February 2013

Mehring Monday: More Cool Stuff

The pleas for old stuff seems to be working.  Jim Riedl dropped off a scrapbook from 1941 that includes many Papermakers photos.

Last week’s Flashback Friday covered a walkoff homer by Pat Seerey.  This week’s Mehring Monday covers all those glorious photos.

In the top photo: Several fedoras, lots, of ties, one cigarette, and either a hearing aid or an earpiece for a radio (Gentleman in the lower left corner) in attendance at Goodland Field for the 1941 opener.

In the bottom photo: Wisconsin State League President Herman D. White and Appleton Papermakers President William Van Dyke.

1941homeopenercrowdprez
This photo shows Papermakers manager Eddie Dancisak and Appleton Junior Chamber of Commerce chairman Parker Schultz shaking hands before the first game of 1941.
1941homeopenermgr
Pat Seerey is the focus of the top three photos from The Milwaukee Journal.  On the lower left photo, Seerey is mobbed after his walkoff homer to beat Sheboygan.  The Goodland Field crowd goes wild after Seerey’s big hit in the lower right photo.
1941papermakersphotos1
These were the players that showed up for Papermakers Spring Training at Goodland Field in 1941.
1941springtrainingteamcroppedpage
The Smith referred to in the photos below would be Red Smith.  Yes. The Red Smith of The Red Smith Banquet that is held in Appleton every January.
1941appletonvsgreenbay1
I love that the fans were so into the rivalry that they brought props!
1941appletonvsgreenbay2

This next image is the start of the “photographic ‘microscope’” The Milwaukee Journal put the Papermakers under during the 1941 season.
1941papermakersphotos3dancisak
Top photo: 1941 when duffel bags were duffel bags!

Bottom photo: Guess where in Appleton this is.
1941papermakersphotos2
Sadly, this is not a photo of Goodland Field.  This is the ballpark in Green Bay.
1941papermakersphotos3notgoodland
Photo on left: I think I saw this set up in a Three Stooges short.  Photo on right: This reminds me of when I used to play American Legion baseball.
1941papermakersphotos3life
Photo on left: Pat Seerey gets measured for a pair of shoes that he won after hitting a home run!  Photo on right: Seerey reads about his exploits on a teammate’s newspaper, the smartphone of it’s day.
1941papermakersphotos4seerey
This is Hal Irelan, a scout for Cleveland.  He is watching the game from way down the line in leftfield.  Irelan played 67 games for the Phillies in 1914 and managed in the minors, too.
1941papermakersphotos4Irelan
The Papermakers get together for a team meal on the road.  I noted the Norman Rockwell feel to this photo when I tweeted it the other day.  What do you think?
1941papermakersphotos5teammeal
This is from the end of the season as Pat Seerey ties that pair of shose he won.
1941papermakersphotos6seerey
Superstition led the Papermakers to not shave during a long winning streak towards the end of the 1941 season.  Here a few players get rid of their stubble.  Not the photos on the wall.  The editor writing the caption sure did.
1941papermakersphotos6shavingday
Here are few of the players from early in the 1941 season.  Swede Erickson (2nd from right on the top row) is the grandfather of current Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.
1941headshots
Eight lads for the 1941 opener against Sheboygan!
1941papermakerspreview
This is a team photo from later in the 1941 season.  Note the caption again: Papermakers Entertain Ladies Tonight.
1941papermakersphoto

I hope you enjoyed the walk back to 1941. Keep those old photos and programs and memorabilia coming into the office!

1994 Foxes Home Game #22 – June 1

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 1
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Matt Walsh
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: Cool, 60°
ATTENDANCE: 515

In Game #21, the Foxes rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth on a wild pitch to defeat the Whitecaps.  It’s been a close series so far and game #22 is no different.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – c
Delwyn Young – dh
Scott Smith – rf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
James Clifford – 1b

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Macel Galligani – lf
Jason McDonald – 2b
Willie Morales – c
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vicente Francisco – 3b
Fred Soriano – ss

This would be the game the Foxes would score first.  It had not happened in the series with the Whitecaps until this point.

Delwyn Young singled and moved to second on a throwing error by catcher Willie Morales.  Scott Smith was next and he doubled to drive in Young.  Then, Smith stole third and Vicente Francisco missed the throw for an error.  Smith scored on the play for a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Franklin kept the Caps off the scoreboard until the fourth.  DT Cromer started the inning with a single.  Mark Moore walked.  Tony Banks drove in Cromer with a double.  Mat Reese drove in Moore with a grounder to first to tie the game 2-2.

West Michigan went in front in the fifth.  Morales singled with one out and went to second on a single by Cromer. Franklin got the second out with a strikeout.  Banks singled to right and Smith was charged with an error on the play – bobbled the grounder, missed the grounder, something the grounder.  That error let Morales score and the Whitecaps to take a 3-2 lead.

