Well if this picture doesn't sum up the Ken Macha era in Milwaukee then nothing does. Also I defy you to look at that picture and not yawn yourself. Impossible. I've yawned 6 times already writing this blog. Yawn.
In any case I was intending to blog about this yesterday but Monday's are Packer recap days and I'm not going to write two blogs in one day! What am I some kind of overachiever? Memo to the kids out there: when you get into the real world set the bar low and keep it there. Better advice than you'll get in any classroom. So the Brewers could have moved yesterday and we would have bumped the blog to Tuesday. And I just cried a little on the inside (read: outside) thinking about the Brewers moving.
Anyway in case you missed it on Sunday the Brewers made their first move of the offseason by not retaining Ken Macha's services for the 2011 campaign. To say this was shocking would be like saying the Cubs not winning the World Series is shocking, but either way it is nice to see that Doug Melvin and company are moving quickly to rectify two of the more boring seasons in recent memory. I guess I'm an all or nothing guy though (mostly nothing when it pertains to me). Either be really good or really bad, but hovering around .500 with no real shot and winning a division is about as dull as it gets.
With that said I'm hoping that Attanasio and Melvin move quickly to replace Macha and get to the task of putting the new manager in a position where he can actually win. I'm not going to say I was a huge fan of Macha's, but at the same time with the players he was provided I'm not sure John McGraw could have made the playoffs. It was like telling Macha to win an auction on ebay with a 56k modem while everyone else is cruising on DSL. So determining what they want to do with Prince, acquiring some pitching that actually pans out, and perhaps getting extensions to Weeks and McGehee are the moves that truly matter. "Firing" Macha was essentially throwing a bucket of chum into the water to satisfy angry Brewers fans. It will get them interested, but at some point you're going to have to throw an actual meal in to keep them satisfied.
I learned a lot during shark week.
PS: Should I be submitting my resume for the open managerial post? I mean I don't want to brag/totally want to brag, but I pulled down not one but TWO fantasy baseball championships this season. And if I can guide Team Funky Butt Lovin to a title the Brewers should be child's play. Granted Melcvin would have to sign Pujols, A-Rod and Jeter to play on the infield and convince Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay, and Chris Carpentar to join the pitching staff, but with that in place I should be golden.
Double PS: This is how I want to best remember the Macha era: