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Brewers Sunday Jerseys for 2015

A big “Thank you” to Emily Deem of FOX 11’s Good Day Wisconsin for coming to the ballpark this morning to get everyone ready for the 2015 Timber Rattlers season.

Emily was nice enough to help Hilary Bauer, our on-field emcee, model the Brewers Sunday jerseys that the Timber Rattlers will be wearing this season.

Brewers Sunday Jersey 2015

“Thank you” to Fox Sports Wisconsin Girls Chyna and Sage for being here today as well.  They were good sports in showing off the On-Wisconsin Burger and many more of our new food items for 2015!
Good Day Wisconsin

The Season is Coming!

Alumni MLB Debut for April 3:
Jermaine Clark (’98) – for Detroit Tigers in 2001

Alumni Birthdays:
David Gonzalez (’92) – 45
Andre Rabouin (Pitching Coach ’88-90) – 65

Ex-Rattlers as MLB Opening Day starting pitchers

There are a pair of former Timber Rattlers pitchers who will be getting the start for their Major League teams on Opening Day, 2015.

Chris Tillman (’07) will get the nod for the Baltimore Orioles.  It will be his second straight Opening Day start.

“It means a lot,” Tillman said. “I think when we’ve got five guys who are capable of doing it, that makes it that much more special. And I think every guy in here thinks the same way. We really do have five guys. There’s only Opening Day, the first game, once and then the rest of the season it’s our best guys going that night. I think as a group we all feel that way and I’m just excited to get this thing underway.”

No surprise that Felix Hernandez (’03) will be the Opening Day starter for the Seattle Mariners.  It will be his seventh Opening Day start.

It will be the club-record seventh Opening Day start for Hernandez, and sixth in a row — both marks breaking the former franchise benchmarks set by Randy Johnson.

“Not bad,” Hernandez said, a smile creasing his face. “He’s a great pitcher, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, so it’s good to be there.”

There are some who question why Hernandez has stayed so loyal to a team that has yet to reach the postseason during his nine years in the Majors. But he’s never wavered, despite frequent conjecture from national media and fans who ponder his place in the Pacific Northwest.

“Everybody says that,” Hernandez said. “But I’m happy here. I’m not going to leave. Don’t worry.”

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

Chris Tillman was a Rattler in 2007.

Chris Tillman as a Rattler in 2007.

Alumni MLB Debuts for April 2:
Aquilino Lopez (’00) – 2003 w/ Toronto

Alumni Birthdays for April 2:
Michael Garciaparra (’03) – 32

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They’re Here!

Not all of them…Just some of them.

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Delievery 2

Them? Bobbleheads!

Lorenzo Cain Bobblehead - April 24

Lorenzo Cain Bobblehead – April 24

Mike Fiers Bobblehead - May 3

Mike Fiers Bobblehead – May 3

Hank the Dog Bobblehead - May 17

Hank the Dog Bobblehead – May 17

Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead - April 12

Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead – April 12

The season is coming!

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Alumni Birthdays for April 1:
Mark Esser (’77, ’78) – 59
Joel Perez (’77) – 60
Tony Komadina (’74, ’75) – 62
Ronald Ellis (’67) – 68
Ted Sadowski (’58) – Would have been 79
Romey Quinn (’46) – Would have been 91

A workout….with food

The Timber Rattlers food & beverage department gave a workout to their new Steak, Rattle, & Grill stand at lunch on Monday.

Here is the grill on the day after the workout..

Cooling down.

Cooling down.

It was a busy place as the front office gave it a try.

Behind the grill.

Behind the grill.

 

Getting in line.

Getting in line.

I wasn’t going to have anything yesterday, but the tempting smells from the grill were driving me to distraction.  So, I had the Chicken Philly and asked for bacon on my sandwich…After a moment of hesitation, they complied…because Mehring is always….I mean, the customer is always right!

It was delicious and I recommend that you try anything from the grill when you come out to a game this season!

Steak, Rattle, & Grill is located on the first base concourse, just before the Brew City Grill!

Cooling down.

Make your plans!

Alumni Birthdays for March 31:
Brett Lorin (’08) – 28
Randy Robinson (’86) – 48
Andrew Latchic (Manager, ’47) – Would have been 92

Andrew Latchic, 85, of Allentown, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009 in his home. He was the husband of Marie (Gabler) Latchic for 63 years. Born in Cambridge, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Saltis) Latchic.

