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The concourse saw its shadow this morning

Six more weeks of winter?  Yes. That’s what Grover Groundhog taught me.

Groundhog and his shadow
Let’s take a look at the view of the field with just under ten weeks to the home opener for the Timber Rattlers:

February 2 view 1

February 2 view 2

February 2 view 3

Alumni Birthdays for January 31:
Taylor Brennan (’14) – 23
Caleb Thielbar (’10) – 28
Fred McNair (’94) – 45
Lowell Schellhase (’41) – Would have been 95

Alumni Birthdays for February 1:
Bill Kostich (’93) – 44
Vernon Slater (’91) – 45
Earl Goodwin (’48) – Would have been 87

Alumni Birthdays for February 2:
Donny Langdon (’05) – 33
Steve Kokor (’66, ’67) – 68

Speaking of Grover Groundhog….

Pick up your We Energies Cookie Book from our Parking Lot on November 8

The annual tradition returns! WE Energies has published their 2014 Cookie Book and, if you are in the Fox Cities, you can pick up yours in the Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium Parking Lot on Saturday, November 8.

cookie book
You should be able to click on that flyer to see a larger version.  But, just in case, the pick up times are between 9am and 1pm.   This is usually a pretty big event so be there and be patient.

Alumni Birthdays for November 7:
Danny Santin (’04) – 30
Reggie Patterson (’81) – 56

Reggie PattersonAlumni Birthdays for November 8:
Sean Parnell (’00) – 37
Shane Halter (’92) – 45
Allard Baird (Hitting Coach ’88, ’89) – 53

Shane Halter, 1992.

Shane Halter, 1992.

Alumni Birthdays for November 9:
Dustin Houle (’13) – 21
Dave Bush (’09) -35
Richard Tetrault (’61) – Would have been 73

Dave Bush after his July 10, 2009 rehabilitation appearance with the Timber Rattlers.

Dave Bush after his July 10, 2009 rehabilitation appearance with the Timber Rattlers.

Baseball Halloween – October 31, 2014

A little cool and breezy today at the ballpark.  The weather seems appropriate since Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Ballpark October 31 2014Cool looking sky though.

This has been out there for awhile, but I don’t think I have posted it here yet.  The 2015 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers schedule is set.  Game times for the home games are on the schedule here:  2015 Schedule

Individual game tickets won’t be available until about March of 2015, but you can find out about and purchase group outings, miniplans, and season tickets at this link.

To get into the spirit of Halloween, but to also keep in mind that Baseball is the main reason for this blog, how about a scary baseball movie?

The website won’t let me embed the trailer and this movie must be really obscure if it’s NOT on YouTube. So here is the trailer to NIGHT GAME!

Night Game

Okay…maybe not scary…but, that trailer is a really good time capsule of the weird ’80s vibe most popular culture had going at the time. Yes…That is the Astrodome….and those are the Astros.  The synopsis?  This is from Wikipedia, but I won’t link it or reveal the ending.

A number of young women are found dead on or around the beaches of Galveston and the one thing they all have in common is that they were murdered when Houston Astros ace pitcher Silvio Baretto (an amalgamation of real-life pitchers Bob Knepper and Juan Agosto) pitches and wins a night game at the Astrodome. Additionally, each victim had their throats slashed by some sort of knife or hook.

Scheider plays former minor league baseball player turned Galveston homicide detective Mike Seaver. Seaver is a staunch Astros fan and is the only person on the case who begins to realize the coincidence of the deaths coming after Sil Barretto’s night game wins in the Dome.

No. Seriously. This was a movie.  MLB must have needed the licensing $$$$ at the time to allow a movie to be made with a pitcher for the Astros to be a murder suspect.  What can I say?  The ’80s were an odd time.

Plus, I love how Mike Seaver (No, not THAT Mike Seaver) is apparently the only Astros fan on the police force.

This was not the most ridiculous plot for a Roy Scheider movie.  That award would go to The Fourth War, followed closely by Blue Thunder and Chain of Command.  Night Game barely makes the top five…only because I can’t include entire episodes of the second season of SeaQuest.

Night Game is also notable for the film debut of Renée O’Connor…best known for her role in this 90’s action TV show.

To bring this entry even more around to the purpose of this blog Juan Agosto?…He pitched for the Appleton Foxes in 1980.

