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Promotional Calendar

The Timber Rattlers announced their promotional calendar for the 2011.  Well, what is available right now. There is more to come as stuff gets finalized.  But, head over here to see all of the stuff that is planned for the season.

I just want to highlight a few things:


  • Jersey
    : Cast members from the show appearing at the Fox Valley PAC are
    scheduled to be at the Rattlers game on June 8.

  • Mr. Belding: Dennis
    , who played Principal Richard Belding in Saved
    By the Bell
    , is coming to the game on June 9 in conjunction with
    Educator Appreciation Night presented by School House.

  • Denny
    :  The Rattlers are
    hosting a 70’s night on August 11 and Denny Diamond, a Neil Diamond
    impersonator will be on hand to bring back the decade.

  • Team
    Ghost Riders
    : What is Team Ghost Riders? 
    Monkeys in cowboy outfits riding dogs. See it on August 25.

Special Events:

  • Star Wars Night: The
    characters are back and so are the Star Wars-themed Rattlers jerseys
    on June 11.

  • Bring Your Pup to the Park: 
    Bring your canine friend to the game on July 31.

  • Jimmy Buffett Night:
    Calling all Parrotheads! We are getting tropical on August 2.

Check for giveaways, too.  Including the Fans Choice Bobblehead.  I don’t know who will be on the ballot yet, but I will let you know when the time comes.

Also, Brewers Sunday is back for the 2011 season.  The Timber Rattlers will wear a special Sunday Jersey based on an old Brewers uniform.  That should be announced in a couple of weeks.

Its exciting for the city and for Matt

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.

There was this story on Ron Dayne.  This one on Jeff Cirillo.  This one on Greg GumbelA notes column with Doug Melvin quotes.  And a photo gallery, too.

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.

Interested in working for the Rattlers?

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.

Matt Erickson CAN come home again.

Mike Woods, who goes by the twitter handle of @FloridaGators59, has the story on the new manager of the Timber Rattlers.

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).

Head over here for the details on how you can download them.

There are six from which to choose.  Here are two examples:


Don’t forget that there are also some wallpapers for your desktop computer that feature players from the 2010 Timber Rattlers.
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