Neither starting pitcher gave up another run and we fast forward to one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Foxes down 3-2.

Brian Wallace pinch-hit for James Clifford against Jason Rajotte and drew a walk.  Mike Barger was next and he singled.  A grounder by Manny Patel moved both runners into scoring position and brought Alex Rodriguez to the plate.  The Whitecaps intentionally walked A-Rod.  Raul Ibanez was next with the game on the line.
ibanez94
He sent a grounder to short and Fred Soriano threw the ball away!  Two runs score and the Foxes are up 4-3!

Since Ibanez was not given an RBI on the play, I am going to conclude that Soriano was throwing the ball to the plate to cut down the tying run there.

MANTEI SAVES!
mantei94

Matt Mantei relieved Franklin for the top of the ninth inning.  There was a one out walk to Soriano, the #9 hitter for the Whitecaps.  Then, there was a stolen base and a wild pitch that put Soriano on third base as the tying run.  But, a strikeout and a grounder to second ended the game with the Foxes wining 4-3.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 8IP, 7H, 3R, 2BB, 4K

franklin94
NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 0-for-3, walk
Raul Ibanez: 1-for-4
arod94
Sloppy game.  There were six errors committed in this contest.  Three by each team.  I wonder if the 60° weather for June 1 had anything to do with it.

The win moved the Foxes record to 13-9 through the first 22 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

CLICK FOR THE PDFs:
june1foxesscoresheet

june1wmiscoresheet

june1boxscore

1994 Foxes Home Game #21 – May 31

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 31
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Tim Kubinski
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: Clear, 75°
ATTENDANCE: 495

In game #20, the West Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off the Foxes for a 4-3 victory.  In game #21, Appleton and West Michigan play another close game.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – 2b
Alex Sutherland – c
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Jose Cuellar – dh

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Juan Dilone – 3b
Jason McDonald – 2b
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
David Keel – lf
Willie Morales – c
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vicente Francisco – ss

Both starting pitchers had to work around early trouble to keep the game scoreless.  Harikkala got Cromer to ground into an inning-ending double play in the first and worked around a hit batsman, a fielder’s choice, a single, and an error in the second.

Kubinski gave up back-to-back one out singles to Marcus Sturdivant and Giomar Guevara in the first only to strikeout Alex Rodriguez and Scott Smith to get out of the inning.

In the second, Brian Wallace reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a pair of balks by Kubinski.  In the third, Sturdivant reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on the third Kubinski walk of the game.  But, a lineout by Guevara and a strikeout by Rodriguez kept the game scoreless.

Harikkala cracked in the fourth.  Mark Moore reached with one out on an error by Brian Wallace.  David Keel was next and the scoresheet notes that he was retired on a DEEP FLY to center.  Then, Willie Morales hit a DEEP FLY to left, but this one left the park for a two-run homer and a 2-0 West Michigan lead.

That homer seemed to perk up Harikkala.  He wouldn’t give up another hit and strikeout seven over his last 4-1/3 innings.  He finished the game with ten K’s.  That included striking out the side in order in the top of the eighth.

Appleton would break through against Kubinski in the sixth.  Guevara doubled to start the inning.  A-Rod doubled to drive in Guevara.  Rodriguez would steal third base, but was left there with the tying run as Kubinski retired the next two batters and Zack Sawyer got the last out of the frame.
guevara94
The game was still 2-1 West Michigan heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Manny Patel pinch-hit for Wallace and doubled to start the Appleton ninth against West Michigan reliever Ryan Whitaker.  Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Chad Dunavan and moved Patel to third with a grounder to second.  Delwyn Young pinch-hit for Jose Cuellar and drew a walk.  Mike Barger knocked in Patel with a fielder’s choice.

The scoresheet does not mention where Barger’s grounder went, but no our was recorded on the play.  Patel must have beat the throw to the plate.

The Foxes had a chance to end the game in regulation.  Sturdivant grounded out to move both runners up a base.  Giomar Guevara drew a walk and the bases were loaded for A-Rod!  He grounded into a force play at second and the game went to extra innings.

Robert Krueger, who came in for the Foxes to pitch the top of the ninth, pitched a perfect top of the tenth.

Scott Smith started the Foxes tenth with a walk.  Alex Sutherland bunted Smith over to second.  But, Patel lined out to short for the second out.

The Whitecaps intentionally walked Ibanez to get to Delwyn Young.  They unintentionally walked Young to load the bases and give Barger a chance to end the game.
barger94
Barger didn’t need to take the bat off his shoulder.  Whitaker uncorked a wild pitch and Smith scored the run to give the Foxes a 3-2 win in ten innings.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 10K, No Decision
timhar94

NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, BB, 2K
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-0, 2 walks
ibanez94

Ryan Whitaker walked five and allowed one hit in 1-2/3 innings to take the loss.

