April 2011

Game notes and Game one lineup April 22, 2011

Community Field, home of the Bees, waits for tonight's doubleheader

I have not heard anything, so I am guessing that the game one lineup for the doubleheader today is the same as it was last night.

Nick Shaw             2B
Reggie Keen         CF
Cody Hawn           1B
Jason Rogers       LF
Mike Walker         DH
Greg Hopkins        3B
Tyler Roberts         C
Carlos George       SS
Franklin Romero RF

Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

That being said.  The tarp for the field has some damage to it.  It leaked a bit.

The infield took some water.

The Burlington grounds crew was just having a discussion with Aaron Nieckula, the manager of the Bees, about the topic of the infield.  Or at least I am guessing that is what they were talking about since they were standing right by it and doing a lot of pointing.  I’m pretty sure that Aaron was not regaling them with the tale of him sliding around the infield here when he was the manager of the Cougars and was having an animated discussion with an umpire a couple of years ago.

The condition of the infield may be moot.  More rain is scheduled in the forecast…I’m sorry did I say rain?  I meant thunderstorms are forecast for 6pm.

Tonight’s game notes are here.  A few slight changes have been made: RattlersGameNotesApril22

Check back here, @CMehring, @TimberRattlers, or Rattlers Facebook for updates on the game status.

IMMEDIATE UPDATE: It’s raining…again.  The tarp is going on the field…again.  Now, excuse me while I look for a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. A live chicken would be too much…today. In a few days, we might have to talk that one through for a bit.

This is getting a little Ree-gosh darn-diculous

Still raining in Burlington, Iowa.  The forecast…well…..see for yourself.

I got a little artsy with these…or the weather has washed all color out of the world.  Either one really.  As always click for a larger glimpse into the depth of my despai….for a larger image.

This is how hard it was raining when I was getting ready to leave Community Field last night.

This picture was taken in what would have been the seventh inning on Friday night

If one light in the picture is good…two lights in the picture is better:

Two lights in the rain at Community Field

I can’t find the picture I was trying to plagari….I mean do an homage to with this shot of Community Field from the outside:

Community Field in the Rain = A rainy Victorian London...in black and white...maybe

This picture was taken from my hotel window after I hear A LARGE CLAP OF THUNDER this morning.

Still raining 12 hours later.

Stitch these last two pictures together and make a panorama of  the view from my hotel window.

Still raining 30 seconds later.

These views are almost asking you to head to the casin….lunch buffet.

Doubleheader tonight…Fingers Crossed…Stay tuned!

MLB Alumni Report – Games of April 22, 2011

Your MLB Alum of the day is Felix Hernandez.  You can see why they wish each other Happy Felix Day! in Seattle.

@Seattle 1, Oakland 0

Felix Hernandez (’03): 7.2IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 8K, WIN #2
Mike Saunders (’06): 0-for-3
Carlos Peguero (’07): 1-for-3 First MLB Hit for Peguero

Boston 4 @ Los Angeles Angels 2 (10)

David Ortiz (’96): 1-for-3, RUN

Minnesota 3 @ Baltimore 1

Adam Jones (’04): 0-for-4

@Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 0-for-4
Shin-soo Choo (’02): 0-for-4

@Florida 9, Pittsburgh 5

Greg Dobbs (’02): 1-for-4, RUN

@Los Angeles 5, Atlanta 3 (12)

Eric O’Flaherty (’05): IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

Philadelphia 3 @San Diego 0

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-3

Seriously? Seriously.

UPDATE: Thursday’s game in Burlington has been rained out.  The Rattlers will try to get on the field Friday night.  There is a doubleheader scheduled with Game One starting at 5:30pm.

Fingers crossed, everyone.

The tarp is on the field in Burlington.  Tonight’s game is in a delay.  Nice job by the grounds crew to get the tarp on the field as the wind started to kick up.

UPDATE: It’s started raining. It was mentioned that if I want to match Matthew Brady and Ansel Adams…and that other guy, I need to work in Black & White.


Rain Falls on the roof of the concession stand at Community Field

As always, click for a larger image…

Looking out to the Community Field parking lot.

And here is a final in gritty, realistic black and white:

The Community Field Concourse in black & white

Starting Lineup for 4/21/11

The Rattlers and Burlington Bees prepare for Thursday's game at Community Field.

I should have titled this post NO SNOW!  WHOOOOO!!!! NO SNOWWWWW!!!!

That would have been deceptive AND misleading…But, HEY! NOOOOO SNOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!

Burlington’s starter tonight is lefty Jacob Brown (2-0, 1.64).  I got that email just as I was setting up shop here in the Community Field visiting radio booth.  Here is Brown’s MiLB.com page….and here is the Rattlers lineup that will face Brown and the Bees tonight:

Nick Shaw             2B
Reggie Keen         CF
Cody Hawn           1B
Jason Rogers       LF
Mike Walker         DH
Greg Hopkins        3B
Tyler Roberts         C
Carlos George       SS
Franklin Romero RF

Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Tonight’s Miller Lite Pregame Show on AM1280, WNAM starts at 6:10.  Game time is 6:30pm.  Tune in on the internet right here.

