On Sunday, May 20th, 2007, my wife and I attended the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins game.
Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins had always been a fan-favorite in
Milwaukee. He was a fan of the “Happy Youngster”, too (you’ll have to
check out my website to see for yourselves).
I knew Geoff was sitting on 199 career home runs. I wanted #200. I
had told Geoff on a few occasions (that season and the season before)
that I would retrieve his 200th for him. We always had a laugh about
it…until this day.
I snatched it!
After a few rounds of negotiating with multiple Brewers employees, they
finally had me negotiate with Geoff, himself (after the game, of
The items pictured below all came in the trade for Geoff Jenkins’ 200th career home run baseball.
Prince Fielder used this Marucci model bat for only a short time during the ’07 season. Prince has tried almost every bat co. known to man. He seems like he just can’t settle on one type. I asked Prince during Spring Training about his choice in bats. He said to me, “I use whatever I’m comfortable with at the time.”
Four bats for the home run baseball. Am I greedy? Did I ask for too much? Did I not get enough? All in the eye of the beholder, I would imagine.
I will revisit the topic of trading game home runs back to players in the near future. Always a popular topic with many different viewpoints…all of which I respect and would like to hear.
Now that the 2008 season is officially in the books, what’s next? Many important decisions need to be made.
I’ve started this blog because this is about the time depression sets in. A long winter thinking back to the previous season and a winter made even longer shoveling snow and thinking spring.
Does Sveum return? The players want him back. What about the rest of the coaching staff? Will Bill Castro remain the longest tenured coach in the league?
What player moves need to be made? Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks, Mike Cameron…to name a few.
The starting pitching might be a mess if we can’t resign the big fella. Lots of pressure to put on Yovanni Gallardo and Manny Parra if C.C. Sabathia doesn’t return.
Alcides Escobar has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues if you ask me. That kid needs to play shortstop. Does that move J.J. Hardy to third? To the trading block? I personally think he would be great at third.
Lots of talk of Prince Fielder being dealt. I don’t see this happening with no viable replacement coming from within.
The bottom line is the Brewers have some work to do to keep pace with the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros and the young and improving Reds (Sorry Pittsburgh).
Let me know what you think…it’s a long offseason.
ONLY 183 DAYS LEFT TIL’ OPENING DAY…