The win moved the Foxes home record to 12-9 through the first 21 games at Goodland Field in 1994.  They were 3-1 in four extra innings games at Goodland.

CLICK FOR THE PDFs:
may31foxesscoresheet

may31wmiscoresheet

may31boxscore

1994 Foxes Home Game #20 – May 30

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 30
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Christian Michalak
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Brett Hinchliffe
CONDITIONS: 82°, Cloudy, Wind to Left
ATTENDANCE: 673
94hinchliffeIn game 19, the Foxes lost 8-6 in ten innings to the Rockford Royals.  In game 20, they welcome the West Michigan Whitecaps to Goodland Field for the first time.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Raul Ibanez – dh
Brian Wallace – 3b
Scott Smith – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Chad Dunavan – rf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Juan Dilone – 3b
Jason McDonald – 2b
DT Cromer – 1b
Mark Moore – dh
David Keel – lf
Randy Ortega – c
Tony Banks – cf
Mat Reese – rf
Vincent Franciosa – ss

This game did start well for the Foxes.

Hinchliffe allowed a single to the first two batters of the game.  DT Cromer was next and he doubled both runners in for a 2-0 lead.  There was an error on the throw to the plate to allow Cromer to take third base.  Mark Moore grounded out to short to knock in Cromer and the Whitecaps were up 3-0 four batters into the game.

All Christian Michalak did was retire the Foxes in order in the first two innings.

West Michigan made it 4-0 in the third inning.  Jason McDonald singled with one out.  Cromer followed with an RBI triple.

Look!  Alex Sutherland singled to start the bottom of the third.  Look! Michalak picked him off first base for the second out of  the third.  LOOK! Marcus Sturdivant doubled with two outs. LOOK OUT! Michalak picked Sturdivant off second base to end the inning.

Appleton would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.  Alex Rodriguez hit a two-out solo home run.
arod94The Whitecaps gave the Foxes some help in the fifth.  Scott Smith walked with one out.  Alex Sutherland singled to right and Mat Reese missed the grounder.  Smith scored and Sutherland wound up at third base.  Chad Dunavan rapped a single to center and Appleton was down 4-3.
94dunavanHinchliffe didn’t allow a hit in the sixth, seventh, or eighth innings as the Foxes tried to tie the game.

A-Rod singled to start the bottom of the sixth, but was erased on a fielder’s choice.  Then, Michalak pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before turning the game over to the Whitecaps bullpen.

The eighth was interesting.

Manny Patel walked with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch by Jason Rajette.  Rodriguez was intentionally walked.  But, Raul Ibanez and Brian Wallace both struck out to end the inning.

In the ninth, Smith drew a leadoff walk against Steve Zongor.  Sutherland sacrificed Smith to second base.  A wild pitch sent Smith to third with the tying run.  But, Zongor struck out Dunavan and pinch-hitter Delwyn Young to end the game as a 4-3 West Michigan win.

How do you think Carlos Lezcano took that loss?
94lezcano
FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-3, run, HR, BB, RBI

NOTES:
Raul Ibanez: 0-for-4

The Whitecaps were the Madison Muskies from 1982 through 1993 before moving to Grand Rapids (Comstock Park), Michigan.

Former Brewers pitcher Jim Colburn was the manager of the Whitecaps in 1994.

West Michigan was an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics in 1994.  They did not become a Detroit Tigers affiliate until the 1997 season.

The loss dropped the Foxes home record to 11-9 through their first 20 games at Goodland Field during the 1994 season.

CLICK FOR THE PDFs:
may30foxesscoresheet

may30wmiscoresheet

may30boxscore

Renovation Update: Episode 12.99

I think that we will have video next week!

For now, photos.

Reception is taking shape.

Reception is taking shape.

A look out the window.

A look out the window.

And he WALKED on down the HALL!

And he WALKED on down the HALL!

And he came to...an area that will be known as the bullpen.

And he came to…an area that will be known as the bullpen.

Let's go upstairs, shall we?

Let’s go upstairs, shall we?

Inside Suite One

Inside Suite One

Inside Suite Four

Inside Suite Three

Inside Suite Four

Inside Suite Four

Field view from where the seats outside Suite Four will be.

Field view from where the seats outside Suite Four will be.

I took this from the spot where the walk-in freezer in the kitchen for the suite level will be.

I took this from the spot where the walk-in freezer in the kitchen for the suite level will be.

Team Store! Now with WINDOWS and DOORS!

Team Store! Now with WINDOWS and DOORS!

Busy concourse today? Busy concourse every day.

Full concourse today? Full concourse every day.

My booth. It's covered in plastic.

My booth. It’s covered in plastic.

This week's view from the front.

This week’s view from the front.

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week is a look at 2009, the first season with the Milwaukee Brewers as the parent club of the Timber Rattlers.

