A Season in the Twlight Zone
Though (as this article is being written) the Brewers are 11 games below .500, they have epitomized mediocrity. Winning streaks and series have been followed by lack luster performances against teams that as this year progressed, you wouldn’t think should have created the miss-matches and losses that followed. You can look back at the schedule, and other than the initial losing streak, find a team that could sweep one team, and as the electricity began to get amped up, would turn around and get swept by their next opponent. Case in point, August 6th thru the 11th. On August 6th, 7th, and 8th, they went on a three game winning streak by sweeping the Astros. They followed that by getting swept by the uninspiring Diamondbacks the next three games.
It has been a season where one of the Brewer lone highlights came the week when Trevor Hoffman finally got to ring the bell on his 600th career save. A huge milestone for Hoffman that almost ensures him a spot in the Hall of Fame for one of the truly class acts in baseball. The only issue is that many were hoping that this would have happened back in late May or early June, not in early September. Yet the struggles that have plagued Hoffman have plagued the rest of the team as well. The pitching woes have been well documented. Offensively, the team as streaked much like their won and loss record. It seems like it has been a year where either the entire team hits, or the entire team couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. And of course, a manager, that for all sense and purposes, has been unable to get the most out of his players on a consistent basis.
Finally, if there is one thing for me that capsulated this Rod Sterling Twilight Zone season was the fact that we had a C.C. Sabathia bobble-head night at Miller Park. As a fan, I love Sabathia. A free agent who came to us and did everything he could to help the Brewers win, at a time when many free agents might not have went the extra mile in fear of jeopardizing their upcoming contract. A player who became my daughter’s first favorite player on the team, and for sentimental reasons will always be memorable in our household. Yet, he plays for the Yankees. We are celebrating a player who played with the Brewers for a half of a season 2 years ago. Sabathia’s bobble-head night is the icing on the cake for a PR department trying to create fan interest for a team that has potential, but has spent this campaign playing with the excitement of a Ken Macha press conference.