Milwaukee Brewers: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Beat Yourself

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IAugust 5, 2008

Well, it's that time of the year again. Teams are fighting for position in the heated division and wild card races.

So what are the Milwaukee Brewers doing about it? They're fighting with each other in the dugout. Just like last year.

On Aug. 2 of 2007 Johnny Estrada got into a shoving and shouting match with manager Ned Yost in the dugout. It was partly due to the frustration of the Brewers' losing streak, but also because Estrada wasn't running out grounders.

Almost one year to the day, the Brew Crew was at it again. This time it involved Manny Parra and Prince Fielder in Cincinnati. If I were Parra, I definitely wouldn't want to be fighting with Prince.

Parra had allowed six runs in six innings to the Reds, including a four-run fifth. He would not return for the seventh. Parra then thought he would get a jump-start on his post-game.

That's when Fielder said something to Parra that started a shoving match between the two. Teammates immediately ran in and separated them. It's a good thing too, because if it continued, Fielder definitely would have put Parra on the DL.

From a Brewers fan's point of view, I'm taking this altercation as a good sign.

Why? Because Fielder is starting to become a leader for this team. When Parra wanted to hit the showers early, apparently Fielder said something to the effect of, "No, now you stick around to watch us because we had watch you pitch."

Don't quote me. That's just what I was hearing and seeing in reports.

Needless to say, Parra watched his team lose 6-3 to the Reds, as ex-Brewer now Reds closer Francisco Cordero closed the door.

I would rather see fighting in the dugout than fighting on the field between two teams, because when you fight in the dugout there's only one side.

The Brewers are finally showing some emotion on their side after losing seven of their last nine. I'm surprised this didn't happen during the Cubs series.

So, does the team become more tightly knit after this situation? Well, it didn't happen last year and Milwaukee watched the Cubs play in October.

All I know is that something needs to change in order for the Brewers to look like a playoff team. Right now, it's shaping up to be an exact replica of 2007.