Loyal Readers and Brewers Fans!
By now you know that your pal Yogi has been critical of Derrick Turnbow’s performance at times, as well as that of Ned Yost.
But I have never criticized Derrick Turnbow or Ned Yost, the person.
I have never met Ned but have said “Hi” to Derrick a few times.
Bill Schroeder (Rock) has told me that most everyone who knows Derrick thinks that he’s a great young man and I have no reason to doubt that.
I am saying all of this because the insular and idiosyncratic world that is Yogi Brewer is not meant to be taken too seriously.
Tonight I am reminded of this after reading this from Tom Haudricourt at JSOnline.com:
As one might imagine from a guy who has been a punching bag for the fans for a long time, Turnbow was quite emotional after the game.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Turnbow. “It’s been a long time. I always hoped one day I’d get another chance to get back out there with another save opportunity. I wanted to see what it felt like again.
“There are a lot of emotions going through me right now. I’m both relieved and excited. A mix of everything. I couldn’t believe I got a save. I can’t really describe it.
Everybody who covers the team knows what a great guy Turnbow is. That’s what manager Ned Yost also was a bit emotional after the game, seeing something good finally happen for the big guy.
“He’s a wonderful, stand-up young man,” said Yost. “Yes, I feel at times people are too hard on him, for no reason.
“I have faith in him. As long as I have faith in him, he has nothing to worry about.”
Ned Yost, a real mensch.
I love this team.
Really, I do.