Three Reactions to the Brewers Spring Opener | Disciples of Uecker

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Thursday, the Brewers opened up their season with a 11-3 drubbing of the Oakland Athletics, who were too concerned voting Eric Sogard as #FaceOfMLB to be interested in any baseball game they had to play.

Marco Estrada came away with the “win”, despite a shaky first inning, the Brewers scored in every inning but the seventh and the eighth, and Ryan Braun showed he wasn’t all of a sudden terrible at baseball, homering on the second pitch he saw.

Here are a few quick, yet cautious, reactions from the game.

Mitch Haniger is a baseball player

Top-ten prospect Mitch Haniger followed up his intrasquad  game homer on Wednesday with another bomb in his only plate appearance on Thursday. Though less-hyped than other 2012 first rounders Clint Coulter and Victor Roache, Haniger, 23, has risen up the ranks faster than anyone from the draft class. He won’t make the big league roster this spring, but many anticipate him to be ready as soon as next season. I really like Mitch Haniger. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy likes Mitch Haniger. Mitch Haniger fits the mold of a major leaguer. (Cautiously) buy into his stock.

Francisco won’t make things easy for Overbay

Engaged  in competition for the spot as a left-handed hitting first baseman with Lyle Overbay, the polarizing Juan Francisco got his spring off to a hot start, hitting two homers and driving in three runs. Nobody wins a job on the first day of spring, but Francisco won’t be making things easy for the 37-year-old. The Juan Francisco bandwagon is rolling and Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball is driving. Get on.

How soon until we don’t notice the boos for Braun?

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first plate appearance back from suspension, but that wasn’t all that happened. There was a fan–reportedly a grown man–chanting “MV-PED” throughout his time at the dish. Oh boy. This season’s going to be fun, isn’t it?

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  1. Jeff says: February 28, 2014

    Hey if they keep up those chants and he keeps hitting home runs, I guess I’m okay with it.

    • Curt Hogg says: February 28, 2014

      No problems with it here, either. Might as well get used to what’s to come now and grow immune to it then let it bother you all year.

  2. Franco says: February 28, 2014

    If I remember correctly, the exact same thing happened last year. Someone yelled a steroids taunt before Braun mashing a homer in his first at-bat. Gotta love it.

  3. Ryan Topp says: February 28, 2014

    Bay area fans getting on their high horse about other teams PED players is never not funny.

  4. Michael C. says: March 1, 2014

    I’m sorry, but I’ll never be a Braun fan again. I still LOVE the Brewers and I’ll cheer if Braun hits one out, or makes a sliding catch, but I’m never going to pretend that he didn’t cheat the game, his teammates, potentially minor leaguers that could’ve played instead of him, the fans or anyone else. He lied. He lied to everyone. I honestly just assume that he has been taking since his Miami days and I used to be one to defend him too.

    Should the Brewers trade him? NO. That contract is still pretty darn friendly for the caliber of player that we all hope Braun will continue to be, but don’t pretend that fans shouldn’t be bothered by him cheating (even if others are obviously cheating as well).

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