March 2014

Tater Tuesday – Nick Ramirez (2012)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Nick Ramierz 2012
Nick Ramirez hit three home runs in just over a month with the Timber Rattlers in 2011.  He looked like a sure thing for Wisconsin’s opening night lineup as the first baseman in 2012.  But, he had a late start to his 2012 season due to a broken hamate bone late in spring training of that year.  He healed and when he got the Midwest League in mid-May, it was time to start hitting home runs.

HR #1
Date: May 15
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brooks Pounders
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 5

HR #2
Date: May 28
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Austin Reed
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 1

HR #3
Date: June 4
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tim Shubuya
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 1
Type: GRAND SLAM!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 5

HR #4
Date: June 12
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brett Shankin
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Clinton 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Clinton 0

HR #5
Date: June 29
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Yao Lin Wang
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 7, Wisconsin 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 7

HR #6
Date: July 3
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Robert Stock
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 5

HR #7
Date: July 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: RJ Alvarez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Cedar Rapids 7
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Cedar Rapids 7

HR #8
Date: July 6
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Logan Odom
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 2

HR #9
Date: July 15
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dennis O’Grady
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Fort Wayne 3

HR #10
Date: July 18
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Raydel Sanchez
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Great Lakes 0

HR #11
Date: July 22
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Phil Brua
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 3

HR #12
Date: July 29
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeremy Dobbs
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Clinton 4

HR #13
Date: July 30
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Seon Gi Kim
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 0

HR #14
Date: August 5
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mason Melotakis
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Beloit 8, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 8, Wisconsin 2

HR #15
Date: August 15
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Jones
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 13, Wisconsin 9
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 13, Wisconsin 10

HR #16
Date: August 31
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jason Wheeler
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Wisconsin 0

POST SEASON TATERS:

HR #1
Date: September 7
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Drew Granier
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 0
Note: Followed a Ben McMahan home run for back-to-back homers

HR #2
Date: September 9
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Seon Gi Kim
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Clinton 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Clinton 2

HR #3
Date: September 13
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Colin Rea
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Fort Wayne 1

HR #4
Date: September 15
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Frank Garces
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Fort Wayne 3, Wisconsin 2

NOTE:
In the regular season, Ramirez hit 13 of his home runs on the road and just three at home.  In the playoffs, he hit three homers at home.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Jon Nelson – 2003

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

Chris Dennis (2009-2011)

Mike Walker (2011)

Monday Grab Bag

First up, a field update:

The Sun is supposed to heat the tarp which will melt the frost on the infield...in theory.

The Sun is supposed to heat the tarp which will melt the frost on the infield…in theory.

Better than Friday, yes?

A few Rattler Alumni highlights from Brewers games last week in Arizona:


And a few stories on former Rattlers:

The son also rises: Davis set to star for Brewers

Arizona is a special place for Khris Davis.

The state is home to Davis’ high school baseball career, first professional baseball game and Spring Training for the Brewers, the team that took him in the seventh round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Davis returned to the Valley of the Sun for Spring Training as the favorite to win the starting left-field job for the Brewers in 2014, a thrilling prospect for Davis and his father, Rodney, who moved his family to Arizona in 1994 while working for the Mariners organization.

“We are thankful he’s a Milwaukee Brewer,” the elder Davis and current member of the MLB Scouting Bureau said. “For him to be drafted by the Brewers and to be able to enjoy Spring Training as a family, we are very grateful.”

The younger Davis played high school baseball at Deer Valley High School, about 11 miles from Milwaukee’s Spring Training facility.

“It’s exciting to work alongside the best players in baseball with family and friends [in attendance],” Khris said.

Rowland-Smith Excited for busy weekend in Australia

Ryan Rowland-Smith figures to be a busy man next week both on and off the field.

The Australian-born left-hander will pitch for Team Australia on Thursday against the Dodgers, and then Friday he will pitch for the D-backs against Team Australia. Those two exhibition games will take place just before the D-backs and Dodgers open the regular season March 22-23 in Sydney, Australia.

