be setting himself up for a SEP callup.

8/29/2018 02:26:00 PM

(8/29/2018 02:16:00 PM) - Al

They never learn. Those companies will just pick up and leave, voting with their feet. It happens every time.

8/29/2018 02:16:00 PM

(8/29/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has been saying for a long time that "unnamed sources" and "CNN has learned" is just another way of saying "we made that up."

Now, we're seeing proof.

8/29/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/29/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not like the old media prefers pedophiles to conservatives.


8/29/2018 12:30:00 PM

(8/29/2018 12:29:00 PM) - Al

I rarely discuss the Packers, but local news is reporting Aaron Rodgers has signed a 4 year extension worth $33M per year, with $100M guaranteed.

8/29/2018 12:29:00 PM

(8/29/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I cannot imagine anyone caring about this at all.

8/29/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/29/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al


8/29/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/29/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

These are the same ones who insist President Trump doesn't know what he's doing, as their wallets are stuffed with cash and job creation is through the roof.

Imagine what the economy would be doing if we simply stopped sending money to people that hate us and would cut 1% a year from every program that does not involve the security of our nation.

8/29/2018 11:30:00 AM

(8/29/2018 10:34:00 AM) - Al

The desperation is becoming rather painful.

8/29/2018 10:34:00 AM

(8/29/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, you give a weak minded person an ounce of power, they will abuse it...because they can.

8/29/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/29/2018 10:13:00 AM) - Al

When you feel the need to rewrite history, it means you behaved badly in the first place.

To many of us, it seems pretty obvious to be rather blatant that they are trying to prove they are unbiased by praising a fella they tore apart a decade ago because he was running against their messiah, who turned out to be every bit over his head as we all predicted.

8/29/2018 10:13:00 AM

(8/29/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

We all laugh at the almanac's predictions, but the irony is, all the investment firms like Goldman Sachs and the like have in house weather departments that basically use the exact same long term computer models and risk millions of dollars on commodity prices based on their results.

Are they more accurate that guessing? Yep.

A lot more? Nope. That said, if they get a hunch or belief a few days before the market, that can make or break a company's quarter.

8/29/2018 08:30:00 AM

(8/29/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

They'll get going on that a few days after the election.

In the meantime, they are very concerned about the mistreatment of women, as long as the accused is not running for office.

8/29/2018 06:00:00 AM

(8/29/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

So, are they lying now or were they lying then?

Let me tell you a little secret...the answer to that yes.

8/29/2018 03:30:00 AM

(8/29/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, the difference between 11 and 240 is not that big a deal.

Because fake news is fake news. The rest is just details.

8/29/2018 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

(8/28/2018 10:58:00 PM) - Al


They are consistent only in their inconsistency.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

8/28/2018 10:58:00 PM

(8/28/2018 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Brewers a victim of BAbip tonight. Both Guerra and Albers could not get any outs no matter how softly the batters hit the ball...Junior did not record an out on a ball in play, I'm not sure if I've ever seen that before. Counsell managed it much like he was in Colorado, taking guys out not due to ineffectiveness, but due to bad luck. For the most part, it worked well, as the replacements took over and got grounders and fly balls at the fielders. Left his bullpen very short, however.

I would assume they will put Davies into the rotation instead of Guerra, though his exit velocity numbers are probably very good. He probably will be less quick with the hook tomorrow and THU. You always hope the next start will be 6-7 innings and things will all work out.

Missing that horse Nelson was a huge negative. Suter too. Missing those 2 plus Davies for all but a handful of starts, they have pieced together a very respectable staff.

8/28/2018 10:40:00 PM

(8/28/2018 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Tiger Woods should release a statement saying he will no longer talk or appear on ESPN or any Disney owned programs or televised events until he gets a full apology and all guilty parties are terminated.

Not only would they do so in minutes, it would put the lefty networks on notice that the days of bias are over.

Sadly, Tiger is probably too busy watching nude models jump into a Scrooge McDuck giant pile of cash to notice or care what some loser said about him.

8/28/2018 07:55:00 PM

(8/28/2018 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Davies will return SUN after his stellar outing in Appleton.

8/28/2018 04:55:00 PM

(8/28/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I was impressed that the Rambling auto insurance company gave us the good student discount for the Rambling son without any proof. Turns out, they give it to anyone when you ask, but then have to "prove it" every time the policy renews.

Try getting a copy of a report card when schools are not in session. Would have been easier to adopt a kid who came with a report card pinned to his chest.

8/28/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/28/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Let's just stop pretending the farm bill is anything except a cash grab and a place for politicians to hide giving money to folks they like.

It's good for everyone except the taxpayers.

8/28/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/28/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

Every GOP nominee has been Hitler and an awful human being since W, and probably Reagan. That's why the left's constant insults of Trump have not damaged him in the slightest.

The funniest part is, it has had the opposite effect. Instead of changing, they have doubled down...and thus far, it has had no effect at all.

8/28/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/28/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Supak will have to be added to the 40 man this offseason, or risk having him taken in the Rule 5 draft.

As I have pointed out many times, he was the main cog in the Jason Rogers trade...Keon was the throw in.

8/28/2018 02:30:00 PM

(8/28/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Someone should find me a time when Obama wasn't 100% incorrect.

Because it ain't easy.

8/28/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/28/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al


Just a coincidence.

8/28/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/28/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

How dare ye?

8/28/2018 01:00:00 PM

(8/28/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Scott wins the internet for today.

New game tomorrow.

8/28/2018 12:30:00 PM

(8/28/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Less than two years into first term, Trump has often come to occupy the role of pariah — both unwelcome and unwilling to perform the basic rituals and ceremonies of the presidency, from public displays of mourning to cultural ceremonies.
Be careful, elite Trump haters. You're missing what you missed before. The people who feel shunned — who will never be royals or the American elite — the people your candidate called "deplorables" — they can hear you.--Althouse 

They're telling the rubes and commoners that they have nothing but contempt for them. The irony here is how a very wealthy businessman from New York has managed to make himself an everyman. By not associating with the president, the elites are, again, doing the exact opposite of what they should be doing. All over the USA, people are saying, "Oh yeah? Well the hell with them then."

I distinctly recall last year some in the old media insisting NFL viewership would go way up, because the players showed how woke they were. We laughed at how out of touch they were as ratings plummeted.

They are the same ones currently telling us McCain was very popular and Trump is very unpopular. As we talked about yesterday, this is eerily reminiscent of Wellstone's death in MN and the subsequent downfall of Mondale's campaign.

8/28/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/28/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I guarantee you, many called him Hitler (and worse things) when he was Obama's opponent. Attention whores, one and all.

Because that's what they do.

8/28/2018 11:30:00 AM

(8/28/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I sure haven't heard much about this in the old media.

It's almost as if they're trying to cover it up.

Or this. A wise man has been saying this for over a year.

8/28/2018 11:00:00 AM

(8/28/2018 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Houser pitched very well in the majors in several of his short stays. He certainly seems likely to be called up eventually in SEP. Other than the top 4 (Barnes, Knebel, Woodruff, Davies), he's probably the next guy.

He is out of options, so the Crew will have to find a spot for him next season or they will lose him. He strikes out a batter an inning and throws hard. He'd be claimed by half the MLB teams and is still only 25, despite missing a season with injury.

8/28/2018 10:44:00 AM

(8/28/2018 10:04:00 AM) - Al

He reminds me of a Kennedy too.

Because he's a criminal and all he's tried to hide all those skeletons in his closet. And failed.

