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Decorations around the ballpark

When you come out to a game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season – and there will be games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season — you will see some new things.

I am not talking about the club level and the suites and the other renovations around the stadium.  I’m talking about the decorations.  The Wall of Fame came down because of the renovations, but that is just temporary.  To make sure there wasn’t just a blank concrete block wall when you walk into the ballpark, we hung the most recent championship banners of Appleton Professional Baseball:

The Foxes Banners from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

The Foxes Pennants from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

There are some banners on the outside of the stadium.  We selected a group of former Timber Rattlers players who are either Brewers prospects or are currently with the Brewers.

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

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Wily Peralta

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Jim Henderson

Hiram Burgos

Hiram Burgos

Hunter Morris

Hunter Morris

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett

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Yadiel Rivera

Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger

There are a few others, but you’ll just have to come out to the stadium to see who they are.

This is the part I really like.  This old photograph of Goodland Field from the days of the Appleton Papermakers is on the wall behind the registers in the new Snake Pit Team Store.  It is awesome.  Sadly, the location is not lit properly for a good photo to be taken.  Also – if you’ll remember – I am a bad photographer.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

Look at the bat rack outside the dugout in the last picture.  Heck, look at the dugout in that last picture.  There are plenty of details in this photo on the wall.  When you come out to the team store, look at it and sees what grabs your attention. 

In case you missed it, the Rattlers were rained out again.  Thursday is the third straight game at home that has been rained out.  This weather….ugh.  I had to give the penguin the day off.  He was out enjoying this weather and wouldn’t check in with me.  Jerk.

However, Fang & Whiffer both got out in the elements to sing and dance and emote their fuzzy hearts out.  Enjoy:

Home opener

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the 2013 Timber Rattlers and the renovations tonight.  It wasn’t a great night as far as the weather was concerned, but…I think this is going to be a great season!

April 8, 2013
Cedar Rapids 10
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | TimberRattlers.com story

It was a hectic day…as in, I was surprised that I got everything done in time for the game tonight.  But, somehow, it all came together to start the season.  But, you don’t want to hear me go on and on about my day.  Here are some things about the game.

Clint Coulter’s home run….just watch the highlight video.  Whoa!

Tough Error on Orlando Arcia led to three unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning.  He had to charge a slowly hit ball on a soft infield and make a throw on the run to get a speedy runner.  An on target throw gets the runner and ends the inning.  The low throw got away and three runs would score in the inning.

How fast was the runner? Candido Pimentel was the runner and he beat out a routine grounder to second base in the second inning.  I didn’t think there was any way he would be safe.  But, man.  He beat the play by at least half a step.

Rodolfo Fernandez is from Cuba.  Tonight, he became an honorary Wisconsinite.  See the last two pictures to see why I have bestowed that honor upon him

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Really nice crowd for a special evening.

Hello Bratzooka! I've missed you!

Hello Bratzooka! I’ve missed you!

Rodolfo Fernandez is from Cuba. It was 38 degrees when this picture was taken...

Rodolfo Fernandez is from Cuba. It was 38 degrees when this picture was taken…

For crying out loud, I had a jacket on when it was 38 degrees during this game,

…For crying out loud, I had a jacket on when it was 38 degrees during this game,

There was a problem with the audio on the highlights tonight.  But, you should appreciate the camera angle on the Clint Coulter home run.  Kudos to the camera operator on that one.  Also making the highlights would be some nice defensive plays on a cold night at the ballpark.

Splittsville

The Timber Rattlers won the first two games of the season opening series in Peoria.  The Chiefs won the second two games of the series.  The Rattlers are coming home to start a 7-game homestand with a 2-2 record.

April 7, 2013
Timber Rattlers 2
Peoria Chiefs 7
Boxscore | TimberRattlers.com Story

Here are the highlights – all Chiefs unfortunately:

As mentioned in the story, Orlando Arcia and Tyrone Taylor both had a single on Sunday.  That extends their season opening hitting streaks to four games.

Arcia struck out one time, but continues to hit the ball hard when he makes contact.  Nothing really spectacular in the field today.  But, there were a couple of plays that were really, really nice.  Don’t take my word for it.  Make it to a game this season and see for yourself.

Clint Coulter was just a bit out in front of a pitch in the fourth inning. He hit the ball long enough, but it hooked foul.

Mitch Haniger showed his speed on the triple he hit in the sixth inning.  That’s very good.

Here are some photos….still getting the hang of it.

Ryan Gibbard makes a pitch during Sunday's game.

Ryan Gibbard makes a pitch during Sunday’s game.

Mitch Haniger cannot get out of the way in time.

Mitch Haniger cannot get out of the way in time.

