Alright this picture was stolen from JSONLINE so hopefully I'm not in jail by the time you read this. But I've been a loyal reader of their free content and haven't paid for a paper since 1997 so I think we should be on pretty good terms huh? Anyhow the purpose of this picture is to point out that my friend Pat is famous. Like I've known this guy since 6th grade, and we've been best buds for a long time. Serious bromance stuff going on, we've beaten video games, watched Wrestlemania's and screamed drunkenly at people like Jeff Suppan for years (in fact there's like a 12% chance one of us is cursing Suppan right now). That's about as deep as it gets for guys. I mean we're basically a shared Nachos Supreme away from being married. But I 180% don't expect to hear from him again. Ever. Because once you make the front page (of the sports section albeit, but hey, that's my front page) wearing Brewers apparel, your life is basically made. It's all house parties with Bernie Brewer and speaking engagements from here on out for him. So there he is, far right, with the retro Braun and backwards hat, staring at Ryan Braun signing autographs and wondering how much jail time he would do if he just bum rushed the stage. He may as well be a Beatle now. So long Pat. It's been fun.
Honestly Brewers On Deck was a blast yesterday, if only because the time period from now until March Madness almost makes me want to read a book. Yeah. Did I? For sure not. But it crossed my mind. Hell I even watched 11 minutes of the Winter X Games. 11 minutes of my life I can never have back. For those of you who haven't been to one of these yet, it's basically a ton of Brewers players signing autographs, beer, questions and answers with general managers and managers, beer, waiting in line, and beer. All of the money goes to Brewer's charities so you even feel good about yourself afterwards.
I did learn many things during my inaugural run though. #1 Get there early. I was genuinely disappointed in myself as a German Sheboyganite for thinking that 'I should be able to just walk in when this thing starts at 10am.' I=all sorts of wrong. And I come from a family that shows up 45 minutes early for everything. We celebrate Christmas on the 23rd 19th every year just to make sure we get it in on time. All in all it took 45 minutes to get in and then a lot of standing in lines after that. The lines were longest for Fielder and Braun (gasp!) and I think the line Pat is in here is for Braun. He may still be in that line as I type this. So being impatient in general I decided to just get the autographs of the players with the shortest lines. That strategy led to a Brewers batting helmet complete with Jody Gerut, George Kottras, LaTroy Hawkins, Josh Butler, and Randy Wolf autographs. Jealous much? I don't think Jody Gerut's mom was even in line for his autograph! In any case, the helmet may be worth less now than when it was clean, but the joke's on everyone else when Jody Gerut bats .310 this seas.....haha...nevermind.
Another thing I learned from this event was that the Brewers are going to win the World Series this season. Fact. The offense is back in tact and the pitching staff is improved even before the addition of one of the best pitching coaches in the game; Rick Peterson. He was using like 6 syllable words while explaining the biomechanics of pitching, reducing injury and effectiveness while limiting runs given up. So yeah, my guess is we have one of the best rotations in baseball. It's science at this point. And just to wet your palate a bit (and by 'your' I mean 'my'):
WHOOOOOOO! Bonus word: 'science.'