Lineup & Game Notes for April 8, 2014

Rattlers (2-2) start the road trip in West Michigan against the Whitecaps (2-2).  The ballpark is ready…which is amazing when you consider what happened here in January.

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Bullpen before the game for a few pitchers:

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BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV *-This is the West Michigan feed

Game Time pushed back to 5:45pm CDT.  Pregame at 5:30pm CDT.

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 8 2014 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
West Michigan Starting Pitcher: Jeff Thompson

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:RattlersGameNotesApril82014

Lineup & Game Notes for Sunday, April 6, 2014

PLAY BALL!

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What do you say, Ernie?

Let's play two today!

Let’s play two today!

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV

Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

April 6 Game 1 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitchers:
Game One: Anthony Banda
Game Two: Preston Gainey

Peoria Starting Pitchers:
Game One: Alex Reyes
Game Two: Chase Brookshire

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril62014Peoria Chiefs Game Notes: PeoriaApril6GameNotes

Lineup & Game Notes – April 5, 2014

After a crummy day and a cold night, the Sun is out and the Timber Rattlers are playing baseball today!  First pitch is at 1:05pm.  CDT.

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BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

April 5 2014 Rattler Lineup

FOCUS! FOCUS!

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Peoria Chiefs Starting Pitcher: Silfredo Garcia

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril52014
Peoria Chiefs Game Notes: PeoriaApril5GameNotes

2014 Timber Rattlers Walkup Music

It’s time for the annual Walkup Music post!

This post is one of the most popular that I do on the blog.  I think that the main reason for the popularity if because it shows a personal and fun side to the players.

Taylor Williams fields a grounder on Thursday with Ready, Set, Roll still in his head.

Taylor Williams fields a grounder on Thursday with Ready, Set, Roll still in his head.

This is not a complete list since a few players haven’t turned in their songs yet, but I noticed a few questions on social media about a few of the songs…so…let the music play on, play on, play on…

Language warning on a few of these.

Position Players:

Taylor Brennan – This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan

Chris McFarland – Scandal of Grace by Hillsong United

Angel Ortega – Yo Soy De Aqui by Don Omar

David Denson – Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G.

Clint Coulter – Days of Gold by Jake Owen

Omar Garcia – Suavamente by Elvis Crespo

Michael Ratterree – Drink In My Hand by Eric Church

Jose Pena – Remeneate by El Alfa

Johnny Davis – Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

Steven Halcomb – The Stroke by Billy Squier

Pitchers:

Preston Gainey – Shadows by David Crowder

Barrett Astin – People Back Home by Florida Georgia Line

Tyler Alexander – Work by ASAP Ferg

Taylor Williams – Ready Set Roll by Chase Rice

Trevor Seidenberger – Kick It In the Sticks by Brantley Gilbert

Zach Quintana – Lowrider by War

Tristan Archer – Wherever I May Rome by Metallica

Eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe this as a mix tape.

Postgame Post – April 3, 2014

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Wisconsin 4
Boxscore | Gameday

I have to tell the truth here.  I’m running on empty.  But, I wanted to try to put something together for tonight’s game.

Just before the season started.

Just before the season started.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly isn’t the most positive way to divide this up…Three up, Three down is such a cliche…

I don’t have much to add, to my postgame interview with Matt Erickson…which I haven’t quite figured out how to post as an audio file on here yet…

So, Transcription it is.

First head over to the game story for quotes from Matt after the 8-4 loss to the Chiefs.  There are quotes about Taylor Williams (5IP, H, 0R, BB, 7K, ND), Omar Garcia (3-for-4, SB), and Clint Coulter (1-for-3, BB, HR, RBI)

In the first inning, the Timber Rattlers had Garcia at third with one out and David Denson at the plate. Wisconsin put the contact play on and Denson grounded sharply to second. Garcia was tagged out in a 4-2-5-1-6-4 rundown. Denson was out trying to advance to third and the inning ended on the 4-2-5-1-6-4-2 double play….Take it away, Matt:

“We did go contact play. It was a cold day and we were banking on them having to catch the ball, making a clean exchange, and making a good throw. Unfortunately, Denson smoked a ball right the second baseman and Garcia really had no chance.

[Garcia] did a great job of staying in the rundown. Denny got caught up a little bit watching that play and we talked about it after the game. On the back side of that play we gotta advance as many bases as we possibly can and he got caught up watching it.”

On the game in general: I thought we did some good things. Williams came out and was really good. He was just throwing strikes and we did make some defensive plays. We had the one defensive miscue, but then Williams picked the runner off. So that picked us up there. [Taylor] Brennan made a nice play on his backhand.

