April 27, 2009
-Chris Smith was closing games for AAA Nashville
-Trevor Hoffman made his debut with the Brewers.
-The sound crew learns to not play Hells Bells for non-save situations.
But, what mattered on this date was Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens nailed Braun in the middle of the back with a high heater, in what appeared to be a purposeful beaning. The Brewers were none too happy about this either. With Braun telling Bud Selig that there would be retaliation:
“We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting.”
Sheffield's House's own Lange said at the time:
So what I wonder, is when and who will face retribution? The two teams have 12 more games against each other so does Macha wait until the next time the Crew sees Jeff Karstens in the batters box and put one between the numbers or will we see Adam LaRoche given a base via bruise in game two tonight? I say wait, and make sure Karstens gets his.
July 20, 2009
Well, good job Lange Macha took your advice!
Last night, almost 3 months after the mentioned incident. Chris Smith comes into the game at the top of the inning to face who else but Jeff Karstens. The Buc's manager had to know what was going to happen, essentially leaving Karstens (now a reliever) to the slaughter. I guarantee you Kendall was salivating when he saw Jeff step into the box. Here is what ensues:
So, Braun got his payback from his pitching staff...the same pitching staff he basically slammed not all that long ago.
I quickly sent an e-mail to Lange, that perhaps Braun just needed to see that to fire him back up. Braun's next AB:
Remember this NL Central...The Deputy gets his way! (and don't mess with Kendall either, wow)