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Pork is a Poor Substitute for Winning

July 28, 2006 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
The Milwaukee Brewers have added chorizo to their sausage races.
What do you mean more sausages won’t distract fans from losing? (

If the Brewers’ organization really believes that mixing up its sausage races will deflect attention away from another losing season, then it has a bigger problem than is attackable in this modest forum.

We mean, let’s be honest. Who among us (Randall Simon, please don’t respond here) doesn’t love a good sausage? And watching them race is probably among life’s greatest pleasures — a rare treat that’s gotten even tastier with the announcement Thursday that the races would be supplemented by Chorizo joining sausage brethren Italian, Polish, Bratwurst and Hot Dog. (Why the Brewers didn’t honour the New Orleans disaster by adding Andouille is beyond us; what a great tribute opportunity they let pass.)

But does all this wonderful sausage talk mask the fact that the Brewers are six games under .500 in a season that was supposed to mark the beginning of a new era of winning for them? Other than home runs, the team is near the bottom of nearly every offensive category. So what’s the plan?

Trade away their top home run hitter, Carlos Lee.

The reported deal with send Lee and outfield prospect Nelson Cruz to Texas for closer fallen from grace Francisco Cordero and outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix.

This is actually a pretty sweet deal for the Brewers as both Nix and especially Mench, are solid young bats to help build around an already young nucleus. And adding Cordero will help stabilize a bullpen that’s been swiss cheese-esque, led by closer Derrick Turnbow, who’s looking very much like a one-year wonder.

So by dealing their best player, the Brewers were able to address a couple of issues, and we still believe the future is bright in Milwaukee given the breadth of talent in the organization.

But with all due respect to the world-revered sausage races, the arrival of Chorizo should not be the highlight of the 2006 season. We don’t care how tasty that is, it’s just sad.

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