By: Big Rygg
Yeah, the Brewers lost today. It was an annoying game in which the Brewers got their first hit in the 1st inning, loading the bases in the first thanks to a couple of walks, but were unable to push a run across. Heck, they weren’t even able to register another hit for quite a while. It was a LONG day with lots of pitches, especially early.
But that’s not what this post is about.
What this post is about is a little ceremony that took place prior to the game. In a short bit, Manager Ken Macha was handing out offical All Star Game jerseys to the Milwaukee Brewers selected to the game.
But what’s this? There are three Brewers standing to Macha’s right for the ceremony. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are announced and handed jerseys with their names and numbers on the back of them. Then PA Announcer Rob Edwards says that earlier in the day it was announced that Dodger Closer Jonathan Broxton was pulling out of the game with an injury and that replacing him would be a man that deserved to go in the first place in Brewer Closer and all-time MLB saves leader Trevor Hoffman!
Apparently the word came down late enough that they couldn’t get a Hoffman ASG jersey whipped up in time so Macha ended up handed Hoffman a Braun jersey as well which led to a humorous moment when Hoffman turned the back of the jersey to the camera and fans.
But it was nice to see the Phillies and NL All Star team Manager Charlie Manuel finally realized when all of Milwaukee (and the rest of the NL) already knew. Trevor Hoffman is having an All-Star-worthy season.
An interesting thought in all of this? Jonathan Broxton pitched in Milwaukee on Friday night, throwing a VERY long 10th inning as Milwaukee did its best to rally from a 6-run deficit. How ironic would it be that Broxton gets hurt in Milwaukee which allows the Brewers’ closer to make it to the All Star Game?
But yes, the Home Run Derby is Monday evening, eminating from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Milwaukee’s own Happy Youngster (thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com) will be in attendance in the front row behind the Cardinal bullpen. Cheer him on, but more importantly cheer on Prince Fielder as he takes on several big bats in the Derby.