Results tagged ‘ Life in the minors ’

Postgame post for August 27, 2012

Wisconsin 3
Peoria 7
Boxscore | Game Story

The talk on the bus ride was about the ejection of Cameron Garfield.  This may come as a surprise to you, but I’m going to side with the Rattlers on this one.

I could go over the game, but I’m not sure what I can add to this one.  The game story has everything.

So, the five most annoying celebration songs I have heard in my broadcast career.

#5.) The Heat is On: Omaha Lancers (USHL)
A lifetime ago, I was the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers.  The Omaha Lancers had a great offensive team and they would score lots and lots of goals.  The song that they played after every goal was the Glenn Frey “classic” from Beverly Hills Cop.  No seriously.  It would kick in right around the point in the song where Glenn sounded like he was singing backup vocals to his own song.  Then, at the appropriate moment – right after ‘It’s on the street!’, 6,000 Lancers fans would all sing along with that “Whoooo-hoooo”.  I hate that song and Beverly Hills Cop has been ruined for me.

#4.) Song #2: Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League of Professional Baseball)
It was 1998.  I was in my first year as the solo radio announcer for the Duluth Superior Dukes.  The Winnipeg Goldeyes still played in Winnipeg Stadium, a football stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  The left field fence was 300′ from home plate.  They had the lot of power hitting right-handed hitters.  Not that you needed to be a slugger to hit one out of the park there.  There was one game, the last game of a series.  The Dukes bullpen was used up and the starter needed to go deep into the ballgame…no matter what. I don’s have my scorebook from the 1998 Dukes in front of me, but I am almost positive that the starter went all eight innings and gave up 500 runs and the Goldeyes hit 88 homers.  The Goldeyes production crew played this song – from the start – after every. single. run.

#3.) We like to Party: Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League)
I hated this song when Six Flags used it and their commercials were on every station at all hours of the day or night.  The Chiefs, to their credit, have added dancing ears of corn – named Norm & Al – to really ramp this one up to 11.

#2.) Chelsea Dagger: Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels, South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League)
I don’t know how and I don’t know why this song became popular with THREE teams in the league but I wanted the Rattlers to shutout these teams every time they played at the respective stadiums.

#1.) Iowa Fight Song: Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Rattlers played in Cedar Rapids on Iowa night this year. The Kernels played this song after every Kernels run.  Cedar Rapids scored FOURTEEN runs that night.

You made it through the crap. Now, Here is the song I would play – starting at about 2:41  where that kickin’ drum beat starts up – after a win…if people knew what real music was.

Yes, it’s odd that I put a song that has the lyrics:

Well, I can’t be bothered with sorrow
And I can’t be bothered with hate, no, no

in a post about songs that bother me and have grown to hate.

Don’t care.

Another game tomorrow.  Go get ’em.

Lineup and Game Notes (August 20, 2011)

This is #2 in MWL team vehicles, behind only the Fangmobile. The Buzz Mobile gets points for being a bread truck. Points taken away for still having the old parent club logo.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Brandon Macias – 3B
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Jason Rogers – LF
Cody Hawn – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – RF
Joey Paciorek – C
Reggie Keen – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Jose Macias

Saturday’s Roster moves:
C Tony Pechek placed on the Disabled List
C Rafael Neda transferred to Wisconsin from Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_082011a

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust20

Saturday’s Bonus Slip-N-Slide Photo:

I guess you could say that the Bees are loose for tonight's game.

Fun with the Mailbag

I do not envy the person who goes through the inbox.  They give answers that might belong on a background check or will make for some very awkward Thanksgiving dinners.

I’m trying to find out how to find past players. I’m not sure if your
website allows past player search or if its only current players. If
you could please tell me if there was a Timothy Jason (T.J.) Freeze as a
player, I would greatly appreciate it.
Crystal F. has mostly current players, although those who played recently
may still appear. There are no current players with that last name, and
even other sites like Baseball-Reference list only one player named
Freeze, who was born in 1900.

My dad, Hubert B. Woods, played semi-pro baseball in the Kansas City
area from the mid-1920’s to the mid-1930’s. He was known as “Woody”
Woods and played third base. I have a brass baseball charm with the
inscription “MVAA ’32.” Thank you for any information you can give me.
Susan W.

My uncle Percy Gillette supposedly played back in the 1920’s and I am
not able to find his name anywhere. He played in Ohio or Michigan and
was from New York. I would appreciate any help you could give me.
Janet G.

We couldn’t find any players by those names from that era, sorry!

They receive some very reasonable requests:

I was at the New York Giants Minor League training camp in Sanford,
Fla., in early 1951. During my time there, a movie was made of the
players and was shown as a short feature in many New York movie houses. I
have been trying to locate this movie but have been unsuccessful. I
think it was either a Bill Stern movie or a Movie-tone News movie. Any
suggestions that you could give me would be much appreciated.
Jim M.

We don’t have any information on that, although we’ll let you know if any other readers respond with an answer.

Did I say requests…I meant DEMANDS!!!!

I need you to restore IMMEDIATELY the 2010 game-by-game results for
the following teams; the Aberdeen Ironbirds, the Bluefield Orioles, the
Bowie Baysox, the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Frederick keys and the
Norfolk Tides. I need results for the mentioned teams for my personal
files of all the games I attended.
Mark F.

We should soon have historical game-by-game results for all teams soon.

Then, there are the curious who are wondering about how to tryout for a minor league team.  Just go through the link and see how many times that question is asked.

Ken Phelps! Ken Phelps!

You know of what I speak.

But, why would that particular Seinfeld clip pop into my head this morning?

There was this blog post by Kirby Arnod of the Everett Herald that showed up on my google news reader and I thought ‘Nice tie-in.’

Before the Fall League begins, the Mariners’ magnificent seven [players participating in the Arizona Fall League] went through something this afternoon that the organization takes seriously – a two-hour session of media training presented by Mariners baseball information director Tim Hevly and public information director Rebecca Hale.

What happens in a media training session?

Their program was held in the multipurpose room at the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria. It included advice and tales of personal experience by former Mariner Ken Phelps, who lives in the Phoenix area; a few video clips of how to (and not to) conduct a postgame interview; and a discussion with a couple of real, live baseball beat reporters, Shannon Drayer (of ESPN 710 radio) and me (of The Herald).

Phelps warned the guys that anything they say or do, can and will appear in print and online. He told them that nothing they say is ever off the record, even if they think they have an understanding with a reporter that it’s off the record. He told them to never criticize their teammates, to be humble in their success, to be honest and be themselves.


After Phelps, the players saw video of two postgame interviews. One was a young Mariner who’d gotten his first big-league hit last month and said all the right things to Brad Adam of FSN.

“Anything stand out in that interview?”

Rebecca Hale asked the group. I’m not sure who responded, but one of the guys uttered two words: “His chew.”

Exactly. Spit it out when the cameras are on, even if you’ve just put it in.

But, I thought there was no tobacco in minor league baseball.

Interesting read.Click the link for the whole post.

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