MLB Musings: Brew Crew Unbeaten Since Prince Fielder's Meltdown

KP WeeSenior Writer IAugust 13, 2008

Once again, the media is so smart.

On Monday, Aug. 4, after the Milwaukee Brewers lost 6-3 to the Cincinnati Reds for their seventh defeat in nine outings, ESPN Radio started ripping the Brew Crew.

During the loss, the Brewers' first sacker Prince Fielder shoved pitcher Manny Parra in the dugout. Manager Ned Yost did his best to make it a non-issue, later saying something along the lines of—and I am paraphrasing—what happens in the family stays in the family.

So, smart asses like Jason Smith of ESPN Radio began doing the Brewers' obituary, ridiculing Yost for trying to downplay the scuffle in the dugout.

Excuse me? What was Yost supposed to do—rip his star first baseman and add more fuel to the fire? The manager did what he had to do and did not make this into a big issue the way the media wanted. Yost acted as professionally as he could, suggesting that the incident was not something to be concerned about.

What, did Jason Smith want? Hank Steinbrenner-type quotes out of Yost? That's exactly what the media likes doing. They like to stir things up and if there's any controversy, they'll beat it to death over and over again on the air.

Of course, that's what makes the media's job easy. They wish a team like the Brewers will implode, re-play highlights about the incident and clips of interviews from the manager, and then talk non-stop about the whole situation.

Smith went on to talk about how the Brewers melted down the previous year, when Yost himself had an exchange (with catcher Johnny Estrada) during a loss to the New York Mets. He said teammates that fought each other had no business winning, that they weren't a real team to begin with.

The gutsy midseason acquisition of CC Sabathia would turn out to be a disaster, especially since it would be another lost season for the Brew Crew.

So, now I look at the standings and see that not only are the Brewers not dead, but they have not lost since.

Including Wednesday's 7-1 win in San Diego, the Brew Crew are a perfect 8-0 since the Fielder-Parra incident. And Sabathia is now 7-0 in his eight starts for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is currently the second best outfit in the senior circuit and four games up on the St. Louis Cardinals for the wild card spot. If the Brewers played in any division other than the National League, they would have a healthy lead over the rest of the pack—including Smith's pathetic and underachieving Mets.

Speaking of Wisconsin teams, ESPN Radio again ripped into the Green Bay Packers for their treatment of the washed-up Brett Favre.

Yes, yes, the man won three MVPs, but that was in the '90s. The Jets' new QB has been living off his success from a decade ago and has been mediocre in the 2000s.

Yes, last season he led the Pack to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC title game.

And suddenly, ESPN Radio conveniently forgot he threw 29 picks two seasons before that (with only 20 TDs). Or that in 2006, he was a pedestrian 18-18 (TDs-INTs).

So, Smith and the rest of the ESPN "experts" now want you all to believe the New York Jets would be a 10 to 11-win playoff team (Smith's prediction).

And Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers might as well burn in hell, as far as the network is concerned.

The Packers made it "personal," according to Smith, because management didn't like the fact Favre had been non-committal to the team for the last few years and pulled off this retirement-unretirement nonsense in 2008.

Again, excuse me? Favre retired, the Packers moved on by naming Rodgers their starting QB, and just because Favre changed his mind the Pack should demote Rodgers?

That's supposed to be professional? Who cares what Favre did in the '90s? This is 2008. The man threw 29 picks just a couple seasons earlier, and the media's expecting an even older Favre to have a brilliant 2008 season.

And now that he's in New York, he's supposedly going to rejuvenate his career? Oh, okay.

And the playoffs.

Interesting, since the AFC is filled with contenders. Oh, look, isn't that the New England Patriots, the team that went 16-0 last season in the same division? Then throw in the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts. The Pittsburgh Steelers and/or the Cleveland Browns.

Anyway, the upshot is that the Jets will not win the division. The four division winners will get their berths in the playoffs, leaving two wild card spots. Okay, we have the Titans, Jaguars, loser of the Steelers/Browns battle, and we might as well throw in the Bills and Bengals, too.

Yet ESPN Radio would have you believe Favre's Jets will still be playing in January.

I'm sure there are many out there who know the truth about Brett Favre and will be laughing so hard when the J-E-T-S fall flat on their faces in the 2008 NFL season.

Favre got away with all those years in Green Bay because he was never scrutinized. Even though he was brutal and the team was struggling in the early part of this decade, he was allowed to continue his ironman streak.

In New York, he will not get that luxury. Every INT will be scrutinized. Every loss will be magnified.

Think about how one year the Giants benched former Ram Kurt Warner, a ex-MVP and Super Bowl hero, following a 5-4 start. That's New York for ya.

And yet Favre was starting, and starting every year for the struggling Packers.

He will not be this lucky with the Jets.

Welcome to New York, Brett Favre.

Go back to sleep, media.