April 2012

A few minutes with Groundskeeper Eddie

Timber Rattlers groundskeeper Eddie Warczak found a few moments to sit down for this interview.

I am shocked that he let those chairs at home plate.

Learn the secret of patterns.

Lineup & Game Notes for April 9, 2012

From Community Field in Burlington, Iowa! It's Timber Rattlers baseball!

Monday’s Batting Order:
Chadwin Stang – CF (Now on twitter as @ChadwinStang)
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Jason Rogers – DH
Ben McMahan – LF
Parker Berberet – 1B
Rafael Neda – C
Carlos George – 2B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
John Dishon – RF

Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Bees Starting Pitcher:
Raul Alcantara

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Tonight’s game is available on AM1280, WNAM or through the WNAM Internet Feed.  Miller Lite Pregame Show kicks off the broadcast at 6:10pm.

The 2nd Greatest Easter

Yesterday’s Timber Rattlers comeback was fun.

Check out the photos from story at PostCrescent.com.

Or, just take a look at the one on the Rattlers facebook page that shows the joy of winning an early season game.

The Rattlers celebrate Parker Berberet's game winning hit against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on April 7, 2012

The comeback made me flashback to a certain game in Brewers history.  And I wrote about it on the old blog in 2006.  Here is a repost of my thoughts about the 2nd Greatest Easter Ever:


The Greatest Easter is obvious to all who believe. The second greatest is a distant second, but it is still worth remembering on a baseball blog.

Brewer fans already know where this is going. Easter Sunday. April 19, 1987.

The game was on the radio out on the porch of my parent’s house. We had some family over for a little holiday lunch. It was 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rangers led the Brewers. It looked like there was no way the Crew would rally and the season opening winning streak would end at eleven.

Mitch Williams (yes, that Mitch Williams) walked Glen Braggs, gave up a single to Greg Brock, and retired Cecil Cooper. That’s when Bobby Valentine (yes, that Bobby Valentine) brought in Greg Harris to face Rob Deer. An 0-1 breaking ball was almost hit out of the County Stadium to tie the game at 4-4. The crowd was going nuts in the background as Bob Uecker made the call.

“I don’t remember running the bases,” Deer said. “I got back to the on-deck circle and everybody was jumping all over me.”

The jumping wasn’t over.

Harris struck out rookie B.J. Surhoff but walked Jim Gantner on a 3-2 pitch. That brought up Sveum, a switch-hitter batting left.

The count again went to 3-2 and Harris threw a fastball. This time the blast was a line drive that rocketed into the right-field bleachers.

Make that 6-4 — and 12 straight.

The roar that followed lasted for several minutes as Sveum was called out of the clubhouse for two curtain calls and then a third along with Deer.

“This is the greatest day of my life,” Deer said. “This is the funnest game I’ve ever played in.

“I know how those guys feel winning a World Series. That’s 10 times more than this, but I don’t know how anybody can feel any better than I did walking into this locker room.”

Or any better than Brewers fans did walking out of County Stadium that Easter Sunday.

That start of the trip around the bases that Deer doesn’t remember was captured for the cover of Sports Illustrated:

Rob Deer!

After that it was a few ham sandwiches, a nap, and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS on ABC. All-in-all, a pretty good Easter. Right, Chuck?

Behold His mighty hand!



The only thing that I will add to my thoughts from the original post is this: It’s hard to believe that Easter Sunday, 1987 was 25 years ago.

Game Notes & Starting Lineup for April 7, 2012

It's a GREAT day for baseball at Time Warner Cable Field! Game time is 1:05pm.

Starting Lineup:
Chad Stang – CF
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Jason Rogers – DH
Ben McMahan – LF
Parker Berberet – 1B
Tyler Roberts – C
Brandon Macias – 3B
Yadiel Rivera – SS
John Dishon – RF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Brandon Williamson

Kernels Starting Pitcher:
Ryan Crowley

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Game Notes & Starting Lineup for April 6, 2012

A lot less windy today. Looks like another great night for baseball at Time Warner Cable Field!

