I’m sick of following up games with stock coverage and opinion. Here are some skewed observations from Friday night’s broadcast.
* The Brewers have a second baseman named Bill Hall. I worked three summers in a sheet metal shop with a second-shift spot welder named Bruce Hall. Like everyone else, he backed his pickup truck into his parking spot, paid union dues and was very friendly. I graduated with his daughter, Leslie.
While on the subject, a guy at the shop named Dan-something once let me borrow his homemade CD of rare Budgie songs. Does anyone remember Budgie? Theatric Brit-metal from the ‘70s. Album art, depicting birdmen with rocket packs, is pictured from their 1976 classic "If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules."
* This has bothered me for weeks: What’s up with the promotional ads for hat day? One overlay says the kid "stole his hat from his boss’s credenza." What the hell is a credenza?
* I’m not sure what I think about Chase Utley’s soul patch.
* I like the new logo for Citizen’s Bank.
* Endy Chavez earned a spot in the fireworks promo. A good nickname for Endy would be L’il Endy. He'd endear himself to fans more if he had a non-threatening name like that.
* Comcast is really proud of their town-hall steroid series.
* The number of fans on cell phones, talking with friends that can see them on television, has increased 50 percent this season.
* I once e-mailed Paul Hagan because in two consecutive columns he wrote interesting factoids on Carlos Lee. In one of them, he wrote how Lee kept in shape over the winter by maintaining his farm in Puerto Rico. I told him he should invest in cows with sturdier teets because he’s a notoriously slow starter. I also asked him to check out my blog and he never responded.
* One day a study will be done among non-ESPN play-by-play announcers and it will show that Harry Kalas speaks the least, and Chris Wheeler talks the most.
* The Brewers have, or have had, Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, David Nilsson, Lyle Overbay and Scott Podsednik, and in my mind’s eye, they all look like the same guy.
* I’m not sure what I think of Brett Myers's chin hair.
* I wouldn’t mind a J-Roll figurine.
* Wise is now pitching for Milwaukee. Former Phillie Rick Wise was hired as pitching coach of the independent Allentown Ambassadors when I covered sports for the Allentown Times. At the press conference, I asked what he was being paid for the job and he refused to say. Months later, he and manager Darrell Evans were fired, and the next season, the Ambassadors folded.
* Derrick Turnbow is shaped like a bowling pin.
* The evening ends with one of my favorite players, David Bell, smashing a walk-off three-run homer over the left-field wall. For Bell, it’s sweet redemption. For the Phils, it means 10 wins in 11 games during this homestand.