8/28/2018 10:04:00 AM

(8/28/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Players on the 40 man roster not on the 25 man roster
Diplan (very young, raw stuff, probably only player on 40 man not considered)
Suter (60 day DL, does not count)
Nelson (60 day DL, does not count)

Franklin (60 day DL, does not count)
Dubon (out for season)
Nottingham (injured)
Vogt (60 day DL, does not count)

Obviously, many of these players will be added to the roster in SEP, barring injury of course. Barnes, Knebel, Woodruff, and Davies may be thrust into important roles. I would guess all the position players that are healthy will be brought up as well.

I do not believe the team has a single player on the 10 day DL right now, as often, they activate many of the players added to the SEP roster from that. 

8/28/2018 09:30:00 AM

(8/28/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

He's right you know.

8/28/2018 06:00:00 AM

(8/28/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

The truth is, the Dems just can't possibly trust their voters to pick ther right person.

My God, some of them have jobs that get dirt under their nails. The rubes...

8/28/2018 04:00:00 AM

(8/28/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Am I the only one who noticed McCain quoted Galaxy Quest in his "final statement?"

Let's just pretend I was. 

8/28/2018 12:30:00 AM

Monday, August 27, 2018

(8/27/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Canada all but begging to negotiate as well.

When you're the king, you wait for the pawns to talk. They need the USA far more than we need them.

That's why shipping pallets of cash to a craphole terrorist harboring country was so embarrassing. They could disappear off the planet tomorrow and the USA would not blink an eye. It showed how incompetent and over their heads they were.

Negotiating with Iran is like the wolf negotiating with a lamb. The hell with them.

8/27/2018 11:00:00 PM

(8/27/2018 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Adam has Jacob Nottingham news.

Unlikely for a 9/1 callup, but might be ready later. Might also make the team hesitant to add another C to the 40 man roster

8/27/2018 09:13:00 PM

(8/27/2018 08:44:00 PM) - Al

McCain tries to get in that final kick to the groin, but ended up making himself look petty.

As stated, silly thing to say with a booming economy and vast amounts of peace. Selling chaos when everyone sees prosperity and positive results just makes you a negative nellie, and one to be ignored.

8/27/2018 08:44:00 PM

(8/27/2018 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I did not hear the Brewers released him, but I assume Berry had either an opt out or a handshake agreement that he would be let go if the Crew was not going to call him up when rosters expanded.

I looked the other night and I did not see any 40 man spots that were "weak" except for the last two guys picked up, Jake Thompson and Ariel Hernandez, and I see Thompson has pitched since then and been effective, leaving only AH, who has continued to lack control. As Stearns opined very early in the year, removing any player from the 40 would be painful, and they have been, resulting in many players lost for nothing. Such is a price they pay for having minor league depth.

Granted, the Brewers could remove any player from the 40 and DFA them, effectively giving them 10 days to work out a trade, take bids in effect. They could also, if they so choose, recall a injured player, such as Dubon or Nottingham, and put them on the 60 day DL, which would create a spot, but also give said player major league pay and service time. They have never done this in the Stearns' era, but that does not mean they will not in the future.

Most seasons, the Brewers recall a 3rd catcher when rosters expand, and if they choose to do so, would have to find a 40 man spot for them. As for a PR type, Broxton, Orf, and Saladino are all on the 40 and in AAA, and all have 20+ stolen bases at that level. They're probably a step slower than Berry (though Broxton may not be), but they are unlikely to get many starts (if they are brought up) and will probably serve the same purpose.

8/27/2018 07:51:00 PM

(8/27/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Wind warning for much of WI from Eau Claire to Wausau, much of Central WI.

I can't recall ever having a wind warning, at least not in the summer.

8/27/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/27/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog was 6 when the Rambling son appeared on the scene.

His only goal in life was to make the little guy love him as much as we loved him. Apparently, it's a common thing.

8/27/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/27/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember how controversial this was?

Me neither. But, don't let me get in the way of the old media's over the top hypocrisy. If they wish to do the exact opposite of what they should do, don't let us rubes get in the way.

I made myself laugh when I wondered what I said back then

8/27/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/27/2018 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Rule one: You shouldn't do that.

Rule two: I can, because I'm all about protecting the children and puppies. Oh, and you're all stupid rubes that live in flyover country.

The irony? They're not sure why this fails to catch on. 

8/27/2018 02:23:00 PM

(8/27/2018 02:20:00 PM) - Al

The shooter killed 2 people before turning the gun on himself. Police are searching the suspect's home in Baltimore, where he lived with his parents.

Unsurprising Things For $1000, Alex.

8/27/2018 02:20:00 PM

(8/27/2018 01:52:00 PM) - Al

If there's one thing we have learned, it's that they never learn from history.

8/27/2018 01:52:00 PM

(8/27/2018 01:40:00 PM) - Al

The only thing you can count on is they despise all conservatives. They just hate the ones in power far more than they hate the ones that used to be.

It's almost as if it's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

8/27/2018 01:40:00 PM

(8/27/2018 01:36:00 PM) - Al


8/27/2018 01:36:00 PM

(8/27/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Very nicely said. No doubt his politics were all over the place at the end, and it continues now.

He's going to travel more in death than many do in life. Can you imagine getting dressed up and flying all over the country for days on end? I'm exhausted just recalling the 2 hour visitation at night and the 2 hour funeral the next day when my parents passed.

8/27/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/27/2018 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Wow. 5 days of funeral stuff.

The need for attention does not always end with death.

8/27/2018 11:54:00 AM

(8/27/2018 10:44:00 AM) - Al

When your job is to do something no one wants to do, you don't have to be very good at it.

I just said that to myself, and I think it's quite possibly my most truest quote ever.

8/27/2018 10:44:00 AM

(8/27/2018 10:33:00 AM) - Al

The question is not how does President Trump keeps making better trade deals.

The question is, why didn't any previous administration care enough to do so?

8/27/2018 10:33:00 AM

(8/27/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

If you have 15 minutes or so (10 if you read fast, maybe 5 if you skim like me), read this entire thread, the story of a woman who is shocked (shocked mind you!) that folks did not want to pay $1500 each for the excitement and thrill of attending and paying for her dream wedding.

Two quick ironies:

1. The wedding is canceled, because no one can stand her.

2. She is apparently very independently wealthy, as she is now going backpacking for 2 months to "get away from it all," by which she means her self created drama.

Sometimes, it is difficult to believe such terrible people exist. You realize, of course, these are the same folks that make fun of us rubes that shop at Wal Mart and happily eat at McDonald's.

They're better than us...because they say they are.

8/27/2018 08:00:00 AM

(8/27/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

He's so dumb, I almost feel sorry for him.

But in truth, I enjoy watching him fail. In fact, it's my favorite pastime.

8/27/2018 07:00:00 AM

(8/27/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Please, tell us again how you know all the answers that we're too stupid to comprehend.

If you hired the pope to lay sod, at some point, you'd have to open the window and yell out, "Green side up, Frank!"

8/27/2018 05:00:00 AM

(8/27/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

And we wonder why they get killed.

I almost died just watching 10 seconds of it.

8/27/2018 02:00:00 AM

Sunday, August 26, 2018

(8/26/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Say what you will, but angry McCain was by far my favorite McCain. I hated the cuddly grandfather like persona he put forth to try and win an election.

His biggest weakness by far was assuming he could compromise with people who wanted to see him fail.

