I know, I know, more Brewers talk.Â However, this is a big deal.Â I figured the Brewers could make a competitive offer, but still lose out by a good $10m, but this gives a bit of hope.
Both guys were amazing all year, but there is simply no topping what they did today.Â Game winning home run for Braun and another complete game win for CC.Â Longest post-season drout in major pro sports is over!
So I hesitated to jump on board with the millions of other journalists and bloggers talking about Ned Yost being fired.Â Why?Â What could I say that they haven’t.Â Now that the Brewers have officially moved away from Yost and played (and lost) their first game without him, I feel I should add a little perspective.
First, I tend to agree with a select few folks from the Milwaukee area on this topic.Â Several people have said that they believe Yost was the right guy to get the Brewers to where they are.Â I’ll go as far as saying he was the right guy to get the Brewers to where they were last year.Â He did a great job bringing the young players along and not doing anything to shake their confidence over their young careers.Â On another team, Braun and Fielder would probably be where they are now, but players like Weeks, Hall, Hardy and Hart would likely still be in the minors.Â A majority of people outside of Milwaukee (those who haven’t seen the Brewers play regularly the last 5-6 years) really don’t understand this.Â I’ve seen Yost portrayed by the national media as being overly stern, but he really isn’t.Â Sure, he’s a statue during games, but he’s far too kind to the players.Â Few successful managers would’ve let a player like Rickie Weeks bat lead-off an entire season.Â Few would have let Bill Hall cost runs on a daily basis.Â Few would’ve stuck with starting pitchers who regularly could not get out of the 2nd inning.Â Yost did.Â He was a great leader for doing this while the team was growing and maturing.Â Although it could be easily argued they are still in the maturation process, the upper-management has decided that this year is the time for winning.Â The Yost method is clearly not the method for winning now.
Well, maybe recent history.Â As of a few moments ago, Sabathia threw his third complete game as a Brewer (in 4 starts, not to mention, it was his 3rd IN A ROW).
For the record, the most complete games in a season by a Brewer pitcher in the last 20 years was by Jaime Navarro in ’91.Â He had 10 of them that year en route to a 15 win season.Â At this rate, Sabathia may get to that mark in just the 2nd half of the year!Â In his short time with Milwaukee, he’s doubled his CG total for the season.Â This guy can really eat up innings and he’s probably the best move the team could’ve made to help out the bulpen.Â Bill Castro must be feeling great about having CC on the mound, as it gives him some extra time to try and figure out how to get the relievers on track.
Sadly, I won’t be at the game.Â I’m not even going to look at what ticket prices have jumped to in the last 24 hours.Â It will be pretty amazing to see a Milwaukee game likely sell out, on a Tuesday against the Rockies.
I will definitely be watching the game though, cannot wait to see how the new ace (do you call it a “deuce” when you have two aces?) settles in his first night.
So now it looks like the starting rotation will be:
– McClung or Bush
…but I’ve been reading the Sabathia rumors and have gotten rather excited.Â Well now that it seems pretty much official, I am extremely excited.Â In fact, I’ve been a Brewer fan for roughly 20 of my 26.5 years on this planet and I have not once been this elated to be a fan.Â I think you have to agree this immediately puts the Brewers as one of the favorites in the NL to go to the World Series (them and the Cubs).Â Man oh man, what a deal!Â I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.Â It’s a tough to think of what LaPorta could have been, but it’s far greater to envision what is going to happen NOW.