Itâ€™s summer, and everyone has Brewers on the mind.
But, when you throw back a cold one at the corner sports bar, youâ€™ll notice baseball talk has changed.
Years of, â€śHow bad can they get?â€ť have turned into a season of â€śDoes it get any better than this?â€ť
Sure, the team has had its slip-ups.Â Who hasnâ€™t?
With Prince Fielder dominating the All-Star Game voting -- which, if he holds on to his lead over Albert Pujols today would make him the first Brewer since 1988 voted to start an All-Star Game -- and a roster of heavy hitters and consistent pitchers, what do we really have to complain about right now?
Should Ned Yost have pulled Derrick Turnbow a little earlier during last weekâ€™s game against the Royals? Probably. But, you have to give some credit to the guy for having faith in his players.
In the spirit of our winning season -- 46-32 as of today -- I decided to ask one of my athletic-minded friends, Sheboygan Press sports guru Adam Thompson, to create the perfect Brewer for an article in M Magazine.
There was one major stipulation: All attributes of the player had to be drawn from actual Brewers who played for the team for at least five seasons. Hereâ€™s what he came up with:
SMARTS -- Mark Loretta (â€™95-â€™02) did everything the Brewers asked of him and more. The Northwestern University grad and ultimate utility performer batted .279 or better six straight seasons and defensively played every spot in the infield, played outfield and even pitched one inning in 2001.
VISION --Â Jeff Cirillo (â€™94-â€™99, â€™05-â€™06) wasnâ€™t flashy, but he found a way to get on base â€” better than anyone else in Brewers history. The infielder has three of the top 10 single-season batting averages (.326 in â€™99, .325 in â€™96, .321 in â€™98), the top career batting average (.307) and a better on-base percentage (.383) than anybody else who ever wore a Brewers uniform.
SASS -- Phil Garner (manager, â€™92-â€™98…Read more...