8/26/2018 10:30:00 PM

(8/26/2018 08:55:00 PM) - Al


It's easy to change you mind when you're a hack who doesn't believe in anything.

The irony, of course, is all the politicians McCain insisted he could work with called him terrible names in 2008 and unabashedly lied. Now that he's gone, they're walking back those statements because the old media won't bother pointing this out.

They're awful people.

8/26/2018 08:55:00 PM

(8/26/2018 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Dirt files? They wouldn't do that to a hero would they?

Of course they would. They'd do anything to win an election for clerk of nothing.

8/26/2018 08:39:00 PM

(8/26/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind...

8/26/2018 08:00:00 PM

(8/26/2018 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Why you need rotation depth in a single tweet.

If the Reds had 8-9 SP's like the Crew did, they'd be close to .500, and on the periphery of contention. But they don't, and they aren't.

8/26/2018 04:53:00 PM

(8/26/2018 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have 4 more wins than they "should" have based solely on runs scored and runs allowed. 25-17 in one run games helps immensely, of course.

Amazingly, the Rockies have 7 more wins than they "should." They are also very good in one run games, 22-13.

Even more unbelievable, the Red Sox are 19-11 in one run games...and 71-31 in 2+ run games, winning 70% of those. They have a 99.9% of making the playoffs per ESPN...and so do the Yankees, who have 8 less wins.

8/26/2018 04:46:00 PM

(8/26/2018 04:27:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned how good the economy was today and the gent from Texas by me asked if it was that good here in WI. I said yes, and really, in the whole USA. He admitted, things have been booming so long in Texas for so long, he didn't pay much attention anymore...the news is always good down there.

I recall one month when Obama was in office, TX created over 50% of the jobs in the USA, in fact, it was almost 2/3rd's, about 64%. TX bragged about it, and Obama, never one to share credit, said they should be thankful his policies had led to such job growth. The TX governor (or possibly another politician) said "He should try using the same ideas in the other 49 states then, because they all suck." I recall several on the left insisting this was not only incredibly racist, but off the charts disrespectful.

Those are the same people calling President Trump a nazi. Because they don't like the fact his policies actually work. Envy is evil.

8/26/2018 04:27:00 PM

(8/26/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Funny, he wasn't a hero then. It's almost as if their beliefs aren't really all that set in stone.

I know that was different and all, shut up, but I also know if you said you disagreed with an Obama policy, they called you a racist for 8 years. So, no free pass from me.

8/26/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/26/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Obviously, that was because of all the factories and traffic back then. Early climate change.


8/26/2018 02:30:00 PM

(8/26/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I had forgotten this.

Always sad when someone has to bury their child.

8/26/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/26/2018 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Spoiler: 6 other things other than being really tired and wanting to nap.

8/26/2018 01:20:00 PM

(8/26/2018 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Directly related to the attacks on Mitt Romney's family by MSNBC and the other lefty networks.

I'm glads they're not on my side.

8/26/2018 01:10:00 PM

(8/26/2018 12:07:00 PM) - Al

I have to imagine Neil Simon is very unhappy McCain stole his thunder.

8/26/2018 12:07:00 PM

(8/26/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al


I'm not saying they repeat the same thing over and over.

They do that themselves.

I'm so old, I recall every Republican since at least Reagan has been "mentally unfit."

Why? Because they don't like them. If they'd only say unpatriotic things and say we need to raise taxes, they would adore them.

8/26/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/26/2018 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Why do we always assume it's the husband or boyfriend?

Because it's usually the husband or boyfriend.

8/26/2018 11:44:00 AM

(8/26/2018 11:37:00 AM) - Al

You see, she wants you to not be able to make any money.

Why? Because she's already wealthy. That way, she'll always be better off than the rubes.

She does not want you to have the same opportunity as she has had. Imagine how evil one has to be to think like that. Scary.

8/26/2018 11:37:00 AM

(8/26/2018 11:07:00 AM) - Al

After insisting Rasmussen was biased for 2 years, all the other polls now have moved up in the general vicinity of Rasmussen's.

As Salena Zito pointed out, if you were able to find it online, since many sites eliminated it because it was nicely said, the choice to many Americans is simple...Trump or the swamp.

The fact the polls have not shown any downward movement after last week is stunning to the old media, who have yet to figure out the above, as well as the fact their constant crying wolf has made most immune to most everything.

I know it's a surprise, but the fact Manafort used questionable accounting practices a decade before Trump ran for president does not exactly move the needle. As many have stated, it shows Mueller's investigation is basically just a poorly hidden vendetta against those who were involved with the campaign. I mean, it wasn't even a business involved with Russia, even though there are thousand that are, especially in transportation, agriculture, mining, and timber. .

8/26/2018 11:07:00 AM

(8/26/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

ESPN bolting the barn door shut, long after the horse has escaped.

Hull is unlikely to find anything in sports, but CNN and MSNBC might give her a look. Racists who hate their country is their niche.

8/26/2018 11:00:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:51:00 AM) - Al

Things I learned today: North Central Wisconsin Technical College (NTC to us who live here) in Wausau has a renowned Video Production program. Students attend from all over the nation, most feel it is the best 2 year program in the USA.

I had no idea. I find it strange I have to pay property tax to support it if this is the case.

8/26/2018 10:51:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:40:00 AM) - Al

Considering the way they've hemorrhaged cash while insisting they could make money on a all you can eat steak for 99 cents model, Movie Pass says "thank you for subscribing, but the hell with you."

The latest plan is probably feasible, especially if they can work with some theater chains and make them "preferred," while getting a small kickback (50 cents or $1 a movie would make them very profitable, or even a share of concessions). But by making promises and then taking them back, they risk losing many of the ones who have allowed them to at least maintain the cash flow to keep them around as they insist math does not apply to them.

8/26/2018 10:40:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:20:00 AM) - Al

They think we have forgotten about them making fun of him and calling him names. We haven't

That's why we don't vote for them, and we don't hesitate to let folks know they're hypocrites. 

8/26/2018 10:20:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:16:00 AM) - Al

Kinda pathetic actually.

Reminds me of a monarchy. Not to mention that while she has done boatloads of charitable work in her life, I don't know if she's ever had a real job. Her family runs a distributorship for Anheuser Busch, but I do not think she is involved in running it.

If we wanted a person that has never run a business in that seat, we might as well ask Obama if he wants to move there.

I heard a while ago that Ducey might appoint himself, as they were assuming McCain would step down at any moment. As many have said, considering Ms. McCain is to the left of her husband, many wonder if she's even a Republican.

8/26/2018 10:16:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Awful, vile stuff about McCain's death all over online today. About 90% from Occupy type far leftists, but some from libertarians and very conservative groups as well. The one I see repeated over and over that is not mean I will repeat here:

I hope McCain's seat turns red next election.

8/26/2018 10:08:00 AM

(8/26/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Rambling wife texted me last evening to buy a box of mac and cheese on the way home. The Rambling son often makes this himself, and had apparently used the last box and not informed us we were out.

I had to stop for gas anyway, so I went in to see if Kwik Trip carried it, not wanting to stop at 2 places, never mind have to talk to the cashier at the grocery.*

Sure enough, KT had a pair of facings of the blue box, one regular and one spirals. I grabbed the normal version and paid for it along with my gasoline. I understand why KT charges $1.99, because people like me pay it, and to be honest, unless it was on sale at the little neighborhood store a mile from my house, it would have been $1.50 or so there, as, while they have a good deli and meat department, their prices are often painfully high compared to the greatest retailer in the history of the world.