This is Michael Aldrete.  He is not getting ready to go to the plate.  This is him going to his set position.

This is Michael Aldrete. He is not getting ready to go to the plate. This is him going to his set position.

This picture of Orlando Arcia was supposed to be  the picture that went with the game story on the website.  BUT, I would have had to crop out Arcia's head to make it fit.  I'll figure this photography thing out one day....along with the announcing thing.

This picture of Orlando Arcia was supposed to be the picture that went with the game story on the website. BUT, I would have had to crop out Arcia’s head to make it fit. I’ll figure this photography thing out one day….along with the announcing thing.

Three game series with Cedar Rapids starts on Monday at 6:35pm. here are the pitching matchups:

MON: RHP Preston Gainey vs. LHP David Hurlbut
TUE: RHP Tyler Wagner vs. LHP Brett Lee
WED: RHP Damien Magnifico vs. LHP Taylor Rogers

By the way, the Kernels are 3-1 on the season.  They took three of four from the Beloit Snappers at home to start the season.  The Kernels also just had a combined no-hitter.  It was Sunday.

History was made Sunday afternoon as three pitchers combined to no-hit the Beloit Snappers in a 9-1 win for the Kernels (3-1).

Starter Tyler Duffey and relievers Josue Montanez and Tim Atherton combined to no-hit the Snappers (1-3) in the Kernels’ first 9-inning no hitter since Ramon Ortiz threw one against Quad Cities in 2007. Stephen Locke notched a no-hitter in 2005 against Peoria in a rain-shortened 5-inning game.

Duffey exited the contest after 7 perfect innings. The Houston, Texas, native was efficient in his first professional start, as he left with just 76 pitches to his name and struck out 7.

All three games start at 6:35pm. I can’t wait to get home.  See you there!

Slight stumble

The Rattlers fall in extra innings on Saturday.  This was the second extra-inning game out of three games played this season.  That does not necessarily mean that the Rattlers will play 93 games that go extra innings out of the 140 that are on the schedule.  (Fun with small sample sizes)

April 6, 2013:
Timber Rattlers 3
Peoria Chiefs 4
Boxscore | TimberRattlers.com Story

The wind was howling out to left. No homers and not a slugfest.

The wind was howling out to left. No homers and not a slugfest.

Here is a very Peoria-centric highlight package.  It does include one of Tyrone Taylor’s diving catches.  It does NOT include the play by Orlando Arcia that was completely ridiculous at how good it was….even after I requested it.  To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have put in a Chiefs play like that in our home highlights.  FRONT OFFICE RIVALRY!

You make the call on the play at the plate.  The cut to the low first base camera makes it tough to tell.

A few points for the season so far:
Peoria has scored nine runs in the first three games.  Six of those nine runs have come after there were two outs and nobody on base.   The run that scored in the bottom of the 13th occurred after reliever Taylor Mangum retired the first two batters and made it look like the game was headed for the 14th.

Did I mention that defensive play by Arcia and how ridiculous it was?  I did?  How about his offense today?  No? Okay.  He was 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a hit batsman.  BUT, his line drive to third in the fifth inning was one of the hardest hit baseballs today by a Timber Rattler AND his flyout to right in the 13th was a nice defensive play by Nick Martini.

Mike Garza was also robbed of at least one RBI – probably two – in the 10th.  Rattlers had runners at second and third with two outs.  Garza sent a screaming one-hopper right at the feet of Patrick Wisdom at third base.  Somehow, Wisdom came up with the ball and made the play to first for the final out.  Garza has hit the ball hard a couple of times, but the Chiefs have made some nice defensive plays against him.

I remembered where the sports setting for my camera was.

Tyrone Taylor slides in safely to third base after Orlando Arcia's RBI single in the third inning.

Tyrone Taylor slides in safely to third base after Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the third inning.

This is Mike Garza being robbed by the shortstop in the third inning.  Mejia made the diving stop and flipped to second for the inning ending force out to keep Arcia from scoring.

This is Mike Garza being robbed by the shortstop in the third inning. Mejia made the diving stop and flipped to second for the inning ending force out to keep Arcia from scoring.

Brent Suter: 5IP, 4H, R, BB, 4K

Brent Suter: 5IP, 4H, R, BB, 4K

Of course, I zoomed in on the hitter in this photo. Had I kept it out at the usual distance, you would have seen Arcia's liner heading right into Wisdom's glove.

Of course, I zoomed in on the hitter in this photo. Had I kept it out at the usual distance, you would have seen Arcia’s liner heading right into Wisdom’s glove.

Welcome to Wisconsin….

A few odds and ends from the first full day of the Timber Rattlers in Appleton, Wisconsin.

It was Media Day today and there will be plenty of stories in various Fox Valley media to link to later tonight or sometime tomorrow.

I can share the 2013 Timber Rattlers rotation as it was announced by pitching coach David Chavarria.  There will be four tandems to start the season with one stand alone starter:

THU: Tyler Wagner/Mike Strong
FRI: Damien Magnifico/Leonard Lorenzo
SAT: Brent Suter
SUN: Jorge Lopez/Ryan Gibbard
MON: Preston Gainey/Eric Semmelhack

There was a roster move yesterday.  RHP Taylor Mangum – @themangral10 -has joined the Timber Rattlers.  That puts the Timber Rattlers roster at 25.

Click the link below for the new roster, which has been cleaned up as far as the removal of double numbers and a few typos:
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I taped the first edition of Timber Rattlers Field Pass for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel after Media Day.  Manager Matt Erickson and team president Rob Zerjav are the guests.  JP Cadorin will have a piece on Scooter Gennett and Hunter Morris that he taped in Arizona earlier in March.

Lastly…

The team did manage to get outside after media day.  A quick stretch on the concourse and a quick game of catch in the parking lot.  Field is still a little soft.

It's brisk.

It’s brisk.

Chris McFarland is from Lufkin, Texas.

Chris McFarland is from Lufkin, Texas.

The manager is the one in the winter hat.

The manager is the one in the winter hat and jacket.

I doubt that Preston Gainey has had snowbanks for a backdrop when he's thrown before today.

I doubt that Preston Gainey has had snowbanks for a backdrop when he’s thrown before today.

It can start warming up any day now.  Any. Day. Now.

Dawn at the Ballpark

A few pictures of sunrise over Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium that were taken this morning.

6:25am

6:25am

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6:40am

6:42am

6:42am

6:44am

6:44am

Here’s why I was at the ballpark this morning.

Renovation Update: Episode 16

Pictures first.  Video second.

And since this is where I’ll be spending the majority of my time, I will start with Home Radio:

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The futon is going to go against the far wall.

As I mentioned on twitter: Yes, smart alecks, the windows will open.

As I mentioned on twitter: Yes, smart alecks, the windows will open.

A good photographer is never seen in his pictures.

A good photographer is never seen in his pictures.

Here is what my brothers in sound from around the MWL have in store for them:

Your own door!

Your own door!

The press box has been expanded, too:

Plenty of room!

This looks like the set for one of those old: I’m a Mac. I’m a PC commercials.

Inside a suite on the club level:

I may try to call a game from up here one day this summer.

I may try to call a game from up here one day this summer.

Workers!

A view of the first base stands.

A view of the first base stands from the club seats on the upper level.

Yes. This photo was taken on a different day.  At least the Sun was out when I took this one.

See. The Sun does come out in Wisconsin!

See. The Sun does come out in Wisconsin!

We tried some different camera movements in this video!  Enjoy!

Renovation Update: Episode 15.5

I just happened to be over at the stadium today and I saw something wonderful that needed to be shared before we shot the next video update.

The tarp has been taken down from some of the upper level.

Here's a view from the mound.

Here’s a view from the mound.

Here's a look from inside the banquet facility.

Here’s a look from inside the banquet facility.

A view from the club seats.

A view from the club seats.

A look at the outside seating for the club level.

A look at the outside seating for the club level.

This is the view from the club seats from directly behind home plate.

This is the view from the club seats from directly behind home plate.

We’ll have video and more photos next week.  Have a great weekend, everyone!  Think Spring!

Renovation Update: Episode 15

Just like last week.  Pictures first.  Video second.

If you’ll indulge me, here is my new apartment…I mean, home radio booth.

Home Radio booth

Home Radio booth

This is the new bullpen area. Bullpen as in “area for office workers” not as in “place for pitchers to warm up before entering a game”.

Inside the main office.

Inside the main office.

If you look to the right when you are near the front of the stadium, you will see the new entrance to the front office.

Front office entrance.

Front office entrance.

If you look to the left from the same spot, you will see the new team store.

Team store entrance.

Team store entrance.

And here is the view from one of the upstairs camera platforms:

Panorama!

Panorama!

Let’s get this snow out of here!

In the meantime, here is the video:

Renovation Update: Episode 14

This week: Photos AND video!

First the pictures:

An overall view from the camera platform beyond the centerfield wall.

An overall view from the camera platform beyond the centerfield wall.

View from the club level near suite 3

View from the club level near suite 3

The entrance has a roof! Hopefully this means that it will never rain while you are standing in line.

The entrance has a roof! Hopefully this means that it will never rain while you are standing in line.

And the traditional shot of the front entrance.

And the traditional shot of the front entrance.

Now, the video brings it all together with views of some areas that have not been seen before this episode:

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