There were some really exciting walkoff victories for the Timber Rattlers that year.  Unfortunately, there were some horrific walkoff losses, including three in Kane County.  One of those walkoff losses in Kane County is something that I still am trying to get over – lo, these many years later.

BROCK!, Marseco, & Sanchez.

BROCK!, Marseco, & Sanchez.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (5):

DATE: April 22
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Michael Marseco
PITCHER: Kevin Kreier
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Peoria 2, Timber Rattlers 1 in bottom of 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Michael Marseco tripled to drive in two runs
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Peoria 2
NOTE: Peoria scored a run in the top of the ninth to go up 2-1. Shawn Zarraga and Sean McCraw walked to start the bottom of the ninth. Juan Sanchez pinch ran for Zarraga. Erik Miller had a sacrifice bunt. Then, Marseco tripled to knock in both runners for the comeback win.

DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: BROCK! Kjeldgaard
PITCHER: Justin Murray
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: BROCK! hits a three-run homer with two outs!
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 4 (10)
NOTE: BROCK! SMASH! Murray entered the game with two on and one out in the bottom of the tenth. He got a strike out for the second out, but BROCK! crushed a 1-2 pitch for the game winning homer.

DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Jose Duran
PITCHER: Chris Huesby
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Corey Kemp scored ahead of a throw to the plate by second baseman Ryan Flaherty.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Peoria 2
NOTE: The Rattlers were no-hit by Chris Archer and Alberto Cabrera through the first 6-1/3 innings. Wisconsin tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kemp, Brett Lawrie, and Chris Dennis singled to load the bases with no outs in the ninth against Cabrera. Here’s how the winning run scored according to the game story that night: [Duran, t]he Rattlers third baseman was facing a drawn-in infield and sent a hard grounder to the left of second baseman Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty dove, knocked down the ball, and scrambled to control it. Kemp just beat the throw home to score the winning run.

DATE: June 27
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Juan Sanchez
PITCHER: Manolin De Leon
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: An error by second baseman Junior Lake let Jose Duran score the winning run from third base.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 2, Peoria 1 (14)
NOTE: Duran had reached on an error to start the inning and he moved to second on a wild pitch. The error by Lake came with two outs in the bottom of the fourteenth to let the winning run score.

DATE: July 24
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
BATTER: Juan Sanchez
PITCHER: Mark James
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sanchez bunts for a single and a wild throw by James allowed Derrick McPhearson to score.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Dayton 4 (11)
NOTE: Dayton tied the game 4-4 with a two out RBI single by Byron Wiley off Brandon Ritchie in the top of the ninth inning. McPhearson reached to start the eleventh on an infield single. Sanchez followed with a bunt single and James winged a throw down the right field line. McPhearson scored all the way from first base on the play.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 26
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Niko Vasquez
PITCHER: Kris Dabrowiecki
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Vasquez caps a two run ninth for Quad Cities
FINAL SCORE: Quad Cities 9, Timber Rattlers 8
NOTE: Brett Lawrie hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth to give the Rattlers an 8-6 lead. Dabrowiecki allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth to let the River Bandits get to within a run. Domnit Bolivar homered to lead off the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. A single, strikeout, and walk set the stage for the game winning single by Vasquez.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Dusty Coleman
PITCHER: Rigoberto Almonte
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 6, Kane County 5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-run home run by Coleman.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: Wisconsin scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a two-out, two-run double by Edgar Trejo and an RBI single by BROCK Kjeldgaard. But, Matt Ray drew a one out walk in the bottom of the ninth and scored on the Dusty Coleman walkoff homer. I hate Elfstrom Stadium.

DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Ryan Flaherty
PITCHER: Nick Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A wild pitch by Tyson with the bases loaded let pinch-runner Mario Mercedes score from third.
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: The bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Then, Tyson uncorked his wild pitch. Mercedes, who was pinch-running for Michael Brenly, scored on the play for the Chiefs win.

DATE: August 26
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Jason Taylor
PITCHER: Nick Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Throwing error by third baseman Jose Duran.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: Tyson retired the first two batters of the bottom of the ninth. Then, David Wood doubled. Duran handled the grounder cleanly, but Kyle Dhanani couldn’t make the scoop at first base. Wood scooted home with the winning run. Oddly, Dhanani started the game at third base and BROCK! Kjeldgaard started the game at first. But, for the bottom of the sixth, Kjeldgaard went to right to replace Mike Vass, Dhanani went to first and Duran entered the game to play third.

DATE: August 28
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Franklin Hernandez
PITCHER: Brandon Ritchie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A dropped infield fly with the bases loaded.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (10)
NOTE: The Cougars had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the tenth. Ritchie got Hernandez to send a high pop fly to shallow right. Both umpires called for the Infield Fly for the second out. But, Pete Fatse dropped the ball and Nino Leyja scored from third base. Have I mentioned that I hate this place.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Connor Crumbliss
PITCHER: Rigoberto Almonte
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Almonte hit Crumbliss on a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the ninth to take a 5-1 lead. Kane County scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. In the bottom of the tenth, Jeremy Barfield doubled and was sacrificed to third base. Liam Ohlmann intentionally walked the next two batters. Then, Almonte came in to face Crumbliss. He hit Crumbliss on a 1-2 pitch to force in the winning run. I really, really, really hate this place.