Alumni Birthdays:
October 31:
Anthony Varvaro (’07) – 30
Andy Hargrove (’07) – 33
Chad Dunavan (’94) – 42
Dave McNally (’64) – Would have been 72


November 1:
Bryan Sabatella (’06) – 30
Bob Wells (’98) – 48
Jack McGowan (’60) – Would have been 78
Charles Smiley (’61) – 79

November 2:
Taylor Green (’09) – 28
Pat Rice (Pitching Coach ’96, ’97) – 51
Jorge Morales (’93) – 44
Steve Hoeme (’89, ’90) – 47
Travis Jackson (Manager ’52, ’53) – Would have been 111

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And watch out for hooks!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and HOW many days?

I’m going to take some time off for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.  This break will be needed.  There will be 87 days until Timber Rattlers Opening Night when regular posting begins again at Rattler Radio on January 6, 2014.

If you want to check on the Winter League action during this little hiatus, check out the Australian Baseball League or the Caribbean Leagues at their websites.

For now, I want to share a couple of video clips that show what Christmas means to me.

First, the greatest Christmas moment on network television…probably ever*, but definitely in the last ten years:  Ziva’s convenience store shootout from the Newborn King episode of NCIS.

If you think an Israeli NCIS agent beating the crap out of a Russian mercenary in slow motion as Silent Night plays and Gibbs is delivering the child of a female Marine in a different room isn’t Christmas…well…you and I have very different ideas about what Christmas is.

The greatest Christmas carol of all time is Bing Crosby & David Bowie’s Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth:

Allow me to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you in 2014!

happy holidays

*-I will also accept the end to A Very Brady Christmas at the top of this list:

The 2nd Greatest Easter

Yesterday’s Timber Rattlers comeback was fun.

Check out the photos from story at

Or, just take a look at the one on the Rattlers facebook page that shows the joy of winning an early season game.

The Rattlers celebrate Parker Berberet's game winning hit against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on April 7, 2012

The comeback made me flashback to a certain game in Brewers history.  And I wrote about it on the old blog in 2006.  Here is a repost of my thoughts about the 2nd Greatest Easter Ever:


The Greatest Easter is obvious to all who believe. The second greatest is a distant second, but it is still worth remembering on a baseball blog.

Brewer fans already know where this is going. Easter Sunday. April 19, 1987.

The game was on the radio out on the porch of my parent’s house. We had some family over for a little holiday lunch. It was 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Rangers led the Brewers. It looked like there was no way the Crew would rally and the season opening winning streak would end at eleven.

Mitch Williams (yes, that Mitch Williams) walked Glen Braggs, gave up a single to Greg Brock, and retired Cecil Cooper. That’s when Bobby Valentine (yes, that Bobby Valentine) brought in Greg Harris to face Rob Deer. An 0-1 breaking ball was almost hit out of the County Stadium to tie the game at 4-4. The crowd was going nuts in the background as Bob Uecker made the call.

“I don’t remember running the bases,” Deer said. “I got back to the on-deck circle and everybody was jumping all over me.”

The jumping wasn’t over.

Harris struck out rookie B.J. Surhoff but walked Jim Gantner on a 3-2 pitch. That brought up Sveum, a switch-hitter batting left.

The count again went to 3-2 and Harris threw a fastball. This time the blast was a line drive that rocketed into the right-field bleachers.

Make that 6-4 — and 12 straight.

The roar that followed lasted for several minutes as Sveum was called out of the clubhouse for two curtain calls and then a third along with Deer.

“This is the greatest day of my life,” Deer said. “This is the funnest game I’ve ever played in.

“I know how those guys feel winning a World Series. That’s 10 times more than this, but I don’t know how anybody can feel any better than I did walking into this locker room.”

Or any better than Brewers fans did walking out of County Stadium that Easter Sunday.

That start of the trip around the bases that Deer doesn’t remember was captured for the cover of Sports Illustrated:

Rob Deer!

After that it was a few ham sandwiches, a nap, and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS on ABC. All-in-all, a pretty good Easter. Right, Chuck?

Behold His mighty hand!



The only thing that I will add to my thoughts from the original post is this: It’s hard to believe that Easter Sunday, 1987 was 25 years ago.

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