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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, April 25, 2014

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No doubt is Carlos Gomez cocky. But he's also really good.
No doubt is Carlos Gomez cocky. But he's also really good. (Photo:

Fear the beer?

No one hates bad baseball teams. Sure, people feel sorry for them, or they just ignore them. But you don’t read national sportswriters talking smack about the Royals. Players from opposing teams don’t pick fights with them, either.

But lately, the Brewers – currently the best team in baseball – are finding all sorts of new haters. Whether they’re ripping on Carlos Gomez’ swagger or presuming that Ryan Braun most obviously still juicing, the Crew is facing all sorts of new heat.

And that’s awesome.

You expect people to fear the Yankees. You might even expect the Brewers players to underperform when they play the Cardinals – remember back when Ned Yost threw at Pujols?

But look at the Pirates. The Brewers have absolutely dominated them for years, and while Gomez shouldn’t have thrown punches on Sunday, the Bucs taunted him out of frustration. He’s just that good now.

Need proof? Look at these tweets from national sportswriter Jeff Pearlman. Moralizing aside, the assertion that Braun used steroids after he tested positive, in 2012, then now, in 2014, is preposterous. Braun is being tested all the time. Pearlman calls him "slime" but won’t concede that he’s naturally a great player.

Or this gem from Jeff Passan:

And Pearlman's newfound hate for Gomez? Whatever, dude:

I especially liked the quote from the Pirates’ Russell Martin:

"The fair thing would be to have our team hold down Maldonado so t…

Yummy, drippy Italian Beef.
Yummy, drippy Italian Beef.

Rapid review: The Dogg Haus on Water

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve never visited a Dogg Haus location until today. Well, I’ve learned my lesson.

On just their third day of business, I popped into to the new shop at 755 N. Water St., and ordered an Italian Beef for $5.59. It was delicious.

Dipped with cheese and mild peppers, it was a bit sloppy, but not unwieldy. I devoured it in mere minutes.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m an Italian Beef connoisseur, but I know what I like. And I loved this one. The new Dogg Haus is just a few steps from my office, and I’ll be back very soon.

Actor Corbin Bernsen in 1989's "Major League."
Actor Corbin Bernsen in 1989's "Major League."

25 years later, Corbin Bernsen reflects on "Major League"

It’s hard to believe that the classic baseball comedy, "Major League," is 25-years-old. Filmed largely in Milwaukee, everyone here of a "certain age" seems to have a story to tell about the making of the movie.

Actor Corbin Bernsen has many stories to share. He played Indians third baseman Roger Dorn in the film, and he’s in Milwaukee tonight for a reunion of sorts. At 7 p.m. tonight, he’ll make an appearance at the Milwaukee Admirals game, signing autographs on the 200 level of the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In this podcast, we caught up with Bernsen to talk about the filming of "Major League," his memories of Milwaukee, Charlie Sheen, and what he’s working on now. Bernsen said he wants to see all the extras at the game tonight to stand up and sing "Wild Thing."

And Bernsen said he’s seen a script for "Major League 4." He discussed it all here.

Fun and chaos at Nordstrom Rack.
Fun and chaos at Nordstrom Rack.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
Milwaukee is ready for this.
Milwaukee is ready for this.

A little high-end shopping fun at Tosa Saks, Nordstrom Rack

I wanted to see the hubbub first-hand, so I joined the throngs of crowds checking out the brand new Mayfair Collection today. The parking lot was packed, but the two stores I visited weren’t too chaotic. And once things settle down a bit, I’m sure I’ll be back.

I only visited Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, because when it comes to Old Navy or Ulta, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Nordstrom was swarming, but with tons of employees in neon green shirts setting up mini kiosks, it was tolerable.

To cut to the chase, I loved it. While it felt like a nicer TJ Maxx, the logical layout of high-end brands like Hugo Boss and John Varvatos mingled with more mid-range offering from Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. Yes, you can find some of this stuff around Milwaukee, but certainly not at these Kohl’s-eque prices. The men's shoe selection was especially aggressive, and I walked out of there with an Italian dress shirt and funky oxford shoes for around $80.

A few doors to the north, we visited Saks Off 5th, which was understandably less crowded – because it’s way more expensive. While I enjoyed the free popcorn and the DJ, this is certainly a more "special occasion" sort of store. The $700 suits, $100 polos and $4,000 watches are quite a bargain, all things considered, but not in my shopping budget for today. I did see a few $50 shirts from Saks’ house brands, but even as an outlet store, this place is very upscale.

Still, I’m delighted – as is most of Milwaukee, according to the traffic – that the area finally has these stores. I’m sure when I’m not shopping at GILT or, I’ll be visiting Nordstrom Rack for my work wardrobe.

And I’m sure the traffic will calm down soon. It’s obvious Milwaukee can finally support these chains, and it’s great for the re-imagining of this area. Even with the Brewers shirts on sale at Nordstrom Rack, Milwaukee is now a bit more stylish – at prices our frugal citizens will appreci…