Gregg Zaun Channels His Inner Schroeder

So a lot of strange things happened in the Brewers-Pirates game last night, the least of which was the 17 runs the Brewers put up against the Pirates after being nearly shutout all weekend by the Cubs. As Disciples of Uecker has pointed out, the Brewers now have a +49 run differential against Pittsburgh and a -35 run differential versus the rest of the league. Strange stuff.

Strangest of all, though, was Gregg Zaun’s first inning struggles to get the ball back to the mound. That’s right, a 39-year old catcher couldn’t throw the ball the 60 feet, 6 inches between home plate and the mound. He botched the throw three separate times (see the video).

In light of that, I thought I’d bust out this Peanuts strip from April 17, 1955:

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I was meaning to save this strip for the next Yankees-Red Sox game where Jorge Posada makes 17 trips to the mound in the first inning, but it seems more appropriate today. Let’s hope the next time you see it will be for that reason, and not because of Gregg Zaun.

Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.