I can’t believe it has been over 3 years since the notion of following a sport I knew nothing about came to fruition and look where I am now!
This year I will be playing my second season in the British Baseball League. I now have it confirmed that I will also be attending my first ever MLB game at Miller Park. To say I’m excited is an understatement!
We’ve (Kent Marinerss) done 7 weeks of a 10 week indoor training regime. It’s been really good. We’ve done loads of drills and running and even had a go at pitching for the first time. My new glove is breaking in nicely too. The team spirit is good and we all can’t wait to get outside and play on the diamond.
Off the field, I am fully booked up with flights and accommodation to visit Milwaukee. I also sorted tickets to 3 games at Miller Park. I’ll be there in the 4th June for game 3 of the Dodgers series as well as game 1 and 4 of the Giants series. I may get to go to game 2 or 3 as well but I want to go visit some places with some friends who are coming up from North Carolina to see me.
So this year promises to be a big year. Let’s hope Craig’s rebuilding of the Brewers gives us an improved season and last years. I mean if the Cubs can win a World Series then surely anything can happen right?
So its actually been 9 months since I last posted and to be honest, I have been massively busy and not been able to keep up this blog. That is going to change though.
Since I last posted, my Fiancee and me have finally bought a house. We moved in last weekend. We are only 6 weeks away from our wedding and now Baseball is just around the corner again. Can’t wait.
To top it off, I have finally got a sports channel to watch baseball, so this season I will be watching as many of the games as is possible (without upsetting my soon to be wife too much).
So as we eagerly await the opening of baseball season and yes i know the Cactus League has started already, I wanted to share with you the very first celebratory drink I had in my new home. A Bottle of London Pride, in my finally christened Brewers beer glass.
The Baseball Talk….
So the stress of exams and stuff is over for a while and now I have a little more time to keep up with the baseball. Boy am I glad about that!
What has been going on then? I’ll start with what you already know! The Brewers are still topping the National League Central, 5 games clear of St. Louis. Another series win against our rivals the Cubs and taking the first game against the Twins 6-2 with Gallardo stepping up to start tonight and try to win the series. Of course you all know that…..
So I went on tour…
I spent from Wednesday until the weekend on a road trip through Wales. The big news was that I think I got a step nearer to being able to get to Milwaukee. Whilst away I proposed to my lovely girlfriend and she said yes. With that she has kind of agreed that our honeymoon can be in the US. She’s agreed to a trip to Milwaukee, provided I take her to Niagra Falls and New York. So who am I to argue with that?
Anyway, other than that monumental news, I took my Brewers top with me on our trip, and I managed to get some very British pictures of myself in our team colours. So here are a few…
Firstly, every British Seaside resort has a pier…
What trip to a British Seaside resort is complete without a Punch and Judy show?
Then of course, you have to visit a British Pub….
There was also some pretty spectacular scenery in central Wales…
…but can you get a more British picture than this?
A red telephone box, with a royal mail post box in front of a castle (and note the Welsh Flag flying)!!!
So it’s back to Concentrate on the Twins….
…come on you Brewers.
Cheerio from the UK Brewcrew for now.
So over night we had another good result with a 5-2 win over the Padres taking our record to 16-6. We are now 4 games in front of the St. Louis Cardinals in our Division. Things are looking good.
So the only disappoinment today has been the fact I didn’t win an eBay auction on a Rawlings 12″ Baseball Mitt. I really want one now, but i didn’t quite realise how expensive they are! So has anyone got any recommendations on a nice starter one? Remember I live in England so I don’t have a massive choice over here! I’d quite like a bat too….
….so one thing I noticed on playbacks of Segura’s 3 run Home Run last night is that Bernie has a slide at Miller Park! The big kid in me really wants to have a go on that! How do I get to have a go? Does visiting from England qualify me???
So a night off tonight before the 3 game series against our Divisional Rivals, the Chicago Cubs.
