Milwaukee Brewers’ Celebrations are Fine

by JohnBowen

Before the rubber match of the last 4-game set between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday, a couple of the Pirates broadcasters were interviewing Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

The gentlemen asked Hurdle what he made of the Milwaukee Brewers’ celebrations; the team has a history of interesting – and in the opinion of most people under the age of 60, fun – celebrations, including untucking of shirts after a game and rather unique walk-off celebrations.

Most recently, the Brewers have been engaging in “beast mode” from the movie Monsters Inc. following hits as well as giving post-game interviews about “Plushdementals.”

The opinion among many of the more old-school crowd is that such actions disrespect the tradition of the game.

Clint Hurdle’s response:

“If you don’t like it, beat’em.”

That’s really all there is to it.

The Brewers are on an exceptional run right now, having won 23 of their last 28 games, so it’s understandable that they might be having a little fun.

Especially when you consider that they are mostly 20-something year old men who are playing a kid’s game.

Since when did having fun get confused with “showing up the opponents” ?

The Brewers haven’t lose a series in over a month.

Memo to the rest of the National League: If you want the Brewers to stop celebrating, stop losing to them like clockwork.

Kudos to Clint Hurdle (whose team did earn a series split on Wednesday). If the other team is celebrating, shame on you, not them.

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104 Responses to “Milwaukee Brewers’ Celebrations are Fine”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Some things do cross the line, though, a lesson I think they’ve all learned.

    Won’t see any more bowling pin celebrations in the near future.

  2. John Says:

    I never got how that crossed any line.

    You do the helmet throw, the bounce on home plate… no one thinks of that as showing up the opponent..

    The bowling pin thing was supposed to be showing up the opponents…how?

    Because it was original?

  3. Raul Says:

    Pretending to take your pants off after a touchdown is a bit over-the-line.

    That aside, I really am not bothered by things that show up the other team.

    I mean, I’m the guy that’s going to have a set of Lima Time t-shirts made, so…yeah.

  4. Cameron Says:

    I feel sad. I made lunch with my skillet today and normally I just wipe her down with a rag to preserve the flavor (I cook a lot of garlic in the girl), but I left something cooking with the heat on too long and I needed a sponge and soap to clean her.

    There goes all the flavor I had saved up…

  5. John Says:

    @3, Randy Moss claims that Green Bay fans actually moon him before games and that he was just returning the favor.

    I am a proud Packer fan and a son of the great state of Wisconsin.

    I would be shocked and appalled if I found out our fans WEREN’T mooning opposing players.

  6. John Says:

    @4…dude. Get a girlfriend or something.

  7. Cameron Says:

    @6 If you see the girls I DO attract, you see why I keep to myself.

  8. Chuck Says:

    ” I needed a sponge and soap to clean her.”

    Soap on a skillet?!

    You should be shot.

  9. Cameron Says:

    Nothing else was getting the shit off, man. I had to. It killed me to do it, but I had to.

    I’ve only been using her for about… Four months or so. I don’t know how much I actually lost.

  10. Chuck Says:

    “Nothing else was getting the shit off, man”

    What were you cooking, Spam?

    Two inches of water in the bottom, a little white vinegar and some peppercorns, turn the stove on high, and sit back and pop a cold one.

    Five minutes later, rinse and dry.

  11. Cameron Says:

    Never knew that, thanks for the tip.

    I was actually cooking what was essentially a chicken pot pie, crust and everything, but stirred around into a nice… Something, tasted great. Left the heat on too high when it was simmering and the gravy and crust molded into a fuck-off layer of shit that wouldn’t come off.

  12. Bob Says:

    Cameron, post 4 cracked me up. Not trying to ridicule you in the slightest, just saying the post humored my demented ass to no end.

  13. Chuck Says:

    Wait..you were cooking a pot pie in a skillet?

    LOL.

  14. Cameron Says:

    Essentially. Imagine a pot pie that you took a hammer to and reheated in it.

  15. Chuck Says:

    You cook hot dogs in a microwave, and pot pie in a skillet.

    You got it backasswards, bro.

  16. Cameron Says:

    It was a pre-made mix from Birds-Eye. They make good skillet meals for guys on a budget like me.

  17. Chuck Says:

    You got an oven?

  18. John Says:

    Next week on Chuck’s recipes, we will learn how to make a soup from the tattered remains of Tim Raines HOF ballots!

  19. Raul Says:

    I’m guessing it’ll be Gazpacho, because like Raines’ candidacy, it’s cold and unappealing.

