I don’t care, when they stare, at the way that I’m always with you. We’re a pair, it’s not fair when they say we’re a special brew! Woh woh woh woh. I love you. -Bad Manners
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Roll out the barrel. We’ll have a barrel of fun. Roll out the barrel. We’ve got the blues on the run.
The Beermakers. The Brew Crew. Harvey’s Wallbangers. EX-Milwaukee Brewer Manager Dave Bristol once said: “There’ll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The two o’clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at five o’clock.” These days, that five o’clock bus should have a few more passengers. A few more giving it the gassengers. A few more first classengers.
CC Sabathia will be on that bus. Too much, the Magic Bus. CC Sabathia just threw a three-hit shutout in St. Louis to post his fourth win in as many starts since being acquired by the Brewers. That makes CC only the second pitcher to win his first four starts in the National League after having started at least 200 games in the majors, all in the American League. Yowza! Throw in Big Ben Sheets and Manny Para and that’s one impressive front three. ABC. Easy as 1…2…3. Or simple as do re mi. ABC, 1…2…3, baby, you and me!
The Brewers bats will be on that bus too. Kiss me on the bus. The Brewers bats have kissed bombs in nineteen straight games. Nineteen straight! How about that? How about this? That ties the Brewers franchise record set in 1996. Tying the record set by John Jaha. Set by Greg Vaughn. Set by Jose Valentin. Set by guys like that there.
The Brewers have thirty home runs in this stretch. A stretch led by the Hebrew Hammer. Last night, Braun went 4-for-5 with a solo ding and was a just a double away from hitting for the cycle. JJ Hardy went yard too. JJ hardy has been just torrid. Prince Fielder is, well, Prince Fielder. He’ll get his. Got his the other night when he put the Brewers ahead with a solo shot in the seventh against the Giants and added an insurance RBI single later in the ninth.
There is no question what CC Sabathia and the rest mean to this Brewers ball club. But CC only accounts for four wins during this run. This run for the roses. Do you wanna know who the real difference maker is? Huh? Do ya? I thought you might. Sherman, set the Way Back Machine to May 24th.
May 24th is the date one Mr. Salomon Torres took over the closer duties from the much maligned Eric Gagne. Lights out. Not quite. Salomon Torres took over the closer duties from the much maligned Eric Gagne and hasn’t looked back since. During Gagne’s tenure, the Brewers were a pedestrian 22-26. Since Torres assumed the ninth inning role the Brewers have gone 36-17. Not too shabby. Not too flabby. Not too Uwe Blabby. Coinkydinky? I think not.
Torres has been machine-like in banging out saves. He thirty-six-year old rubber arm just keeps bouncing back. You never heard a sound like the rubberband man. You’re bound to lose control when the Rubberband man starts to jam. Since Torres started to jam this Brewer’s team has been firing on all cylinders. Firing on all cylinders making them Milwaukee’s Best: “Carefully Brewed for a Clean, Smooth Taste.”
Public Acknowledgements: Will Glahe, The Who, Jackson Five, Replacements, Peabody’s Improbable History and the Spinners
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!