As DB mentioned in this Morning's Juice, it's not a bad time to be a Brewer fan. Not a bad time at all.
I'll add that it's not a bad time to be a Brewer fan, especially if you're a reader of the Stew. Not only are we dropping the Big Ballpark Review of Miller Park later today, I've got the first-ever Stew-produced video feature, a brew-fueled bit about my Saturday trip to the Brewers-Pirates game ready to go later this week (or as soon as I figure out this iMovie thingie.)
Anyway, until then, enjoy this roundup of the blogosphere buzz surrounding the Brewers' trade, which will be officially announced later this morning ...
Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "For too long, the Brewers' only salable commodity was a non-guaranteed future. The 15th sellout of the season watched them sweep the Pirates. Per capita, this is the most overachieving sports town in America, and, for abiding a 26-year playoff absence, finally deserves the chance for a payoff ... Sheets may not re-sign. Sabathia may not re-sign. That's OK. Worry about it later, go for it now. It's worth the dice roll. As the late, great Hunter Thompson said, "Buy the ticket, take the ride." For too long, the Brewers couldn't afford the ticket. For the second half of '08, they will take the ride."
Brad, Chuckie Hacks: "You've heard of "The Day the Music Died," and "A date which will live in infamy." Well, here at Chuckie Hacks I am calling July 6th, 2008 as "The Day the Milwaukee Brewers Grew Up." Yes, after decades of mostly AAAA baseball the Brewers are now big boys ... capable of picking out their own clothes, and staying out past dusk ... Have the Brewers ever been buyers before the trade deadline? Not only buyers, but they're throwing out the American Express Gold card and ponying up for the biggest horse on the auction block. How refreshing is this? It's like when the Seligs would shell out $5 million for Sean Berry, only like 1,000 times better.
Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports: "Because Boston and New York never engaged deep into the bidding and Milwaukee’s greatest adversary was prospect-thin Philadelphia, the Brewers found themselves in a strong position ... To envision this Brewers team as a legitimate threat would have seemed folly May 19, when they were 20-24, mired in the basement of the National League Central division, their season crumbling after losing starter Yovani Gallardo for the season to a knee injury. Executives started pestering Melvin about when he would trade ace Ben Sheets. Melvin chose not to budge.
"Since then, the Brewers have gone 29-15, climbed into a tie for the wild-card lead and sit 3½ games behind Central-leading Chicago. They were close enough where Melvin could force Cleveland’s hand. The Brewers wanted Sabathia by Tuesday so they could get his two starts before the All-Star break.
Ryan, Let's Go Tribe: "Trading Sabathia was not a difficult decision to make. Sabathia has been pretty steadfast in his willingness to test the free agent market, and even if the Indians are still interested in signing him, there was no point in keeping him around to pitch for a last-place team when there were impact prospects to be had. The one real advantage to keeping a free agent through the end of the season is that you can get early-round draft picks, but if you're out of the race and the player's good enough, you might as well deal him for a more advanced prospect or three."
Kurt, Goat Riders of the Apocalypse: " ... While it appears that whomever finishes second in the NL Central is playoff bound, we can keep our fingers crossed and hope that a) that isn't the case and b) the Cubs retaliate with a big trade of their own. I would have to surmise that A.J. Burnett has now sprung to the forefront of any Cubs trade talk. He very well might be the best option for Chicago, and I can't help but wonder if Hendry will step up his time table a bit and pull a deal within the next two weeks, rather than toward the end of July."