Saturday night is often WMLW night, which usually means that those of us in the "out-of-market" area can get Brewers games only via the opponent's feed. I don't like it. I'm not an objective fan and, typically, I don't like to hear what the other side has to say. But at least I get to watch the game. Seth says that I am a poor loser, so in an effort to improve my sportsmanship, I'm going to walk a mile in a Cardinals fan's shoes.
Bring on Rick Horton and Al Hrabosky. I'm ready.
Top of the first inning.
Rick: The Cardinals would like to get on top. Very important series, Al. The Cardinals dropping game one, but the Brewers and Cardinals, you know it's going to be fun baseball. Every time these two teams come together, the last few seasons, you know, you're going to get a ball game.
Al: The Cardinals have a lot of veteran leadership, and, you know, when you talk about the big three and here the good eye by Berkman ... But this Milwaukee ball club is trying to prove to themselves that they can play with the Cardinals.
Bottom of the first.
Al: Carpenter knows his assignment: go deep into this ballgame but re-establish ... And one: go deep. Save that bullpen a little bit. It's been worked an awful lot of late. And two, you know, go out there and be the ace. Stop this little losing streak. Tell Milwaukee that you're the stepchild; you're not good enough to be with us.
Top of the fifth. After John Jay makes a very nice catch robbing Casey McGehee of extra bases in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Rick: I love the reaction of his teammates on the field. Certainly reaction in the Cardinal dugout but Ryan Theriot clapping his hands. Albert clapping his hands. Carpenter waiting on the mound for John Jay to come in from rightfield and gave him a high five. Very appreciative of the effort of John Jay.
Bottom of the fifth.
Rick: We mentioned early in the telecast, in case you missed it, it's the night for saluting the Hispanic baseball players throughout the game done by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce here in Milwaukee. They do it every year so this is Cerveceros Day. The Cardenales and the Cerveceros.
Al: I like the idea but a little surprising to me that we'd be doing it in Milwaukee. Didn't think this would be a big Hispanic hot bed.
Top of the eighth.
Al: They're a very good ball club. They're not going away. Talked about it last night that Milwaukee a few years ago you saw this very very talented offensive ballclub. Didn't have much pitching. Almost with the arrival of Braun, the emergence of Prince Fielder. And then they got a little cocky. They started winning but didn't know how to win with class. Taking out the shirttails and kinda rubbin' it in your face. But now they've got starting pitching; they've got a good closer; Loe's become a good set-up man; and they're starting to understand, you know they've got a good management team. Ron Roenicke his first year here, he's got them playing very well. Feeling good about themselves. No need to play with ... I'll say, it, playing with class.
In the spirit of seeing things from the other team's perspective, I'll pepper in a few quotes from Viva El Birdos, the Cardinals SB Nation site.
Wat are these uniforms?
Designed by Ryan Braun?
Also, for a minute, I thought we were playing the Padres.
very glad that I don't have to listen milwaukee announcers today, had to yesterday
Oh and fuck these guys for screwing around with the Cards' uniforms
just because there are people in Milwaukee who are unaware of Hispanics.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3
Game played 6-11-11
Brewers 8, Cardinals 0
Game played 6-10-11