The stamp was emphatic and clear.
And it read: This is certification that the Milwaukee Brewers, at completion of their latest home stand and 35 games total, are one of major-league baseball's best teams.That was notarized by the way the Brewers put the lid on their six-game home stand Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.
First of all, I don't think you know what "notarized" means, 'cuz if you did, you'd know that it's not the right word for that last sentence.
More importantly: can we go easy on the "one of the best teams in baseball" stuff? (And, yes, I know Ant'ny qualified that statement (somewhat) with the "at completion of their latest home stand and 35 games total" line, but, really -- who gives a shit about being one of the best teams in baseball through 35 games? Fuck, the Packers were one of the best teams in football through two games, and you saw how that ended. And a couple weeks ago, the Marlins were 11-1 and were one of the best teams in baseball. Now? They're under .500.)
Maybe, just maybe, can we say: the pitching's been better than we hoped, and the hitters have shown more patience at the plate and are hitting a ton of homers, and the bullpen has been (for the most part) dy-no-mite, and the Crew is playing really well right now?
Isn't that enough?
On another note: the official song of The Summer of Rickie Weeks is Mango Jerry's "Summertime." (Like there was any other choice.)