18 pack ordered from Sure it's overkill, but it won't go bad. 81 cents a box, by the way.

*This is, of course, because I'm such a people person. 

8/26/2018 10:00:00 AM

(8/26/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, my favorite part of Twitter last night was many on the right breaking up the love fest the left was pretending to have for McCain by pointing out they called him the devil himself when he ran against the godlike Obama.

I can't be the only one who remembers the constant refrain of "W is awful, but McCain is even worse!" that they sold for months after the conventions. Why?

Because that's what they do. They did it to Romney too, even blasting him for having an adopted black grandson. There's few people on the planet that are better people than Mitt, he smiled, took it...and lost. Trump fought back, went on the offensive, and basically, did what the Dems always do.

The left will never forgive him for it.

8/26/2018 09:00:00 AM

(8/26/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

9 women, and not a brain between them.

8/26/2018 06:30:00 AM

(8/26/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Tough to keep your talking points straight when you're a moron.

8/26/2018 04:30:00 AM

(8/26/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.

Sure I did that, but it's different when I do it. I'm incredibly woke!

8/26/2018 03:00:00 AM

(8/26/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

What a novel idea.

When the Rambling wife was looking at new vehicles, we saw several gas guzzling pick up trucks drive out of the dealership. They were priced in the $40-60K range. I can't say I understand it, but who am I to say?

8/26/2018 12:30:00 AM

Saturday, August 25, 2018

(8/25/2018 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Other than the loss, not a bad outcome for the Crew tonight. Chacin went 6, and would have gone longer if not for incompetence behind the plate. Jennings, Williams, and Albers each went an inning, and while far from perfect, completed the game.

Taylor and Matt would have been far better off not pitching back to back games, but did so, and the bullpen, especially the high leverage trio of Hader, Jeffress, and Soria, got some rest. Hopefully, those 3 and Lyles will be able to get through tomorrow's relief innings, though if it's a bad outcome, I assume Jennings and Albers would be able to go again.

8/25/2018 09:58:00 PM

(8/25/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

8/25/2018 09:30:00 PM

(8/25/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm so glad they aren't on my side.

8/25/2018 09:00:00 PM

(8/25/2018 08:12:00 PM) - Al

Overpaid and underworked.

8/25/2018 08:12:00 PM

(8/25/2018 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Glenn reports John McCain has passed away.

Meghan McCain with a touching eulogy, though I admit, I find it a little morbid she obviously had this penned and ready to post.

I, of course, heartily supported the senator's presidential run, because he was far more qualified than his opponent and far more conservative. He has wavered all over since then, often inconsistent with his votes and positions. That said, it's difficult not to respect his service and sacrifice. I still chuckle at the Dems' constant criticism of him during the 2008 campaign of his fiery temper. Not only was there no video evidence of this, though he's been in the public eye for decades, as I said then, I'd probably be a little more short with fools too had I spent 5 years in a bamboo cage held captive, not to mention how hot and buggy that must have been (imagine if you will, how many calls umpires would miss if those were their working conditions*), because I proudly served my country.

*Just joking, of course. Like they could do worse. Last night, I swear the home plate ump was flipping a coin. 15 innings, never did figure out a consistent strike zone.

ADDED: My former neighbor worded this badly, as she obviously knows Meghan and is friends with her, while she does not/barely knows Cindy or his other kids.  

8/25/2018 07:38:00 PM

(8/25/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Adding one more gun law to the thousands that already exist will solve that problem.

8/25/2018 06:30:00 PM

(8/25/2018 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Watching women's college volleyball on BTN.

Almost unwatchable. They call time out every 5 minutes, even though there is a stop in action every 3-5 seconds.

It'd be like giving each NFL team 15 timeouts a half.

8/25/2018 05:02:00 PM

(8/25/2018 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Keep talking.


8/25/2018 04:34:00 PM

(8/25/2018 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will not make a move today. I'm sure they do not want to lose Burnes for 10 days, even though he likely will not pitch until TUE.

They do not have a mop up man with an option, as they have most of the campaign. SEP1 is a week away, hopefully, not many 3 inning starts or anymore 15 inning games in the meantime.

8/25/2018 04:31:00 PM

(8/25/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

All hate crimes are fake.

Well, probably not, but close.

8/25/2018 04:30:00 PM

(8/25/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They didn't look at them because they knew they'd find something.

8/25/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/25/2018 02:56:00 PM) - Al

I was thinking they might rest a few players today, but they do only have 4 reserves, and only a few (Jesus, Arcia, Kratz, Braun, and Cain/Yelich) played the whole game. Of those, only Jesus and Cain/Yelich are starting tonight.

8/25/2018 02:56:00 PM

(8/25/2018 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Just a thought from a casual tennis fan...they should let Serena Williams and all other players to wear whatever they want, as long as they would be allowed to go to a normal beach in it.

If people want to watch tennis because the players are athletic and look great, they should damn well welcome those fans to the game and smile while doing so.

As Martina Navratilova so famously said when Anna Kournikova was making millions from looking perfect, "Hey, she's not taking any money from any other player. If they would not pay her, they would be paying a model or an actress. More power to her."

This is very similar to what the LPGA did a decade ago, being unhappy and making rules and regs about players like Natalie Gulbis selling posters and calendars. Now, they make their own, and the game is far more popular, despite the fact the golf has faded in the USA (and yes, it has correlated with Tiger Woods' injuries and troubles).

Being sexy sells. Why some insist on ignoring this and chasing fans that want to support the sport and spend money away is a mystery for the ages. It's bad business, but as the article states, tennis has been struggling to adjust to modern times for the past 50 years. They fined and irritated McEnroe and Connors their entire career, and now, beg and ask the players to show more emotion and interact with fans.

Simply put, they're never happy.

8/25/2018 02:28:00 PM

(8/25/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Of course not.

Once you can punch a hole in the 1st Amendment, the water is muddied enough that they will just continue to throw more dirt in.

That's why there's no "well" or "but" in there. If the framers had wanted those words in there, they would have put them in.

8/25/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/25/2018 12:33:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I are watching the shows we DVR'd. On Trisha Yearwood's show, she is making "succotash." I always thought succotash was just a bunch of things thrown together, so your version might not be anything like mine.

I found out it is not.

8/25/2018 12:33:00 PM

(8/25/2018 12:08:00 PM) - Al

About the 12th inning last night, I said to myself, "Self, someone is going to win this game with a blooper or a ground ball up the middle."

PIT thought they won it with a blooper, and then MIL tied it with a grounder up the middle. It took a ground ball to RF to win it.

Short term, luck is far better than skill.

By the way, spellcheck just told me "term" is not a word. Methinks spellcheck has been celebrating the weekend heavily.

8/25/2018 12:08:00 PM

(8/25/2018 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I don't recall Al Gore getting any negative feedback at all abiut his dad being a KKK leader and saying the n word numerous times in public.

I wonder what the difference is...

8/25/2018 11:55:00 AM

(8/25/2018 11:25:00 AM) - Al

I've mentioned Cashner a couple times.

He's a veteran who has started and relieved over the years.

8/25/2018 11:25:00 AM

(8/25/2018 11:11:00 AM) - Al

Rule number must be extremely critical of people who have different beliefs than yourself.

They look for reasons to be unhappy. They make themselves miserable. That alone should be enough to make regular folks avoid them and question why would they want to join such a group of negative nellies.

For the record, you can’t love someone in the LGBTQ community and still disagree with their lifestyle.