“Honestly, I told my wife I think it’s going to be overwhelming for me once it happens,” Rowland-Smith said.

Rowland-Smith, 31, was born in Sydney and raised two hours north in New Castle and has family and friends there.

“To see my friends and family and pitch in my backyard is special,” Rowland-Smith said.

Rowland-Smith wore the Team Australia jersey in the 2004 Summer Olympics and came home with a silver medal. He also played for Australia in the World Baseball Classic in ’06 and ’09.

“Anyone who gets to represent their country it’s a special thing,” Rowland-Smith said. “That’s more than just a team, that’s a country. We won a silver medal and that’s the most pride I’ve ever felt, and that always sticks in my mind every time I get to put that jersey on, because that was a special time for me.”

The D-backs signed Rowland-Smith to a Minor League contract last November that included a Spring Training invite.

17 Days.

20 Days until Opening Day

In a place you only dream of, where your soul is always free
Silver stages, golden curtains, filled my head plain as could be
As a rainbow grew around the sun, all my stars above, who died
Came from somewhere beyond the scene you see
These lovely people played just for me

Now if I let you see this place where stories all ring true
Will you let me past your face to see what’s really you
It’s not for me I ask this question as though I were a king
For you have to love, believe and feel
Before the burst of tambourines take you there

Green grass and high tides forever
Castles of stone, soul and glory
Lost faces say we adore you
As kings and queens bow and play for you

- The Outlaws, Green Grass & High Tides

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Before getting started, click here to see what the field looked like last week.

Here’s the pile of snow this week:

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The view from the top:

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I can see the warning track!!

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Left Field Berm:

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Behind home plate:

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From the Club seats:

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Right Field Berm:

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Camera platform in center:

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How many days?

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This is one way to clear the snow.

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This is another:

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Play us out, boys:

Jerseys of the Rattlers – Mother’s Day 2013

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Mother’s Day Jerseys from 2013.  These had a lot more pink in them compared to the 2011 Mother’s Day.

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Plus, the scarves were a really nice accent.

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A close-up on the team-signed jersey that was up for auction.  Plus, you can see the pink bat in the background.

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Did I mention the pink sanitary socks yet?  Oh, the pink sanitary socks were part of the uniform, too.

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However, there were no pink undershirts.

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I don’t know about you, but Under Armour should donate some pink undershirts to teams that wear pink jerseys.  Maybe at least sell at a deep discount?

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Mike Garza prepares for a action.

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Here’s Orlando Arcia in action.

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and Arcia preparing to throw.

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Tyrone Taylor rounds third and heads for home.

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Mike Reed takes a lead.

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Adam Giacalone takes a moment at the plate.

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This dugout photo was the only one that I found with a number in it.  Matt Erickson’s #8 is in black.

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Fang still wears that scarf around the office 0ccasionally….and to tell the truth, so do I.

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Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

2013 Star Wars

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

2012 Brewers Sunday

2013 Brewers Sunday

2011 Mother’s Day

Wild Card Wednesday – San Diego Padres

Let’s move on to the San Diego Padres for Wild Card Wednesday.  I’ll say this about them.  They had decent players and their uniforms got progressively worse throughout the run of my collection.

Oh, the uniforms weren’t bad at the start.  The interlocking SD on the cap and the mustard & brown colors weren’t bad at the start.  Just ask Randy Hundley.  That’s a smile, right?

Right

Dave Tomlin just threw a pitch.  He totally did!

But just look at the Mickey Lolich & Jay Johnstone cards.  That is a lot of yellow.  Dave Cash with the veteran move of wearing his warm up jacket to cover his jersey.  Oscar Gamble…The world would be a better place if everyone could get their hair styled like Oscar Gamble at least one time in their life.  Gene Tenace….and…..WHAMMY!

Aka: Guys who had more success elsewhere.

Aka: Guys who had more success elsewhere.

Right around here is where those jerseys took a turn for the awful.  You know how most teams have the nickname on the front of their home jersey and their home city on front of their road jersey.  Look at the Gene Richards 1981 FLEER card.  The one that says San Diego and Padres on the front.  A bit excessive if you ask me.  Also, Four Tim Flannery cards?  Come on!

