For a guy who is generally known around the clubhouse as a "clutz" and missed a series in Kansas City last year due to a salad tong mishap, Brewers reliever Matt Wise sure does know how to handle power tools pretty well. And I'm not talking about his wicked changeup either. For the second year in a row, the Brewers have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, the organization that Erik and I are raising money for on the trip (which is a month from today by the way!) Matt helped construct a house in the Miller Park parking lot that was on display for this past weekend's largely attended Twins series. The major Milwaukee chapter goal this year was to help the depleted Harambee neighborhood on the North Side, and the Brewers have donated $5,000 to the effort. Hopefully they will help accomodate Erik and myself as well.
In other Brewers news during the week, JJ Hardy, Bill Hall, Jeff Suppan, and Chris Capuano, shown to the right looking mighty dapper with actor Peter Bergman, did guest spots on The Young and the Restless while in LA to play the Dodgers this week. They play themselves in the scene and the spot is scheduled to air on the June 20th episode of the 35-year daytime soap. This is a day game against the Giants that Erik and myself have planned on attending, so hopefully they show the clip on the jumbotron between innings. I'm glad to see the Brewers getting press no matter in what capacity, and from the looks of it, apparently we have a pretty handsome young group of guys on the team.
It was announced this week that Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, will have a statue erected of him at Wrigley Field in time for the 2008 season.
More Yankees highs and lows this week. Roger Clemens took his minor league tour to AA-Trenton and Derek Jeter passed Joe DiMaggio on the all-time Yankee hit list. A-Rod hit 3 homeruns to extend his league lead. On the flip side, it looks like Pavano needs Tommy Johns surgery, which typically takes 18 months to heal, which means he will miss this season and next. This means that by the end of Carl's 4-yr contract, Pavano will have missed 2006 and 2008 entirely, half of 2005, and almost all of this season. That's 110 IP in 4 seasons...what is $40 million divided by 110 by the way? What a bust. Also, Jason Giambi has the possibility of getting his contract terminated due to an ongoing steroids investigation, which I don't quite understand since he admitted use like two years ago.
And this just in...the NL Central is STILL horrible. The Brewers have managed to lose their last 4 series and still gain 1.5 games in their division lead. The Reds are about to lose a series to the MLB-worst Nationals, and every team except for the Crew is below .500. The Brewers could quite possibly make the playoffs playing .500 ball the rest of the year, just have the Padres have done for the past three seasons.