That's an opinion, of course, though it's stated with such snobbery it's easy to think it's somehow factual. I'm on record as being completely apathetic to a person's sexual orientation (and most everything else about them, to be honest), as I have talked many times how I used to be an outcast as a conservative, and, amazingly, over time, all but the "Republican because I'm really religious" have come over to my feelings (or lack of) on the subject.

However, substitute "someone who has a drug or alcohol problem" or "someone who has different religious or political beliefs" in that sentence. Suddenly, the bigot is the person saying it.

The author is the bully here, as they are unwilling to allow Murphy to even think differently.

8/25/2018 11:11:00 AM

(8/25/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Plenty of room. It's a big tent.

8/25/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/25/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al


She's a parody of herself.

8/25/2018 09:00:00 AM

(8/25/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al


Move along. Nothing to see here.

8/25/2018 07:30:00 AM

(8/25/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

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Far too pricey.

8/25/2018 06:00:00 AM

(8/25/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

They have to understand, the real tragedy is what happens at the border.

8/25/2018 04:00:00 AM

(8/25/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Vandalism and littering is cool when they do it.

8/25/2018 02:30:00 AM

(8/25/2018 12:58:00 AM) - Al

If the Crew does option someone for bullpen help, it could be Freddy Peralta, as with the off day MON, his spot will not be needed until 9/1, when someone (probably Woodruff) could start in his stead, or they could have a bullpen game.

8/25/2018 12:58:00 AM

Friday, August 24, 2018

(8/24/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, I assume the "no convictions" part is actually true.

8/24/2018 10:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al


Very true.

8/24/2018 08:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Other than that, it's actually him.

8/24/2018 06:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

It's a parody, but it's very, very real.

8/24/2018 04:30:00 PM

(8/24/2018 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Two interesting things Stearns said in his unofficial presser:

1. Knebel going down just "gives him a break" to work on things in the bullpen.

2. Expects Davies to make starts for Brewers in SEP. Whether that means he expects an injury or knows someone will be shut down he left unsaid. Did say Peralta is fine on his innings.

One has to wonder if someone is pitching with a nagging injury and they know eventually, the pain will be too much. Considering Anderson was pushed back a couple days last time through, first guess would be Chase. Or, perhaps a 6 man rotation. Or. a 4 man rotation with "spot starters" used when needed.

Zach and Corey both expected to return 9/2, when eligible.

8/24/2018 03:28:00 PM

(8/24/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Also in the news, grass is green, and water is wet.

8/24/2018 03:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Soria officially replaces Knebel on 25 man, Davies sent to Appleton, at least on paper.

8/24/2018 02:01:00 PM

(8/24/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

New life be as "fat" and "out of shape" as James Harden.

8/24/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 01:31:00 PM) - Al

The Reds appear to be spinning their wheels with no direction or plan.

I used to call this "chasing that 75th win" and I guess it's just as true now as it was then.

EDIT: Reports out of Cincinnati indicate the Reds' owner nixed an agreed upon on agreement. 

8/24/2018 01:31:00 PM

(8/24/2018 12:29:00 PM) - Al

She's the gift that keeps on giving.

It's easy to change your mind when you not only don't believe in anything, but are a nutty socialist.

8/24/2018 12:29:00 PM

(8/24/2018 12:24:00 PM) - Al

They should send out a press release when they've decided to keep a store open.

As a wise man has said several times, they've been out of business for a couple years now. The president of the company is slowly buying the quality locations for their real estate potential, and somehow, the government does not think this is in violation of any laws, so it continues.

8/24/2018 12:24:00 PM

(8/24/2018 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Reds are saying Harvey will start today and will not be dealt. We'll see if that's a bargaining chip or true in about 15 minutes.

8/24/2018 12:16:00 PM

(8/24/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Funny how that works.

8/24/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/24/2018 11:04:00 AM) - Al

Guerra has been effective in 3 of his last 4 starts.

Funny how the casual fan's perception is changed if a pitcher starts a game the team loses 3-1, or if he starts a game the team wins 7-3.

8/24/2018 11:04:00 AM

(8/24/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Because it patiently and intelligently explained how Trump and other conservatives win.

Nothing the old media hates more than common sense.

8/24/2018 11:00:00 AM

(8/24/2018 10:58:00 AM) - Al

1. I cannot imagine doing this.

I know people are going to say treatment is tough and if it is not working, but you never know, the next treatment might be the one that starts to be effective.

2. Why is he still a senator? It's embarrassing he has not resigned his office due to health reasons.

Right now, AZ is represented by Flake, who has been on vacation in Africa for much of the past few months and is not running again, and McCain, who is never going to return to the Senate. The only person fighting for the citizens of AZ are staffers that may or may not care, as they have no one to work hard for.


8/24/2018 10:58:00 AM

(8/24/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Rand Paul is almost as good at needling the career politicos into doing what he wants as President Trump is.

8/24/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/24/2018 10:08:00 AM) - Al

1. Brooks won't be coming up tomorrow, as he just pitched yesterday.

2. However, he is a candidate for SEP.

8/24/2018 10:08:00 AM

(8/24/2018 10:04:00 AM) - Al

The ignorance online about how trade waivers work is astounding.

8/24/2018 10:04:00 AM

(8/24/2018 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Adams continues to be spot on. He is able to put his far left politics aside and look at the facts.

The funny thing is, how much he has been to able to accomplish (as Mike Huckabee has said, this administration gets a month worth of work done every week) even though though insist he's nuts.

Crazy like a fox.

Meanwhile, his approval has been between 44 and 51 since Feb. 1st. He barely budges despite hourly/daily attacks.

8/24/2018 09:46:00 AM

(8/24/2018 08:45:00 AM) - Al

There seems to be no consensus at all on who would be taken out of the rotation if they would acquire Harvey. Some say Guerra, others claim he's the best SP they have. Peralta is up and down, but when he has a good game, probably has the best stuff on the staff.

In cases like this, many teams just go to a 6 man rotation, as often SP's are tired and can use an extra day. Barring injury, that might be what we see.

8/24/2018 08:45:00 AM

(8/24/2018 08:34:00 AM) - Al

She's right you know.

It's different, because shut up.

As many have said, if he had shot her, it'd be entirely the NRA's fault. That's how they operate. It doesn't have to make sense, that's just the game they play. After all, as Liz Dumb Feather says, the girl's parents have to understand the real tragedy is not their daughter's death, but what's happening at the border.

8/24/2018 08:34:00 AM

(8/24/2018 08:05:00 AM) - Al

Someone on Twitter saying Reds will ask for more on Harvey because he's supposed to start tonight.

Talk about missing the point.

8/24/2018 08:05:00 AM

(8/24/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al


Just back from vacation, spent the past month in your neck of the woods, in the Minocqua area, at my parent's guest house. Back to the grind of beef and crop farming in Southeastern Wisconsin. 

Just wondering if you could update us on your friend who ran into legal trouble. My brother, who I farm with, was convicted years ago and spent time in the correctional system too. He was railroaded and upcharged as well, was actually sentenced to 22 years at one time, but after appeals they threw out several of the convictions due to a complete lack of evidence, they made a deal for 7 and he served 4. He was no angel, but 2 others lied and got immunity to make him some sort of kingpin. 

We stay in touch with several prisoners and you should tell your readers how much they enjoy mail and hearing from people. If someone wants, you should share their address and let your readers write and support him. I was just a teenager back when he was in prison, but not only did it help him, it kept me on the straight and narrow. I got good grades, never did drugs, and became the first person in our family to go to and graduate from college. Of course, he's still a better farmer than me, but we do pretty well together.