I thought we had some good at bats with extra base hits and found ways to score runs in four innings.

It’s just that seventh inning killed us. We throw a number of pitches, we walked eight people tonight and I know a number of them scored. We gotta throw the ball over the plate and make people use the bat or it’s going to hurt us.

On Barrett Astin, Friday’s scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers: Other than he’s an Arkansas Razorback…I’m already cheering for him…He’s kind of a two-seamer/slider guy and we’re trying to get a little more arm strength out of him. He’s been asked to use his four-seamer a little more. Hopefully, he can get the ball down in the zone, get us some ground balls, and get us off the field.

Thursday’s Highlights:

Timber Rattlers Lineup & Game Notes for April 3, 2014

LET’S PLAY BALL!

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Oh, It might be a bit chilly. But, the tarp is off the field and the game is on as scheduled.

The playing surface is still snow-free!

The playing surface is still snow-free!

UPDATE:
BROADCAST INFORMATION:

RADIO: AM1280, WNAM
INTERNET AUDIO:  I Heart Radio
INTERNET VIDEO: MiLB.TV
CABLE TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel

Timber Rattlers Lineup!
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Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Taylor Williams
Peoria Chiefs Starting Pitcher: Jimmy Reed

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesApril32014
Peoria Chiefs Game Notes: PeoriaApril3GameNotes

Timber Rattlers Roster: 4 3 2014 Timber Rattlers Roster
Peoria Chiefs Roster: 2014 Peoria OpeningDayRoster

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2014 Brewers Sunday & 1995 Throwbacks

Don’t let the weather outside fool you.  Today is Opening Day!

I wanted to show off the 2014 Brewers Sunday and 1995 Throwback Jerseys in the final Jerseys of the Rattlers post.

So, here they are.

First, the golden Brewers Sunday Jersey:

Front:

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Back:

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Second, the 1995 Throwback Jersey:

Front:

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Back:

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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

2013 Mother’s Day

2014 Specialties

Wild Card Wednesday – Milwaukee Brewers

I had wanted to do this post on Monday morning, but life got in the way.

Yep.  Tom Hausman and Bill Sharp are two of the earliest Brewers cards in my collection.

Ray Sadecki!

Ray Sadecki!

Sal Bando and Larry Hisle were two big free agent signings by the Brewers.  Bill Travers was home grown…if I remember correctly.

Bill Travers always seemed to pitch when I went to Brewers games in that era.

Bill Travers always seemed to pitch when I went to Brewers games in that era.

These are some of the guys I think of when I think Brewers baseball.

Slaton '76...mustache. Slaton '78... no mustache.

Slaton ’76…mustache. Slaton ’78… no mustache.

These guys, too.

Brouhard is smiling? Right?

Brouhard is smiling? Right?

I got the Moose Haas autograph at the Ray Fencil Chevy booth at the Racine County Fair in Union Grove.  I think that was where Charlie Moore got his Mizuno pullover.

Moose signed that 1978 card with light ink.  My mom traced over it to let 10-year-old Mehring see it.

Moose signed that 1978 card with light ink. My mom traced over it to let 10-year-old Mehring see it.

Cecil Cooper is awesome.

COOOOOOOOOOOP!

COOOOOOOOOOOP!

There was nothing like going to a Brewers game at Milwaukee County Stadium and hearing Bob Betts announce Siiiiiiixxxtooooooo LezzzzzzzzCANnnnnnnOOOOOOO!  You kids don’t realize how much fun that was.

I struggle to remember Steve Brye as a Brewer.

I struggle to remember Steve Brye as a Brewer.

Take a look at the checkered jacket on the guy in the third row of the 1976 team card.

Roy Howell will manage the Tacoma Rainiers this season.

Roy Howell will manage the Tacoma Rainiers this season.

Mike Hegan, Rick Manning, and Bill Schoeder all went on to be broadcasters after their playing days.

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I wouldn't qualify that Rollie Fingers card as "In Action".

I wouldn’t qualify that Rollie Fingers card as “In Action”.

My cousin Keith sent me some of his Brewers cards, including this Robin Yount Rookie Card:

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And this Don Money card may be the WORST example of airbrushing EVER:
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Keith also sent my one of his two Topps Baseball Cards of the Milwaukee Brewers booklets that were giveaways from Surf Laundry Detergent.

I may share some of those in the future…But, the season starts tomorrow.

