Thursday, February 25, 2010

Greg Zaun Is Grizzled

Brewers fans, we are in luck. When Jason Kendall was let go, we all thought that our team had lost any chance of winning games through sheer grizzledness.

Well, one picture is worth a thousand words. Greg Zaun may actually have IMPROVED the Brewers rating on the Team Grizzlometer. Look at his skin, whipped by a thousand Arctic zephyrs. Look at those haunted, weary eyes - eyes that have seen one too many heartbreaking losses at home (he has called eight ballparks home since 1995). Look at that beard. LOOK AT THAT BEARD. He has at least three California Redwoods lodged in that beard!

I guarantee that this scenario happens at least once this season: Ryan Theriot will be at third base with a chance to score on a sacrifice fly, but he will also be aware that the play will be a close one. He will take one look at the iron-hewn wall of time-honed tenacity that is The Zaun... and collapse in a quivering heap, a la "Flynn a-hugging third" from the story of Casey At The Bat.


(photo by Roy Dabner, courtesy of

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