By the way Al, have you ever thought of doing a podcast? I listen to many of them when I'm out working, and always thought your style would work well in a podcast, and you've done radio on TMJ, so I know you speak clearly and can get your point across. 

Thank you for your work you do. Through your site I have found several others I enjoy.

Name withheld

I've spent many days in or near Minocqua, which is best known for being a gangster and Chicago weekend/summer getaway. It's about an hour north of me in the Wausau area.

If anyone wants to write in support, feel free to email me and I will share the address and details, which I will not make public. I will say, however, that my friend is a woman, who I guarantee is not looking for a relationship (with either gender), so don't waste your time, boys and girls. She was recently sentenced and entered a "12 month program" in Georgia to get her life in order. She did her best to find a Christian oriented program as well, though I have not heard what one she ended up in. Beggars can't be choosers, she only had an hour's notice of her sentencing. I ended up making a phone call for her, as she only had internet and could not afford a phone plan. Released onto the street without a penny to her name; setting them up for success in GA.

By the way, they called in prisoners in small groups for sentencing, and in her group, the guy ahead of her had killed someone. He was charged with either a low form of murder or mansluaghter, she could not remember. His sentence? 10 years probation.  It was the lightest sentence she heard.

I wonder if his name was Kennedy?

8/24/2018 08:00:00 AM

(8/24/2018 07:58:00 AM) - Al

Brewers did claim Harvey, have until 12:30 this afternoon to make a deal. As MLBTR points out, all 5 SP's have better overall numbers, but depth is a good thing.

I am on phone, so cannot link, but head over for more.

8/24/2018 07:58:00 AM

(8/24/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

You can't understand a place you've never been.

8/24/2018 07:00:00 AM

(8/24/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I never have spent $73 on a date in my life, and I managed to find a woman who is far out of my league.

Some guys must have more money and far less smooth than myself.

8/24/2018 06:30:00 AM

(8/24/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

The jokes just write themselves.

8/24/2018 04:30:00 AM

(8/24/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

She's never used a DVR, would be my guess.

8/24/2018 02:30:00 AM

(8/24/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

The ignorance of math is simply overwhelming.

8/24/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 23, 2018

(8/23/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Know what the irony of this is?

You know what a doctor would give most people for shoulder inflammation? A steroid. .

8/23/2018 11:00:00 PM

(8/23/2018 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Look back at the message boards and you'll see almost every casual said Hamels sucked.

You know, just like Chacin can't pitch outside of San Diego. And Braun has a hitch in his swing. 

8/23/2018 09:58:00 PM

(8/23/2018 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Hopefully, the left does not read the book. They still don't get it.

Did ya see what Liz Warren said yesterday? She has no clue how to even talk to anyone that lives west of Jersey.

8/23/2018 09:54:00 PM

(8/23/2018 08:55:00 PM) - Al

I blame the NKA.

8/23/2018 08:55:00 PM

(8/23/2018 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Knebel and Davies optioned to AAA. I was just thinking a day or two ago when they activated Soria, it might be a goods idea to send Knebel down, even if they just keep him with the team and let him throw some bullpens and simulated games to work n his control.

I assume both will rejoin the team within 20 days, so neither will use an option, which may or may not be important.

MLBTR indicating the Crew may have needed to open a 25 man roster spot for a waiver claim or trade, but if they do, they also need to open up a 40 man roster spot somehow, though the 2 recent pickups, Jake Thompson and Ariel Hernandez, have been injured and hellishly wild, respectively.

Maybe they were the team that claimed Harvey or Hamilton. The farm director whose name escapes me said Aaron Brooks and Quintin Torres Costa had been very effective at AAA, though both would have to be added to the 40. Woodruff was mentioned by name as well. Wilkerson has better numbers than everyone, except maybe QTC, who would probably be used as a loogy.

ADDED: I thought the minimum roster for MLB was 24. Maybe it does not matter unless it's a game day. 

8/23/2018 07:45:00 PM

(8/23/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al


8/23/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/23/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

You see, he only killed one, and just a girl from Iowa at that!

This is such a terrible, poorly thought out reaction from the left, it will be noticed. This is exactly why celebs and entertainers are such a poor mouthpiece. Being creative does not make you intelligent.

The idea they cannot logically separate illegal immigration from legal immigration is a puzzler. Get in line and do it the right way.

As I have pointed out often, legal immigrants despise illegals, and the numbers show it.

8/23/2018 03:30:00 PM

(8/23/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm not surprised, as eventually, they always run out of other people's money.

8/23/2018 02:30:00 PM

(8/23/2018 01:53:00 PM) - Al

I know this one.

Because she's an attention whore who does not value the time of others.

8/23/2018 01:53:00 PM

(8/23/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al


5 decades? That's a long time. Coincidence, of course.It should be noted that the "total" is lower even though the population has risen many fold in half a century.

Obama insisted we were at full employment when we were at 6% unemployment. I'm not sure if he was more dishonest or incompetent.

There's a debate for the ages. Someday, when man is able to fly just by thinking about it, they'll still be arguing that.

Off topic, but I just thought of it; one of the funniest things about the Obama presidency was Jimmy Carter getting upset at all the comparisons of their downtrodden administrations filled with economic malaise.

Bad luck, of course.

8/23/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/23/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I love it when Liz speaks.

It's like listening to a 3rd grader talk about her favorite unicorn. Not only does it make no sense, she comes as as a drug user, it's so "out there."

She's so well spoken. Wait until she hits Iowa in 2019.  It'll be picketers and a guy with his hair in a ponytail hoping to accompany her back to her hotel room.

8/23/2018 01:00:00 PM

(8/23/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Working just as planned...

8/23/2018 12:30:00 PM

(8/23/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Maybe while he's recovering, he can figure out what to call himself so he doesn't sound like that kid in 3rd grade that always ate paste.

8/23/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/23/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Irony alert: Why are the ultra PC folks always the biggest bullies?

Answer? Because they know better.

8/23/2018 11:30:00 AM

(8/23/2018 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Sen. Ernst is correct, but I think she knows the real problem here is minors at the border.

8/23/2018 11:28:00 AM

(8/23/2018 11:11:00 AM) - Al

I wasn't even sure Santana would be called up in SEP, as he is not going to get anything but PH and garbage time PA's, barring injury of course, in which case, say if Braun, Cain, Aguilar, or Yelich went down; he would at least get most starts versus LHP.

8/23/2018 11:11:00 AM

(8/23/2018 11:04:00 AM) - Al

Long time reader of your blog. Great work.
The casuals were out in force Tuesday night. Someone on Facebook was ranting about the loss. He said the window for a small market time is only one year so when you have a chance you have to go all in.
Someone else in the discussion said it was time to fire Counsell and Sterns.
Thought you would get a kick out of that.
The irony? They've already been contending for 2 seasons now. A few years ago, when Stearns took over, I recall several folks saying the earliest they could possibly do so would be 2020 or 2021. 
Dare I say it, but if Mark A decided he would rather have someone else other than Stearns as his GM, DS might well end up being in the top 5 highest paid executives in the game. Not often are young, respected GM's who have had success free agents. Theo is the only example that pops to mind, and one could argue building a winner from scratch in a small market like Milwaukee is more difficult than winning in Boston or Chicago. 

8/23/2018 11:04:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:51:00 AM) - Al

Image result for meme of white bread

Poor? I would say "grew up miles from a grocery store" would be a better title.

