March 2011

It has been a busy day

Hmm.  Where to start?

How about right here.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers announced today an exciting new way for fans to experience Rattlers baseball through their mobile devices while they are at Time Warner Cable Field.

The team held a press conference at the stadium today to demonstrate a new mobile web site application that will change the way fans connect to the team, the game, their fellow fans, and the experience of being at the game.

What does that mean? Head over to this .pdf at the Rattlers website for the PowerPoint presentation of Rattlers In Game.  Then, check out the Rattlers In Game website.  It’s just a countdown now, but it will go live soon.

Earlier today at the Post Crescent website Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav and some radio announcer were guests on NEWSMAKERS.  It streams on a loop, so if you pick it up in the middle watch it all the way around.

There are a lot of other things going on here at the stadium.  I left the battery to my camera at home in the charger in the luggage that I haven’t unpacked yet…So, the progress report on the snow and the new construction by the dugout will have to wait.

This. Is. Awesome.

This would be a certain MLB promotion.  Is would be, um, is.  AWESOME is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

Darren Rovell has the Awesomely Awesome story.

In what seems like the sports world’s version of the Biosphere 2, Mike O’Hara and his wingman Ryan Wagner will begin their jobs as Major League Baseball’s ultimate fans on Thursday.

From the first pitch to the last one in the World Series, it is their job to watch every single game in New York City in a 15,000 square foot space, surrounded by 32, 14-foot windows, that used to be the bustling home of Tower Records.

As “winners” of this awesome experiment—there were more than 10,000 applicants for this job believe it or not—O’Hara and Wagner will watch roughly 2,463 games (which includes the postseason). That’s about 394,000 minutes of baseball.

The two will leave their nearby rented apartments every morning and get to their fancave around 9:30 a.m. They’ll often wait until the Chicago Cubs game starts around midday and they’re required to stay until the final out of the late west coast game is made (around 1 a.m. ET)

When they arrive, their viewing den will include 15 Sony televisions and an 18-foot statue of Willie Mays’ famous catch. There will even be a “bat phone” of sorts that will allow them to immediately weigh in on a particular game highlight live on the MLB Network. The area was created by Paul DiMeo, lead designer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”


The fact that one is a Yankee fan and one is an actor does not take away from the AWESOME.  Here is the MLB Fan Cave website.

For all of the details of the MLB Fan Cave go to this story at

Follow the guys on twitter @MLBFanCave.

Fan Fest!

I know a lot of people think FESTIVUS! when they see Fan Fest.  For me, I always think FESTIVAL!

The first opportunity for fans to check out the 2011 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers is at Fan Fest, a free event at Time Warner Cable Field, on Tuesday, April 5. The annual event features free parking and free food and drink. Fan Fest begins at noon and lasts until 5:30pm.

Fans entering Time Warner Cable Field will receive a punch card good for a free hotdog, free box of popcorn, and free soda.

Tours of the ballpark will be available and fans will be able to get reacquainted with Time Warner Cable Field after a long winter.

Click through for all of the details.  Again, the event goes through to 5:30pm.  Plenty of time for the kids to get out of school and get to the ballpark for some free food and a few autographs.

  Joy to you, friend. Peace and tranquility.

Column inches, Live streams, Clubhouses

Mike Woods has a column in The Post-Crescenttoday about the upcoming Timber Rattlers season.  I might have gone with a different picture, but…HEY!  Timber Rattlers baseball!

The place has been around since 1995 and numerous improvements have been made over the years to Fox Cities Stadium, all designed to enhance spectator enjoyment.

As a result, hundreds of thousands have walked through the gates to see the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers play.

But not everybody.

Team president and general manager Rob Zerjav said he’s still amazed at the number of folks he’ll run into who will tell him they’ve never been to a game. This season provides them with plenty of opportunities.

