Now that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over, let’s get back to business.
Contrary to what many “experts” believe, the Milwaukee Brewers are not looking to sign a big money closer this offseason.
I base this assessment not on weak self-opinion, but on some comments Doug Melvin made a few weeks back.
Melvin mentioned hard-throwing right-hander Seth McClung as an
internal option to try as closer. He said he didn’t plan to bid on
high-priced free agent closers such as Francisco Rodriguez and Brian
Good internal option and a helluva nice guy off the field. On the field, he’s mean as hell. Has the right mentality for a closer.
not going to spend a big chunk of money on a closer,” said Melvin.
“We’ve found closers in the past. You usually don’t find that out until
later (in the off-season).
“It’s way too early at this point.”
If anyone knows Doug Melvin around here in Milwaukee, it’s that he’s usually honest when asked about certain rumors/musings.
I don’t want to hear about how Melvin has thrown big money in the past at closers. Over a larger sampling of his track record, this is simply not true.
Melvin did make a multi-million dollar offer to Francisco Cordero
after the ’07 season. That’s because Cordero was lights out for him and he
wanted to make an effort to retain one of his own.
He signed for a tad more to join the Reds.
Melvin did sign Eric Gagne to a 10 Million dollar deal. That was only for 1-year. Low risk with a potential for a large reward.
didn’t work out.
Don’t expect Doug Melvin to put big money into his closer entering ’09.
Just one diehard’s opinion.
I’m truly thankful for so many reasons…without further ado.
I’m thankful for living in a nation where I can be free and proud.
I’m also thankful for: Military personnel, people with good manners, leaders, modern medicine, teachers, food on my table, waking up each day, role models, clothes on my back, playoff baseball in Milwaukee, bulletproof vests, a stadium with a roof, dependable vehicles, great parents, peace and quiet, snowblowers, bleacher seats, sunny days, strong faith, MLBlogs frontman Mark Newman and last but not least…
Each and every one of you in the MLBlogging network.
Without you reading this, I’m just talking to myself (which I do anyway, but you know what I mean).
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Yesterday, Ballhawk Shawn (click here for his blog) and I made a road trip down to Rosemont, Illinois to meet Matt Holliday. I wanted to go because a few years back, I caught Holliday’s 19th career home run at PNC Park.
Of the 47 game home run baseballs I have snagged over the years, only 25 I’ve had signed by the players that hit them.
He seemed interested that I had presented an actual game home run of his (probably doesn’t happen often) to be signed.
Here’s Future Star Ballhawk Shawn with Matt Holliday…
This day I would also meet Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. Being the Brewers fan that I am, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to meet “Molly” again.
Here’s Pauly signing my 1982 World Series baseball…notice I’m keeping a watchful eye :)
Finally, here’s Paul Molitor posing with The Happy Youngster…he doesn’t seem too interested, does he)?
Good times had by all!
because she’s so freakin’ cool!
Here’s the story Channel 12 ran a few years back about me here in Milwaukee.
Man, do I miss Matt Vasgersian!
Thanks again for spending the time checking it out…
I’ve been working on getting a few videos up on this blog…finally, here’s the first!
This aired on Fox 6’s “Perry’s People” here in Milwaukee a few years back.
I know it’s not the best quality…but you get the gist of it! More to come…
So, whaddya think?
Thought I would take a few minutes to show my appreciation for the recent article by Mark Newman that appeared on mlb.com a few days ago.
In case you missed it…here’s the link:
If you ever come through Milwaukee, Mark, I owe you one!
I’ve been very interested in the daily Jake Peavy trade rumors.
I don’t understand, though, is why Peavy didn’t put the Brewers on his
list of 8 teams he would be willing to go to via trade. Why Jake,
Let’s break this down…shall we?
THE BREWERS HAVE THEIR CORE TALENT RETURNING IN ’09.
RICKIE WEEKS——————————————–>Not so much.
(Okay, you get the point)
THE BREWERS HAVE A NEW BALLPARK WITH FIRST CLASS AMENITIES.
A retractable roof (we know you pitchers love a controlled climate).
First class workout facilities (to prevent injury and increase strength).
Massage therapists catering to your every need (!!!).
Wow, would you look at that skyline?
I figured since it’s the offseason and most of the major league
clubs seem to be sitting on their wallets right now (minus the
Yankees), I wanted to take a few minutes to reminisce back to the home
run ball that started the ballhawking fever.
2nd, 1998 – JIM THOME
of 3rd inning off Brad Woodall/1 on base w/ 2 outs
of 1998/CAREER HR #155
Seated in the end seat of the front row of
Section N in the Right Field Bleachers of Milwaukee County Stadium and also
playing the right field well, Thome came to bat. Crack!!
The burly slugger put good wood on it.
The ball’s path was to my right looking toward home plate. I knew it wouldn’t be deep. I stood up and everyone converged including
my older brother who was seated directly to my left. Considering the natural hook toward the foul
pole, the ball ended up clanking off a few hands and mitts (sorry, Jon) two
seats over to my left in the front row.
As everyone looked around for the ball, with no one yet claiming
ownership, I looked to the field first…no home run ball! My natural reaction was to look to the floor
and behind me. There it was nestled
safely on top of my backpack that was positioned behind my seat. Weird luck?
Maybe, but a ballhawk was born!!
It was so worth it.
He appreciated you, too.
We won’t forget about you.
We’ll be watching you in the Bronx…good luck to you big fella.
Brewers #1 Fan and Ballhawk
Nick “The Happy Youngster” Yohanek
When you go to my website – www.happyyoungster.com you will be greeted with the following image:
That’s current World Series champion and former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Geoff Jenkins holding a handmade sign up for the Fox Sports cameras from the Brewers dugout. I had made two game home run catches that day from the left field bleachers of Milwaukee County Stadium and Geoff was giving me a plug on TV.
Years later, I would catch his 200th career home run. Click here to read about it.
Anyway, please check out the site…it’s strictly a fan site…not profit oriented. Just a little something I started up to help me network with other fans around our great nation.
Thanks to the help of a good friend, I will be getting all my videos, interviews, highlights, etc. of home run catches I made throughout the years put on the site very soon. I will also put those on this blog for those that are interested. I have to thank fellow ballhawk Zack Hample for inspiring me to do this…thanks Zack!