I don’t normally jump in here, but…SERIOUSLY?!?! The last four walkoff losses of the 2009 season were on a bases loaded wild pitch, a throwing error, a dropped infield fly (?!!), and a bases loaded hit batsman (!!!) on a 1-2 pitch?!?!!  wow. Just wow.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2008)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Yankees mess with Money

The Timber Rattlers have announced that Don Money will be the special guest at the 2013 Leadoff Experience.  The event will be held at Liberty Hall on Wednesday, April 3.  Full details are at this link here.

I’ll be hosting again and one of the main questions I want to ask of Don Money is: What really  happened with Billy Martin, Chris Chambliss, and the Brewers on April 10, 1976?

Don Money's 1976 Topps Card

Don Money’s 1976 Topps Card

Here’s the story.

The Brewers had opened the 1976 season on April 8 with a 5-0 victory over the Yankees at Milwaukee County Stadium behind a complete game, 4-hit shutout by Jim Slaton and three RBI from Henry Aaron.  There was a scheduled off day on April 9 and the teams got back in action on Saturday, April 10 for an afternoon start.

Milwaukee, still a few years away from Bambi’s Bombers, grabbed a 6-0 lead with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three in the sixth off Eduardo Figueroa.

Bill Travers pitched 5-2/3 scoreless innings and turned the game over to the bullpen.  Eduardo Rodriguez gave up four runs in the top of the seventh, but Milwaukee held a 6-4 lead heading to the top of the ninth.

Mickey Rivers singled off Jerry Augustine to start the ninth.  Milwaukee called on closer Tom Murphy to get the final three outs.  Rivers stole second, but Murphy struck out Roy White.  From there….HOO BOY!

Munson singled to shortstop [Rivers to third]
Chambliss doubled to center [Rivers scored, Munson scored]
Piniella tripled to left [Chambliss scored]
Nettles was walked intentionally
CHAMPION REPLACED MURPHY (PITCHING)
Dempsey singled to second [Piniella scored, Nettles to third]
Randolph hit a sacrifice fly to center [Nettles scored]
Alomar lined to third

So, yeah. A five-run ninth inning and the Yankees are up 9-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.

But, the Brewers rallied.  Robin Yount singled and  Pedro Garcia walked against Sparky Lyle to start the bottom of the ninth.  Dave Pagan relieved Lyle and the Brewers had Bobby Darwin pinch hit for Gorman Thomas.  An error on Graig Nettles let Darwin reach and the Brewers had the bases loaded with no outs.  Don Money stepped to the plate as the potential winning run.

Don Money's 1976 card from Hostess Snacks.

Don Money’s 1976 card from Hostess Snacks.

Here is where I will let the AP story take over:

Right-hander Dave Pagan, fifth of six New York pitchers, had a one-ball, no-strike count on Money, who drilled the next pitch into the left-centerfield bleachers.

Yankee Manager Billy Martin and first baseman Chris Chambliss immediately stormed [first base umpire Jim] McKean.  After several minutes of heated discussion and mass confusion, the umpires conferred and then called the players back to their positions.

What had happened was…oh…man…I was seven when this happened and I remember listening to the game in the basement and I still get angry about this today. 

“Chambliss turned to me just before the pitch and asked for time out,” McKean said.  “He said Billy (Martin) wanted him to tell the pitcher to go to a full windup instead of the stretch.

“It was a tough situation, but not a controversial one as far as judgement was concerned because I had called time.  No way that hit could have counted because I had called time out.

“Billy came running out yelling at Chambliss, ‘Tell Jimmy you called time.’ I couldn’t comprehend what Billy was claiming at first, but then I told him, ‘RIght. Time was out, period.  I’ll go tell the other dugout.’”

Martin said he told McKean, “You called time.  Now you have to back it up.  He did.

“It was a tough decision for an umpire,” Martin said.  Whether he called it for me or against me, he showed a lot of class.  Good thing Money didn’t hit a double-play ball.  I would have to go back to the dugout and cry.”

Harvey Kuenn, the Brewers first base coach, disputed McKean’s version.

“I heard McKean tell Chambliss he did not call time out,” Kuenn said.  “I did hear Chambliss call for time, but I never heard the umpire call it.  I don’t know if McKean put his hand up to signal for time, but I know he didn’t yell for time.

“By the time Chambliss was asking for time, the pitch was already on its way.  After the ball had gone into the stands, I heard the second base umpire (Nick Bremigan0 say he saw the first base ump’s hand go up out of the corner of his eye.”

