Bob Nightengale reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have temporarily banned high fives. Not because they annoy Buster Olney, but for more practical reasons: 12 players have been diagnosed with pinkeye. And everyone else is sick too:
[Brandon] Kintzler became the 12th member of the Brewers to be stricken by the virus. And we’re not even counting 15 to 20 players who have been battling bronchitis, flu, cold and nasal complications this spring.
“This is so crazy,” says outfielder Ryan Braun, who returned Sunday after being sent home for two days with a flu bug. “I still don’t feel great.”
The Brewers have the worst record in the Cactus League right now. Normally you can’t attribute that to anything that matters, but I feel like maybe there is a good excuse for it now.
In other news, I’m glad I ended up skipping visiting Brewers camp in Maryvale this year.
Not my analogy. That’s the analogy of the Miami Herald which refers to Paulo Berejuk, the man who manufactured Anthony Bosch’s PEDs, as the “Breaking Bad” figure in the while Biogenesis affair.
Anyway, Berejuk is the chemist who made the PEDs that eventually made their way to A-Rod, Ryan Braun other major leaguers and — lest we forget — high school athletes in the Miami area. He made them in his garage. Tony Bosch paid him $20,000 a month to do so. His whole story, including the fact that he faces a couple of years in prison, can be read here.
So if this guy is Walter White, I guess that makes Bosch Gus Fring, maybe? And I have no idea who that makes A-Rod. At the moment I’ll say he’s the guy who got his head crushed by that ATM machine in his squalid house, but we can probably do better than that in the comments.
Good news for Brewers fans:
Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure last month to address the lingering nerve problem that has affected his swing for the past two seasons. If the Brewers want to compete next year, they’ll need a fully healthy Braun.