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Postgame Post – June 22, 2014

Timber Rattlers 5
Burlington Bees 2
Boxscore | Game Story

From the game story:

Wisconsin has opened the second half of the 2014 Midwest League season by doing something no other Timber Rattlers team has ever done. In twenty seasons of Timber Rattlers baseball, no team had ever come into Burlington and swept a four-game series from the Bees…until this series.

In the words of that great philosopher Homer Simpson, WOO-HOO!

I don’t have anything to add, other than pictures.  Look how nice it was in the first inning!

Two runs scored on this sac fly/error combo.

Two runs scored on this sac fly/error combo.

The eternal struggle between Williams & Cayones.

The eternal struggle between Williams & Cayones.

This picture was taken out the visiting radio booth door after the top of the sixth.

This picture was taken out the visiting radio booth door after the top of the sixth.

Mendoza flew out to right for the final out of the sixth on this pitch.

Mendoza flew out to right for the final out of the sixth on this pitch.

I ran down to the press box door to take this photo right after the end of the sixth inning.

I ran down to the press box door to take this photo right after the end of the sixth inning.

 

When I started to take this picture, the players were watching the clouds.  By the time I took it, they were watching the tarp crew.

When I started to take this picture, the players were watching the clouds. By the time I took it, they were watching the tarp crew.

 

Step 1.

Step 1.

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Step 2

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Step 3

 

And then it rained.

And then it rained.

And then it was over.

Enjoy the off day on Monday.

Doubleheader Notes & Game 1 Lineup – June 20, 2014

Hey, Ernie! What do you say?

That was some storm last night! Let's look at some pictures!

That was some storm last night! Let’s look at some pictures!

Not exactly what I had in mind…but, okay.

Here are a series of photos taken at Community Field between 3:45 and 4:30 on Thursday…That would be last night.

6 19 before the rain and tarp

6 19 before the rain and tarp 2

6 19 tarp

6 19 tarp 2

6 19 rain

Here’s what it looks like today!  To borrow Ernie’s Line: Let’s play TWO today!

6 20 Ballpark
First pitch for game one is at 5:00pm tonight

Broadcast Information:
Radio:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 4:40pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

Timber Rattlers Game One Lineup:

6 20 Lineup Game 1

Timber Rattlers Game One Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
Burlington Bees Game One Starting Pitcher: Ryan Etsell

Timber Rattlers Game Two Starting Pitcher: Zach Quintana
Burlington Bees Game Two Starting Pitcher: Clint Sharp

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 20 2014

Lineup & Game Notes – June 7, 2014

UPDATE: Rained out on Saturday.  Two games on Sunday.  Game one starts at noon.

STARTERS:
WIS:
Anthony Banda
Victor Diaz

CLN:
Eddie Campbell
Rafael Pineda

Game time is supposed to be 6:30pm in Clinton tonight….But, there’s this:

As of 4pm.

As of 4pm.

Teams are preparing for the game and for a wait.

June 7 Walk

June 7 Ballpark

Broadcast Information:

Radio: AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:10pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

June 7 Lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Anthony Banda
LumberKings Starting Pitcher: Eddie Campbell

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes June 7 2014
LumberKings Game Notes: Clinton 6.7.14

Brick says, “Hello.”

Time for a visit from our friend Brick, the Bad Weather Hating Bactrian

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Mehring would post a photo or something, but …. Oh, Perry the Postponement Penguin has something to say.

Sorry, folks, park's closed.  Moose outside shoulda told ya.

Sorry, folks, park’s closed. Moose outside shoulda told ya.

What I think that means is Monday’s game was called due to rain. Doubleheader on Tuesday. Game one starts at 5:05pm.

Hopefully, it doesn’t look like this:

April 28 rainout

Anyhow…here are the details.

And here is a picture of the home field of the Timber Rattlers when it’s nice out…

Recycled. Sorry. Running late.

Recycled. Sorry. Running late.

Lord, let it be nice again soon.

UPDATED: Rating April since 2003

This post originally appeared on April 29, 2011 as a response to an insane number of rainouts.  I did not update it in 2012 because, there was just one postponement during all of April, 2012.

The only change I have made to this post is the removal of Perry, the Postponement Penguin. I’ve can’t afford to pay him residuals on this.

