At the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 24, due south of Brantford, Simcoe, Ontario, in 1983, an April Fools gag was pulled on the Milwaukee Brewers. John Berton Axford was born. This is the same town where famed Los Angeles Kings hockey star, Rob Blake was born. In fact, a gaggle of hockey players come from Simcoe. Jassen Cullimore, Hall of Famer Red Kelly, Andrew Penner, Dwayne Roloson, Ryan VandenBussche and Rick Wamsley all called Simcoe home.
Maybe Axford should have stayed with hockey. After a wonderful first and second year, everything has been crashing down. So far through Wednesday this year, ‘Boom Boom’ Axford has given up 6 home runs in 11 1/3rd innings.
Momma’s of Simcoe, don’t let your boys grow up to be baseball pitchers.
On Friday, during the second game with their biggest rivals, the Brewers lost for the third straight game. Axford came in for one inning and retired the side. However, on Sunday, when mopping up and the fifth straight loss at hand, the man from Simcoe allowed two hits, walked two, had an earned run and left after 1/3rd of an inning with the bases loaded. For those interested, that’s a WHIP of 12.00 and an ERA of 27.00. It was not a week to remember.
Momma’s of Simcoe, your boy went boom.
Al Hrabosky, a former St. Louis relief pitcher known as ‘The Mad Hungarian’ once said, “When I’m on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo.”
For the good citizens of Milwaukee, these are trying days and it is getting harder and harder not to rain down boos upon the fellow from Simcoe. Their once electric closer now has an ERA of 9.95 with no saves for the year and a WHIP of 1.97 all in 12.2 innings pitched. It’s time he visits Nashville and tries to get the kinks out of his mechanics. If not, the risk Roenicke takes the next time he signals in the ‘Sieve from Simcoe’ is loss of confidence in his leadership. ‘The Sieve’ is creating a cancer on the pitching staff. How can Henderson and the rest of the pen build trust in their existence?
Fort Simcoe go boom.