Three in a Row

March 12, 2011

Tuesday was brutal. First, the local 9 – the Milwaukee Brewers – received awful news on the injury front. That was quickly followed by a disappointing basketball loss.

Brewers fans have high hopes for the 2011 season. The club signed a major free-agent pitcher – Zack Greinke – in the offseason. Greinke was the 2009 Cy Young Award winner in the American. Sure, he had joined on for a lot of dough (2 years at $4 mil each) and didn’t have a good 2010 year (allowing nearly5.00 runs a game). But, the thinking was the cost was justified given the market. And regarding Greinke’s 2010 record, well, he had been the victim of a miserable Kansas City Royals team.

Plans call for the 29-year old to be the #1 starter in an  impressive rotation. Backed by the Brewers’ hitting attack, Greinke could eat 230 innings and win 15 games.

More than a few prognosticators were calling them the projected wins of the NL Central Division.

Then Greinke played in a pick-up basketball. One or two fractured ribs later, the club begins 2011 behind the Reds.

Friends and I were talking about Greinke during warmup for a basketball game between the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Butler. The hometown Panthers were playing for the Horizon Conference title and a spot in the NCAA Basketball Tourney.

Sure, Butler was just one jump shot from beating Duke  in the 2010 NCAA Championship game. But this is a new year. UWM had beaten Butler both times when the two played in the regular season. The game was in Milwaukee. The Arena was filled with 10,000. ESPN was in the house – and around the country.

The Panther were poised to pounce on their prey. (I know. I know.)

Butler 59, UWM 44. 

They say bad news comes in three. It snowed 4 inches over night. Just brutal.

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