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In three years in the Korean Baseball Organization, Eric Thames hit .348 and totaled 124 homers and 382 RBI.
In three years in the Korean Baseball Organization, Eric Thames hit .348 and totaled 124 homers and 382 RBI. (Photo: David Bernacchi)

Brewers TV crew gives Korean broadcast call of Eric Thames' first home run

New Brewers first baseman Eric Thames crushed his first home run of the season in the fourth inning of Milwaukee’s 6-1 win over Colorado on Wednesday night. The 404-foot blast was also his first homer in the major leagues since Sept. 23, 2012, when he was with the Mariners, before he went to play in Korea for three years.

It’s very early, but Thames has gotten off to a good start so far, showing the bat the Brewers hoped they were getting when they signed him to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason. Entering play Thursday, he was batting .333 (3 for 9) with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

Thames spent the previous three years tearing up the Korean Baseball Organization, where he hit a whopping 124 home runs. To that country’s television audience, those dingers probably sounded a lot like this.

Outstanding.

From 2014-16, with the NC Dinos, Thames hit .348 and totaled 124 homers and 382 RBI. In 2015, Thames batted .381 with 47 home runs, 140 RBI and 40 steals, becoming the first member of the KBO’s 40-40 club and the first player in league history to hit for the cycle twice in one season. That year, he was named the KBO MVP, and also won the league’s Golden Glove Award for first basemen.

So, judging by the prodigious production and the euphoria of that broadcast call, it’s safe to say Thames is still pretty beloved in Korea.

And kudos to FOX Sports Wisconsin, its television production staff and announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder for not only finding, but also featuring the call on the broadcast. Very cool and original. Well, except maybe for these crazy Australian guys.

We second Anderson’s sentiment: "I think that becomes a thing now for the rest of the year." Hopefully, it's a thing another 30 or so times.

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This is a perfectly nice home in Suamico, Wisconsin.
This is a perfectly nice home in Suamico, Wisconsin. (Photo: Redfin)

No, Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay house is not currently for sale

Yesterday, the sports blogosphere created quite the "ZOMG!" stir after a few outlets posted that Aaron Rodgers was selling his Green Bay-area home.

But before Packers fans could become too excited ("I can buy Aaron Rodgers’ house!?") or aghast ("Is he leaving us?!"), the buzz balloon was quickly punctured. Rodgers, who has three years left on his contract, does not live at the residence; it's occupied by someone else; and the home was not – or, at least, isn't currently – on the market.

According to the residential real estate company and database Redfin, the perfectly nice-but-unremarkable 4,012-square foot house in Suamico, is actually not for sale. It may have been recently or will be at some point, but let's cross that goal line when we get to it.

Here’s the relevant info, courtesy of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin:

Dan Posey with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, identified as the agent in the real estate listing on the company's website, said the house on Crown Point Boulevard is occupied and not on the market. Posey said he signed a confidentially agreement with a client that prevents him from saying any more about the property, other than that media reports about it being for sale are not accurate.

Rodgers bought the four-bedroom, 4,000-square foot house near Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in July 2005 for $442,500, according to Brown County real estate records. He subsequently transferred ownership to RFI Holding LLC, which appears to be a Rodgers holding company. No subsequent sale was filed with the county, but Wisconsin doesn't have a deadline for recording transactions with the Register of Deeds.

Looks like Olivia Munn, Rodgers’ girlfriend and eternal cheesehead enemy, dodged another blame bullet. For now.

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The Cubs won the World Series, but the Bears still have Jay Cutler.
The Cubs won the World Series, but the Bears still have Jay Cutler. (Photo: Jim Biever/Packers.com)

Well, anyway, the Bears still suck

Despite some of our sacrilegious, seemingly pro-Chicago content the past couple weeks, we here at OnMilwaukee love the Brewers and don't like the Cubs, who, as we predicted, won the World Series or whatever.

So congratulations on lifting the goat curse and ending your century-long, self-inflicted run of incompetence, you lovable losers. May your city delight in drunken, delirious celebration and hopefully not burn itself down tonight. Milwaukee will be celebrating a Brewers championship in 2019.

But until then, Wisconsin, always remember this:

The Bears still suck.

LOL Jay Cutler.

Former Badgers receiver Jared Abbrederis was waived by the Packers on Thursday.
Former Badgers receiver Jared Abbrederis was waived by the Packers on Thursday. (Photo: Packers.com)

Packers release Wisconsin's own Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis has made a football career out of triumphing over adversity. But if he’s going to overcome this latest obstacle, it won’t be as the beloved home-state kid in Green Bay.

Two years after being the first Badgers player drafted by Ted Thompson, the wide receiver was waived by the Packers with an injury settlement, according to multiple reports. Abbrederis had been placed on the team’s injured reserve list Monday with a thigh contusion – not considered a season-ending injury – but since he’s hardly played this season, Thompson apparently decided to just release him and take the roster spot.

Abbrederis will be subject to the NFL’s waiver system for the next 24 hours; if he’s not claimed, he will be a free agent eligible to sign with any team when he’s healthy. There’s no guarantee that happens, though. Abbrederis had a history of head injuries before entering the NFL and he’s been injury-prone in two seasons with the Packers – suffering a torn ACL in 2014 and a concussion in 2015, among other minor maladies.

This season, he caught one pass for eight yards in five games before getting hurt Oct. 16 against the Cowboys, and then missed last week’s Bears game.

Wisconsinites will hope the perseverant receiver-returner, who was born in West Allis but went to high school at Wautoma, can continue his career. After walking on to the Badgers as a scout-team quarterback, Abbrederis eventually tied or set several school records, was drafted by Green Bay in the fifth round and came back from the 2014 knee injury to play in 10 games last year. In the Packers’ playoff loss to the Cardinals, he had four receptions for 55 yards, probably his best professional game.

Third-year receiver Jeff Janis and rookie Trevor Davis, both of whom have more speed than Abbrederis, a meticulous route runner, had moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

Abbrederis’ release leaves undrafted rookie safety Marwin Evans, who was born in Milwaukee and went to col…

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