Duck and cover in Milwaukee


This is only peripherally related to the Pirates, but it was too funny not to post: The Milwaukee Brewers will hold an open tryout Tuesday, and among those expected to attend is Randall Simon.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentions the item in his blog under the headline “Return of the Wienie Whacker?”

In 2003, Simon, then with the Pirates, earned a spot in baseball infamy when he leaned out of the visitors’ dugout at Miller Park and clobbered one of the Racing Sausages with his bat.

The incident drew international attention and much scorn for Simon, who quickly faded into obscurity. The first baseman has not played in the majors since 2006.

According to Haudricourt’s report, Brewers GM Doug Melvin is willing to forgive and forget Simon’s trangression. “That’s in the past,” Melvin said.