12 walks; 1 hit batsman, 2 catcher interferences, 4 errors against them and they get 10 hits. And two sausage races. 16 runners left on base. Five hours and four minutes with 21 Padres and 20 Brewers seeing action. And they loose a game. Wait! There was a free concert after the game so there were still fans in the stands.
That is the very definition of a ‘reason for Kerfuffle’. It is a disturbance. The word comes from part Scottish ‘curfuffle’, meaning to twist, turn and from Old Irish where there is disorder, confusion.
There is little doubt that there is disorder and confusion in Pigsville.
The home nine’s starting pitcher gives up back-to-back home runs and then the reliever does the same in the top of the 12th inning. The relief pitcher was brought in to pitch hit as the home team had no more position players left on the bench to pinch hit. He walked. Then he goes in to pitch and loses the game giving up the second of the back-to-backs.
Then the mind-dead shortstop, again, for the second time this week, created the third out attempting to steal third from his position at second with Lucroy coming to the plate. As Counsell stated, ’That was a mistake. Early in the count, it’s a play that makes sense, getting to third early. But at that point it was not a good decision.’ Not a good decision? With a third base coach who is acknowledged as the worst third base coach in baseball (including the minor leagues) and a shortstop with no brain, it certainly classifies as not being a good decision.
Madness. As Major General Anthony McAuliffe said in a note back to the Nazi’s at Bastogne, ‘Nuts’.
This is the best of AAA baseball. It is nuts. There are errors galore. There are mental mistakes everywhere. There are kids growing up and making mistakes as Major Leaguers. The Milwaukee Brewers were a great American Association team back in the day at old Borchert Field. They played as though they wanted to make it to the Majors. they played the Indianapolis Indians (farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates), the St. Paul Saints (affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers), the Minneapolis Millers (New York Giants farm team), the Columbus Red Birds (St Louis Cardinals team), the Kansas City Blues (farm team of the New York Yankees), Louisville Colonels (Boston Red Sox’s team) and the Toledo Mud Hens, the best minor league team of the incredibly bad St. Louis Browns. It was zany. It was wacky baseball. Everyone was trying to make that mad dash to The Show with a great showing. Guys were flying everywhere. And on occasion you would see a glimpse of Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays and the like. But most of the time, you saw errors…lots of errors, both physical and mental. Yet fans were in the stands and eating brats and drinking beer, hoping for a day when they could see the real game…Major League baseball in their city.
Now, light years away from that time, they have their wish. Again, they see the great stadium around them but nothing on the field that represents Big Leagues in any way. Yes there are still, on occasion, the Braun sighting, a Lucroy playing up to his capability when he wants to play and not sounding-off wanting to be traded to a competitive team, and Nelson. But on a 25 man roster, that’s it for top talent. Sure there are fading stars like Hill and Carter, rising hopefuls like everyone else. But in the end, there is just another minor league team taking the field night after night in the City of Beer. #WatchingAttanasio #win63
By the way, the Polish won the second sausage race.
As for those who are interested in the results of the survey last week, here it is:
Which teams will win 63 games this season?
100% said the Milwaukee Brewers would not win 63 games.