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Play Ball

April 7, 2009 2:00 PM

There are those who say that Julia Kerr is an obnoxious Boston Red Sox fan. That's unfair. After all the term "obnoxious Boston Red Sox fan" is redundant. I know this as I used to have one in my own office before I hired a good Wisconsin girl as my communications director. Julia is no worse than the rest of them.

So when she confidently challenged me to a wager on the 2009 baseball season I eagerly accepted. Total wins Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Boys from Beantown. Ok. The gauntlet had been thrown down. We were on.

Then I gave it some thought.

Boston had five more wins then Milwaukee did last year, a Brewers team that had C.C. Sabathia and an almost healthy Ben Sheets. This year the Brewers feature a who-are-these-guys pitching rotation, a star hitter with a vague pain in his side that the best of western Medicine cannot diagnose, a bull pen ace who is less than a decade away from his AARP card, and a slugger who is a vegetarian.

I demanded a sweetener.

So, Ald. Kerr is allowing me to add to the Brewers total number of wins all the victories that our own Madison Mallards get on Tuesdays. That creates the possibility of eight more wins and could nudge the Brewers-Mallards past the Sox. Why Tuesdays? No particular reason except that the Council meets on Tuesdays and this will give us something to talk about after the meetings. Neither of us, of course, would be caught checking box scores during the meeting.

So, it's opening day. Everyone is equal. Hope springs eternal. Play ball.


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