Starting Lineup:
Chadwin Stang – CF
Carlos George – 2B
Jason Rogers – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Parker Berberet – C
Tyler Roberts – DH
Brandon Macias – 3B
Adrian Williams – SS
John Dishon – RF

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher:
Drew Gagnon

Kernels Starting Pitcher:
Mike Clevinger

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

I am going to try something new this year…at least when I am at home…and when I have them…by posting the game notes for the opposing team.

Kernels Game Notes:
KernelsGame Notes 4-06

Highlights…and still removing the bugs

I could really use a few preseason broadcasts to smooth out the rough edges of the day.

I THINK that I have a solution to the dropouts on the radio signal….Well, maybe not. I was just testing it and …. ARGH!

The production crew had some issues last night and my audio did not get to the highlights.  But, they did get a few to put together:

The Post-Crescent story

Once I get back into the swing of things I’ll be back with the post-game thoughts post.

Right now, I just want to thank everybody for coming out to the game last night.  The attendance was 4,576. That is the second largest home opener for the Rattlers. Only the 2009 opener of 5,487 was a bigger first night.

Let’s have some fun this year.

Game Notes & Starting Lineup for Opening Night

Opening Day, 2012!

Before we get started, here are some details on how to follow the Timber Rattlers tonight:

  • If you are in Wisconsin and are a Time Warner Cable subscriber, tune in on Sports32.
  • The game is also available on MiLB.TV.  (A word from our sponsor…MiLB.TV is an opportunity for you to see all of the Timber Rattlers home games on your computer.  Plus, your subscription allows you to also watch every other team in Minor League baseball that is part of MiLB.TV.  That’s over 2,500 games for $39.99 for the whole season.)
  • As an added bonus, GAMEDAY is now available for most Timber Rattlers games. That option should be available from today’s scoreboard.  If not, find the online boxscore from there and you should be able to get there once the game starts.
  • If you are in the listening area, tune in to AM1280, WNAM at 6:20 for the Miller Lite Pregame Show on the radio.
  • If you are out of the listening area, tune in to the internet feed, right here.
  • Come on out to the game at Time Warner Cable Field! The more the merrier!

Timber Rattlers Starting Lineup
Chadwin Stang – CF
Carlos George – 2B
Jason Rogers – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Rafael Neda – C
Brandon Macias – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS
John Dishon – RF

Tonight’s Rattler Starting Pitcher:
RHP – Matt Miller

Tonight’s Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher:
RHP – Austin Wood

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

The game notes are a little bare right now.  There will be more as the season progresses.  I promise.

The Official Opening Day Roster for the 2012 Timber Rattlers Season:

That should be it. All that’s left is to enjoy the game and the season, Timber Rattlers Fans!

2012 Timber Rattlers Intro Music

Preload some of these into your ipod and be prepared:

Jacob Barnes: 8 Second Ride – Jake Owen
Andrew Gagnon: Narcissistic Cannibal – Korn Ft. Skrillex
David Goforth: Til’ I Collapse – Eminem (instrumental)
Seth Harvey: Waving Flag (Celebration Mix) – K’Naan
Seth Lintz: Symphony Of Destruction – Megadeath
Seth Miller: What is Love – Haddaway
Andy Moye: Letting Go – Sean Kingston
Steve Peterson: Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
Chad Pierce: Dierks Bentley – Am I the Only One
Kevin Shackelford: Rollin – Big N Rich
Tommy Toledo: Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Mark Williams: Kick it in the Sticks – Brantley Gilbert
Brandon Williamson: New Shalom – Lecrae

