Spheroid: My Brewers
Here’s what you need to know about Steve, the guy behind the quickly popular My Brewers MLBlog out of Oshkosh, Wis.: He decides his favorite players mostly on character; his main wish for 2007 is for his favorite bunch of guys like Bill Hall (L) and Prince Fielder (R) in the above photo to be "consistently competitive"; he was there when a Brewer collected his 3,000th hit and it wasn’t Bernie Mac; and don’t get him started on a Cubs rant. We appreciate him taking the time to answer the Nine Questions here and step up as our latest Spheroid here in The Show, so please get to know another fellow MLBlogger and drop by his page with some comment love.
Why did you sign up for an MLBlog?
I decided to sign up because I thought it was a great way to express my feelings about the Brewers and have it read by more than just friends and family. The idea that, eventually, large numbers of Brewer fans will be reading and responding to what I have to say is pretty cool. I also liked the idea that there were players, broadcasters and legends of the game out there blogging, and potentially reading my blog just as I read theirs.
My favorite team is, obviously, the Chicago Cubs. Hahaha…NO WAY…not in a million years! I despise the Cubs and their fans. I enjoyed watching children, and adults for that matter, crying when the Marlins knocked them out in 2003. I mean I thoroughly enjoyed it…and every Brewers fan should have because they would have heard the same if the roles were reversed. As a Milwaukee Brewers fan, they went from being a harmless National League team that the American League Brewers would never have to face, to an opponent today. With the switch to the NL, feelings have shifted from the South to the North Side of that awful city to the south of us, although the White Sox are only one notch above the Yankees as my least favorite AL team. But back to the original point: the Milwaukee Brewers are my favorite team. Why? Because I grew up in Franklin and Hales Corners, Wis., and it was the right thing to do. I am a homer, plain and simple. I cheer for the Brewers, Packers, Badgers, Bucks, Warriors (Marquette, that is), and any other team that is from the fair state of Wisconsin. As far as specific Brewer teams that are my favorite, I’d say it’s a tossup between the ’82 (photo here shows that ALCS clincher!), ’87 and ’92 teams (big shockers). I am hoping the ’07 team makes that list too!
Being able to express my feelings and have everyone that’s interested read them at their convenience. I talk with my coworkers Doug, Rory, and Nick at work, e-mail with buddies Brad and Jeff, and talk with my best friend, Mark (even though his attitude about the Brewers is that they never have and never will win anything), my dad, Don, cousins Mark and Tony, and various other people I see every once in a while (Rick, Ted, etc.), but with the blog I am able to give my opinion without having to repeat myself 13 times. When I see these people they will already know what I am thinking and we can just concentrate on their side of the story, unless, of course, they post responses. Then when I see them we have to talk about other things. OK, maybe this blog thing isn’t such a great idea! The other part that is great for me is the ability to write about sports. As a kid I always thought it would be great to be a sports reporter. Blogging gives me an opportunity to do it for fun and live out that dream…kinda. Who knows, maybe if I get polished enough, the Brewers will find a place for me on their payroll writing for them in some capacity.
My favorite blog outside of the MLBlogosphere is Life In the Office about my favorite television show, "The Office." In my opinion, it is the best show on television nowadays (with ’30 Rock’ making a solid run at it). The blog really posts some great stuff about the show. I don’t have to search the Internet for anything, it does all of the work for me! In the MLBlogosphere, I would have to say that there are three at this early stage of my MLBlogging career: Brian Anderson, the FSN voice of the Brewers; Fans On The Field by Dan Mathers, a huge Red Sox/MLB fan with a Boston edge; and The Brewer Nation by South Side Rob and Big Rygg, a couple of guys who really know their Brewer Stuff and have the stats to back it.
Your most memorable Major League moment(s):
Being at Robin Yount’s 3,000-hit game was probably the best baseball moment I have seen first-hand (although watching Steve Kiefer hit a grand slam off Scott McGregor, and then Paul Molitor hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to win a game against the Orioles, 9-8, in August 1987 was probably the best non-history-making live baseball memory, as odd as that sounds). I’ll be posting later this season to commemorate the 15-year anniversary of that great Yount/Milwaukee County Stadium memory. There have been so many others that have unique stories that come along with them. Each of the stories will help to build my blog and add a fun element to it.
What would be doing if you weren’t blogging?
I would be watching and listening to games and discussing them with friends and family — so pretty much the same as I plan on doing this year, except with the additional opportunity to share that information through my MLBlog. I am a pretty fast typist and don’t have to go back and do much
editing, since I try to do it right the first time, so it really doesn’t cut into anything else I do. I like to sit in my recliner with my laptop on my lap while I watch games, so now I can be productive while doing that.
Last MLB item you bought:
Honestly, I really don’t spend much money on anything, so it may go all the way back to last July 4 when I bought a new Brewers hat before going to the game with my wife, Amy, and my parents, Don and Jan, against the Cincinnati Reds. (It happened to be Hot Dog Racing Sausage Bobblehead Day.) And come to think of it, Amy actually bought me the hat for my birthday since it is on July 6…so I really don’t know what to tell you on this one!
Who is your favorite MLB player?
My favorite current MLB player is probably Chris Capuano. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that I am an avid listener of a radio show out of Milwaukee called "Bob and Brian in the Morning" and he is a weekly guest. It plays on local affiliate 96.9 The Fox, which is based in my current hometown of Oshkosh, wis. I think the reasons I selected Cappy are: 1) I can’t choose anyone on any other team, 2) He comes across as a really good person and is pretty funny when he is on the show with them, and 3) He is the best starting pitcher on the Brewers right now (apologies to Ben Sheets). Character is very important to me when deciding whom to cheer for. As a matter of fact, there have actually been Brewers that lacked character that I rooted against (i.e. Gary Sheffield). That is one of the reasons that I love the Brewers; they always seem to have high-character players (money probably has a little to do with that, huh?). My all-time favorite MLB player is Yount, hands down. I could go on for days explaining why, and will do so as I write the blog. To summarize, though, everything I said about Capuano applies to Yount tenfold.
The Brewers being consistently competitive. That’s all I ask for. I can’t take another stretch of years like the late ’90s/early ’00s. I want them to be competitive so they give me something positive to talk about all season long, every season. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE a postseason appearance and, dare I say, winning the whole thing sometime before I die, but I don’t want to get greedy and upset the baseball gods. So I’ll start with a small request for my happiness!
Please add My Brewers to your list of other blogging friends and visit there often this season. If you would like to be a Spheroid and make more people aware of what you’re doing here, feel free to drop us an email with the word SPHEROID in the subject. Happy Blogging!