  20. Cameron Says:

    Yeah, but I rarely use it. I’m more of a guy who likes to put stuff on the stove and be active with his food. Get into it more and you get more control over it.

  21. Raul Says:

    The Yankees bailed Hughes out by scoring 10 runs.

  22. Cameron Says:

    And John, thanks for the tip. All they had open was substitute teaching, so I was out of luck. Means a lot that you tried, though. Glad to have good friends, y’know?

  23. John Says:

    Well I’ll let you know if my other Aunt gets back to me. I’m not positive she knows how to use email, so I’ll call her before too much longer.

  24. Cameron Says:

    Worse comes to worse, I’ve got family back in my old hometown in Kansas and they have a metric fuckton of jobs down there.

  25. Chuck Says:

    Raul @#19

    :)

  26. John Says:

    Hard to complain about that.

    I mean, it’s Kansas.

    But better an employed man there than unemployed in Missouri.

    I got pulled over in Kansas one time. It’s just like, dude. Whose life am I endangering on this road?

  27. John Says:

    Haha, well played Raul.

  28. Cameron Says:

    The only major problem is that my grandma that lives in a retirement village has two weeks before I can be kicked out. I might be able to crash with my cousin Jeff until I get my own place.

    The real problem is that my car is technically in my stepdad’s name, so I couldn’t take it with me. To get the title over to me, it’d need to pass inspection and… Yeah… Not happening, not in the shape she’s in.

  29. John Says:

    Also, you would need his consent…

  30. Cameron Says:

    The consent wouldn’t be a problem, actually. That car’s been mine in everything but title. However, since I wouldn’t have the money to give him insurance, I’m driving the car uninsured in his name. I get in a wreck, he gets sued and that’s not happening.

    If I could get it repaired and insured, he’d be more than happy to pass it on.

  31. John Says:

    So, as the biggest Jeter hater out there, I guess it’s my obligation to inform the gallery that he is now hitting .300.

    He is also playing his natural position today.

  32. Cameron Says:

    Wait, on the season. After his slow start? …I’ll give credit to the Captain for stepping up to the plate. He’s a good guy and a good player still. Not worth his contract and a defensive liability, but I’d still pencil him into the lineup if I could.

    He’s easily one of the top 10 to man shortstop in the history of the game. He’ll probably pass Barry Larkin by the time he’s done. …In my eyes, anyway. He’s probably passed Lark in a lot people’s eyes.

  33. Cameron Says:

    Fun Fact: Albert Pujols has played more games at second base than Derek Jeter.

  34. John Says:

    I would even say he’s most like…I dunno, 6th or 7th?

    Depending on your view of guys who switched positions (Yount) and/or juiced (ARod), you could make a case for top-5.

  35. Raul Says:

    Mariah Carey’s skanky self aside, Jeter leads A-Rod in quality of women like 20-1.

    The only woman A-Rod’s been connected to that was actually pretty hot was his ex-wife. Madonna? Cameron Diaz? Dude, what the hell is wrong with you?

  36. Cameron Says:

    If he’d have got to them twenty and ten years earlier, he’d be fine. As it is, he was dating them because they were famous, not hot. Guy has a need to be famous.

  37. Raul Says:

    Speaking of celebrations.

    Youtube: Robbie Fowler + snort

  38. Raul Says:

    @ Cameron…

    A-Rod is like the anti-Clooney when it comes to getting women.

  39. John Says:

    Pretty sure that’s Brett Favre

    “uh yeah, I just got done with practice…just waiting here..uhhh…here’s a pic of my 2 inch dick”

  40. Cameron Says:

    You mean he’s whiny, neurotic, clingy, and they ask “what the hell am I doing with this guy and oh god he’s coming this way, where’s my drink?”

  41. Chuck Says:

    “He’s probably passed Lark in a lot people’s eyes”

    Long time ago

  42. Cameron Says:

    To me it’s still kind of a wash. Contact and power are about equal, with Jeter at a slight nudge ahead. Speed’s almost equal, but Larkin was better. But the big difference between them is that Larkin was a gold glove shortstop and Jeter… We’re not getting into that again.

  43. John Says:

    @42, exactly.

    Jeter and Larkin were equal at the plate (rate-wise), but the big difference is that Jeter has played way more (like, 2000 more PA!) and while keeping up the same amount of production, thus making him, I think, about the 3rd best offensive SS ever.

    The glove makes it way closer than people realize, but I think Jeter’s 2009 solidified his place ahead of Larkin.

  44. Cameron Says:

    3rd best. Behind Wagner and… Um… Who?

