Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Llama Time!

Seems like Rickie Weeks has no problem putting on his cape when the Brewers need him the most. It was the third time this year at Miller Park that Weeks has hit the go ahead run. He has done it with nice variety whether it is a RBI fielder's choice or two-run jack like in Tuesday's 6-5 win.

... and has vaulted to an early lead in the all-important category: "Greatest Variety of Hits and/or Fielder's Choices That Drove In Game-Winning Runs."

Rickie stayed humble when talked about being the team's superhero.

Mostly because he's, um, not the team's superhero.

"Being a hero feels good but you got to do some good for the team," Weeks said. Weeks has looked nothing like the player we have seen the last two seasons. You know the one who could not hit, field, and drew a lot of boos.

Yep. Those fielding miscues are long gone. It's not like he made his fifth error of the season last night or anything.

But I will agree with the Llama on this point: Weeks doesn't look like the player who did everything he could to get on base last year (via HBP, walk, what have you). His OBP is .318, and he's drawn all of three walks this year.

Weeks is the first to admit he is not totally out of the woods yet as baseball is a long season. I would have more quotes but he is man of few words or at least ones that can be understood.

There is irony, and then there is a man who writes something like this: "The Brewers are 2-6 and trending towards a fate that only the Texas Rangers know" chiding another person for being hard to understand.

Jorge Julio did not start a small fire on the mound as he pitched a rare perfect inning.

What's up with Toddles and this "starting a small fire on the mound" shit? He said the same thing about Suppan last week. How 'bout we work on finding a different way to say that a pitcher didn't have a bad outing? Variety is the spice of life, little man.

Brewers manager Ken Macha admitted that pitching coach Billy Castro has really spent some time trying to turn Julio around.

"Admitted" is a curious word choice here, isn't it? It makes it sound like Macha was embarrassed that Castro has been trying to coach Julio. Isn't that what we pay the pitching coach to do? Wouldn't it be much more problematic if Macha had said: "Julio? Yeah, Castro and I talked about trying to help him, but, in the end, we decided: 'Fuck it. He's an adult. Maybe he'll figure it out on his own.'"?

The problem Macha sees is that Julio has trouble walking people. If he can avoid that obvious issue, than Julio will be all right.

As the Llama himself once wrote: "Thank you captian obvious!" (As always: all [sics] intentional.)

On this night, Julio got two fly outs and a strikeout so Castro must have said something right.

Or: Julio was pitching against the Pirates, and got to face the pitcher, Nyjer Morgan, and Fred Sanchez.

Macha admitted that he is not going to give up on his reliever because he loves to shag fly balls in batting practice and just loves the game.

I bet if you showed this sentence to Ken Macha and asked: "Does this accurately describe the reasons why you're not giving up on Jorge Julio?", his response would be: "Fuck no." "He loves to shag fly balls" is a reason you don't can a batboy who sometimes shows up late for work, not a reason you keep a pitcher with 7.00+ ERA on your roster.

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