Welcome to Saturday Scorecard, where our goal is to register on the Richter Scale without shaking you out of bed.
Nervous night: Raise your hand if your heart skipped a beat when Ben Sheets had to leave the game last night in Cincinnati.
On second thought, don't ... We don't want you to tear a rotator cuff.
The Brewers announced the injury as tightness in the triceps. Given Sheets' recent history of quirky injuries, there is reason for concern. Sheets, who described the feeling as "crampiness," looked outstanding again. Losing him from the rotation would for even two weeks would be a huge blow.
Yovani Gallardo will be back on Sunday, but fans need to remember that he's still young and there will be a learning curve. For proof, we offer Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva. One of those two or Mitch Stetter likely will be sent down to clear a spot for Gallardo. Stay tuned.
Last men standing: We'll get to the Bucks coaching search momentarily, but the chess match between Brewers manager Ned Yost and Cincinnati skipper Dusty Baker on Friday night provided a lesson in perspective.
Flash back to 2003. Ten of the 30 teams in the major leagues began that season with new managers. Six years later, only two of those managers are still with the same club and they were probably the least heralded hires in the group.
Yes, we're talking about Yost and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge.
The rest of that class?
Felipe Alou, who bolted Montreal for San Francisco, didn't find success with a roster almost as old as he was.
Dusty Baker, who left the Giants after a World Series run, flamed out with the Cubs and is now with the Reds.
Buck Showalter, who wouldn't return the Brewers' calls, was bounced in Texas.
Ken Macha, the Brewers' first choice, stayed in Oakland and got the axe.
Art Howe, the man Macha replaced, melted down with the Mets.
Bob Melvin won 93 games in his first year with Seattle, and then lost 99 the next season. He's now managing in Arizona.
Lou Piniella hoped for some hometown magic in Tampa Bay, but it didn't work out and he's now at Wrigley Field.
Alan Trammell gave it a go in Detroit, but things didn't work out.
Managing in the major leagues is the definition of a temp job. Nobody expected Yost and Wedge to be the last men standing from the Class of 2003.
Hammond's next order of business will be finding a coach to replace Larry Krystkowiak, a fine gentleman who was placed in a nearly impossible situation.
A year ago, Bucks fans were excited about the notion of Krystkowiak injecting toughness and defense into a team that badly needed both. After a dismal season, you realize that asking a rookie coach to fix a team that had spent four of six seasons in the lottery was far-fetched if not unrealistic.
It didn't help when Krystkowiak wasn't permitted to institute the triangle offense, when an off-season contract dustup with management soured Charlie Bell, the most positive player on the team, and when Yi Jianlian was inserted into the starting lineup based on marketing rather than merit.
The Bucks have been stumbling in the darkness for so long now that you wonder if coaching is the problem. Mismanagement, selfish players and shaky coaching have created a toxic atmosphere. It's Hammond's job to change that. Hiring Rick Carlisle or Scott Skiles could be a first step.
April showers: Without even looking at forecast, we're going to bank on it raining today. How do we know this? Simple -- Wisconsin is playing its spring football game.
It seems like it always rains on the spring game.
Tailgate Marathon 2008: The Badgers will play consecutive Saturday night home games Oct. 4 (Ohio State) and Oct. 11 (Penn State). Considering that Halloween is on a Friday, you have to figure that Madison's police force will set a record for overtime in October.
Jumping for joy: It was great to see Prince Fielder celebrate like a little kid after hitting his first home run of the season Thursday in St. Louis. We couldn't help wondering, though, who has the more impressive vertical leap -- Fielder or golfer Phil Mickelson?
O Captain! My Captain! Badgers hockey coach Mike Eaves announced that the squad will have more than one captain next season. Ben Street and Blake Geoffrion will share the captain's "C." There will be no assistant captains.
Fighting inflation: The Admirals, who host Chicago in Game 3 of their playoff series at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Bradley Center, announced Friday that they will not increase ticket prices for the 2008-'09 season.
The news created two immediate reactions at Saturday Scorecard headquarters. First, hats off to Harris Turer, Jon Greenberg and Mike Wojciechowski for looking out for their fans. Second, if the Admirals win the championship, they may be the first team in the history of pro sports not to raise prices.
Title Wave? Then Wave faces a win-or-else match against Baltimore Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Arena. With Marcio Leite out with an ankle injury and Troy Dusosky shelved after receiving an ill-advised red card in the opener, Milwaukee will be short-handed. The Wave must beat Baltimore in regulation and then score first in the sudden-death period to advance to the championship game, which will be held in Milwaukee regardless of what happens Sunday.
Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at OnMilwaukee.com. Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.