  45. John Says:

    Possibly Arky Vaughan.

    Possibly ARod.

    You could make a very good argument for second, and you might be right.

  46. Cameron Says:

    Tough call. Jeter’s got about 4,000 PA over Vaughan and A-Rod’s split as a third baseman so much that a lot of people think he’s historically a third baseman now.

  47. John Says:

    I have no problem with 2nd.

    His glove drags him down a bit to 5th-ish overall.

    I think ARod and Yount were both better overall players but they could be discounted easily enough.

  48. John Says:

    The Yankees just became the first team in MLB history with 3 grand slams in a game.

    They’re winning 21-8.

  49. Cameron Says:

    Now that is a hell of an accomplishment.

  50. Raul Says:

    21-8?

    What the hell?

    Last I checked it was 10-7 or something.

  51. Raul Says:

    Of interest…

    Checked the box score and Boone Logan pitched 1.1 innings…4 strikeouts.

    Did Boone Logan eat his Lucky Charms today?

  52. Cameron Says:

    22-8

  53. John Says:

    22-8.

    Andruw Jones just homered.

  54. Raul Says:

    Marlon Byrd was profiled on HBO’s Real Sports earlier this year as one of the players that still associates and trains with Victor Conte.

    Byrd homered today. It was his 7th of the year. While not much of a power guy, Byrd was a pretty good player during his time in Texas.

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, he’s declined quite a bit.

    2008: .842 OPS
    2009: .808 OPS
    2010: .775 OPS
    2011: .751 OPS

    I’m surprised that on his ESPN.com profile, Marlon Byrd is listed at 6′0 and 245 pounds. Um, what?

  55. Cameron Says:

    He’s been able to keep decent contact with the Cubs, but not so much power.

  56. John Says:

    Byrd’s only signed through next year and only at 5 million per.

    I’d say he’s near the top of a short list of positives that came out of Jim Hendry’s reign.

    In other news…Thome to the Indians appears imminent.

    Since they’re getting the band back together anyway, they should go out and unretire Manny Ramirez. That would be sick.

  57. John Says:

    Doug Fister has equally as many wins in 5 starts with the Tigers as he did in 21 with Seattle.

    His ERA has not changed.

    Kudos to him on coming through on a day when neither Miguel Cabrera nor Alex Avila were playing.

  58. Chuck Says:

    “Checked the box score and Boone Logan pitched 1.1 innings…4 strikeouts.”

    Pffft.

    Jeremy Hellickson had four strikeouts in one inning last night.

  59. Chuck Says:

    “He’s been able to keep decent contact with the Cubs, but not so much power.”

    And why do you think that is?

    Can you spell cat?

    Here, let me help you.

    C A

  60. Raul Says:

    Saw the main page on ESPN.
    Rex Grossman got fat.

  61. Cameron Says:

    Grossman could eat his weight in steroids and still be a worthless sack of shit, Raul.

  62. Raul Says:

    You’re not a fan of sexy Rexy?

  63. Mike Felber Says:

    Vaughn was still excellent when he lost years to war, & never regained his form.

  64. Jim Says:

    The RS are exposing the Rangers’ pitching again, 6 zip with nobody out in the 4th on 4 HRs.

  65. Raul Says:

    Maybe Boston is trying to out-do the Yankees today.

  66. Jim Says:

    3 grand slams is tough to top. But the Sox will thank Joe’s boys for making a mess of the A’s bullpen for the weekend. Particularly since Irene has forced Sunday’s game to be played Saturday night as a split double header.

  67. Chuck Says:

    “Vaughn was still excellent when he lost years to war, & never regained his form.”

    Bullshit.

    Rick Vaughn was never in the military..he ditched to Canada, spent two years hitchhiking across the country dealing knock-off Qualudes to college kids, then came back to the US and re-started his baseball career under the name Nook LaLoosh.

  68. Chuck Says:

    I dated a girl named Irene when I worked in Mass.

    She blew better than any punk ass hurricane.

  69. Raul Says:

    Doubleheaders need to be scheduled into the season.

  70. Raul Says:

    LOL @ Chuck.

  71. Raul Says:

    Moustakas is really struggling to hit in KC but I think the exposure is good for him. He’s also got 18 walks in 60 games and that’s not too bad. I think that would project to be around 50 walks during a full season and his recognition should improve.

    He has been hitting well over his last 7 games though.
    Not including tonight (he’s got 2 hits), he is hitting .545/.615/.682 in that week’s worth of games.

  72. Cameron Says:

    Huh, Mike Moustakas and I share a birthday (he’s two years older).