Now, after another postponement on April 19, I am compelled to update.  2012 and 2013 are at the bottom of the post.

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There have been so many tweets and emails and questions and ahhhh….let me do the math since I have nothing else to do tonight. I have been announcing for the Timber Rattlers since 2000. I have been full time with the team since 2003. Let’s use 2003 as a baseline since that was the gold standard for bad weather in April that I can remember.

I had a little time on my hand and came up with a rating system. Don’t be scared. This is what happens when you take baseball away from me.

April Postponements in Timber Rattlers History:

2003 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*, & 30
April 3-6 was a four game series at home against Beloit. April 7 and 8 was a series with Clinton. However, the Rattlers front office talked to the LumberKings and the Midwest League and that game on the eighth was actually moved to a league wide off day on April 10. I guess I can count it as a postponement. The April 30 game was the final game of a series at Clinton.

2003 rating:

2003 rating: Smiling Willard Scott. Look at him. He’s up to something. Just like this month. Watch out for this Willard Scott.

2004 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
April 20
The first game of a series with the Burlington Bees at home was rained out. That was it.

2004 rating:

2004 rating: Valerie Voss. Wisconsin native, CNN meterologist, awesome. Not awesome…this is the best picture of her online.

2005 April Postponements: Overall: 0; Home: 0

The first rainout of the 2005 season was on July 25. The Rattlers played just two doubleheaders that season. One was a scheduled Day-Night DH on June 6 as a certain QB hosted his charity softball game on June 5. The other was a makeup of the July 25 rainout on July 27.
2005 rating:

April 2005 Rating: Jeaneatta Jones. This month was as beautiful as the best weather forecaster ever on The Weather Channel. Ever.

2006 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
April 30

April 30 in a game against West Michigan. Seriously, it couldn’t hold off one more day?

2006 rating:

2006 rating: If there is anything that makes Willard Scott better it would be Al Roker. Al smooths out the harsh edges of Willard and make this month pretty cool.

2007 April Postponements: Overall: 5; Home 5
April 6, 7, 9, 11, & 12

The season opened on April 5 in 30 something weather. That would have been a postponement, too. Had it not also been the first game Ryne Sandberg managed. The games on the 6th and 7th against the Chiefs were colded out. April 8th was a scheduled off day. Clinton came in on April 9 and got rained out. The teams actually got a doubleheader in on April 10, but the next two games were called off due to snow…I’d say “Seriously?” but, it snowed on April 19 this year.

2007 rating:

2007 rating: I just blew any chance I had with Valerie Voss by posting this picture. But, April, 2007 deserved this rating…unlike Valerie who did not deserve this as the only other picture of her that I could find on the internet.

2008 April Postponements: Overall: 7; Home: 6
April 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 25

April 3 was opening night and it was in Quad Cities. The Rattlers home opener against Clinton was played on April 7. BUT, April 8-10 against Clinton was either rained or snowed out. Dayton came up to play on April 11, but the field still had ice and snow. April 12 also had too wet. The only reason the doubleheader against the Dragons was played on April 13 was because the Rattlers front office brought in a helicopter to dry out the field. Yes. Seriously. There’s a picture somewhere in the files. I’ll dig it up later. April 25 was a game against Beloit on a Friday night.

2008 rating:

2008 rating: Serious Willard Scott. Not even Willard Scott can smile about a month that needed a helicopter to play games.

2009 April Postponements: Overall: 3; Home: 1
April 19, 21, & 26
April 19 was a Sunday in Clinton. April 21 was a Tuesday at home against Peoria. April 26 was a Sunday afternoon at Quad Cities

2009 Rating: Young Willard Scott. That right there is what we in the business call ‘Network Hair’. You trust this man. You trust this month.

2010 April Postponements: Overall: 3; Home 2
April 8, 25, 30

April 8 was the famous snow out on Opening Night at Time Warner Cable Field. April 25 was a Sunday at home with the Beloit Snappers. April 30 was later in that same week at Beloit.

2010 rating:

2010 Rating: Nervous Willard Scott. Not enough home postponements to frighten Willard, but just enough to put him on high alert.

2011 April Postponements: Overall: 8; Home 6
April 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28

And it ain’t over yet.

