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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.
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.
2004 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
The first game of a series with the Burlington Bees at home was rained out. That was it.
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.
2006 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home: 1
April 30 in a game against West Michigan. Seriously, it couldn’t hold off one more day?
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.
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.
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
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.
2011 April Postponements: Overall: 8; Home 6
April 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28
And it ain’t over yet.
2012 April Postponements: Overall: 1; Home 1
2013 April Postponements: Overall 8; Home: 5
Home: April 9, 10, 11, 12, & 14. Away: April 17, 18, & 19.
And it ain’t over yet.
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:
How cold is it? This is the darkest baseball timeline. twitter.com/CMehring/statu…
— Chris Mehring (@CMehring) April 19, 2013
Not that it would have been any better back home. Thanks, Kevin.
— Kevin (@khazaert) April 19, 2013
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.
Yeesh. Can they just PLAY baseball!?!?
Although, the baseball coaches of Appleton West and Menasha High Schools had a heck of an idea.
— Post-Crescent Sports (@sports_pc) April 19, 2013
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.
First, meet my new happy place:
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.
What say you, Perry, the Postponment Penguin?
I’ve been down and
I’m wondering why
These little black clouds
Keep walking around
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
So maybe tomorrow
I’ll find my way home
Maybe tomorrow, Perry. Maybe tomorrow.
In the words the philosopher George Costanza: You know? Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s blooming. All that crap.
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:
It has kept on snowing since I took that last picture. I’d go on taking pictures and posting them…but why?…Why?
“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?
Thanks for that very accurate report, Fairfax.
And to make it official….
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.
Here’s something from the same spot, just crouched down on the steps to include the railing:
From the front of the stadium:
The entire front entrance:
Beaches are supposed to be warm:
More? You want more? I’ll give you more!
The Rattlers will try to play the Kane County Cougars tomorrow. Think warm thoughts.
Rained out on the second day of the home schedule….Let’s get this out of the way….
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:
And for photographic proof:
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:
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!
Lots of interest in the state of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium’s playing surface while I was in Arizona.
The groundscrew and the front office were gracious enough to wait until I returned from the desert to try an old Groundskeeper’s trick. I was over there this morning to help pull tarp.
Tarp crew about to try an old Groundskeeper trick to melt the snow. twitter.com/TimberRattlers…
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) March 27, 2013
I’ll let Telemachus the Tarping Tapir take over the post from here:
The trick is to put the tarp on the field with the dark side facing up. This allows the sun to heat the tarp and melt the snow. It is in right field for right now. Trust me. I’m the Tarping Tapir:
Mehring took this shot from the beach….The beach. That sounds so nice.
I’m not allowed on the club level, so Mehring ran up there for this ‘Eye in the Sky’ shot:
You will notice from that shot that the groundscrew was already been working on the infield using a different trick. That trick is called a snowblower. Unfortunately, I was not around to take photo or a video of the snowblower in action.
The tarp will be moved over to left field after it has done its work in right field. The temperatures in the 40s and the sun will really speed things along. You will be surprised at how well this will work. I will not be surprised because…like I said – I’m the Tarping Tapir…Now, back to Mehring.
I’ll update this post later with links to video from the various media that were at the field to record the first tarp pull of 2013.
Just to prove that I have the game notes done for today, here they are:
A new post with the lineups will be up if it looks like the team will play. Perry the Postponement Penguin may make an appearance if the weather doesn’t turn around for the better.
As of now, we are at condition Telemachus the Tarping Tapir with Carl the Rain-hating Camel standing on the sidelines..
Pregame on field work has been canceled for tonight’s game. The Timber Rattlers are not going to be at the ballpark until around 4:30 or 4:45.
The forecast was calling for some severe thunderstorms to hit Beloit right around this time (4:15-4:30), but the possibility of clear skies for game time on a fireworks night is out there, too. As of now, wait and see….Let’s get Brick out here just to make it official:
When the lineup is available – or, if there is any news, I’ll update the post.
Here are the game notes to help you kill a little time:
UPDATE: Lineup & Pitchers added
Brandon Macias – 3B
Carlos George – CF
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – LF
Mike Garza – DH
Max Walla – RF
Rafael Neda – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Follow tonight’s game (7:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280, WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
I know that I am tempting fate here, but this 60 degree weather has me a bit loopy.
Yes. It is beautiful.