Preach Frank! Preach! This is pretty much how I felt yesterday when the Gamel news came out. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I was the one 2 weeks ago BEGGING for any Brewers news to talk about. Packer's were done, Super Bowl over, the Bucks were being the Bucks and Project Runway is in the midst of it's most disappointing season in recent memory. So what does little 6 pound 8 oz baby Jesus give me? Corey Hart knee surgery! Ryan Braun PED scandal version 2.0! Gamel out for the year! Our pet's HEADS are falling off!
Now first and foremost I kind of feel for Gamel here. I can only imagine tearing your ACL, going through a year of rehab, only to tear it again and be back in rehab a month later has got to be brutal. Then again in my imagination I have the healing powers of Wolverine so a torn ACL is the least of my concerns. Either way at this point you feel likeGamel's next stop might be Vandalay Industries. I'd imagine he'll have a shot to secure a utility spot next year but that's a pretty dramatic drop from where he was in the organization 5 years ago. When he's been up he hasn't produced the way we thought he would and now he's got the injury prone label. Guy's like those skeleton characters that crumble in Mario. Again, hope he's not DONE done, but we'll see.
Now the question becomes who do you use to navigate the first two months of the year at first. Maldonado? Alex Gonzalez? Clu Haywood? Keith Hernandez? I know Hunter Morris is the fan pick and I certainly want to see if he can hit at this level, but a jump from AA to everday major league first baseman is kind of a big jump. It would be like me writing a blog for Grantland tomorrow. The game is faster, the pitchers are better and they probably require some basic knowledge of the English language and grammar. Again, there's a lot of spring to figure it out but you wonder if they'll try and find a veteran to fill the void. Kind of wish they would have signed Overbay when they had the chance.
And that last sentence is NOT a great omen for 2013.