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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.

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

Tater Tuesday – Chris Dennis (2009-2011)

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.

Chris Dennis as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

Chris Dennis as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

This week, a look at the home runs hit by Chris Dennis over the parts of three seasons he spent in the Midwest League.  He is second on the Timber Rattlers career homer list with 30.

2009
HR #1

Date: May 17
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Walter Surie
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Clinton 5

HR #2
Date: May 21
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Shawn Haviland
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 1

HR #3
Date: May 27
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JC Sulbaran
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 1

HR #4
Date: May 27
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JC Sulbaran
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 2
Note: A multi-homer game for Dennis.  He played 38 games for the Timber Rattlers in 2009

2010
HR #5
Date: April 12
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Taylor Stanton
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 3

HR #6
Date: April 14
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kelvin Herrera
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer:  Wisconsin 0, Burlington 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 0

HR #7
Date: April 18
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Scott Schneider
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Quad Cities 0

HR #8
Date: April 19
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: LaCurtis Mayes
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 9, Quad Cities 1

HR #9
Date: May 19
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Struck
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1

HR #10
Date: May 30
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Stephen Locke
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #11
Date: June 26
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dusty Odenbach
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Burlington 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 0

HR #12
Date: June 29
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jason Novak
Inning: 11th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 4

HR #13
Date: July 1
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brandon Barrow
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 0

HR #14
Date: July 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Skaggs
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 4

HR #15
Date: July 17
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Allen Webster
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 4, Wisconsin 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Great Lakes 4

HR #16
Date: July 23
Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Richard Zumaya
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, West Michigan 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, West Michigan 1
Notes: The game was started on July 22, but Dennis hit this home run on July 23.  The game had been suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning on the previous night.

HR #17
Date: July 26 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Diogenes Rosario
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: South Bend 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, South Bend 0

HR #18
Date: August 9
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Czyz
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Clinton 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 3

HR #19
Date: August 27
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Mitchell
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 1

HR #20
Date: August 31
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Larsen
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0

HR #21
Date: September 4
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kenny Smalley
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 2

HR #22
Date: September 6
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Bo Schultz
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 0

2011
HR #23
Date: May 2
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 0
Notes: This homer followed a two-run homer by Mike Walker.  Also, this was the first at bat as a Timber Rattler in the 2011 season for Dennis.

HR #24
Date: May 11
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin LaTempa
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Grand Slam
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 3

HR #25
Date: May 18 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: BJ Hermsen
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0

HR #26
Date: June 2
Opponent: Bowling Green Hot Rods
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Omar Bencomo
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Bowling Green 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Bowling Green 0

HR #27
Date: June 8
Opponent: Lake County Captains
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dale Dickerson
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 13, Lake County 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 14, Lake County 2

HR #28
Date: June 15 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Road
Opposing Pitcher: Camerson Greathouse
Inning: 1st
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 0

HR #29
Date: June 17
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Baudilio Lopez
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #30
Date: June 25
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Angel DeJesus
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 2

BONUS TATER (2011 All-Star Game)

Date: June 21
Opponent: MWL Eastern Division
Home or Away: Modern Woodmen Park, Quad Cities
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Corcino (Dayton Dragons)
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: East All-Stars 0, West All-Stars 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: West All-Stars 1, East All-Stars 0

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)

Rattler Alumni Notes from Spring Training

A couple of homers and a couple of Spring Training wins for former Timber Rattlers in the first few games of Spring Training.

Mitch Haniger homered in the Brewers intrasquad game on 2/26 and against the A’s on 2/27.
Khris Davis homered against the Rockies on 3/2.

I know..Spring Training wins may be the weakest stat there is, BUT…

Chris Tillman picked up the win for Baltimore on 2/28 against Tampa Bay.  Oddly, the pitcher tagged with the loss was Erik Bedard, the player Seattle traded to the Orioles for Tillman, Adam Jones, and three other players so many years ago.

Kevin Shackelford earned the win for the Brewers on 3/1 by pitching around three hits in two scoreless innings against the Dodgers.  I have an explanation:

Follow Fang and good things happen.

The only highlight I have from the first few days of Spring Training  is Mitch Haniger’s 2-run single against the Dodgers on Saturday:

34 Days to Opening Day

I really wanted to have a photo that showed progress.  Alas, the weather is NOT COOPERATING!

However, those of you who will be at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to pick up your season ticket purchases will see an area of the stadium that HAS seen progress.

The Leinie Lodge has a new coat of paint and some new lighting.

February 28 2014 004

There are more changes coming for the Leinie Lodge, but that is another series of photographs for another day.

Now, to the field shots!

Left Field Berm:

February 28 2014 001

Behind Home Plate:
February 28 2014 002

From the Club Level Seats:
February 28 2014 003

Right Field Berm:

February 28 2014 005

Centerfield Camera Platform:

February 28 2014 007

How many days?

That many days.

That many days.

 

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