Better watch out Jeff Suppan, if you don't step it up this year, you are going to be forever ingrained in Brewer lore as the NEXT FREAKING JEFFREY HAMMONDS! Thank you Mike Hunt.
Here's the line from Hunt's last column, which was written again in advising the trading of Prince Fielder (which makes my blood boil to a level that can't be described).
Jeff Suppan must show he's not the first Jeffrey Hammonds of the Mark Attanasio/Doug Melvin era.
How absurd is this comparison? Hunt should be ashamed of himself. It is fact...I repeat...FACT...that the Jeffrey Hammonds contract is the worst contract in Brewer history, on a wide variety of levels. It takes you back to a time of bad personnel management. It takes you back to a time of desperation. It takes you back to a time where the Milwaukee Brewers locked in $21 million dollars to some chump who had never played more then a 123 games in 8 SEASONS up to that point...and his one "ok" year was when he was jacking doubles in Colorado.
Hammonds "played" here for two+ injury-riddled seasons of putrid baseball the likes this town had ever seen. I hated him then. I despise him and everybody who looks like him now.
To compare him to Jeff Suppan? What? Jeff Suppan, the career average pitcher who has started 30+ games every year for the last 10 years? The guy that has taken the mound 65 times the last two years for the Crew and has been serviceable. The guy who gave a gritty performance in game 4 of the NLDS last year...no wait...scratch that last one.
For christ sake Hunt, like Bill Lumbergh in Office Space, Jeffrey Hammonds represents all that is soulless and wrong (in baseball terms).
Jeff Suppan is an average player who probably makes more then he should but he actually serves a purpose and provides some sort of service.
When you say "Jeffrey Hammonds" to any loyal Brewer fan, he/she should cringe in thought. You can't compare him to Suppan.
Mike Hunt, Chuckie Hacks demands you call Jeff Suppan today and issue him an apology for comparing him to the most despised Brewer of all time.