The Lone Bright Spot, Ed Sedar
An odd thing, the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers. If someone asked the question, “what will you remember most about the Brewers’ 2010 season?” I really cannot point to any specific instance, game or player. Sure Ryan Braun has jumped back over .300 and will most likely get his 20 home runs and 100 rbi’s. Yeah Rickie Weeks has already played nearly 100 more games than in 2009, he has been a mainstay atop the order and looks to be finally realizing his sky-high potential. Prince Fielder is raking his share of home runs (psh, $150-200 million my rear end), Corey Hart came back from the dead and even the all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman is making a last ditch effort to reach 600 doors closed.
It’s all well and good, but if we’re being honest with each other…This season has been a complete dud.
Prince Fielder may or may not be back, Randy Wolf may or may not be the second coming of Jeff Suppan worth the money he’s getting paid, and the stable of young arms may or may not provide stability in the bullpen in the coming seasons. Who knows? The point is, and Brewers’ fans deserve high praise for persevering through sub-.500-let-down baseball, but this season is a total wash. There is one bright spot though, one pillar who hasn’t slumped, blown a save or made an errant throw. One man, Ed Sedar.
Edward Joseph Sedar is the first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is one of the most recognizable faces on the local baseball diamond. My bucket list is still in the making, but getting a fist pound from Sedar after rounding first base is undoubtedly among my many must do’s. Complete in a Smedium Brewers’ jersey, skin tight-ankle length pants and topped off by a several-sizes-too-small mini helmet, he fits the first-base coach mold perfectly.
By all accounts, Sedar looks like a giant kid out there, Tom Hanks style. That’s all a player can ask for in a first-base coach. Following a walk, base hit, home run or even dribbling ground out, someone needs to be there to say “great job buddy” or give a comforting pat on the bottom. Yeah, the bottom. Ed Sedar just looks like a guy I’d like to have a brew and enjoy a baseball game with. He looks like a pal I’d like to shoot the bull, laugh at some bad jokes or talk fantasy sports with.
Coach Sedar was born August 8th, 1961 in the city of Waukegan, Illinois. Following his graduation from Waukegan West High School, where he became the school’s first 4 sport letterman in baseball, football, basketball and wrestling, Sedar went on to have a professional baseball career. He bounced around in the Chicago White Sox organization without ever reaching the Major League level. Sedar eventually turned his talents to coaching.
In addition to his other roles with the Brewers, Sedar managed at Rookie Ogden from 1998-2001 and Rookie Helena in 2003, and from 2005-2006. Compiling a successful record of 257 wins against 224 losses and a 48-28 record in 2003, Ed Sedar was named 2003 Pioneer League Manager of the Year. He also served as Minor Leage Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator from 1992-2006 and Minor League Field Coordinator from 2002-2006. Sedar finally reached the ‘Big Leagues’ for the first time in his playing / coaching career on November 11th, 2006. He was named first-base coach of the Milwaukee Brewers, and as held that title ever since.
But that is not all; there is indeed a man behind the uniform. Ed Sedar has a son named Niall and 3 golden retrievers named Sadie, Jake and Romeo. Romeo? Anyways, he also enjoys cooking while Montgomery Gentry sooths in the background. On quiet nights at home, Sedar is content watching a movie or 2, with Cool Hand Luke being number 1 on his favorite’s list.
In reality, first-base coach is a thankless job. Like umpires, referees, long snappers and kickers, no one notices the first-base coach unless he screws up mightily. I’m sure Sedar has a crucial coaching role with his organization, but as far as the eye can see, he’s a walking, talking greeting. Nice job, way to be patient up there, the pitchers back foot indicates his pick-off move, you’ll get ‘em next time. Put an Ozzie Guillen or Lou Pinella type personality up there, and they fail miserable. Sedar fits his role perfectly, and in a season of lowlights, let downs and “meh” baseball, Sir Edward is the lone bright spot.
Blah, blah, blah. No one cares. Well that may be so, but I see you Ed Sedar (Avatar, I kid hello anybody?). I see you, and I thank you for never allowing the situation to alter your demeanor on the baseball field. No matter the record, score or inning, Sedar is planted next to first base with hands on knees and welcoming players to his station. Rather than attempt to steal the spotlight, Ed simply encourages and readies his players for their hopeful trip to the other side of the diamond and a meeting with Brad Fischer. It’s a small matter in the grand scheme of Major League Baseball, but one I’ve grown to appreciate. Thanks buddy.