Greg Hopkins: Work – Gang Starr
Yadiel Rivera: Sabor a Beisbol – Victor Manuelle
Adrian Williams: Young Jeezy – Everything
Brandon Macias: Hasta Abajo – Don Omar
Jason Rogers: Simon Says – Pharoah Monch
Carlos George: Jay Musico Logo – Unju Unju
John Dishon: Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
Chadwin Stang :We Are Young – Fun
Ben McMahan: Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owens
Parker Berberet: God’s Going to Cut You down – Johnny Cash
Tyler Roberts: Eminem – Fast Lane
Rafael Neda: La Loba – Carnal Ft. J Alvarez

A few of the songs…that I at least recognize:

Jason Rogers returns with his popular one from last year:

Chadwin Stang is going to have the Mike Walker type song this year….One that I’ll like initially, but will eventually tune out:

Parker Berberet…I think we are going to get along just fine:




Timber Rattlers Opening Day Starting Lineups Since 1995

Here is every Opening Day starting lineup (with location and result) for the Timber Rattlers since 1995.

April 7, 1995: Pete Vonachen Stadium Peoria 6, Wisconsin 0
Kyle Towner – CF
Farqu Darcuiel – LF
Carlos Villalobos – 3B
James Clifford – 1B
Mike Lanza – SS
Shawn Buhner – DH
Luis Molina – 2B
Collin Hinds – C
Andy Augustine – RF
John Thompson – SP

April 6, 1996: Fox Cities Stadium Wisconsin 3, West Michigan 1
Farqu Darcuiel – LF
Chad Sheffer – SS
Jose Amado – 3B
Scott Smith – RF
Chris Dean – 2B
Randy Vickers – DH
Joe Mathis – CF
David Ortiz – 1
Theodoro Medrano – C
Greg Wooten – SP

April 4, 1997: Old Kent Park West Michigan 1, Wisconsin 0
Keith Stewart – CF
Luis Figueroa – 3B
Ramon Vazquez – SS
Cirilo Cruz, Jr. – 1B
Matt Sachse – RF
Jason Regan – DH
Adonis Harrison – 2B
Carlos Maldonado – C
Claudio Liverziani – LF
Joe Mays – SP

April 9, 1998: Fox Cities Stadium Wisconsin 3, Rockford 2 (11)
Harvey Hargrove – CF
Jermaine Clark – 2B
Fernando Espino – RF
Claudio Liverziani – 1B
Mike Marchiano – LF
Luis Figueroa – 3B
Duan Johnson – DH
Carlos Maldonado – C
Jose Moreno – SS
Gil Meche – SP

April 4, 1999: Pohlman Field Wisconsin 2, Beloit 0
PJ Williams – CF
Alan Zambrano – 2B
Bo Robinson – 3B
Peanut Williams – DH
Juan Silvestre – LF
Mattson Woodward – 1B
Larry Haynes – RF
Carlos Maldonado – C
Ruben Castillo – SS
Chris Mears – SP

April 6, 2000: Pohlman Field Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5
Ariel Durango – 2B
Termell Sledge – DH
Sean Parnell – LF
Ryan Christianson – C
Chris Snelling – CF
Gorky Estrella – 3B
Shawn McCorkle – 1B
Larry Haynes – RF
Ruben Castillo – SS
Craig Anderson – SP

April 6, 2001: Pohlman Field Wisconsin 6, Beloit 3
Jamal Strong – CF
Chuck Lopez – RF
Joe Dusan – 1B
Blake Bone – DH
Miguel Villilo – 3B
Jamie Bubela – LF
Mark Carroll – C
Bill Martinez – SS
Pedro Liriano – 2B
Rett Johnson – SP

April 4, 2002: Pohlman Field Wisconsin 3, Beloit 1
Jeff Ellena – 2B
Miguel Villilo – LF
Shin-Soo Choo – RF
Greg Dobbs – 3B
Chris Collins – DH
Sean Peless – 1B
Luis Oliveros – C
Harvey Monte – CF
Corey Freeman – SS
Pat Barnes – SP