Thank you for indulging me on Wednesday this offseason.  As a reminder, I don’t have cards for Tampa Bay, Arizona, Miami, or Colorado in my collection since I stopped before those teams joined MLB.

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

San Diego Padres

Chicago Cubs

Three Days to Opening Day

Opening Night is April 3.  This is what the field looks like as of noon on March 31.  There are also some photos of some new things around the park….

Like the new location for the Appleton Pro Baseball Hall of Fame.  The former Leinie’s Lodge could be called the Leinie’s Legends Lounge again.

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Left Field Berm
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Behind Home Plate:

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From the Club Level

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Right Field Berm

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Camera Platform

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Oh, there’s still some work to do:

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But, we have TWO BIG chairs at the top of the berm in right field.

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How many days?

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Keep thinking warm thoughts, Timber Rattlers fans!  We’ll see you at Fan Fest on Tuesday and for the home opener on Thursday.

Wild Card Wednesday – Chicago Cubs

Two teams left…my collecting days ended before there were Diamonbacks, Marlins, Rays, and Rockies…  I’ll go with the Chicago Cubs first.  The Brewers are next week…

Cubs from Adrian Garrett to Geoff Zahn!  Garrett would manage the Appleton Foxes in 1982.

Darrold Knowles and Carmen Fanzone are basically the same person.

Darrold Knowles and Carmen Fanzone are basically the same person.

Oh, my.  They Mike Vail and Tim Blackwell cards are used to show off the powder blue, pinstriped, road jerseys of that era.  My favorite Gene Clines story comes from my independent ball days.  Jackie Hernandez, the hitting coach, and George Mitterwald, the manager, were talking about players from their era.  Jackie asked George if he knew Gene Clines.  George responded, “Do I know Gene Clines?  $%*@, Jackie…I played with him for two years in Chicago!”  Jackie had been teammates with Gene for three seasons in Pittsburgh.

A Bobby Murcer card where I didn't cross out the team name to put him on the Cubs!

A Bobby Murcer card where I didn’t cross out the team name to put him on the Cubs!

Look…the Cubs may have lost a lot of games during this era, but they had some magnificent mustaches!  Just look at the one on Scot Thompson…and Paul Rueschel!!!  Sometimes, I think that Manny Trillo was the only decent player on the Cubs at the time.

I'll take Barry Foote in the center square for the block, Peter!

I’ll take Barry Foote in the center square for the block, Peter!

You think that the airbrush artist who worked on the Dave Kingman card for the 1978 season (Middle Row, Left) looks at photoshop today and goes…”Amateurs!”  Oh, Rick Reuschel! I remember when he would run the bases as he wore one of those team jackets.  Hilarious!

Doug Capilla lost out on the role of Doc Holiday in Tombstone to Val Kilmer.

Doug Capilla lost out on the role of Doc Holiday in Tombstone to Val Kilmer.

Chicago traded Bill Madlock after the 1976 season for Bobby Murcer and Steve Ontiveros.  Madlock finished with a .354 average to win the NL batting title in 1975 and was just behind Rod Carew’s .359 for the MLB’s best batting average.  In 1976, Madlock led all of MLB in batting average at .339…and the Cubs traded him.  Hi, Bill Buckner!

Ray Burris was a Brewer in 1985 and 1987.

Ray Burris was a Brewer in 1985 and 1987.

Of all the Cubs that I grew up watching…Larry Biittner and Lynn McGlothen are the two I remember most…for some reason.  Willie Hernandez is smiling because he knew that he would be pitching for Detroit in a few years and helping them win the 1984 World Series.  The Cubs traded him to the Phillies for Bill Johnson and Dick Ruthven.

Ivan DeJesus WILL show you how to bunt and you WILL pay attention!

Ivan DeJesus WILL show you how to bunt and you WILL pay attention!

When Pete Broberg pitched for the Brewers in 1975, he led the team in wins with 14.  He was second on the Crew in losses with 16.

Mike Lum counts since he was a minor league hitting instructor for the Brewers.

Mike Lum counts as a Brewers alum since he was a minor league hitting instructor for the Brewers.

I’m all for being different, but…that 1978 team card…Seriously? That’s like the senior class picture high schools displayed at the time.  Steve Macko seems…enthused?

If only Herman Franks knew...

If only Herman Franks knew…

A pre-beard Bruce Sutter and a pre-bullpen Dennis Eckersley.  Both are in the Hall of Fame!

What? I liked Bruce Sutter!

What? I liked Bruce Sutter!

I like Bruce Sutter so much, I remember the 7*Up commercial he did with Mike Schmidt and Dave Parker:

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

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

 

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