I saw too saw something funny during this weekend's series with the Astros. It was the name Richard Hidalgo on some all-time Astro home-run list. Richard Hidalgo, what a donkey. Even though he hit .314 and 44 homers in the year 2000, (He also finished 20th in MVP voting. I thought it was odd that a guy could go off for 44 homers and there's 19 guys that were better than him in the NL that year. Fuckin' steroid era.) he's not a name that will jump off the page to most casual baseball fans. Astro fans sure remember him, and so do Brewer fans. The reason Brewer fans will remember Hidalgo, almost as well as Astro fans, is because the dude aboslutely OWNED the Brewers. I vividly remember him hitting a missile of a homer against the Brewers that hit the front window of Friday's in left field. The fact that it didn't shatter still amazes me. Richard fuckin' Hidalgo, as mediocre as he was he always raked against the Crew.
This got me thinking about all the middle of the road, good but not great (or even worse than that) players over the years that seemed to turn into Ted Williams every time the saw the Brewers. Richard Hidalgo tops that list for me but there's others too. So, if I was starting an "all-time Brewer killers list" here's the first few that come to mind.
-Brian Giles (especially in his Pirate years)
-Ty Wigginton (not so in his return to the NL, but when he was with the Mets and Pirates he always seemed to show up big against the Crew.)
I'm sure there's more that I can't think of right now, and I have no empirical evidence to support any of this other than my own recollections. So who would you add to this list? Everyone has one person that sticks out to them like Hidalgo does to me. And don't say Albert Pujols, or some shit like that, he kills everyone. I'll give you a minute...discuss amongst yourselves....