Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Rafa's not going to be smiling now

July 25, 2009. The Riverpoint, Clarke Quay, Singapore. As part of their promotional appearance in the Lion City, the entire team and training staff of Liverpool FC took a boat ride (in three boats) through the historic river that once began the thriving Singapore economy.
The team was relaxed, perhaps next to being on the pitch, the one they were most at ease during their four-day stay.
During the match, the biggest praise, applause, and loudest chants were reserved for Xabi Alonso. There were even banners pleading with him to stay. During the press conference, when Rafa Benitez was asked about Alonso staying orgoing, the Spanish coach said of his countryman, "Why don't you ask him? He is in a better position to answer that?"
Well, less than a week after the trip... Alonso is asking for a trade to Real Madrid. To compound matters, Javier Mascherano is linked with a move to FC Barcelona. That's two from their excellent midfield corps. Who's going to help out Yossi Benayoun?
I'm obviously not happy with that. I'm sure the Alonso move will go down. As for Mascherano....
My only consolation is that I saw them in their final match for Liverpool.
And then there were two (left from the 2005 Euro Champion team)... Gerrard and Carra.

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