Andy was a professional baseball player and played for the Boston Red Sox organization and Philadelphia Phillies organization.

After his baseball career, he worked as a sales rep for the former Horlacher Brewery and retired as a sales rep from Rueben H. Donnelly.

Taylor Williams Map Cover

In case you missed it over the weekend, Taylor Williams is a cover guy!

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That’s on the Baseball Travel Map published by Hedberg Maps.  You can pick one of these maps up at the Snake Pit Team Store at the stadium or on-line at this link.

Buy one…then, get a photo of Williams with it after he autographs it for you…Make sure to tag @TimberRattlers!

Alumni Birthdays for March 28:
Michael Wagner (’07) – 30
Jerry Bertolani (’85) – 50
Mike Morse (’81) – 52
Harry Sylvester (1911, 1912) – Would have been 126

Alumni Birthdays for March 29:
Joe Dunigan (’08) – 29
Scott Atchison (’99) – 39

Alumni Birthdays for March 30:
Thomas Keeling (’11) – 27
Greg Wooten (’96) – 41
Wayne Shuckert (’81, ’82) – 54

Hey! Those are new!

New safety features were installed at the ballpark while I was away. Railings in the aisles for the sections behind home plate:
Railings

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Railings 3

 

This reminds me of a host segment from the Space Mutiny episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000:

TVTropes has a whole page on Railing Kill.

So….be careful out there….which was the point of installing those things.

Alumni Birthdays for March 27:
Jake Odorizzi (’10) – 25
Jaime Navarro (Pitching Coach, ’08) – 48

Happy Birthday, Jake!

Happy Birthday, Jake!

This is a test of the Timber Rattlers Gameday Yard Sign System…

Had this been an actual Timber Rattlers gameday, you would have seen these signs around town and been given ticket information.

It also would have been sunny.

It also would have been sunny.

And the grass would have been greener.

And the grass would have been greener.

If you would like to be part of the Timber Rattlers Gameday Yard Sign Network, there will be a table in the Fox Communities Credit Union Fox Club during FanFest on Tuesday, April 7 that will have all the information for this free program.

Alumni Birthdays March 26:
Chadwin Stang (’11, ’12) – 26
Orlando Hernandez (’00) – 36
Doug Nelson (’88) – 50

Happy Birthday, Chadwin!

Happy Birthday, Chadwin!

 

Photos from Spring Training – March 20, 2015

Day Two of Mehring in Arizona – or the cooler title of Mehring in Maryvale that I didn’t come up with but is on the media wall image – is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from today at minor league camp.

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Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

 I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

Alumni Birthdays for March 20:
Javier Salas (’14) – 23
Dana Williams (Hitting Coach ’02-’04, ’07) – 52
Donn Koch (’82) – 56
Paul ‘Frosty’ Francis (’51) – Would have been 86

`Frosty” was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, The Choate School and a 1950 graduate of Wesleyan University. Upon college graduation, Francis pursued his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. He pitched in the St. Louis Browns organization until an injury forced him to pursue his other dream of coaching basketball. After two years as the head basketball coach at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD, “Frosty” accepted the head basketball coaching duties back in CT at the Kingswood School. At Kingswood, for 25 years he was a teacher, coach, Director of Athletics, and finally Director of Finance and Development. Among his many accomplishments as a coach were two Class “B” New England basketball titles, in 1956 and 1957, and the establishment of what is now, the “Frosty” Francis KIT (Kingswood Invitational Tournament) in 1963, the longest running prep basketball tournament in New England.

Photos from Spring Training – March 19, 2015

The article on Day One of Mehring in Arizona, 2015 is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from Day One:

Matt Erickson in the cages.

Matt Erickson in the cages….trust me.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Nothing going on over here today.

Nothing going on over here today.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.  I think it needs to be bigger.

Alumni Birthdays for March 19:
Thomas Cottrell (1966, ’67) – 71

Blog News – AZ bound

The next post you see on Rattler Radio will be from Arizona since I will be down at Minor League Camp in maryvale for a few days.  Make sure to check @CMehring & @TimberRattlers for updates during the day.  There should be a new column up on either the blog or the Timber Rattlers website.

Speaking of the website, there has been plenty of news going up over there for the last few days.

Click on each link for all the news.

Alumni Birthday for March 18:
Terrmel Sledge (’00) – 38

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

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