Postgame Thoughts (September 5, 2011)

And that's the season.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 11, Beloit Snappers 0
Boxscore | Game Story

  • You can never really base anything on the final game of a season, but that was a really nice way to end the season.
  • All of the runs came with two outs in an inning.
  • Heckfire!  All EIGHT of the runs in the seventh inning came with two outs.
  • That’s not just nice…THAT’S AWESOME!
  • Just click here and scroll down to the seventh inning and take a look.
  • If you saw an eight run inning in there before it started….well, you are smarter than I.
  • Granted, it doesn’t take much, but still…
  • That picture above is of the last out of the 2011 season.  It’s a 5-3 putout in the bottom of the ninth.
  • What is the first thing you notice about it?
  • Well…What is the first thing you notice after the big, black lines from the nets?
  • Here’s what I noticed: Even up 11-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth in the last game of the year, Joey Paciorek is hustling down the line to back up the play.  Also, Chad Stang and Greg Hopkins are running to get in position on a potential overthrow.
  • I think that speaks volumes about the 2011 Timber Rattlers.
  • They hustled right to the end and – if I can say this without sounding like I work with or cheer for the Cardinals – they played the game the right way.
  • A few notes about the blog over the next few days:
  • I will be posting the highs & lows and a few other season wrapup things and checking in with Rattlers alumni in the Majors.
  • However, I am planning on taking a couple of weeks of vacation.  Posting may be erratic.
  • Once I am recharged and revved up there will be some new features for the off season.
  • A couple of things before signing off today.
  • A big thank you to the coaching staff of Matt Erickson, Chris Hook, Dusty Rhodes, Jeff Paxson, & Tim Gifford.
  • Thanks to the all of the players who played for the Timber Rattlers in 2011.  Good luck.
  • The Timber Rattlers front office does not get a lot of mentions on the blog, but they deserve a lot of credit to keep me on my toes and they let me do…whatever it is that I do.  Thanks to Rob and the entire front office.
  • And THANK YOU!  You checking in on Rattler Radio during the 2011 season made this a great year on the blog.
  • Rattler Radio has reached the top 30 for the last several months on the MLB Pro Blogs list.
  • That’s all because of you.
  • Opening Day, 2012 can’t get here soon enough.
  • See you in April

Right after the last out.

Ending the season on a high note.

4 Comments

Thank you so much for being our lifeline to our son this season. We will miss hearing your broadcast daily. You are a class act! We are looking forward to keeping in touch with the advanced instructional season. We will be looking for a post on how to stay connected during the offseason.

A gigantor thank you to Chris and the entire staff for making this season an unbelievable long distance experience and an extremely pleasurable experience when we could actually make it to the games from St. Petersburg, Fl. We were able to keep up on a daily basis and barely miss a beat. Your broadcasts and blogs were informative, fun and entertaining. The entire Rattlers staff is to be commended. In forty years of going to sporting events I’ve NEVER been treated better at ANY sporting event I’ve attended which includes Super Bowls, World Series and NHL championship games.

I would like to encourage you to do the intruct league blog which you eluded to in the last couple of broadcasts. I know at least two people in sunny St. Pete that would be deeply appreciative for that. It would be awesome to be able to stay up with it in some way.

Lastly… THANK YOU to the players for playing their Butts off till the very end, even though they Knew they were out of it. That’s what you call being a professional! Good luck to all you guys and we hope to see you next year down the road.

Shucks. I am just doing my job…If I can even call this a job. Thank you for popping by and enjoying the content.

Matt Erickson and I are going to discuss a few things tonight and in the weeks ahead to see if we can pull off the updates that were mentioned. Hopefully, we can make it happen.

Have a great off season!

I’m atready dreadfully bored. It’s going to be a long off season. Can’t wait for spring traning. I WILL BE THERE! I know you will be too. See you then. Thanks again Chris, and thanks to Cameron. He knows why.

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