No one hates bad baseball teams. Sure, people feel sorry for them, or they just ignore them. But you donâ€™t read national sportswriters talking smack about the Royals. Players from opposing teams donâ€™t pick fights with them, either.
But lately, the Brewers â€“ currently the best team in baseball â€“ are finding all sorts of new haters. Whether theyâ€™re ripping on Carlos Gomezâ€™ swagger or presuming that Ryan Braun most obviously still juicing, the Crew is facing all sorts of new heat.
And thatâ€™s awesome.
You expect people to fear the Yankees. You might even expect the Brewers players to underperform when they play the Cardinals â€“ remember back when Ned Yost threw at Pujols?
But look at the Pirates. The Brewers have absolutely dominated them for years, and while Gomez shouldnâ€™t have thrown punches on Sunday, the Bucs taunted him out of frustration. Heâ€™s just that good now.
Need proof? Look at these tweets from national sportswriter Jeff Pearlman. Moralizing aside, the assertion that Braun used steroids after he tested positive, in 2012, then now, in 2014, is preposterous. Braun is being tested all the time. Pearlman calls him "slime" but wonâ€™t concede that heâ€™s naturally a great player.
It is illogical to believe Ryan Braun is clean. You put up huge #s, get caught, suspended, returnâ€”and you're just as good sans PED? Um, no.â€” jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) April 21, 2014
Or this gem from Jeff Passan:
Standing ovation for Ryan Braun in Milwaukee is about the least surprising thing on Opening Day. Great message. Lie and we love you anyway.â€” Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2014
And Pearlman's newfound hate for Gomez? Whatever, dude:
In Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun, the Brewers may well have baseball's most pathetic 1-2 punch. Shameless dolts.â€” jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) April 21, 2014
I especially liked the quote from the Piratesâ€™ Russell Martin:
"The fair thing would be to have our team hold down Maldonado so that Travis can go back and sucker-punch him right in the face. That would be the fair thing to do. I donâ€™t know if we ask the Brewers if theyâ€™re going to be down for that."
If I ever get in a fight, I know I want Maldonado on my side.
To All Baseball Fans- my sincere apologies for today's incident. I hope you all understand that I have to back up my team.â€” Martin Maldonado (@Machete1224) April 20, 2014
Point is, people are taking notice of the Brewers, starting to concede that this team isnâ€™t a fluke.
The Brewers will gladly take the fear and hatred all the way to the post-season if given a chance.
Pearlman is a moron, as is any other writer who preaches from a high horse that Milwaukee should have (or still should) cast Braun out like a leper. Athletes screw up and their cities re-embrace them, sometimes more than they did prior to the screw up. It happens all. the. time. I'd love to hear him wax about baseball's most regal fans in St. Louis and their steely embrace of McGwire (I'd say Pujols too... I think we all know...). But, he won't. The BBWA would castrate him. So he picks on the Brewers.
As for Martin on the brawl, two things: He should tell Snider not to leave the bench and start a scrum if he's not willing to catch 5 to his eye. He should also look up the definition of a sucker punch. Snider grabbed Gomez from behind as he got up off the ground, which was the real sucker move. Maldonado popped Snider's lid off standing right in front of him. Not his fault Snider had his hands down. Head on a swivel, fella. Next time he'll know.
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Andy Tarnoff
Published June 28, 2016
In college, I had a reoccurring nightmare that I was trapped on a crazy elevator. Lately, that's been replaced by what I call the "fat finger" dream. I've talked to a few people, including co-worker Molly Synder, who has had it, too.
Published June 27, 2016
OnMilwaukee publisher Andy Tarnoff is very impressed with this year's Summerfest lineup, but he thinks the strongest day for the Big Gig is on July 9. For his money, he's especially excited about Howard Jones and, obviously, Sir Paul McCartney. Here are his picks.
Published June 11, 2016
"It's good to be king." Mel Brooks actually said that, quoting himself, to a sold-out show Saturday night at the Riverside. Based on the remarkable stories, the adoring reception and the super-human energy from this soon-to-be 90-year-old film legend, I believe him.
Published May 7, 2016
I won't lie to you: I know nothing about the current state of professional wrestling. But from 1983 to 1989, from about age 9 to 15, I was a huge fan. So big, in fact, that I wrote a fan letter to WWF announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund.
Published April 28, 2016
Angry readers, self-righteous writers and surly social media speculators are in a tizzy about an uptick in "clickbait," and in many respects, they have every right to be. In lots of cases, it's a bogus attempt to lure gullible readers, and ultimately, it won't and doesn't work.
Published April 25, 2016
I've known about Mel Brooks' upcoming June 11 visit to Milwaukee for a little while now. Make no mistake, this is a "bucket list" show for me: Brooks is one of my all-time favorites in Hollywood, and "Blazing Saddles" has sat atop my favorite movie list forever.
Published April 15, 2016
For the many dozens of times I've visited the historic Pfister Hotel - for meetings, meals, weddings and drinks - until prepping for OnMilwaukee Hotel Week, I never spent an overnight at this Victorian masterpiece. Cross that off my bucket list - and I didn't even have to meet a ghost to do it.
Published April 14, 2016
As today's the wonderfully-made up "414 Day," or "Milwaukee Day," depending on who you talk to - it's a sexy day to look back at this excellent video from 2014 by the Five Card Studs.
Published April 11, 2016
I've been binge-watching HBO's "Vinyl." During a scene at an L.A. beach party, the camera panned to a sideburned record executive, smoking a joint and talking about Elvis. Even 25 years since I saw him last, I knew immediately that was my friend from high school, Dave Shalansky. I'd recognize that guy anywhere.
Published April 4, 2016
I'm sitting here on Opening Day, in the first row of the press box at Miller Park, and it's quiet. Too quiet. I mean, I can hear the fans in the ventilation over the sound of stands in this not-sold-out stadium. Apparently, other people here are either rolling their eyes in the fifth inning (or they're passed out).