Asked whether Bremigan had said he saw the hand go up before or after the pitch, Kuenn said, “That was my next question.  But they wouldn’t let me ask it.”

Bobby Darwin, the Brewers’ runner on first base at the time, said Pagan was on the rubber, looking for the catcher’s sign when Chambliss asked for time.

“My back was to the umpire, so I didn’t see whether he put his hand up,” Darwin said, “I heard Chambliss yell, ‘time, time.’ And then, ‘Oh…!’ when Pagan let the pitch go.  I didn’t hear the umpire call for time.”

Money said he believed Martin influenced the umpire to change his decision.

“Damn right,” teammate Kurt Bevacqua said, “he’s the best intimidator in the league.  He and (California Manager Dick Williams)*.”

Every time Kurt Bevacqua is mentioned in a post, this it the image that needs to be used.  It's internet law.

Every time Kurt Bevacqua is mentioned in a post, this is the image that needs to be used. It’s internet law.

“Why did Billy have to come out and argue all that time?” Money asked.  “He (McKean) could have said, ‘Billy, I called time out.’  but no, they had to argue before he changed his deicision.  You should just make your decision, right or wrong, and stick by it.”

After the game restarted, Money would pop out to right for the first out of the ninth.  George Scott’s sacrifice fly drove in Robin Yount and make the score 9-7.  Ken Brett came on in relief of Pagan and got Darrell Porter to ground out  to end the game.

So, yeah.  I can’t wait to ask Don Money about this game….and about his Hank Aaron book.  That was awesome.

DonMoneybook
*-The odd thing about Kurt Bevacqua name checking Dick Williams in that quote is that Bevacqua would play for Williams on the San Diego Padres and have one heck of a Dick Williams impression.

The Williams impersonation, he says, emerged one night in Montreal “when Dick had gone to Tampa to attend the graduation of one of his children. I was in the locker room after the game started, and I had this can of baby talc, and I just kinda dabbed some on my mustache, then on the temples of my hair below the cap line. And there he was! I stuffed a couple of towels around my waist under my shirt, put on a pair of those little reading glasses Dick wears down on his nose and walked out. Norm Sherry [then the pitching coach] was sitting on the bench. He turned and said, ‘Oh, hi, Dick.’ Then he did a double take.

“Terry Kennedy was catching, and he was so surprised he had to call time out. I did it again last year in San Diego when Dick was suspended for 10 days and we needed something to stop a losing streak. When I came up to the plate to give the umps the lineup card, they were stunned. Dick was up in the press box. I gave him a big wave. We won.”

Alumni Report – Wrap on the Caribbean Series & Australia, Addition to WBC Roster, & Lots of Roster Updates!

Lots to get to in this update.

In case you missed it last week, former Timber Rattlers pitcher Nick Bucci has been added to the Canadian Roster for the World Baseball Classic.  See this post on Rattler Radio for more information on the other Alumni on WBC Rosters.

Caribbean Series:
Mexico defeated the Dominican Republic 4-3 in 18 innings for the CS Championship

In Caribbean Series play since our last update, Efrain Nieves picked up a win as a starting pitcher for Puerto Rico on February 5.  His final stats in the Series: 1-0, 1.50ERA; 2g, 1gs; 6.0IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K

Australia:
There were no Rattlers involved in the Claxton Shield Championship Series between Perth and Canberra.  However, in the effort to give some closure, Canberra swept Perth 2-0 in the best-of-three Final.  The Calvary won game two 7-6 and it looked like some fun.

Here endeth the Winter Leagues.

Now, Spring Training starts.

I went through the 40-man rosters and Non-Roster Invitees of all MLB teams to see where former Timber Rattlers (and a few ex-Foxes) are going to be starting their springs.

EX-RATTLERS ON MLB 40-MAN ROSTERS:

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Milwaukee:
Nick Bucci
Hiram Burgos
Khris Davis
Mike Fiers
Scooter Gennett
Taylor Green
Jim Henderson
Martin Maldonado
Santo Manzanillo
Wily Peralta
Josh Prince
Tyler Thornburg
Photo Credit: WM Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen
Photo Credit: Ann Molica

Atlanta:
Eric O’Flaherty
Anthony Varvaro

Arizona:
JJ Putz

Chicago:
Luis Valbuena

Cincinnati:
Shin-Soo Choo

Miami:
Greg Dobbs

Philadelphia:
Phillppe Aumont

Washington:
Rafael Soriano

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Baltimore:
Adam Jones
Chris Tillman

Boston:
David Ortiz

Chicago:
Matt Thornton

Cleveland:
Asdrubal Cabrera

Kansas City:
Nathan Adcock
Lorenzo Cain

Minnesota:
Caleb Thielbar
Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

New York:
Michael Pineda
Alex Rodriguez

Tampa Bay:
Jake Odorizzi
Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood

Toronto:
Jeremy Jeffress
Brett Lawrie
Photo Credit: WM Glasheen

Seattle:
Felix Hernandez
Raul Ibanez
Alex Liddi
Carlos Peguero
Michael Saunders
Carlos Triunfel

EX-RATTLERS AS NON-ROSTER INVITEES:

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Milwaukee:
Kentrail Davis
Rafael Neda
Hunter Morris
Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

New York:
Scott Atchison

Philadelphia:
Cesar Jimenez
JC Ramirez
Photo Credit: Dennis Hubbard

Saint Louis:
Rob Johnson

San Diego:
Rene Rivera

Washington:
Carlos Maldonado

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Cleveland:
Edward Paredes

Detroit:
Matt Tuiasosopo

Kansas City:
Adam Moore

Minnesota:
Jeff Clement

Tampa Bay:
Juan Sandoval

Mehring Monday: My Baseball Valentines

I wanted to move the column over to the blog today because of all the pictures that are needed for this post.

The reason for all of these pictures is because I wanted to ripoff, I mean homage, Chris Sims and his deconstruction of Superhero Valentines.

I know what you’re thinking.  Baseball and Valentines Day do not mix, except that spring training and the holiday are usually within a few days of each other.

But, you would be wrong.

Take this example of lineup construction:

Valentine1

You want in the starting lineup? Let me check your OPS against left-handed starters.

On second viewing, the bench is not in a dugout.  It’s just a bench in a park and the baseball player is on his way to a game.  The girl obviously knows when the player would be walking by on the way to the baseball game.  This makes her a stalker.  And whats the deal with the dress shoes/uniform combo, young man.  Rating: A sacrifice bunt.

I am torn on the following card.  It tries to hard to with the first baseball phrase, but the second phrase is perfect.  The line score tries way too hard to be adorable, but the little dog with the bat…were I human and capable of the reaction, I would go “Awwwwwww!” for the next three days. My GOD! It’s a left-handed catcher!

"'Mit' Out on you"? That is horr

What is more horrifying, the use of the phrase “‘Mit’ out on you”or the eyes of the children in the first two cards?

“‘Mit’ Out on you”? Ugh. Left-handed catcher for Hoyt Wilhelm?? What?? Little dog with a bat! Awwwwwwwwwwww! Rating: A ringing double to the gap in right-center.

Get ready for the use of the word ‘Hit’ in a baseball valentine.  It won’t be the last time.

You're a hit.

You’re a hit.

Everyone knows you do not make a hit.  Only the official scorer can make a hit.  Rating: Infield single.

And now an example of how NOT to catch.

Put on a facemask!

Put on a facemask!

You better make a wonderful catch, young man.  The first foul tip that misses your glove is going to concuss you, knock out a few teeth, and – if you are lucky – put another big red spot on your left cheek instead of doubling the size of the one on your right cheek.  Rating: Single to left.

This one is a mixture of three things that define me: Offense, Defense, and Desperation

What

Is her Ultimate Zone Rating good enough to get to the ball?

She’s a little close.  If he tees off on that ball, we have something for “America’s Funniest Home Videos”.  Rating: Double that is just fair inside the right field line.

This next one swings for the fences.

d

It is high! It is far! It issssss GONE!

I apologize for combining John Sterling and Valentine’s Day.  Rating: Home Run!

Our next card could be used as an example for hitting form.  The bear looks like Ted “By Gosh” Williams after a line drive.

Teddy Ruxpin led the American Association in homers and doubles in 1982.

Teddy Ruxpin led the American Association in homers and doubles in 1982.

The “SMACK” in the heart for the sound effect is the proverbial cherry on top of the sundae.  Rating: A .406 batting average!

This next card goes for a trifecta of baseball puns:

S

This card was designed for grade school kids.

A card that has to spell out its puns in RED CAPITAL LETTERS is trying too hard.  Rating: Foul pop to the catcher.

Some baseballs can make great faces…Some…Not all…For example:

Some closers do the same thing to fans in the ninth inning.

Some closers do the same thing to fans in the ninth inning.

If your heart is going “pitter batter” please consult your cardiologist because it’s not supposed to make that noise!  Rating: Intentional Walk.

Also:

The inside of the card reads "...so we can get to first base."

The inside of the card reads “…so we can get to first base.”


No. Really. It says that.  What did I say about desperation?  Rating: Inning ending double play.

This next one goes through the Baseball Valentine Checklist:  Dog? Check.  Hearts? Check.  Catcher’s mitt?  Check.  Baseball themed pun? Check.  Terrifying eyes? Check!

And they lived happily ever after.

And they lived happily ever after.

Not “You’re the one”. Not “Soulmate”. Just, “A good catch”. Kids, that’s called settling.  Rating: Single to center.

Consult above checklist.

