Brewers Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo didn't grow up rooting for Milwaukee. He was a Mets fan who first worked for the Yankees, then traveled to the Reds, and finally arrived with the Crew in 2006. Day in and day out, Vassallo is embedded with the Brewers, working incredibly long hours, and not just during the baseball season. Here's his story.
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It's hard to blame the Brewers for inserting Carlos Villanueva into the closer's role while Trevor Hoffman recovers from a strained oblique muscle. Villanueva always seems cool under fire, so it's not a stretch to think that he can handle the job. There is, however, one slight problem. Moving Villanueva to the back end of the game weakens the Brewers' bullpen in the critical sixth-seventh-eighth segment of the game that often means the difference between victory and defeat.
The media horde was excited about meeting a big star Friday afternoon, and it was not a baseball player.