As indicated by the way we’re churning out posts here lately, there’s really not much to be excited about in the way of Brewers baseball right now. The Pirates sweep was sweet, I found someone to take my Jeff Suppan bobblehead (for free), and J.J. Hardy miraculously hasn’t been diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome during any of his sad sack, why me?-type interviews since he returned to the majors - but, all in all, it’s been a rough stretch with little to be happy about.
Until the 2nd inning of last night’s game.
That’s when Dave Bush, etched his name into Milwaukee baseball record books and further into my heart with his 50th hit batter as a Brewer (and 69th total). His plunking of Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter, who strangely wasn’t reduced to dust/put on 60-day DL after being hit, overtook Jamey Wright’s previous team HBP record of 49. Bush then went on to hit Brenden Ryan in the 3rd to push his record to 51 doinks.
According to Plunk Everyone, nobody in the Majors has hit more batters than Bush since he joined the Brewers in 2006. I think this accomplishment hammers home two points:
1. Dave Bush is a hard-nosed son of a bitch bastard who would rather hit you a dozen times than give you the inside of his plate once.
2. I love Dave Bush.
Like that old saying goes, “If you’re going to be the best at something, it might as well involve striking people with small, hard objects.”
Congrats, Dave. May your record grow for years to come - one bruise at a time.