You'll

How are these kids supposed to play ball with dogs running all over the field?

The card is funnier if you imagine “PLAY BALL!” being yelled out by Ron Luciano or Ken Kaiser.  Rating: Bloop double to left.

Try to figure out if the player is wearing shorts like the 1976 Chicago White Sox or is wearing a skirt like the players in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

I know I

You’ll never hit with a stance like that.

I will not make fun of the lapels on the jersey.  Those things are stylish! Rating: Single to left.

This next one is something that you should probably just skip over.  You shouldn’t blame me if it haunts your nightmares for the next two weeks.

None. Absolutely none!

None. Absolutely none!

I did warn you.  Although to be honest, it does use proper grammar.  Rating: Caught looking at strike three.

If you think that last baseball themed Valentine card was bad, wait until you get a load of this one:

ValentineBobby

I can’t leave you with that.  How about these:

Smoooooooth

Ellis > Bobby

ValentineFredValentineJoe

Nothing says love like the name Harold "Corky" Valentine.

Nothing says love like the name Harold “Corky” Valentine.

And to tie this back to the home page, a word from our sponsors:

Today is the last day to order!

Today is the last day to order!

Feel the love!

Valentines from:
Vintage Valentine Museum

Clip Art Guide

Etsy

Squidoo

Baseball Dad’s All Tribe Tribute

Zazzle

Best Unusual Photographs

1994 Foxes Home Game #19 – May 29

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Rockford Royals
SILVER HAWKS TARTING PITCHER: Kevin Rawitzer
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ivan Montane
CONDITIONS: Muggy, 81°
ATTENDANCE: 1,328
montane94In game #18, the Royals pulled away for a 10-3 victory.  The Foxes try to bounce back in this game at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Brian Wallace – 3b
Chad Dunavan – rf
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – lf
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b

ROYALS LINEUP:
Jeremy Carr – 2b
Luke Oglesby – cf
Carlos Mendez – c
Braxton Hickman – 1b
Mike Evans – dh
Oscar Jimenez – rf
Lino Diaz – 3b
Jimmie Byington – lf
Carlos Subero – ss

Ivan Montane retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the second inning of a scoreless game.  But, Lino Diaz singled and Jimmy Byington followed with an RBI double to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

The Foxes came back in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Chad Dunavan singled and moved to second on a walk to Scott Smith.  Both runners advanced on a passed ball.  Then, Jose Cuellar drove in Dunavan with a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.
94dunavan
In the fifth, Manny Patel singled with one out.  Alex Rodriguez was next and he blasted a two-run homer for a 3-1 lead.
arod94
Appleton added to their lead in the sixth inning against reliever Neil Atkinson.  Cuellar walked and James Clifford was hit by a pitch with one out.  Patel stepped to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second.  Patel tripled to drive in both runs for a 5-1 lead.

Montane stumbled in the top of the seventh.  Mike Evans hit a leadoff homer.  Diaz doubled with one out.  Carlos Subero singled with two outs to knock in Diaz.

In the eighth, Montane let the Royals tie the game.  He walked Luke Oglesby to start the inning, but retired the next two batters.  Evan stepped up and knocked his second home run of the game out of the park.  The two-run homer evened the game 5-5.

Appleton had a great opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the ninth against Ryan Towns.  Mike Barger and Manny Patel singled to start the inning.  A-Rod was next…and he grounded out to first.  The play did move both runners into scoring position.  Brian Wallace was walked to load the bases.  BUT, Dunavan and Sutherland both struck out to send the game to extra innings.

Dean Crow, who worked a scoreless top of the ninth got into trouble right away in the top of the tenth.  Singles by Mendez and Braxton Hickman brought Evans back to the plate.  Evans doubled to drive in the go ahead run for Rockford.  Oscar Jimenez came through with a sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead.  Crow walked Diaz and Matt Mantei came on to get the last two outs of the tenth.

Unfortunately, one of the outs was a sacrifice fly by Byington to make it 8-5.

Appleton did get a run in the bottom of the tenth.  Delwyn Young hit a pinch-hit solo homer with one out.  Clifford followed with a double, but Nevin Brewer got the last two outs of the game to send the Foxes to their second straight home loss.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 4-for-6, triple, run, 2RBI
94patelNOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 2-for-5, run, HR, 2RBI
Sal Fasano: defensive replacement

As noted in a recap of an earlier Foxes-Royals game, Sal Fasano and Carlos Subero would become MWL managers.  Subero with Clinton and Fasano with Lansing.

The loss dropped the Foxes record to 11-8 through their first 19 home games of the 1994 season.

This feature returns on Friday with a look at the first visit to Appleton by the West Michigan Whitecaps, a game that occurred on May 30, 1994.

CLICK FOR PDFs:
may29foxesscoresheet

may29rockfordscoresheet

may29boxscore

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 49 other followers

%d bloggers like this: