Evoking memories of Denny Hocking's classic "I'm feuding with someone on this team" hissy fit in the '02 play-offs, Doug Melvin reported to King of All Brewers Media Tom Haudricourt that he's "ticked off" at Ryan Braun after Braun pointed out that the Brewers can't expect to contend for the post-season with Mike Burns and McDouche taking the ball every fifth day.
For some reason, rather than addressing Braun in the clubhouse or his office or at Braun's next Remetee launch party or ANYWHERE BUT THE FUCKING NEWSPAPER, 'Stache, who's apparently an ardent supporter of the "two wrongs make a right" philosophy, decided it was a good idea to publicly air his gripes about his 25-year-old leftfielder.
Now, hear this: I'm not saying that Braun was right to toss Burns and McDouche, specifically, and the entire pitching staff, generally, under the bus on Sunday, even though what he said is what we've all been thinking for the last month. That kind of stuff is best addressed in-house, not in print.
That said: Braun made his comments after an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of a bitter rival, in a game where the Crew's starting pitcher put the team in a hole before the hitters could get the tops off of their tins of Skol. And that game came on the heels of McDouche's meltdown on Friday -- the one where Big Red proved, conclusively, that it's difficult to be an effective starting pitcher if you've only got one pitch. So, fine: Braun was pissed on Sunday, and he's 25 and, truth be told, a bit of cockbag. (And: he's gone .326/.409/.557 this year; OPS+ 155.)
Melvin, on the other hand, had a day to stew on Braun's comments before he talked to Haudricourt. He's 56, and he's Canadian, and he's got a pushbroom mustache. (The last two things have nothing to do with the point I'm making. I just like Canadians with pushbroom mustaches.) He's also responsible for saddling the Brewers with Suppan's albatross contract, and for giving Looper $5 million, both of which are going to make it difficult for the Crew to make a trade during the season. (Again: this really has nothing to do with the point I'm making. I'm just pissed off about both of those deals.) He's been a GM for (roughly) 85 years, and he's dealing with the media -- on things ranging from injuries to trade rumors to call-ups -- on a daily basis.
Long story short: Melvin should know better than to continue a verbal slap fight with one of his star players in the papers. Nothing good is going to come of this.