Firing a Manager Brings Out the Worst in (Some) Fans

I’m generally not a fan of firing managers/coaches in any sport.  I’m skeptical that “shaking things up” is the best way to turn around a losing team…but it certainly seems to be a common practice, so what the hell do I know?  I’m not sure what Ron Roenicke could have done to stop Kyle Lohse […]


What to Make of Brewers Involvement with Problematic DARE Program?

Despite the decades-old wisdom of Charles Barkley, many people continue to think of professional athletes as role models.  A lot of the work done by sports teams and players is certainly admirable – the Brewers Community Foundation has a great reputation for its charitable programs, and plenty of individual players are engaged in their own […]


New Miller Park Experience Includes Some Real Buzzkills

As the great poet Zooey Deschanel observed, change is hard.  Other less accomplished individuals have pointed out that change is constant, change is inevitable.  Whether or not change is good is subjective and debatable. With that in mind, after attending all three Brewers/Rockies games (before the series I was hoping for a sweep, and boy […]


10 Questions About the 2015 Brewers

Last year at this time, the Brewers were coming off a miserable 2013 season during which their star player was suspended for PED use and the team was never in contention after May.  There was little reason for hope, and yet the 2014 Brewers got off to a scorching start and would have been the […]


Are Sports Journalists Too Cozy with the Teams They Cover?

The JSonline chats with Brewers beat writers Tom Haudricourt and Todd Rosiak are usually good reads.  There’s still a fair amount of frivolous babble that would be more appropriate for sports talk radio callers, but there are always a couple of decent questions mixed in.  Case in point – the chat with Rosiak earlier this […]


Miller Park Tax Update Reminds Us That Stadium Subsidies Never Die

Although I haven’t traveled extensively to other MLB stadiums, I have rarely had a bad experience at Miller Park.  It’s the entertainment venue I frequent more than any other, and if I were to try and add up all the money I’ve spent there over the years it would probably give me pause. As much […]


Verdict on First Episode of “Brewers on Tap” Podcast: Harmless Amusement

In case you missed it, the Brewers launched their first official podcast last week.  Hosted by new broadcaster Jeff Levering, “Brewers on Tap” will be available for free download every Wednesday.  When Levering was first hired, his highest profile responsibility was filling in for Bob Uecker on road trips, but it was also said that […]


The Matheny Manifesto: Not As Bad As I Hoped

If not for the power of targeted internet advertising, I would not have known that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put out a book last week called The Matheny Manifesto.  For the last several days I’ve been bombarded by ads trying to attract the click of my mouse with “a young manager’s old-school views on success […]


Brewers On Deck 2015: Not Bad for Not Free

Last year, I attended my first Brewers On Deck, and thought it was worth well more than the price of admission – which, as you may recall, was $0.  They were charging again this year, but based on previous experience the $15 price of an advance ticket seemed like a fair deal.  Upon arrival, it didn’t […]