The View From Wisconsin
Just a random set of rants from a Sports Fan from Wisconsin.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Some random observations for a long Independence Day weekend:
- I finally heard Amy Winehouse's song, "Rehab", this weekend. I really don't know if this woman should be appreciated or pitied.
- Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy are justifiable selections for the '07 NL All-Star squad. I also like the selection of Ben Sheets and Francisco Cordero (even though CoCo had a rough time on Friday). The All-Star Game should be a fun one to watch in San Fran (even if his Barry-ness overshadows the whole thing).
- The Brewers are heading into July 4th in the division lead. I had to look it up, and according to Retrosheet.org, the closest they ever came was in 1975, when they were in a virtual tie with the Boston Red Sox for first in the East. The Brewers had more wins (43) than Boston (42), but they also had more losses (36) than the BoSox (35). Jim Willoughby came to the Sox from Saint Louis as the "player to be named later" in a deal earlier in the year on the 4th, and he went 5-2 with a 3.54 ERA and eight saves in 24 relief appearances for Darrell Johnson's eventual AL champions. The Sox would go on to win 53 more games for the division title; the Brewers went on to lose 58 more to end up fifth in the division - and put Del Crandall in the unemployment line on the next-to-last game of the season.
- I'm not saying that I-43 between the Hale Interchange and Beloit is in desperate need of repair, but I still feel like I'm dice in a Yahtzee cup, even three hours I got off the freeway.
- I felt like I was living the PEBKAC dream today with my sister and her computer. She started complaining that her computer was really slow, and I commented very politely (and somewhat rudely) that she had too much junk on it. Considering that though she is the same age as myself she is a relative net newbie, I don't have the heart to explain to her that she's suffering from PEBKAC most of the time when it comes to her computer problems.
- It's all but inevitable now that Bonds is going to break Aaron's home run record. I just honestly hope that a situation like what happened to Wesley Snipes in The Fan doesn't end up turning into a real-life nightmare for Barry as he chases down the mark. There's too many wackos out there, and the guy walking onto the field ain't gonna be the last of them. And heaven help it if Barry ties the record while the Giants are out on the road... that's going to be a very awkward moment when he breaks it.