While "Brewers" has always been an appropriate nickname for a team in Milwaukee, the Timber Rattlers, the Brewers' Class A affiliate, took the Wisconsin theme to a whole other level. On June 9, the Timber Rattlers sported Bratoberfest uniforms (and went by the name Wisconsin Brats for the game), and quite frankly they are both awful and wondrous. You don’t expect to see a baseball player wearing lederhosen. "When the players got the jerseys to try them on, initially [the reaction] was, 'Seriously?'" Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav told milb.com. "But once they put them on and found that the pants were comfortable, they started getting into it. And once social media [reaction] blew up, they got excited about it. Fans, local media, everyone thought it was great." Well, maybe not everyone. The Timber Ratt … er, Brats, opponent that day was Cedar Rapids and its manager (as well as umpires) stifled laughter during the exchange of lineup cards. But Wisconsin got the last laugh, winning 4-0. Not to mention lots of kudos on social media and from news outlets on this being the best uniform ever. At least no one said they are the wurst (yes, we're sorry for that).
Ryan Braun, Brewers outfielder (↑ UP)
Braun loves to hit in Philadelphia. In Milwaukee's recent three-game series there he went 6 for 12 -- with two hits in all three games -- with a double, triple, two home runs, six runs and seven RBI. Maybe it's the cheesesteaks? (Promise, this is our last reference to food.)
Ji-Man Choi, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP then ↓ DOWN)
A pinch-hit grand slam. Sent down to the minors. Traded to Tampa Bay (and sent to Triple-A) for infielder Brad Miller. There were some fan complaints (of course) when Choi was traded, but with Jesus Aguilar having a good season and Eric Thames back on the roster, there really was no room for Choi (who was hitting .233/.281/.500 in 12 games with the Brewers). Well, at least he went out in style.
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Orlando Arcia, Brewers shortstop (↓ DOWN)
Back in the majors after his short stint at Triple-A and Arcia still can't get his bat going. In five games last week he was 3 foer 18 (.167) with no extra-base hits or walks and seven strikeouts. With Eric Sogard also struggling and Tyler Saladino still on the mend, this is still Arcia's job … although there's probably a good reason Milwaukee went and got Miller.
Jacob Barnes, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
Barnes was sent to Triple-A following a rough stretch in late April-early May, when in a seven-game span he allowed 12 hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings. But since returning to the big club he's allowed just three hits in seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts, including four one-inning appearances last week. He's lowered his opponent batting average from .299 to .257.
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Packers veterans (↑ UP)
As he's done of the past few years, Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy let a number of veteran players skip the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. This year it was 16 players, all with six or more years in the league. No reason to have older players risk injury or get banged up when training camp is when the real work begins.