I was reminded of this when the Rambling son, scheduled to work 12-8 today, tried to make hot dogs for an early lunch, but when he found out we had no hot dog buns (but did have white bread), put them back in the fridge and walked away dejectedly.

8/23/2018 10:51:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:40:00 AM) - Al

There's a huge demand for vintage smoking accessories.--Mike, American Pickers

I didn't even know vintage smoking accessories were a thing.

8/23/2018 10:40:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Unconstitutional is without a doubt, but the real crime here is all the lies and deceit that went into passing the piece of crap.

What we need is DMV healthcare!

8/23/2018 10:19:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:16:00 AM) - Al

How dare ye?!

8/23/2018 10:16:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I sure hope someone writes a compare and contrast about Urban Meyer and Keith Ellison so I don't have to.

8/23/2018 10:00:00 AM

(8/23/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Because they have a problem.

8/23/2018 10:00:00 AM

(8/23/2018 08:05:00 AM) - Al

Billy Hamilton claimed on waivers, trade not expected. As I have said, his value as a late game speedster is far more than you would think, and hides his weakness of, you know, making outs.

The problem here is, he's valuable enough as a platoon player who is a great defender and baserunner that he is unlikely to be let go.

To be honest, it's not his fault he's miscast as an everyday player. If the Brewers had Arcia batting lead off, it would not make a bad SS.

8/23/2018 08:05:00 AM

(8/23/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Just a coincidence.

8/23/2018 08:00:00 AM

(8/23/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

More coincidence, because shut up.

8/23/2018 05:00:00 AM

(8/23/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Yeah, but, only one is a conservative...

Al Sharpton did not pay taxes for years. Tim Geithner didn't either and was given a cabinet post.

Luckily for them, they never worked for President Trump.

8/23/2018 03:00:00 AM

(8/23/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I love her more every day.

8/23/2018 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

(8/22/2018 11:18:00 PM) - Al

Davies finally with good results today, 6 innings, a run on 2 hits, 9 K's.

Either he or Woodruff would probably be the 6th SP in case of injury or rainout forcing a doubleheader. Just as likely, he may be a vital part of the bullpen, perhaps in a 4th/5th inning role pitching 2-3 innings; or perhaps closing out a game in which the team is either ahead or behind by several runs in the 6th or 7th.

8/22/2018 11:18:00 PM

(8/22/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Results? Facts?

That's like kryptonite to many.

8/22/2018 11:00:00 PM

(8/22/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I hope they never stop talking.

It is almost impossible to believe anyone can be this out of touch.

BUMP/EDIT: Incorrect link, thanks for the emails. 

8/22/2018 09:30:00 PM

(8/22/2018 09:19:00 PM) - Al

Not a single mention of "that girl from Iowa" in the NY Times today.

All the news that's fit to cover up.

8/22/2018 09:19:00 PM

(8/22/2018 09:00:00 PM) - Al


Disgruntled minor leaguers are often unhappy when they are sent down.

Tyler is so darn talented and the Crew is so darn ornery, he hasn't pitched in the minors all season. Other teams have no problem putting up with bad behavior if it's Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Some AAA arm with a ceiling of a passable middle reliever? Not so much.

The phrase "not worth the headache" comes to mind.

By the way, the Brewers only "job" is to build a winning team. How they go about it, maximizing the 25 man roster, is just common sense. The fact Cravy is too stupid to understand it explains why he's such a chronic underachiever. 

8/22/2018 09:00:00 PM

(8/22/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

I would have traded Hiura before Peralta or Burnes. Most folks do not realize how good FP has been since he has had a few outings that he was inconsistent.

As often is the case, casuals lack the understanding of how young he is compared to how good he is.

FYI, Adam of confirmed today the Brewers are not going to pull him from the rotation due to IP. He's good to go, as long as they are playing. As he was today, he will be limited pitch wise, 90-100 a start. That's me speaking, not Adam.

I would not have traded Ray either, unless DeGrom or Syndergaard would have been the return. He might be playing some next year, especially if Braun has health issues.

8/22/2018 06:30:00 PM

(8/22/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Two things that may seem strange, but are both true:

1. Natalie Gulbis is beautiful, stunningly so.

2. The gal who has been on Swing Clinic instead of late, Chelsea Pezzola, makes Gulbis look like a boy.

No offense to boys, transgenders, or those that just aren't sure.

8/22/2018 06:00:00 PM

(8/22/2018 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Contrarianism at its finest.

I've seen no less than a dozen people say today if the Dems want to impeach the president, not only will many be pleased that a more conservative Pence takes over, many deep red Trump supporters will be furious and never vote Dem again in their life. The real kicker? Anytime a party gets both the House and the Senate, and the executive branch is the other party, you can bet your behind impeachment will be brought up.

The reason? As Scott Adams says, "Because we do not like him/her."

8/22/2018 04:49:00 PM

(8/22/2018 04:32:00 PM) - Al

Casuals not wondering why an acquired SP did not pitch instead of Peralta today.

Wonder what changed?

8/22/2018 04:32:00 PM

(8/22/2018 02:25:00 PM) - Al

The previous president was too busy raising taxes and socializing healthcare to bother.

Don't forget, the Dems voted against the "right to try" just because the president supported it. They don't even pretend to give a damn about anyone.

8/22/2018 02:25:00 PM

(8/22/2018 02:17:00 PM) - Al

They are a parody of themselves.

If you ever doubt you're on the right side, try and read something like this and not laugh out loud.

That and their refusal to say anything remotely negative about the illegal who killed "that girl from Iowa."


8/22/2018 02:17:00 PM

(8/22/2018 02:10:00 PM) - Al

I had my belt break years ago when I was in Target. Just snapped, poof.

8/22/2018 02:10:00 PM

(8/22/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has been saying this for years.

It's Reagan and capitalism. Clinton was forced to govern like this as well, due to the Gingrich led House at the time.

8/22/2018 02:00:00 PM

(8/22/2018 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers 2019 schedule released. Make your plans for a road trip.

The Rambling wife and I did that one year and planned on doing it annually, but I switched jobs and she got a new one and neither of us had paid vacation. We have yet to get back in the swing of things. Maybe next year we'll at least go to Minnesota.:)

8/22/2018 01:31:00 PM

(8/22/2018 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Albers returns, Broxton sent down.

Not sure if he's actually leaving the team or not, as he was sent to Appleton, on paper at least.

Broxton has a child expected soon. May play in Appleton, may not. 

8/22/2018 01:28:00 PM

(8/22/2018 01:21:00 PM) - Al

More folks need to learn the phrase "go to hell."

8/22/2018 01:21:00 PM

(8/22/2018 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Twins copied the Brewers with their 6PM start time on Saturdays too.

8/22/2018 11:28:00 AM

(8/22/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I've noticed this as well.

Let's be honest, Manafort was really convicted of working on the Trump campaign. That's all well and good, until it keeps good people out of politics in the future. What is that line Glenn Reynolds always says when people suggest he run for political office?

I'm afraid I might win. 

The more they decide to go after political opponents, the more Ted Kennedys and Barack Obamas and other unqualified, power hungry oafs we end up with as the ruling class.

And that's not good for anyone. Ask the Terry family. Ask the Kopechne family. 

8/22/2018 10:30:00 AM

(8/22/2018 09:44:00 AM) - Al

Plenty of relievers and SP's, though almost all the starters are rentals.

8/22/2018 09:44:00 AM

(8/22/2018 09:40:00 AM) - Al

Maybe we need some sort of document we can turn to, with all of our basic beliefs written down. That way, they won't have to look at the party first before deciding how they feel.

