Results tagged ‘ Music ’

Musical Interlude – July 21, 2013

I was invited to have dinner with a friend and his family after today’s game.  I am heading out in a few minutes and am actually going to shut the computer down for awhile.

The postgame post will be up later tonight after I think about this one.

Rattlers 6
Dragons 7
Boxscore | Rattlers Game Story

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth....Where's that horrible photography tag?

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth….Where’s that horrible photography tag?



Musical Interlude – May 30, 2013

I just need to NOT be on the computer for a few hours.  I’ll have the postgame post up right around the start of the Brewers game tonight.

For now

Rattlers 9
Snappers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Van Morrison for the ride home after two weeks on the road:

Championship Musical Interlude

I hope that you’ll forgive me if I pause to catch my breath and enjoy the moment.

Wisconsin 4
Fort Wayne 2
Boxscore | Game Story

This time it’s right – my time has come
Gonna give everything that I’ve got
Till it’s over and victory’s won

2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers…Midwest League Champions

Quick post doubleheader thoughts…..

Game one:
Wisconsin 6
Burlington 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two:
Wisconsin 8
Burlington 3
Boxscore | Game Story

I try to never read too much into performances on the last day of the season…

Especially in a game that features a 6-5 double play with a runner at second and a grounder to short starts the play and a different play in which a pitcher does not cover home plate on a wild pitch that didn’t get too far away from the plate with a runner at third base  resulting in a run scoring and that pitcher getting yanked from the game with a 2-2 count on the batter with two outs in the inning…

BUT, gol durnit, that was a fun way to spend about five hours on Labor Day.

Five home runs on the day with some timely hitting and good relief work.

Max Walla kept game two  from getting out of hand with a spectacular diving catch.  Read the game two game story for details.

Chad Thompson and Brent Suter do the job in game one.  Eric Semmelhack, Santo Manzanillo, and Michael White do the job in game two.  Bullpen should be fresh and ready to go on Wednesday in game one against the Bees.

By sweeping the three game series from the Bees at the end of the regular season, the Rattlers wound up with a winning record against the Bees (10-9) in 2012.  The Rattlers did not have a losing record against any team from the Western Division. As the great Mel Allen might say, “How ’bout that?”

The team will work out in Burlington tomorrow morning and take the afternoon to relax.  Next game is Wednesday at 6:30pm right back here at Community Field.

It’s been a long day and the plan is to put a detailed playoff preview up sometime tomorrow afternoon – or, once I know the starters for Burlington. 

Until then, Rattlers fans, just roll with it:

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.

The day in pictures with one list – August 26, 2012

Rattlers 3
Peoria 10
Boxscore | Game Story

List of games the 2012 Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs:
April 24 @South Bend – 10-4 (L)
May 15 @Kane County – 11-5 (L)
June 1@Cedar Rapids 14-9 (L)
July 6 @Cedar Rapids 12-11 (L)
August 7 @Beloit 10-4 (L)
August 8 v. Cedar Rapids 15-1 (L)
August 15 @Beloit 13-10 (L)
August 26 @Peoria 10-3 (L)

The Day in pictures:


Sixth inning. Notice the lights.

This is in the ninth inning. The bases are loaded and there are two outs. You can see Rafael Neda waiting on deck as the grounds crew tries to get the mound and third base ready to resume play.

And this is roughly 15 minutes after the end of the game.

Final thoughts: Great job by the Chiefs front office and grounds crew in a difficult spot.  They held off the start of the game because of a weather system that could have dumped a lot of rain on the field a lot earlier than it did.  Nobody wanted to burn a starting pitcher and nobody wanted a doubleheader.  Also, I am about 92.4% positive that the umpires almost called for the tarp in the top of the ninth inning.  That would have been a mistake.

Right now, It’s raining all over the world:

Musical Interlude for August 7

Rattlers 4
Snappers 10
Boxscore | Game Story

I drove this trip.  Posting on the trip back is not an option.

So, in honor of Chadwin Stang reaching 19 games on his hitting streak – and the need to have a little something that is both smooth and mellow on the blog after the series finale in Beloit….

A little Steely Dan, if you please:

Musical Interlude for July 25, 2012

Rattlers 5
Cougars 2
Boxscore | Game Story

I’ll have Nine after 9 in the morning.

Right now, I am trying to get Kenny Swab‘s walkup music out of my head.

I may be awake until 4am.

Musical Interlude – July 16, 2012

Rattlers 4
TinCaps 7
Boxscore | Game Story

On the bus. Probably about 7 or 7-1/2 hours. Will try to create a coherent thought – which was damn near impossible during the broadcast tonight – on the ride home for a decent Nine after 9 tomorrow.

For now. Take, take me home

Oh, did you hear? Jonathan Lucroy is tentatively scheduled for a rehab assignment for the Rattlers from July 19 through July 22?  Well, he is.  Tickets available here or at the ticket office at 9am – (800) WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152.

Musical Interlude

No retreat. No surrender.

Apt for this Rattlers team, no?



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