April 9, 2003: Fox Cities Stadium Wisconsin Wisconsin 2, Clinton 1
Carlos Arroyo – LF
Tim Merritt – 2B
Gary Harris – CF
Jon Nelson – 1B
Matt Hagen – 3B
TJ Bohn – RF
Dustin Delucchi – DH
Rene Rivera – C
Michael Garciaparra – SS
Bobby! Livingston – SP

April 8, 2004: Fox Cities Stadium Clinton 5, Wisconsin 1
Josh Womack – LF
Adam Jones – SS
Evel Bastida-Martinez – DH
Chris Collins – C
Jeremy Dutton – 1B
Chris Colton – RF
Wladimir Balentien – CF
Michael Cox – 3B
Oswaldo Navarro – 2B
Tom Oldham – SP

April 7, 2005: Fox Cities Stadium Wisconsin 3, Peoria 1
Oswaldo Navarro – DH
Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
Yung Chi Chen – 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo – SS
Rob Johnson – C
Mike Wilson – RF
Brent Johnson – CF
Brandon Green – 1B
David Hall – LF
Mark Lowe – SP

April 6, 2006: Fox Cities Stadium Wisconsin 4, Peoria 2
Ron Garth – 3B
Robby Hudson – DH
Jeff Flaig – 1B
JB Tucker – C
Michael Saunders – RF
Luis Valbuena – 2B
Alex Gary – CF
Casey Craig – LF
Jeffrey Dominguez – SS
Jason Snyder – SP

April 5, 2007: Time Warner Cable Field Peoria 9, Wisconsin 5
Gavin Dickey – CF
Carlos Triunfel – SS
Greg Halman – RF
Gerardo Avila – 1B
Alex Liddi – 3B
Kuo Hui Lo – LF
Kalian Sams – DH
Jair Fernandez – C
Luis Nunez – 2B
Ricky Orta – SP

April 4, 2008: John O’Donnell Stadium Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
Daniel Carroll – CF
Gavin Dickey – RF
Ron Garth – 2B
Joe Dunigan – LF
Alex Liddi – 3B
Eddy Hernandez – DH
Juan Diaz – SS
Gerardo Avila – 1B
Korey Feiner – C
Nathan Adcock – SP

April 9, 2009: Time Warner Cable Field: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1
Cutter Dykstra – CF
Michael Marseco – SS
Brett Lawrie – 2B
Erik Komatsu – RF
Brock Kjeldgaard – 1B
Michael Vass – DH
John Delaney – 3B
Shawn McCraw – C
Erik Miller – LF
Cody Scarpetta – SP

April 9, 2010: Time Warner Cable Field: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 2
D’Vontrey Richardson CF
Scooter Gennett 2B
Khris Davis LF
Cameron Garfield C
Chris Dennis DH
Sean Halton 1B
Joey Paciorek 3B
Carlos George SS
Franklin Romero RF
Jeff Suppan SP

April 7, 2011: Time Warner Cable Field: Wisconsin  9, Kane County 3
Nick Shaw – 2B
Reggie Keen – CF
Cody Hawn – 1B
Jason Rogers – DH
Mike Walker – 3B
Robbie Garvey – LF
Tyler Roberts – C
Carlos George – SS
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF
Austin Ross – SP

50 Years in 50 Days: 2012

Our countdown ends today.

To see check out all the posts in this series, click on this link.

I thought about just putting a blank post up today, but then I thought better of it.

If I remember to come back to this at the end of the season, I will fill in the blanks.


Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers (4th Year)
Manager: Matt Erickson (2nd Year)
First Half Record:
Second Half Record:
Overall Record: 

Category Leaders:

2012 MWL Season:

No Changes:

East: Bowling Green Hot Rods, Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Great Lakes Loons, Lake County Captains, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2012 MWL All-Star Game:
Kane County hosts the game on June 19.

2012 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):


Division Finals (Best-of-three):


Championship Series (Best-of-Five):

The 2012 season is HERE!  Let’s have a great season, everyone!

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