Remember that time a bunch of Brewers players were on a Soap Opera?
MLB and the Players Association are continuing to fight and argue. There’s so much drama and overreaction between these two sides it’s almost like watching a soap opera. Which reminds me, the Brewers once were on a soap opera.
The year was 2007 and the Milwaukee Brewers were sort of gaining some relevancy again, but still had a 25 year playoff drought. Yet, for some reason, a group of them were chosen to make a cameo on the daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”.
Which Brewers players appeared on a soap opera and why did this happen?
The Milwaukee Brewers were on a road trip to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in May 2007, and The Young and the Restless was filming new episodes at that time. I had to Google this, but apparently this soap opera is set in Genoa City, Wisconsin. Yet it’s filmed in Hollywood, which is totally comparable to Genoa City, Wisconsin in absolutely no way whatsoever.
So that’s where the connection comes in with the Brewers. The four players they chose were: J.J. Hardy, Bill Hall, Chris Capuano, and Jeff Suppan. Hardy seemed like an easy choice with a face made for television and being the big time shortstop. Hall was coming off a 35 homer season the year before and Capuano was a big piece the rotation. Suppan was also included because he just signed that big contract.
It wasn’t just these guys standing around in the background. They had legitimate speaking lines and everything. Here’s the clip from their cameo.
Man, look at that video quality, likely recorded on a VHS tape or something. Crazy how far technology has come since 2007. That’s 15 years ago now, just to make you feel old.
Jeff Suppan offered the other guy in the suit, who was apparently running for Wisconsin State Senate, a spot in the rotation jokingly. Honestly, that guy, either the actor or the character, still probably would’ve done a better job in the Brewers rotation than Suppan actually did.
Then the lady comes in, claims to be a huge Brewers fan, yet gushes over Suppan’s performance in the World Series with… the Cardinals? No Brewers fan would be gushing over a guy’s performance as a Cardinal and say they love him for it.
I’m as much of a Chris Capuano fan as anyone, but a dude with a career 4.20 ERA to that point being the best left-handed pitcher in baseball? I don’t think so. Johan Santana? CC Sabathia?
A little exaggeration on how good the guys are is to be somewhat expected and hyping them up is better than the show bringing them on just to trash them. So I get the compliments, but we also should keep it somewhat real with them. Oh wait, I forgot, this is a soap opera and realism got thrown out the window already.
The woman that loves the players shouts “Brewers World Series 2007!” which obviously didn’t happen and the team kind of struggled immensely immediately after doing this cameo. The Brewers still haven’t reached the World Series despite breaking their playoff drought and numerous chances.
Perhaps the cameo on this soap opera was the curse. The Curse of the Young and the Restless! It’s not as cool sounding as the Curse of the Bambino or the Curse of the Billy Goat, but it may just be this franchise’s curse.
How do we undo this curse? Do we send a group of players to go on Days Of Our Lives? Hopefully they can avoid going on any more soap operas. 2007 was a wild time.