  73. Raul Says:

    The teams with the best 3 records in baseball are the Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox.

    They have the 27th, 21st and 22nd fewest strikeouts in MLB.

  74. Chuck Says:

    “Huh, Mike Moustakas and I share a birthday (he’s two years older).”

    Saving your step dad a few gallons of cold water tonite, huh?

  75. Mike Felber Says:

    I am not sure what that was about Chuck, but it was suitably weird. I am sure you knew I meant Arky Vaughn, kudos.

    What do you think of the idea that a certain mentally limited pitcher that gave rise to the Laloosh story actually could have been the hardest thrower of all time?

  76. Cameron Says:

    You know how bad steroids got in baseball? Charlie Sheen was juicing when they were filming Major League.

    No shit, he really did. Said it added 6 MPH onto his fastball.

  77. Chuck Says:

    “What do you think of the idea that a certain mentally limited pitcher that gave rise to the Laloosh story actually could have been the hardest thrower of all time?”

    I don’t know, Mike.

    I read all those Rube Waddell stories and quite frankly think most of them are complete crap.

    Mythical stuff like Babe Ruth’s called shot and Tim Raines’ HOF status.

  78. Raul Says:

    Thome accepts trade.

  79. Mike Felber Says:

    Nobody ever said Waddell was the fastest ever. Walter Johnson said he had the most all around natural talent of any pitcher he saw, which is possible.

    I mean Steve Dalkowski. Many of the most mainstream, experienced & reputable baseball men who saw &/or faced him said so. His mentor Earl Waever, Cal Ripken Sr., Ted Williams, longtime umpire Doug Harvey. Extremely wild, highest K & BB rate in pro pitching history. Multiple stories of throwing through walls, through a backstop, knocking an umpire way back & shattering equipment, catchers needed triple padding, tearing off ear.

    In a single attempt was said to have thrown over a wall near 450 feet away. 5′11″, 170-180 lbs., squat with short arms & a buggy who motion. In exhibition game,Struck out good ML players on 9 pitches & was headed to ML when he hurt his arm in mid ’60’s, never recovered. Years of alcoholism & in a home with dementia.

  80. Chuck Says:

    Did you really think I didn’t know who you were talking about, Mike?

  81. Chuck Says:

    Mets are moving in the fences at CitiField.

    http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2011/08/bradley_for_mets_moving_in_cit.html

  82. John Says:

    They know that…other teams get to hit there too, right?

  83. Raul Says:

    Given the reality of today, I understand it. But I disagree, at least in principle.

    The Mets aren’t winning many games but it has nothing to do with their stadium and everything to do with their team.

    Frankly, I think all stadiums should have their field dimensions increased. Run, catch, hit, throw. Baseball isn’t supposed to be a bunch of overweight designated hitters in the field uppercutting for cheap homers.

  84. Chuck Says:

    Dear David Wright,

    As you may have heard, we, the Mets’ organization, have made the decision to alter the outfield dimensions at CitiField in time for the 2012 season.

    I want you to be aware of the primary reason behind this decision before rumors and innuendos start swirling around…we believe these changes will increase substantially our chances of re-signing Jose Reyes to a long-term contract.

    While we appreciate the contributions you have made to the team, we are also well aware your drop in production is more skill related and not park related. We believe you couldn’t hit thirty homers again if you played all home games in a phone booth, and are frustrated at you spending more time on the disabled list than Johan.

    My main concerns at this time are in cleaning up the mess left by that dumbass Omar, two of which were signing you and that waste of space Bay to your current contracts.

    Good luck the rest of the season and see in in St. Lucie in March.

    Sincerely,

    Sandy Alderson

  85. John Says:

    “we believe these changes will increase substantially our chances of re-signing Jose Reyes to a long-term contract.”

    “are frustrated at you spending more time on the disabled list”

    Seriously?

    Too easy.

  86. Raul Says:

    Given the resources, it’s stunning how little Minaya achieved during his time as General Manager of the Mets.

    And I’m not talking about wins, necessarily. The organization as a whole did not develop as much as it should have. There was once a time, albeit a long time ago, when the Mets were quite adept at finding talent for their farm system. And developing it rather well.

    Lately, the Mets have hinged their future/success on underperforming, underdeveloped, perhaps even highly overrated talent like Lastings Milledge, John Maine, Kazuo Matsui, Aaron Heilman, Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and Mike Jacobs. It remains to be seen what happens with Jenrry Mejias, Wilmer Flores and Fernando Martinez.

