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That is a quote from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin about new Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson and it was taken from this Dean VanderPas story in today’s Appleton-Post Crescent.
Erickson gave a brief talk that hit all the high points at the Red Smith Banquet last night. It was warmly received and gave a little bump to the excitement that the Fox Cities has for the upcoming Rattlers season.
After being introduced, he received an impressive ovation from the 1,400 in attendance.“This is a great place to come to work and a great place to play the game,” he said from the podium.Erickson, 35, was the Rattlers hitting coach for the past two seasons. As the first person with local ties to manage the Fox Cities’ Midwest League team since Marion native Bert Thiel headed the Appleton Foxes in the 1970s, he understands that he will have to show his skills when the honeymoon is over.He’s confident that he can do the job just like he has in all of his sports endeavors. It started with a memorable three-sport career at Appleton West and continued in baseball at the University of Arkansas and at the professional level. He also impressed Brewers brass as a hitting coach since they opted to promote him.
Matt predicted that the honeymoon will end the first time he gets the tying run thrown out at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lose a game. He was joking…I think.
Go read it all.
In fact go check out all of the Red Smith Banquet coverage at the Post-Crescent today.
If you saved your program from last night’s banquet, look for the Timber Rattlers coupon. That coupon will get you a ticket to Red Smith Night at Time Warner Cable Field when the Rattlers host the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday, July 13.
If you are interested in part-time, game day employment with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, click on this link.
It should take you to the PDF of the 2011 job application.
Just print off both pages, fill out both pages, and return both pages to Time Warner Cable Field as soon as you can.
I cannot stress that there are two pages to the application enough.
Interviews will take place in February.
About the time Matt Erickson set foot back in Appleton, various members of the Milwaukee Brewers organization kept asking him the same thing:
“Are you interesting in managing?” And his answer was always the same: “Yes.”
On Wednesday, both of their wishes came true when the Brewers named Erickson manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for 2011.
“I told them I would like the opportunity, if it became available in Appleton,” said Erickson, an Appleton West graduate, who served as the Timber Rattlers hitting coach for the past two years.
Reid Nichols, the Brewers special assistant to the general manager/director of player development, said this was a move two years in the making.
“He expressed an interest in managing, pretty much as soon as he got here,” Nichols said. “We’ve been training him, and this is his time.
“No doubt we like what he’s doing. He managed our instructional league team a couple of years ago. He’s a good person, first. And he’s done a very good job in the position of hitting coach for us.”
Nichols believes Erickson, 35, has the right makeup and the right intangibles to succeed in his new position.
“He’s a good communicator and pays attention to the game,” Nichols said. “He’s always prepared and comes ready. Matt will be able to do whatever he sets his mind to do. He’ll do a good job as manager.
If I were capable of feeling emotion, I would say that I am happy for Matt and the Timber Rattlers. This is a good fit.
Here is the release from the Timber Rattlers website announcing the entire coaching staff for the 2011 season.
Also, best wishes to Jeff Isom, who moves on to Brevard County, Milwaukee’s affiliate in the Florida State League.
The elves in the Timber Rattlers workshop have come up with wallpapers for your mobile device (iPhone, droid, iPad).
There are six from which to choose. Here are two examples:
“I think it’s been 16 years and it was just time for a refresh,” team president Rob Zerjav said. “Our logo has been extremely popular but, at the same time, everything with age, it can use a rebranding and we thought it was time.”It’s somewhat of a calculated risk as, according to Timber Rattlers merchandise manager Jay Grusznski, since the team introduced its logo, it has been one of the top-25-selling logos in all of minor league baseball for 14 of 15 years.A program that helps keep them there is an affiliation with youth baseball, where the Timber Rattlers are part of a select group of minor-league teams — roughly 30 out of 160 — whose logo and jersey can be purchased by youth baseball teams around the country.
Post-Crescent Photo Gallery. This Wm. Glasheen photo my be my favorite.