1130 WISN-AM's grumpy late afternoon talker Mark Belling spent much of his 5-6:00 p.m. segment Wednesday reprising what he said was one of his worst sports-related moments, ever.
Turns out he had a bad night at a sports bar (unnamed) after the Brewers Tuesday night win over the Pirates.
Seems his drinking buddy (unnamed) kept undermining Belling's worrying as the Dodgers blew a late-inning lead to Arizona (this prevented Milwaukee from clinching home-field advantage) to the point that, as Belling told the audience numerous times today "I nearly killed someone" last night.
Belling said he got so upset with his buddy's jinxing the outcome that he stormed out of the bar, leaving $45 change from a $50 bill for his final beer order on the counter.
Today, that anger morphed into anxiety, as Belling sees Arizona as an unstoppable juggernaut and worries Milwaukee might end up playing them in the playoffs.
Belling then went on to second-guess the Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke for how he's setting up his pitching tonight (Zach Greinke on three days rest) to save Yovani Gallardo for game one of the playoffs.
Belling predicted other Roenicke moves tonight with the line-up, such as resting starters, would backfire and cost the Brewers dearly in the unfolding playoffs.
Apparently, Roenicke does not understand what Belling says is clear: that this is the most important game of the season, and Belling urged the team's General Manager Doug Melvin to call Roenicke and tell him to manage the game differently.
[Update: Greinke's line tonight: 6 innings, five hits, four strikeouts, one walk, one earned run.]
We'll see by the end of the game which of these baseball savants knows his stuff.
But what thin skin for a guy who makes his living ripping other people.
I note that Roenicke takes questions at a news conference after every game, win or lose, and his handling of second-guessing is more or less second-nature.