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A Useful Piece Of The Puzzle

by Tom King

An incredible day for major league baseball on Thursday. The trading deadline offered up some deals that will be talked about for years. Jon Lester to the A's for Yoenis Cespedes. John Lackey to the Cardinals for Allen Craig & Joe Kelly. Stephen Drew to the Yankees...yeah the Red Sox and Yankees made a trade! The biggest by far was the three way deal that ended up with David Price in a Tigers uniform. No one saw that coming. But it seems that Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski and A's GM Billy Beane have a nice little rivalry going and it has certainly been kicked up a notch this year. Brewer fans were clamoring for the team to make a move and they did. With the starting pitching doing well the biggest need was a bat...and preferably a left-handed bat to balance out the lineup and Doug Melvin found one. Gerardo Parra comes from the Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers and he will be a useful piece for the Crew down the stretch. He's a left-handed batting outfielder that can play all three OF positions and has won a Gold Glove at two of them. He can be used as a defensive replacement...for pinch hitting duties...and can give Braun, Gomez and Davis a day off now and then. It wasnt a flashy move compared to some yesterday...but Parra should help the Brewers get where they want to go...a playoff spot this year.

I'll be honest...when I saw the headline that the Brewers traded for Parra...I first thought they brought back Manny Parra and wasnt happy.

The Woodchucks played an excellent game last night and beat Lakeshore. Congrats to Brendan Hayden who set team records for doubles and hits in a season. The hits record had been held by former DC Everest player Matt Nohelty who set it back in 2005. Just three home games remaining for the Chucks including tonight against the Chinooks. I'll be in the booth with Sean Kellerman again tonight at 7:05.

And one more reminder...if you want to hear how I sounded as an FM DJ back in the my early days...tune in to WWSP 90fm Saturday from 1-3 pm. I'll be doing a shift as part of an alumni fundraiser for the student run radio station at UW-Stevens Point and will be playing songs that would have been played circa 1977-78 when I was music director at the station.

The Wausau East and Newman Class of 1974 is having their class reunion this weekend including tonight at the Domino in Wausau. I'll be stopping by after the Woodchucks game to raise a glass to my elders.

Songs of The Day (from my I-pod) The band Heartsfield played Stevens Point last night...here are a couple of classic tracks

Music Eyes-Heartsfield (1973) loved when this song would come on the radio

House Of Living-Heartsfield (1974) couldnt find a cut of "Shine On": so this one will have to do...another nice one...theses guys were good