Gene Richard looks thrilled to be wearing that brown monstrosity.

Gene Richard looks thrilled to be photographed in those last two.

Here are some Padres over a couple of different seasons.   Positioned like they are, Randy Jones and Steve Mura look like they are sharing a joke about those 1981 FLEER cards.  Probably about how no one names their kid “Tucker” anymore.

Terry Kennedy was the Derek Zoolander of baseball cards.  This pose was his Blue Steel.  He’s been working on Magnum, but it’s not ready yet.

Padres legend!

Padres legend!

Former Brewers Kurt Bevacqua and Rollie Fingers.  Bevacqua gave Padres fans their one World Series highlight with a home run against the Tigers in 1984.  Rollie Fingers spent four seasons with the Padres and had 108 saves (as opposed to four seasons and 97 saves with the Brewers.  But, he just doesn’t look right in that San Diego uniform.

Former Brewers!

Former Brewers!

Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield were teammates from 1978-1980 – and Fingers was there from 1977-1980.  Three future Hall of Fame Players on the same roster and….the Padres finished above .500 one time and their best finish was 4th place in the NL West.

FLEER printed a Dave Winfield Padres card for 1981 even though he signed with the Yankees as a free agent on December 15, 1980.  TOPPS printed an Ozzie Smith Padres card for 1982 even though he had been traded to the Cardinals on December 10, 1981.

How did the Padres not win more games?

How did the Padres not win more games?

Bruce Bochy became the Padres’ manager in 1995, took the team to the World Series in 1998, and stayed there through back-to-back NL West Championships in 2005 & 2006.  Bochy is now the manager of the San Francisco Giants and has won a pair of World Championships with them.

From John McNamara to Alvin Dark in two years.

From John McNamara to Alvin Dark in two years.

Remember this Tito Fuentes card?  The 1978 Detroit Tigers one that was featured in Wild Card Wednesday a few weeks ago?  Here is his 1976 card from the Padres.  The headband was a thing with him…apparently.

His name is TITO!

His name is TITO!

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Texas Rangers

Tater Tuesday – Mike Walker (2011)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

This week:  Mike Walker (#33), Timber Rattler.  Walker led the Timber Rattlers in home runs in 2011 with 15.

Walker's Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

Walker’s Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

I will never NOT use that picture when writing about Mike Walker.  He had some pretty big homers that season.  Let’s take a look.

HR #1
Date: April 12
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: AJ Schugel
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 5

HR #2
Date: April 17 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Anitqua
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2

HR #3
Date: April 17 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Eduardo Figueroa
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1
Note: Walkoff home run!

HR #4
Date: April 27 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0

HR #5
Date: May 2
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0

HR #6
Date: May 9
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Trevor Rosenthal
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 1, Wisconsin 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 1

HR #7
Date: May 21 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Hart
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Burlington 8, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 8, Wisconsin 4

HR #8
Date: May 23
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Vail
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Burlington 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 3

HR #9
Date: May 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Yohan Gonzalez
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Peoria 0

HR #10
Date: June 2
Opponent: Bowling Green Hot Rods
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Victor Mateo
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Bowling Green 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Bowling Green 0

HR #11
Date: June 14
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Larry Suarez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Peoria 5
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 12, Peoria 5

HR #12
Date: June 27
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Alvaro Sosa
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 15, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Peoria 15, Wisconsin 7

HR #13
Date: July 1
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: PJ Jang
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 1

HR #14
Date: July 6
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chas Byrne
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Kane County 10, Wisconsin 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Kane County 10, Wisconsin 7

HR #15
Date: July 20
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Sean Nolin
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Lansing 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 0

NOTES:
Walker hit only two solo home runs out of his fifteen.

