Did it have to come to an embarrassing game like last night's for someone to finally wake up Melvin, Macha, and the Milwaukee Brewers players?
Apparently it did.
Just last night I wrote the column in which I openly criticized the entire team. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one wondering why I spent five hours of my Tuesday evening being loyal to a team and a roster of players that did not want to be loyal to me or to any of the thousands of people watching the game, or even to the close to 3 million fans who purchased tickets to Brewers’ home games this season.
Today the Brewers fired pitching coach Bill Castro, designated Bill Hall for assignment, and demoted former All-Star J.J. Hardy to AAA Nashville.
I wonder if there were some Brewers representatives in the stands last night, because the three individuals mentioned above were the most discussed names on the team.
Castro once again showed a lack of feel for finding the pulse of his pitching staff. I sat close to the Brewers’ dugout, and numerous fans around me were openly critical of Castro's decision to not have a chat with Looper in an attempt to settle him down when the score was just 4-2 in favor of the Padres.
The ensuing six runs the Padres poured on aggravated even the most tolerant of fans.
Hall's name was the most often chanted in the section where I sat. People were sarcastically cheering for him, and everyone benefited with a good laugh during his comical attempt to toss the ball to one of the sections "cheering" for him, when the ball bounced off the light banner behind left field and came back to him. His second attempt was more successful, but the chanting of the 146 people who witnessed the final pitch of last night's game continued.
Hardy was said to need a tennis racket to be able to hit a ball on offense. And when he started running around the bases, people started wondering if he was indeed injured as he was barely able to beat a throw to home plate from the outfield when some kids in the stands would have likely made it all the way to the dugout by the time the ball was telegraphed to the Padres’ catcher.
Immediately after the news came out today, no less than five people sent me text messages; "Oh, what a wonderful day to be a Brewers fan!" they all said in more or less the same amount of words.
It is very telling when your fan base is cheering and smiling in excitement when your players are showing a complete ineptitude and after a coach and two players have just been canned.
I’m glad the Brewers finally recognized some of the past mistakes that were made and listened to the wishes of the crowd. After all, the fans are the ones this team depends on financially.
After being quite disappointed last night, today I am happy because I may have witnessed for one last time some of the culprits of the current Brewers roster. I am not going to hide that now I impatiently anticipate to see Escobar and Gamel take the field at the shortstop and right field or third base positions.
I am also excited to know that Craig Counsell will be on the field for the majority of the time. After all he and Prince Fielder were the only two players I could congratulate after last night's massacre.
In the long run, this loss could have been the best thing that happened to the Brewers all year. If this team was hoping to win next year, the young players needed to be exposed to the game of baseball as it is played in the majors. And that is exactly what will happen at this point, as the young stars from the minors will receive a chance to experience the big leagues without everything being on the line.
Since it is clear the Brewers are missing the train that would take them to October, fans should enjoy this team for what it is worth. Help is on the way in the offseason. Melvin's most recent move suggests as much.
I am ready to go back to Miller Park and cheer for this team like I always have.
Boris Yovchev is a Milwaukee Brewers Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report and a supporter of the children's story "A Glove of Their Own."
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