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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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Following the script perfectly, it was announced Brewers ace Ben Sheets will miss his next start.

I read that first thing when I got in this morning. Raise your hands if you're surprised. The Ben Sheets injury tour is right on track.

As stated previously, it goes the same way every time. Sheets leaves a start with some malady. Yost says he's not worried about it. Sheets reports it felt better than expected the day after. Then it's reported Ben will miss his next start.

All of that has happened to our 10+ million dollar man in this latest go-around. The next step is putting Ben on the disabled list. Hasn't happened yet. I hope it doesn't, but I've seen this movie before.

While I'm on Brewers pitching, I'd like to highlight another conversation that I hope took place in the Brewers clubhouse. Last week it was reported that Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow was complaining about... I mean... questioning what his role was with the team. Evidently, he didn't feel he was being used often enough in critical spots. In fact he even had his agent contact General Manager Doug Melvin to inquire about the situation.

First of all, you work for the Milwaukee Brewers. Your role is whatever Ned Yost and Doug Melvin say it is, right?

Here's the conversation I hope GM Doug Melvin had immediately following yesterday's game when Turnbow coughed up the winning run in the 9th inning.

Melvin: Derrick... tough night.

T-Bow: Yeah.

Melvin: Listen, I just came down to catch up with you. Your agent called me last week asking about your role with the team. I'm wondering if you have any other questions about your role, and how come we're not using you in critical situations in ball games. I'm just wondering, Derick, if you have any other questions about that tonight?

T-Bow: (silence)

Melvin: No? Good.

So I don't end on a sour note, how about pitcher Jeff Suppan chipping in for military families in our area.  The Brewers are donating 4 seats (good ones) to every home game for active duty military and families. Soup is pitching in 200 bucks a game for food and fan stuff. That's about 15 grand out of his pocket.

I know the guy makes millions, but he didn't have to do it, and it's hardly the only charity work with which he's involved. By all accounts this dude is one of the best guys in professional sports. Nice job Soup!

 Go Brewers!



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