Lineup & Game Notes (June 19, 2011)

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittelstaedt – LF
Mike Brownstein – SS
Cody Hawn – 1B
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Mike Walker – 3B
Chris Dennis – DH
Chad Stang – CF
Tyler Roberts – C
Franklin Romer0 – RF

Sunday’s Starting Pitcher:
Austin Ross

Sunday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJune19

Father’s Day thought: I love baseball so much because of my dad.

He let me use his Lew Burdette glove to play in games when I was much, much younger.

He took me to Hank Aaron Appreciation Night at Milwaukee County Stadium.  I got to see the former Milwaukee Braves my dad talked about when he would bring up being able to go into County Stadium with “Carry-ins” or when he would mention the Yankees staying at Browns Lake during the World Series in 1957 and 1958.

One time, we sat in the old deluxe mezzanine seats at County Stadium to watch the Brewers play the Tigers.  Detroit had these new middle infielders by the name of Whitaker and Trammel.  But, the Brewers had Robin and Gorman and Sixto and the Ignitor and Benji and all of those names from Bambi’s Bombers.

My brother and I joined the Pepsi Fan Club and Dad took us in to the games.  Even though he worked in Milwaukee and had to drive back to Racine County to get us and head back into Milwaukee to get there in time for me to get the lineup for my scorecard.  Because it would by a TRAGEDY if my scorecard wasn’t filled out before the game started.  We stuck around until the end, because it would be a TRAGEDY if I didn’t see every pitch of the game. Then, we would head home and he would have to get up and head into work the next day while I slept in during summer vacation.

Geez, I was a rotten kid.

Dad and mom took off from work to come watch me play – badly, I mean horribly – in the State High School Baseball Tournament in Wausau in 1987.  They both still come out to games and listen to me on the internet.

Thanks, Dad.

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