The boss, I mean, my boss…not THE BOSS, although that would be an awesome Clubhouse Live!…anyway, my boss was a guest on Clubhouse Live on Tuesday.  Click here for the livestream.  You may pick it up in the middle of the show, but don’t worry.  It loops back around to the start.  Make sure to follow some of the comments in the liveblog off on the right side of the page.

Next week, Matt Erickson and a Timber Rattlers player are scheduled to be on the show.  That would be next Tuesday, April 5 at The Clubhouse in the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel starting at  6:30pm.

Wisconsin v. Brevard County Game Log

Monday was a short day on the minor league side of camp.  There was a lot of defensive work and a short 4-1/2 inning game between The Timber Rattlers and Brevard County.  Lots of former and future Rattlers took part in that game.  I compiled a game log to help you follow along with what happened.

Keep in mind, they were pretty loose on the rules.  That is why Rob Wooten faced five batters, recorded four outs, and the inning ended after a Joey Paciorek double.  You will also see the random insertion of a hitter for the Rattlers.

Here are the starting lineups:

John Dishon, rf
Greg Hopkins, 2b
Max Walla, cf
Jason Rogers, 1b
Mike Walker, 3b
Gerald Ogrinc, c
Kenny Allison, lf
Kyle Dhanani, ss
Michael Roberts, dh
Tyler Thornburg, sp

Pete Fatse, 2b
Derrick Shaw, lf
Chris Dennis, 1b
Cameron Garfield, dh
Tony Pechek, c
Jose Garcia, rf
Yadiel Rivera, ss
Franklin Romero, cf
Austin Ross, p

Top 1st: Dishon flies out to right. Hopkins pops out to second.  Walla singles to center.  With Rogers batting, Walla caught stealing (2-4) WI: 0 R, 1H, 0 LOB

Bottom 1st: Fatse strikes out looking.  Shaw singles to center.  With Dennis batting, Shaw caught stealing (2-6).  Dennis walks.  Garfield strikes out looking. BC: 0R, H, 1 LOB

Top 2nd: Rogers reaches on E-6.  Walker reaches on fielder’s choice.  Rogers safe at second and takes third on E6 (missed catch).  Ogrinc grounds out 3-1 (RBI), Rogers scores, Walker takes second.  Allison grounds out 3-1, Walker takes third.  Dhanani lines out to first.  WI: 1 R, 0H, 1 LOB

Bottom 2nd: Pacioreck singles to left. Pechek doubles to left, Paciorek to third.  Garcia strikesout looking.  Rivera out 1-3 on squeeze bunt (RBI), Paciorek scores, Pechek to third.  Romero grounds out 6-3.  BC: 1R, 2H, 1 LOB

Top 3rd: Roberts flies out to right. Dishon strikes out looking.  Hopkins strikes out swinging.  WI: 0 R, 0 H, 0 LOB

Bottom 3rd: Wisconsin pitching change: Rob Wooten replaces Tyler Thornburg.  Fatse out 1-3 on bunt.  Shaw strikes out looking.  Dennis strikes out swinging. Garfield pops out to second.  Paciorek doubles to leftcenter.  BC: 0R, H, 1 LOB

Top 4th: Brevard County Defensive changes: McKelvie replaces Dennis at first base.  Berard replaces Fatse at second base.  Walla reaches on E4 (throw), out 2-6 when attempting to take second on overthrow.  Rogers grounds out 6-3. Walker singles to center. Ogrinc flies out to right. WI: 0R, H, 1 LOB

Bottom 4th: Wisconsin pitching change: Alex Periard replaces Rob Wooten.  Wisconsin defensive change: M. Roberts replaces Ogrinc at catcher.  Pechek walks.  Garcia out 6-3, Pechek advances to second.  With Rivera at bat, Pechek takes third on wild pitch.  With Rivera at bat, Pechek scores on wild pitch.  Rivera strikes out looking.  Romero pops out to short.

Top 5th: Steve Felix doubles to rightcenter.  With Allison at bat, Felix is out 2-5 trying to advance on a ball in the dirt.  Allison flies out to center.  Dhanani singles to center.  Roberts lines out to pitcher.  WI: 0H, 2H, 1 LOB

Final score: Brevard County 2, Wisconsin 1.

Rattlers Arizona game (March 25)

Sorry, folks.  All this futzing around with the new way to blog has put me behind schedule.

For the full story of the game (and day two in Arizona) head over to the Rattlers home page.

I had planned on a more proper boxscore for the Rattlers game on Friday.  But, I will have to go with this:

Starting lineup:
Keen, cf: 1-for-2, 2B
George, ss: 1-for-2, SAC, RBI
Mittelstaedt, lf: 1-for-4, BB, 2K
Rogers, 1b: 0-for-3, 3K
Hopkins, 2b: 1-for-2, SB, RBI
Roberts, c: 0-for-1, SF, RBI
Dishon, rf: 0-for-2
Paciorek, 3b: 1-for-2
Pechek, dh: 0-for-3, BB, RUN, K

Allison, cf: 1-for-1, CS
Rivera, ss: 0-for-2, 2K
McKelvie, 1b: 0-for-1, K
Shaw, 2b: 1-for-1, BB
Dean, c: 0-for-2, GIDP, K
Walla, rf: 0-for-1, BB, SB, RUN
Walker, 3b: 0-for-2, K

Nelson: 3.1IP, 5H, 4R, 3BB, K
Shackelford: 1.1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Keeling: 1IP, 1H, R, 2BB, 0K
Sanchez: 2IP, 7H, 4R, 0BB, 2K
Jones: 1IP, 2H, 3R, 2BB, K

A big thank you

Thank you to MLBlogs for changing over the way all of their blogging software 13 days before the season starts.  Learning the ins and outs of this new system is just what I wanted to do as I try to keep people informed about what is going on in Arizona for the Rattlers at Spring Training.


I don’t even know if the comment from reality baseball calling me lazy has been approved yet.

At least I figured out how to get Charlie Brown back as my profile picture.  Figuring out how to post pictures are next.  Wondering where the Add File button went to allow me to post the full Game Notes file as a .pdf went is after that.

Brewers 7, Indians 4

The Brewers beat Cleveland 7-4 in Cactus League play on Friday.

Ex-Rattler for Milwaukee:
Hunter Morris (’10): Defensive Replacement

Ex-Rattlers for Cleveland:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 2-for-4
Shin-soo Choo (’02): 0-for-4
Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-4, RBI

I had a couple of pictures of Choo, Cabrera, and Valbuena to post here.  But, with the new software changeover, I CAN’T POST PHOTOS!  Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to upload photos, no?

Head over to the Timber Rattlers facebook album for Friday in Arizona.  They have those pictures of the Cleveland chapter of the Rattlers Alumni Association and much more.

Rising Stars Announced!

The Brewers announced the teams for the April 2 Rising Stars Game at Miller Park while I was in transit yesterday.  No matter.  Here are part of the teams.  First, here is part of Matt Erickson’s squad:

Scooter Gennett

Caleb Gindl

Taylor Green

Cody Hawn

Erik Komatsu

Martin Maldonado

Wily Peralta

Austin Ross

Tyler Thornburg

And here is part of Don Money’s team:

Kentrail Davis
Khris Davis

Eric Farris

Mike Fiers

Kyle Heckathorn

Hunter Morris
Sergio Miranda
Amaury Rivas

Cody Scarpetta
Zelous Wheeler

Not a couple of lists. Click the link up top to find out about the autograph sessions and the jersey auction.


Read up on Day One

Mehring in Arizona: Day One was posted last night.

No problem finding the hotel either…until I pulled into the parking lot. I was blinded by the sun as I was facing west and trying to find a parking spot. Suddenly, I saw a figure dart out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes. The figure began walking towards me on the passenger side of the car. As the figure stepped out of the setting sun, I recognized…Pitching Coach Chris Hook. Yep, almost hit him and the season hasn’t even started.

Click the link for the rest.

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