Three Wild Pitches (Griffin, Jordan, Brewers)


David Griffin, the general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been with Cleveland since LeBron went to Miami. If anybody thinks that he is actually a good general manager and not just a benefactor from LeBron James' greatness, please tell me. This is the same guy who was part of the front office that drafted Anthony Bennett number one, he is the guy who hired David Blatt. Not only that, but he has been successful in allowing a superstar and his agent to walk all over him.

Granted, does he really have a choice? Probably not, and he has shown that by overpaying for Tristan Thompson and JR Smith. He has been fortunate enough to have two first picks in a row (one of them Bennett, the other Andrew Wiggins) and be able to convince the Timberwolves into trading away a toxic player in Kevin Love. He didn't bring in Kyrie Irving. He didn't need to convince players like Richard Jefferson, James Jones or Deron Williams to come over. He has never had to worry about the salary cap and luxury tax when it came to making trades and signing free agents.

He also, most importantly, didn't convince LeBron James to return to Cleveland. LeBron made that decision on his own, and made his job a walk in the park. David Griffin has no real credentials for running a front office without the luxuries Cleveland has, and he can't ignore the luxury tax in Milwaukee. Yeah, it sounds like a big name hiring that might sound good in Milwaukee, but if they were to make a move, look at somebody on San Antonio's staff, or Houston's, or Boston's, or Golden State's. Cleveland's front office hasn't done anything to build this roster, it's like running MyGM on NBA2k. Basically, Milwaukee, if you're thinking about David Griffin, consider me too. And everybody else who is good at building teams in 2k. This could be the biggest mistake since selling the team to Herb Kohl in the 80's.


Please, just stop with the comparisons. Does it really matter who is better, like will that stop LeBron from making the Hall of Fame, or kick Jordan out of it? As of now, the only thing Jordan is for sure better at than James is shoe marketing, seriously (by the way, I've never seen anybody wearing LeBron shoes). If LeBron wins three more rings, does Jordan all of a sudden stop being great? Did we forget Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron because of Barry Bonds? Have we forgotten Bart Starr because of Brett Favre or Brett Favre because of Aaron Rodgers? Who cares.

Michael Jordan is the king of the 90's. LeBron is the king of the 2010's. If you flip-flop them, do you really think anything that much different would have happened? Maybe LeBron goes 4 of 6, and doesn't retire, and maybe Jordan wins all five of his Finals' appearances but misses two of the Finals LeBron made. Either way, it doesn't truly matter, because we never can do that. Even 2k simulations can't completely do it, because they can't simulate real life events, emotions, player chemistry and situational thinking. So stop comparing them, because they are not comparable.


Enough of the NBA talk, the Brewers are the only Wisconsin team currently playing. The Brewers have been struggling lately, and a lot of that is on the pitching staff. I actually believed the starting pitching was the strength of the team prior to the start of the season, but we still haven't had Junior Guerra pitch a full game or Zach Davies go more than six innings. Matt Garza, Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson have been carrying the load for the Brewers, which really is why we are still above .500.

The question is, now that Guerra is back tonight (while Ryan Braun goes back to the DL), what do the Brewers do? The Cubs have regained the NL Central lead, and frankly, I don't think that lead will go away. So, should the Brewers fight St. Louis to stay close enough for a wild card spot, or try and trade away veteran(s) (who else but Matt Garza?) and bring up the guys in Colorado Springs?

Right now the Brewers are in sixth place by a half game (over St. Louis), and 2.5 out of a wild card spot held by the LA Dodgers (who will rise as they get healthy). Sweeping the rest of the series against Arizona will get the Brewers tied in the loss column with the D-Backs, but then what?

The Brewers should, in my opinion, keep trying for a playoff spot, and in about three weeks start bringing up Lewis Brinson, Josh Hader, etc. Stay in a winning position so the young guys can grow up understanding what it is like to be on a contender. This way, by making the playoffs or not, the first generation of minor league prospects (including Orlando Arcia and Zach Davies) know what it is like to be in the hunt.