2011 rating:

2011 Rating: Willard Scott as Ronald McDonald. Nightmare Fuel. Best thing about this rating? Willard Scott went on to a long and successful career after this…this…well, I don’t know what this is, but yes…he (and Ronald) survived.

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NEW MATERIAL:

2012 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home 1
April 16

Group Captain Sir James Martin Stagg, CB, OBE, FRSE. The man who made the call on D-Day for the Allies. The man made the call in a tough spot and he was right on the money.   What? You were expecting Jillian from the FOX NFL Pregame Show? This is a family blog.

2012 Rating: Group Captain Sir James Martin Stagg, CB, OBE, FRSE. The man who made the call on D-Day for the Allies. The man made the call in a tough spot and he was right on the money. What? You were expecting Jillian from the FOX NFL Pregame Show? This is a family blog.

2013 April Postponements: Overall 8; Home: 5
Home: April 9, 10, 11, 12, & 14. Away: April 17, 18, & 19.

April of 2013 needs to be blown off the pages of history...just like the overly smug and in way over his head Dr. Jonas Miller was in Twister.

2013 Rating: April of 2013 needs to be blown off the pages of history…just like the overly smug and ‘in-way-over-his-head’ Dr. Jonas Miller was in Twister.

 And it ain’t over yet.

Another one? Another one.

As soon as Friday’s game was called, I went looking for the nearest marquee that included a temperature.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to walk far:

  Not that it would have been any better back home.  Thanks, Kevin.

Sigh.

No game tonight…Obviously. Two on Saturday starting at 4pm. There will be a doubleheader when the Timber Rattlers host the LumberKings in May (May 8-10).

This is eight postponements in 2013. I am going to update the Rating April since 2003 post to include 2012 and 2013. It will be up tomorrow morning.

For now, enjoy pictures of Ashford University Field and the Timber Rattlers getting their work in for the day.

The wind would have been blowing out to left today.

The wind would have been blowing out to left today.

The game would not be called for about 40 more minutes.

The game would not be called for about 40 more minutes.

So THAT's where the original home of 'Chicken George' is located!

Candlelight Inn?!?! So THAT’s where the original home of ‘Chicken George’ is located!

Getting in work.

Getting in work.

If we have learned nothing else over the last eleven days, we know that the Timber Rattlers are now experts at hitting in the cages.

If we have learned nothing else over the last eleven days, we know that the Timber Rattlers are now experts at hitting in the cages.

Two cages. Some waiting.

Two cages. Some waiting.

I had visions of a line drive heading right for my lens.  Had to move the camera quickly to avoid that possibility.

I had visions of a line drive heading right for my lens. Had to move the camera quickly to avoid that possibility.

Yeesh. Can they just PLAY baseball!?!?

Although, the baseball coaches of Appleton West and Menasha High Schools had a heck of an idea.

Sadly, no such deal could be worked out in Clinton tonight.

Tip of the cap to JP Cadorin for a pointer to that PC Sports tweet.

Wet Grounds in Clinton

First, meet my new happy place:

It's my happy place because the water is where it belongs. In a lake, not falling from the DAMN SKY!

It’s my happy place because the water is where it belongs. In a lake, not falling from the DAMN SKY!

In case you had not heard, tonight’s game at Clinton was postponed due to wet grounds.

If you are interested to see where this April rates in relation to past Aprils of the Timber Rattlers, I urge you to go back to this post from 2011. It is titled Rating April since 2003. The rating system used mainly pictures of Willard Scott. Please note that the April of 2012 is not rated because it was a very benign month that barely made an impression on me. April of 2013 is approaching the April of 2011 and the horrific Willard as the original Ronald McDonald rating. Ugh.

Pictures from around the ballpark today.

Wet grounds. No kidding.

Wet grounds. No kidding.

Tarp covers the field Again rain falls from the sky Who will stop the rain?

Tarp covers the field
Again rain falls from the sky
Who will stop the rain?

Want to see how windy it is...Look at the flag on the on top of the courthouse.

Want to see how windy it is…Look at the flag on the on top of the courthouse.

That should give you a better idea.

That should give you a better idea.

There was actual baseball work going on in the cages.

There was actual baseball work going on in the cages.

What say you, Perry, the Postponment Penguin?

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, "No games tonight."

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, “No game tonight.  But, I do have a song to share.”

I’ve been down and
I’m wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
With me

So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home

Maybe tomorrow, Perry.  Maybe tomorrow.

