He walked to lead off the season! He has heard your constructive criticism, Brewers fans! At this pace -- one plate appearance, one walk -- he's going to walk over 600 times this year!
It's gonna happen!
UPDATE: MIKE CAMERON HAS ALSO WALKED. HE IS NOT STRIKING OUT SO DAMN MUCH ANYMORE!
SVEUMBALL IS WORKING!!!!!
UPDATED UPDATE: IT IS HAPPENING! RICKIE IS NOW 1-FOR-1 WITH AN RBI AND THE AFOREMENTIONED WALK! He remains on pace for a 1.000 OBP with a 1.000 batting average and 162 RsBI.
This is science. You cannot dispute this.
RETRO UPDATE: Reid might not have saved it, but I did. Here are Reid's thoughts on the signing of Jeff Suppan ... before we even signed Jeff Suppan:
WHY!!!!?!?!? I know everyone is thinking that the Brewers HAVE to make a move this offseason. But I couldn't agree less. Shelling out that type of coin for a mediocre pitcher is absolutely stupid. Are we seriously considering making Jeff Suppan the highest paid player in the history of our franchise??? I mean doesn't that just sound kind of wrong? This would be a bad decision for the Brewers. You think Jenkins' contract is hurting the Brewers, what about 4 years from now when we're paying 11 million a year to a 37 year old Jeff Suppan. My friends over at baseball-reference.com have the stats to back up this rant. Suppan career 106-101 with an ERA of 4.60. For his career, his average 162 game season is 33 starts, 11 wins, 11 losses, 115 Ks, 67 walks, and an ERA around 4.60. Seriously, those are Doug Davis numbers (except fewer walks and fewer strike outs) did anyone feel like giving him 10 million+? I don't think so. Also, his most comparable pitcher at his age.... Jamie Navarro and Pedro Astacio. Yikes.
I know he had decent numbers in St. Louis, but he's not gonna have Alber Pujols, Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds, Larry Walker, etc. putting up 6 runs a game for him anymore. In fact, I think having to face Pujols and Co. 5 times a year automatically adds .25 to an ERA. I also know he pitched well in the playoffs, but this ain't the playoffs. This is like the MLB equivalent of the Raiders signing CB Larry Brown to a huge deal just cuz he was Super Bowl MVP. They regretted that immediately. The only reason the club is even considering this is because of all the people calling the radio every day sayin "the Brewers really need to go out and spend some money on a pitcher." And those same people will be the ones calling for Doug Melvin's head when September rolls around and Suppan is 9-12 with an ERA approaching 5. Hell if we're gonna shell out ridiculous amounts of money, why not go after Barry Zito. Sure he's exorbitantly over priced too, but he's younger, more talented, more accomplished and left-handed. He'll probably own in the NL too, cuz nobody has seen that much of him.
Whatever though. I'm sure this will probably happen now that I have expressed my displeasure with it. That seems to be the trend. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe Jeff Suppan is just the piece we need to get us over the hump. That's a funny sounding sentence too. Peace out, go Brewers.
The date of this email was December 21, 2006.