You see, the left thinks free speech is long as it's someone they like saying something...they like.

And all women should be believed...unless you want Keith Ellison to win, and then, well, she's an ignorant slut, like that Jane Curtin.

8/22/2018 09:40:00 AM

(8/22/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, one's a liberal.

8/22/2018 05:30:00 AM

(8/22/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Of course they did.

The wussification of the USA continues.

8/22/2018 02:00:00 AM

(8/22/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

We're still paying for his incompetence.

8/22/2018 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

(8/21/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

What bread lines? What starving people?

Bad luck I tell ya.

Note the old media's complete lack of reporting on South Africa confiscating land from farmers, the same guy Obama praised just a couple days ago.

Sgt. Schultz would not be in security if he were alive today. He'd be a "journalist."

8/21/2018 10:00:00 PM

(8/21/2018 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Burnes eating innings tonight.

See if he is sent down after the game, but with the day off THU, it's just WED he will be unavailable for, so I would say it's doubtful.

8/21/2018 09:42:00 PM

(8/21/2018 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Albers and Soria both supposedly ready to go, early tonight reports were they would be activated after the off day, but reports on TV indicate as early as tomorrow.

Might depend on if someone goes several frames and is unable to go anyway.

8/21/2018 09:27:00 PM

(8/21/2018 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Crew almost gives up all their good fortune for the season in a single inning.

On the bright side, I think the umps may have got a call or two correct. Maybe.

8/21/2018 08:29:00 PM

(8/21/2018 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Home plate and 3B umpire both miss the pitcher bunting at a pitch, both say no swing.

I'm not saying guys off the street could do just as well. The apathy and lack of effort does that without me saying a word.

But, you know, it was hot out there...a few days ago.

Then, the 2B umpire stands there and lets the ball hit him, like a...cement statue.

Of course, to be fair, a cement statue would do a far better job making calls too....

They're awful, everyone knows they're awful, and no one cares at all. Too busy counting their cash.

8/21/2018 08:23:00 PM

(8/21/2018 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Many folks making fun of the fact Darvish made $25M and got one win.

First of all, injury is a risk, and even moreso for a pitcher. Teams know that.

Secondly, I find it poor taste anyone is laughing about an injury, and as a very unPC person, at least privately, I'm not offended by much.

Thirdly, let's be honest...the Cubs and other big market teams, who get several times the TV/radio money the Brewers and other small market clubs get, can take risks like that, lose a spendy player like that, and while it certainly hurts, it's not devastating. To a team like the Crew, they simply cannot afford to have their expensive players not produce or miss entire seasons.

8/21/2018 07:52:00 PM

(8/21/2018 05:42:00 PM) - Al

I have seen several lefties on Twitter lament the fact the Iowa woman was killed by an illegal.

Forest for the trees. Talk about missing the point.

8/21/2018 05:42:00 PM

(8/21/2018 05:37:00 PM) - Al

I had to laugh how people are surprised Thames is playing tonight. Braun hardly ever plays a day game after a night game, so barring massive injuries or Ryan being mega hot, you knew he was either off tonignt or tomorrow.

It just amazes me how so many don't seem to notice any of these trends. I'm sure Counsell makes some decisions based on how they've done versus the starting pitcher, which is in the game notes but rarely online; so we do not see that, for the most part. He may even use such splits as fly ball/ground ball/strikeout pitchers or high velocity/medium/low that are on BR, but are rarely thought of.

Billy Beane laughed a few years ago, saying there were about a half dozen splits readily available, but most teams only use one of them. The A's often "platoon" 2 RH hitters based on a variety of factors, and reporters don't even ask about it, just thinking the manager is randomly splitting time. The A's have had offensive success for ages just by having many "average" or above offensive players, and then they just fiddle with them. Folks are so used to it, they don't even question it, even though many are "worried" about the Crew and Cubs having "too many" solid position players. First world problems.

However, Schoop plays versus LHP and Shaw and Moustakas play versus RHP. Other than that, it often has to do with who is hot, who could use rest, and so on. For example, as much as they have talked about Aguilar being a "big guy" and needing rest, I would think he may well get WED or FRI off to give him a 48 or 72 hour break, depending on how you look at it.

8/21/2018 05:37:00 PM

(8/21/2018 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Well, on the bright side, an earthquake can only do the fraction of the damage socialism has.

8/21/2018 05:21:00 PM

(8/21/2018 05:17:00 PM) - Al


I've been told those folks never commit any crimes, never mind murder.

8/21/2018 05:17:00 PM

(8/21/2018 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Darvish out for season.

He's been one of the few imports from Japan that has been relatively healthy over the years, as their young pitchers throw 50 times more than young pitchers in the USA.

8/21/2018 05:09:00 PM

(8/21/2018 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Needless to say, the Brewers had no use for either Adams or Murphy. If the Brewers are putting in claims, it's for a catcher or a pitcher.

People forget, you can't claim several players a might end up with them.

Think how embarrassing it would be to claim a player, have to DFA someone on the 40...and then DFA the player you claimed because you really did not want him.

8/21/2018 04:14:00 PM

(8/21/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Unbearably smug, check.

Condescending, check.

Never had a real job, check.

She's a shoo in.

8/21/2018 04:00:00 PM

(8/21/2018 03:57:00 PM) - Al

100% accurate.

The irony, of course, is  the ACLU claims to defend the Constitution, but in reality, attempts to circumvent it every day.  

8/21/2018 03:57:00 PM

(8/21/2018 03:54:00 PM) - Al


Talk about self importance at dangerously high levels.

8/21/2018 03:54:00 PM

(8/21/2018 03:49:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if it sends the wrong message to the rubes, so the old media is afraid to report it.

Sorta reminds me of that Bernie supporter trying to execute dozens of Republicans.

8/21/2018 03:49:00 PM

(8/21/2018 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Cubs acquire Dan Murphy, Cards Matt Adams.

As others have pointed out, Murphy has no real place on the Cubs except as a PH. I'm not sure if they will now be the victims of many saying they have "too much depth" or not.

Adams is an underrated player, though he weakens their defense immensely, by making Carpenter play somewhere he's terrible at...Matt's metrics at 2B or 3B are horrendous, which is not a surprise at all if you've seen him play. Of course, maybe SL will use him as a bench player as well.

8/21/2018 03:48:00 PM

(8/21/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The irony of this? I've owned several Eagles' albums over the years, some twice, as I had them on cassette (kids, ask your parents) and CD. Never owned that one though. Never owned Thriller either.

I still play their "return album" often in the car. I still chuckle that they started the concert by saying "We never broke up, we just went on a 14 year vacation."

8/21/2018 01:30:00 PM

(8/21/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

They choose their heroes badly.

Maybe she'll get shot, and it will go up to 11%.

8/21/2018 01:00:00 PM

(8/21/2018 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Gee, I wonder where they got the cash to build all these weapons?

Nice job, Barry.

8/21/2018 12:49:00 PM

(8/21/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

All victims should be believed.

Unless it's guy. Then he's a scumbag.

By the way, that seems very gender specific. I, for one, am very offended.

8/21/2018 12:00:00 PM

(8/21/2018 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Sad to be correct about the Iowa young lady. I know people are held captive for months and years on TV all the time. In reality, it rarely happens that way. I hope they find who did it. The way the authorities have acted, they likely know, but proving it is another matter entirely.

8/21/2018 11:42:00 AM

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