Not really a time lapse….BUT

In the words the philosopher George Costanza: You know? Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s blooming. All that crap.

Apparently not.

Here are a series of photos taken around Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium over the space of an hour after today’s doubleheader with the Kane County Cougars was postponed:

You can see the first few snowflakes...

You can see the first few snowflakes…

And a few more...

And a few more…

By the time I made it to this spot, it was a swarm..

By the time I made it to this spot, it was a swarm..

I have nothing...

I have nothing…

nothing.

nothing.

Upstairs...

Upstairs…

Concourse level.

Concourse level.

It has kept on snowing since I took that last picture.  I’d go on taking pictures and posting them…but why?…Why?

A modified quote for icy stadium pictures

“It tasks me; it heaps me; I see in it outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white winter agent, or be the white winter principal, I will wreck that hate upon it.”

Imagine me saying this as I am dressed as Ricardo Montalbán in The Wrath of Khan. You’ll get the general idea of my feelings today.

Before we get to the pictures of a stadium that encased in ice, let’s get a report from Fairfax, the Field Conditions Ferret. Fairfax, what do you have for us today?

Icy. The field conditions are icy today.  What the heck do you think they would be, Mehring!?

Icy. What the heck do you think they are, Mehring!?

Thanks for that very accurate report, Fairfax.

And to make it official….

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, "No games tonight."

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, “No games tonight.”

It makes sense that Perry the postponement penguin would be a little more professional in these conditions that a ferret.

To the photos!

It’s all a matter of perspective.

For example:

Pretty:

Icy trees.

Icy trees.

Pretty depressing:

Same angle.  Not zoomed in on the trees.

Same angle. Not zoomed in on the trees.

Here’s something from the same spot, just crouched down on the steps to include the railing:

Sigh.

Sigh.

From the front of the stadium:

It's NOT December...Darn it!

It’s NOT December…Darn it!

The entire front entrance:

Deep sigh.

Deep sigh.

Winterfell

Winterfell?

Nope. Just the ballpark.

Nope. Just the ballpark.

Beaches are supposed to be warm:

Supposed to be warm.

Supposed to be warm.

More?  You want more? I’ll give you more!

From beyond the Rattlers bullpen.

From beyond the Rattlers bullpen.

Picnic tables.  Those are things that are acquainted with summer.

Picnic tables. Those are things that people think about when they think summer.

Cold winter fingers Will not release their tight grasp On my aching heart

Cold winter fingers
Will not release their tight grasp
On my aching heart

Deeeeeep Siiiiigh.

Deeeeeep Siiiiigh.

The Rattlers will try to play the Kane County Cougars tomorrow.  Think warm thoughts.

A look at the home opener

Rained out on the second day of the home schedule….Let’s get this out of the way….

Perry…

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, "No game tonight."

Perry the Postponement Penguin says, “No game tonight.”

Thanks, Perry.  Hopefully we won’t need you much this season.  (Fingers Crossed)

It’s time you met another member of the Mehring Menagerie.  Keep it brief, Brick:

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Brick, the Bad weather Hating Bactrian is very angry with this weather.

Great.

And for photographic proof:

I am already sick of seeing the tarp on the field.

I am already sick of seeing the tarp on the field.

Plenty of media in attendance for the home opener and here are links to the different stories.  For those of you outside the greatest state in the Union….those people in the parking lot are tailgating.  It was 42 degrees:

FOX 11 had story this from Alex Ronallo and this series of pictures.

WBAY’s Emily Matesic filed this story before the game on the renovations while Tricia Whitaker had these stories on the preparations by the players and coaching staff.

WFRV’s Bret Lemoine was at the game and had a report.  You can see the text of the report at this link, but the video has been replaced by highlights of last night’s game.

NBC26 was here. I saw them. I just can’t find their stuff online right now

Tim Froberg of The Post-Crescent has this article with video of an interview with Clint Coulter.  Wm. Glasheen documented the night in photographs.

If you want a little baseball mixed in with this post, here is Kyle from Brew Crew Ball with an Opening Day Notebook , Kevin from Cream City Cables with an article on Mitch Haniger and Coulter, and Alec from Brewers Rumors filed this game story.

That will do it for today.  Think warm thoughts, Timber Rattlers fans!

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