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Two Real Gems

by Tom King

Over the years the Milwaukee Brewers have made some trades and free agent signings that have worked and others that have not(the jury's still out on the Kyle Lohse signing)...but no one can say that the signing of Nori Aoki and the trade that brought Jean Segura to the Brewers were anything less than spectacular. When the Brewers decided to give Aoki a look in spring training a couple of years ago there was no guarantee that he would even make the team. The Brewers didnt have much first hand knowledge on the  Japanese import and thought of him as a possible bench player and pinch hitter. Little did they expect him to take a spot after an injury and never give it up. He has been one of the teams most consistent hitters and shows surprising power for a guy with his unorthodox batting style. The trade of Zach Grienke wasnt popular in some circles but at least they held out for the Angels top infield prospect in the flashy Segura. They knew he could field but it looks like he has adjusted to major league pitching (MLB Player of The Week) and will give them above average production from the shortstop position for many years to come. It's these two guys plus the totally unexpected production of Yuny Betancourt that have enabled the team to at least not get buried while some of the other guys struggle in the early going. I'm saying that Aoki & Segura continue to produce and that the Brewers get back into the hunt when Braun, Ramirez, Lucroy & the always slow starting Rickie Weeks start heating up.

The Pointers begin NCAA D-3 baseball tournament play on Wednesday afternoon in Whitewater. They are a 2-seed and will play Benedictine. Whitewater is also in and will face Case Western of Ohio. 

The Lumberjacks made some big plays last night to beat Wisconsin Rapids 4-3 in Valley play at Witter Field. A full slate of local high school games today including a doubleheader on Foxsports AM1390 & FM 93.9. First up  I'll have East hosting Stevens Point live at 4:45 and then Chris Conley will have the call as DC Everest travels to Marshfield.

Songs Of The Day  (from my I-pod)

Love is The Drug-Roxy Music (1975) the US really discovered this band from this song in the fall of 75. Phil Manzanara's guitar...Andy McKay's sax...that killer bass line from John Gustafson (that Nile Rodgers admits he lifted for Chic's Good Times") and Bryan Ferry;s cool voice & lyrics...an art-rock classic

Love Makes A Woman-Phoebe Snow (1977) an earlier hit fromm Barbara Acklin..The unique voice of Snow makes the song her own