Also, Walker was hit by a pitch on July 30.  He played on July 31 and August 1, but went on the disabled list on August 2.  He stuck with the team and did get back into the lineup in the last game of the season, September 5 at Beloit.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Jon Nelson – 2003

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

Chris Dennis (2009-2011)

Spring Training Highlights for Alumni

Garrett Cooper (’13) drove in Hunter Morris (’10) against Cleveland on Sunday in one split squad game:

 

 

Jason Rogers (’11, ’12) made a pair of defensive gems in the same game:

Scooter Gennett (’10) homers against the Padres last Friday:

Khris Davis (’10) talks with Dan Pleasac of MLB Network:

Jim Henderson (’09) and Hunter Morris (’10) talk about their progress this spring:

Let’s leave with one more Jason Rogers highlight. This is his RBI single from last Wednesday:

27 Days to Opening Day

How high’s the snowpile, momma?
Six-feet high and rising.

The Timber Rattlers grounds crew has been trying to make some progress on the snow here at the stadium.  First they started on the concourse and this was the result.
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I’m apparently six years old because I HAD to climb to the top:

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This may give you a better perspective on how high the top of the pile is in relation to the roof of the Festival Foods Grill:

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I got down on the field for some shots of the snow removal efforts:

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Field level behind home plate:

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How deep is the snow on the field?

That deep.

That deep.

The regular series of shots start here:

Left Field Berm:
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Behind home plate:

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Right Field Berm:

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Camera Platform:

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Club Level Seats:

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Snow-blowing efforts:

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Where does it all go?

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Think warm thoughts…please.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2011 Mother’s Day

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Mother’s Day Jerseys from 2011.

These pink jerseys were toned down a bit from the awesomeness that was the 2010 pink jerseys.  But, they still had some pink in them:

Welcome!

Welcome!

Also, it was a really nice day…

Yep.  Pretty nice day!

Yep. Pretty nice day!

The gray jerseys turned out pretty nice.  The white numbers are very readable.  The pink highlights are just about perfect.

A look at the numbers.

A look at the numbers.

Here’s a better look at the front of the jersey.

In action

In action

A good look at both the front and the back of the jersey.

Fist bump!

Fist bump!

Getting the jersey dirty adds to the eventual auction price, right?

Guaranteed game worn!

Guaranteed game worn!

The one-time Pink jerseys look a lot better than the batting practice tops of the Quad Cities River Bandits…But, I may be a bit biased.

On the bases.

On the bases.

Here’s Tyler Thornburg and he shows off the pink ribbon on the left sleeve.

On the mound.

On the mound.

Fang also got in on the act with his pink jersey.

And Fang is really excited.

And Fang is really excited.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

2013 Star Wars

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

2012 Brewers Sunday

2013 Brewers Sunday

Wild Card Wednesday – Texas Rangers

Last week, the Houston Astros were featured.  I’m going to stay in Texas and look at the Ranger cards in my collection.  Now, the Rangers didn’t have uniforms as memorable as their in-state rivals, but some of their sartorial choices…whoooooo boy.

Also, Lots and Lots and Lots of cards of Rangers who went on to play with the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was a big Danny Darwin fan…apparently.

Rangers through the years.  I really think that TOPPS could have picked a photo of Len Randle after he got a hit instead of after he popped out to second.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Toby Harrah’s progression of cards looks like what a series of photos of me would be like this offseason.

Rangers legends

Rangers legends

These guys aren’t bad either and each have interesting stories.  Not as interesting as Dock Ellis’s.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Some team photos, Ranger managers, future managers, and team leaders….Yep. Buddy Bell and Al Oliver were really, really good.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

I had forgotten the red softball jerseys – worn by Larry Parrish and  Pete O’Brien – of the Rangers.  I wish I could forget them now.  Bob Jones wore those glasses everywhere.  Probably still has that exact pair today.

Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Also…Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Image #1 of future Brewers as Rangers.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

Image two of future Brewers as Rangers.

Four, count 'em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Four, count ‘em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Rangers who went on to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame!  How good was Fergie Jenkins?  He won 25 games – with 29 complete games – for the Rangers in 1974.  The card displayed here is for his second tour of duty with Texas

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season.  He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season. He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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