Game Notes for April 21, 2011

Well…back to baseball tonight…I hope.

I am traveling separate from the team today, so I have the opportunity to post the game notes for tonight right now.  The lineups will be posted later in a new post.

The plan is to have Austin Ross as the guest on the Miller Lite Pregame Show tonight.

Heading out for Community Field in a bit and it’s sunny out right now…Please stick around for awhile, Sun…Please.

Pictures and words from the home of the Bees later today.

What am I forgetting?

Oh, Game Notes!  RIGHT!  RattlersGameNotesApril21

Rattlers Alumni in MLB Games of April 20, 2011

Busy day yesterday in the Big Leagues.

Detroit 3 @Seattle 2:

Michael Saunders (’06): 1-for-4
Carlos Peguero (’07): 0-for-4

Cleveland 7 @Kansas City 5

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 2-for-4, 2 RUNS
Shin soo Choo (’02): 1-for-5, RUN, RBI

New York 6 @Toronto 2

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-2, RBI
Rafael Soriano (’00): .2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, SAVE #1

@Baltimore 5, Minnesota 4

Adam Jones (’04): 1-for-3, RUN, 2RBI

Arizona 3 @Cincinnati 1

JJ Putz (’00): IP, 0H, 0R, K, SAVE #5

@Florida 6, Pittsburgh 0

Greg Dobbs (’02): 1-for-4, RUN

@Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): pinch hitter 0-for-1

@Los Angeles 6, Atlanta 1

Eric O’Flaherty (’05): IP, H, 0R, 2K

Washington 8 @St. Louis 6 (Game one)

Ryan Franklin (Foxes, ’94): 2IP, H, R, BB, K

San Diego 5 @Chicago 4 (Game two)

Rob Johnson (’05): 1-for-4

Grounds crew working

I just want to point out that it took four posts to mention snow.

Years from now, when I am asked, “What did you do in the blizzard of April, 2011, you crazy old man?”  I will be able to say, “I goaded the Timber Rattlers grounds crew into throwing snowballs at my radio booth.  Now, get off my lawn, you bothersome rapscallions!”


The Grounds Crew is standing in 7.5" of snow...It's still snowing, too.

There is a reason they are on the grounds crew.

Usually when you pull back things look better. Not in this case.

Oh, and it’s still snowing.

To put a wrap on this for now, here is something I put on twitter last night: Funny thought for the day: We are closer to June than we are to January…Did I say ‘funny’? I meant ANGRY!!!!

Brewers system

I can’t top what the guys over at Bernie’s Crew and BrewerFan are doing to report on the minor league system so click those links and enjoy.  Plus, go read the Brew Crew Ball posts on last night’s Brewers win.

Scores only:

MLB: Brewers 9 @Phillies 0

AAA: @New Orleans 6, Nashville 5

AA: @Chattanooga 4, Huntsville 1

High-A: @Brevard County 7, Tampa 0

From Bernie’s Crew:

Prospect of the Day:  RHP Nick Bucci (High-A, Brevard County)

On an evening that featured a rehab start by the Brewers’ ace, Nick Bucci did his best Zack Greinke impression on the mound for the Brevard County Manatees.

Click to see what got Bucci the honor and see who else turned up in the Brevard County boxscore…Not talking about Grienke.

Only one

There was just one game played in the Midwest League last night.

@Dayton 7, Bowling Green 2

But, the interesting story from the Dayton Daily News this morning is this one.

That he’s still surfing is perhaps what earns pitcher Chad Rogers the most respect from his Dayton Dragons teammates.

Then there are the scars on his right foot, including bite marks, which he shows upon request.

“Just hearing the story — he’s awesome,” infielder Frank Pfister decided. “He’s going to be successful because he’s got the right mentality. If you survived getting bit by a shark, you can handle the Midwest League, right?”

Rogers indeed joined the Dragons on Tuesday from extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., with quite a story to tell. A 28th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds last June, the right-handed reliever missed what would have been his first pro season in 2010 because a 5-foot bull shark took a chunk out of his foot while he was surfing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston, Texas, his hometown.

“Wrong place, wrong time, man,” Rogers said before the Dragons beat Bowling Green 7-2 for their third straight win. “I got drafted and bit by a shark in the same month. What are the odds?

“I’m just fortunate to actually be here right now.”

Seated at his locker, Rogers pulled off his sock to reveal a wound on the side of his right foot that required 60 stitches and marks from the shark’s teeth on his toes that serve as gruesome reminders of a horrifying experience.

Read it all.

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