  87. Chuck Says:

    ““we believe these changes will increase substantially our chances of re-signing Jose Reyes to a long-term contract.”

    I’m guessing you haven’t seen the New York papers today.

  88. John Says:

    No, it just seems silly to lambast a player for injuries (when he has, in fact, played in at least 144 games every year of his career until this year, averaging 156) while saying that you want to sign long-term a player who has been on the DL twice this year, missed about a month last year, and played all of 30 games the year before.

    Also, David Wright hit 29 HR last year. He got hurt in 2011. Big deal.

  89. Raul Says:

    John,

    Do you think David Wright is a top tier player?

  90. Cameron Says:

    He used to be, but he’s about a second, maybe third-tier after the concussion from Matt Cain’s beanball.

  91. John Says:

    I think, if healthy, David Wright is either the best or second best 3B in the National League.

    It’s tricky to call him top-tier, but I would say no.

    Doesn’t mean I think his contract was a huge mistake. The Mets have gotten some terrific production out of him.

  92. Bob Says:

    Three things of note.
    1. For the umpteenth time Wakefield goes for career win # 200
    2. T.G.I.F.!!!!!
    3. Cameron was right, before he got beaned Wright was a top-tier talent; his bare-handed catch was better than Kevin Mitchell’s.

  93. Raul Says:

    Kevin Mitchell holding Gooden hostage and decapitating a cat is better than David Wright’s entire life.

  94. Bob Says:

    Well, I am convinced.

  95. John Says:

    “Kevin Mitchell holding Gooden hostage and decapitating a cat is better than David Wright’s entire life.”

    The 1986 Mets were fucking nuts.

    That team won 116 total major league games while being high as FUCK.

  96. Cameron Says:

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug. Mitchell, Strawberry, Gooden, Hernandez, who else was coked out of their skull on that team?

  97. Bob Says:

    Lenny!!!

  98. Chuck Says:

    Did you see Dykstra was arrested the other day for indecent exposure?

  99. John Says:

    Yeah, I wasn’t even slightly shocked.

  100. Raul Says:

    Cameron,

    On ESPN.com’s main page, just below the headline story there is a long profile of the decline of Ric Flair. It’s under the banner of “Bill Simmons Presents Grantland”.

    A quick excerpt:

    2002: In May, Fliehr and a group of other wrestlers, including Scott Hall (“Razor Ramon”) and Virgil Runnels III (“Dustin Rhodes a.k.a. Goldust”) were on a chartered flight back to the United States after a series of shows in Europe. They began drinking, and the situation quickly deteriorated. Two flight attendants, Taralyn Cappellano and Heidi Doyle, would compile their allegations into a 2004 lawsuit. Chief among the chronicled misdeeds was Fliehr’s sexual aggression. He wore nothing but a jeweled cape, the flight attendants said, and “flashed his nakedness, spinning his penis around.” He separately grabbed each woman’s hand and placed it on his crotch, and then “forcibly detained and restrained” Doyle “from leaving the back of the galley of the airplane while he sexually assaulted her.” Other wrestlers on the flight passed out syringes to the flight attendants with instructions to dispose of them. The specifics of the assault aren’t clear. At other points during the flight, Hall licked Doyle’s face, told her he wanted to “lick her p*ssy,” and asked Cappellano to “suck his d*ck.” Runnels advised Cappellano that, “You and me are gonna f*ck.”

  101. Chuck Says:

    Wow, in looking at it, it’s shocking how thin third base is in the National League.

  102. Cameron Says:

    I’ve been watching the decline of Ric Flair since ‘99. It’s just getting fucking sad at this point. As for Scott Hall… Hate to say it, but this seems kinda tame for him. He’s been in the hospital for the past two months as a result of his legendary drug and alcohol abuse. Old school wrestlers were a fucked up bunch, man.

    And third base in the NL is pretty thin, but even thinner this year because Ryan Zimmerman’s injury really fucked him over.

  103. Mike Felber Says:

    Yes Chuck. I allude to one speedballer with the mind of a child, you mention another-how should I know you just did not have a different one in mind?

    I figured that you would have at least known folks who observed Dalkowski directly. You know people love genetic freaks, & mythic stories with truth to them. Thus the question stands: COULD he have been clearly faster than Duren, Feller, Koufax, Ryan, Chapman, Wagner, you name them?

  104. Chuck Says:

    I just like messing with you Mike, my newest hobby.

    Like Raul said in another thread, when it comes to the intricacies of baseball you’re pretty naive, so screwing with your mind is kinda fun.

    Hope you don’t mind.

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