I’ve also now created an Official Sussex Brewers Baseball twitter account. Follow my ramblings here: @Sussex_Brewers
Until next time……..We’re top of the pile!!!!
So we, (Milwaukee Brewers) find ourselves top of the standings currently. An impressive 15-6 record makes us the team to catch at this early stage in the season. Exciting times! Have we got the right blend to last the entire season and make it to the post season (is that what it is called?)?
So the big talking point this week was the bench clearing against the Pirates on Sunday. I have to say I watched the video and it was all a lot of hot air over nothing! I’m not sure what expected etiquitte is, but does this happen often? It’s good to see players fired up for games, but do we not now lose players for games because of this hot headedness? Didn’t Gomez get a 5 game ban for the ensuing fight or handbags at 10 paces? I’m not clued up enough to comment really, but something that did make me laugh was a tweet I saw this week from someone you probably know and love. Hank the Ball Park Pup (@BrewersHank on twitter if you are not following him). I quote….
“What we learned from Sunday: If you start a brawl, run away as fast as possible, then you’ll stay out of trouble. #cowardly” – with reference to Pirates Pitcher Cole who obviously commented at Gomez to start the brawl.
……and this next tweet made me laugh……
“I’ll never forget the time I started barking at another dog for no reason, then that dog got in trouble for barking back while I ran away.”
Bless you Hank.
So what else has happened?
Well my Girlfriend (she is the best btw) decided to treat me for easter. Instead of Easter Eggs (I did actually get an Easter Egg too), I got these rather cool presents.
Firstly, a trivia book! I need to do some homework though…..
Then this rather cool (and I’m waiting for a special occassion to christen) Pint Glass…..
and best of all, a signed Craig Counsell Baseball!!!
So this English Brew Crew member is one happy bunny at the moment.
Hope you all had a great Easter. Until next time……Go Brewers!!!!
So it’s been a while. How have you all been? I’m guessing like me you are really happy with how the season has gone so far! I’ve managed to follow most of the games via twitter and even got to watch some of the free view game against the Braves (one of the ones we lost) on mlb.com. Annoyingly for me, it was an early start so i missed the first 6 innings as i was still at work! Almost any other day and I would have been able to watch my first complete game!
I’m guessing there isn’t much I can add that hasn’t already been said but, how good have we been the last 3 series? Braun with his 3 home run game and and Lohse with 21 strike outs in his3 games pitching with Gallardo keeping the run count down against us too! A 9 game win streak is immense plus we have the best record in the league! Lets hope that it continues! Sadly for me, tonight’s game starts at 01:10 am in the UK so I’ll be asleep. Hopefully I’ll wake in the morning to find out we’ve made it 10!
So its Home to the Cardinals who stand second in our division. Lets hope we pull away from them a bit further.
Come on you Brewers!!!!
So what happened yesterday?
There we were, just gone 4 up in after our 6th inning, and then somehow we lost 6-4! 3 runs in the last innings when we lead coming in to the final 4-3! Have to admit it think that is the first time in my fan following that I put my head in my hands!!! Still we get a chance today to redeem ourselves against A’s again today. Currently at time of writing we are 5-2 up with the A’s batting in the 6th.
So there is some terminology I need a hand with?
Some things I’ve been seeing whilst following online. Forceout, Strike Out, Flyout, lineout, walk. For pitching we have strikes and balls. So what is the difference between a strike and a ball? Anyone able to give a very basic explanation of those terms i mentioned? Thank you in advance.
I’m guessing the squad rotates more in the Cactus League than it does during the regular season? I haven’t seen Gallardo pitch very much on the games I’ve been following or actually seen Braun bat. Speaking of which….
…so he hit his 2nd Home Run of spring training. Apparently he was getting some flack from a few in the crowd too. Good to see a sportsman put it too them on the field!
So fingers crossed we hold out for the win to bring our record back to 4-4 for the cactus league.
Until next time………Go Brewers!!!!