Results tagged ‘ Weather ’

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!

The State of the Field

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.


I’ll let Telemachus the Tarping Tapir take over the post from here:
Telemachus
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:

Tarp on the field.

Tarp on the outfield.

Mehring took this shot from the beach….The beach.  That sounds so nice. 

Trust us. We know what we're doing.

Trust us. We know what we’re doing.

I’m not allowed on the club level, so Mehring ran up there for this ‘Eye in the Sky’ shot:

The eye in the sky doesn't lie.

The eye in the sky doesn’t lie.

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. 

Thanks, Telemachus.

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.

Sunday Morning Weather

Sunday morning tarp in Peoria

The weather report for Peoria today is not promising.

Just to prove that I have the game notes done for today, here they are:
RattlersGameNotesAugust262012

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..

Game Notes for August 4, 2012

Rain in Beloit.

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:

Brick the Bad Weather Hating Bactrian sez, “I hate bad weather. Just because I haven’t been around that much this year doesn’t mean you should have forgot that main thing about me. I mean…it’s my gosh darn name!

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:
RattlersGameNotesAugust42012

UPDATE: Lineup & Pitchers added

Tonight’s Lineup:
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:
Matt Miller

Beloit Starting Pitcher:
Jason Wheeler

Follow tonight’s game (7:00pm CDT first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

I declare this field SNOW-FREE!

I know that I am tempting fate here, but this 60 degree weather has me a bit loopy.

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Yes. It is beautiful.

March Snowstorm

This was the photo I posted on twitter at 2:11pm as the snow started to fall in the Appleton area today:

Sigh.

This is a photo taken from the camera 90 minutes later:

Seriously?

A slightly different angle:

Noooooooooooooooo!

Better on March 2 than on April 2. At least that’s what I’m telling myself right now.

Groundhog Day at the ballpark

I was out taking a few pictures of the infield at Time Warner Cable Field today to document how the recent warm weather has affected the snow cover…

So far, so good on the disappearing act, snow cover.

I noticed something in this picture that reminded me what day it was:

Click for a bigger image and look on the right at the end of the bleachers.

 

It’s Groundhog Day, but we do not have a Punxsutawney Phil or a Jimmy from Sun Prairie to pop out of a burrow at the ballpark to give us a weather prediction . We need to rely on someone else.

There can be no doubt.

He’s been around the ballpark for a long time and now is about the time….

I don't see a shadow...

Once again, the mysterious Range Rider sets out on another thrilling adventure with his trusted steed Thunder who…

does not see a shadow. Spring is right around the corner!

The Howling Mad Murdock Action Figure did NOT see his shadow this morning.  Alert the news crews!

Opening Day is 63 Days away. That’s just nine weeks!  It better get here soon.

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