Ok, does Brad Nelson not remind you guys of Bob Hamelin? Seriously, it just hit me. I just saw his RBI single in the 8th and his swing looks JUST like The Hammers'.
Ok, me somehow thinking last week that Trot Nixon might have a chance to break camp on the team was probably the dumbest thing I've ever written. I'll admit that. But I was pretty sure of myself that Mike Lamb would make it. I was a little surprised he was basically cut today, considering he was playing a little better as of late. I'm all for riding the hot hand in the form of Casey McGehee (Side Note: the pronunciation of his last time is stupid), but does one hot spring earn you a spot? Hey I guess it did. Welcome to the show Casey. He's got the look of a Brewer that's for sure with that little flavor saver on his chin. A little advice for the guy...try to take a walk every now and again. But as always with the new young guys, I'm in his corner until he does/says something asinine.
Anybody paying attention to JJ Hardy's offensive stats this spring? Good Lord. He officially gets the Spring Training Soul Owner label (OPS of 1.36!!!). I'm thinking big things from JJ this year. He's giving off the feeling that he's playing with a little chip on his shoulder due to Escobar nipping at his ankles. The whole Hardy/Escobar topic is going to be a great topic of debate for the next year or two. Just so many ways it could play out.
Bill Hall. 11 strikeouts v 1 walk this spring. Nice Job Lasik.
Ummm...really...Yovanni Gallardo as the NL Cy Young? I drink the home town kool aid as much as any Brewer Blogger, but it seems like too much of a stretch. Get it done Yo.
How is everybody out there "feeling" about this team? I kind of like the stigma surrounding the team this year. Read any one of the Brewer Previews that are all over the web: Pitching is too thin. They won't be able to contend. They'll take a step or two back after last year's postseason run...blah blah etc.
I think it's a good thing. It's almost like we're the underdogs again. Assuming Braun didn't break his thumb tonight, you've got to like this team's chances to reach the upper 80's in wins.
I'm excited for the team. I'm excited for the offense. I'm excited that management has brought in experienced no-nonsense type of coaches. We've got 6 of the 8 position spots filled by young homegrown guys who are (Bill Hall excluded) still developing. Even Dick Weeks looks like he's figured a few things out.
I'm on board with this team. Just get rid of Gwynn.