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.
It is illogical to believe Ryan Braun is clean. You put up huge #s, get caught, suspended, return—and you're just as good sans PED? Um, no.— jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) April 21, 2014
Or this gem from Jeff Passan:
Standing ovation for Ryan Braun in Milwaukee is about the least surprising thing on Opening Day. Great message. Lie and we love you anyway.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 31, 2014
And Pearlman's newfound hate for Gomez? Whatever, dude:
In Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun, the Brewers may well have baseball's most pathetic 1-2 punch. Shameless dolts.— jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) April 21, 2014
I especially liked the quote from the Pirates’ Russell Martin:
"The fair thing would be to have our team hold down Maldonado so t…Read more...