Sunday, May 30, 2010

Random Thoughts on the Twins Game!

Why was I watching the Twins game? That's a good question, first off, I wanted to check out all the buzz around the Twinkies this year, secondly I needed to practice Pointstreak (the scoring system for the Mallards), and thirdly it's Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN! Overall, the game was alright, as the Minnesota Twins (30-20) beat the Texas Rangers (26-24) at the new Target Field by the score of 6-3. The result concluded a three game sweep of the Rangers by the Twins. Here are some random thoughts that came to my mind during the game:

1.) The newly built Target Field is simply beautiful. Initially I was a little wary of the idea of putting an outdoor ballpark in Minneapolis, but now it seems like a great idea. I definitely need to get out there soon!

2.) Target Field is no doubt a pitcher's park. This made me think what it would be like to have a pitcher's park in Milwaukee (Miller Park is the anti-pitcher's park). On first thought, I was like a pitcher's park could possibly help out the Brew Crew's pitching because they have been killed by the long ball this year. But, then my mind recalled that series at Petco against the Padres where the Brewers pitching was downright horrible. Not sure if anything can help the pitching in Milwaukee besides maybe four new starters.

3.) Props to the Twins' organization for honoring the Minneapolis Lakers at their park! Kobe!!!!

4.) The Rangers' first baseman Justin Smoak has one of the top five names in baseball! ESPN announcers, please do not say "Smoak smoked that one into the outfield"

5.) Twins relief pitcher Jose Mijares made me feel very jealous, why can't the Brewers have relievers who can get five straight outs including two strikeouts swinging!

6.) J.J. Hardy hasn't changed very much, the stat line of 0-3 with a BB to contribute to that .238 batting average seems like deja vu. As long as the girls still love him, it's all good, right?

7.) Twins' closer Jon Rauch is HUGE, baskeball must have not been his sport, a 6' 11" reliever is nuts. Once again, more jealousy filled my heart while watching the flamethrower close out the game!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mallards partner with ESPN Radio for a seventh season!

Madison, WI –May 27, 2010. The Mallards are excited to announce the team has teamed up with Good Karma Broadcasting for a seventh year to provide fans the opportunity to listen to all 70 Mallards games on FM 100.5 ESPN or via a live stream online at espnmadison.com. Gabe Neitzel will assume his duties as play-by-play announcer on live broadcasts. Similar to last season, Mallards games will be preceded by “Madison’s Baseball Tonight” hosted by Neitzel and Jim Rutledge, and followed by post-game coverage.

Read more at mallardsbaseball.com!

Oh yeah, Go Lakers!!!! (I'm happy for Ron Artest)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Check Out The New Improvements To The "Duck Pond"

Madison, WI – May 26, 2010. The Madison Mallards are proud to reveal four new renovations to the “The Duck Pond” for the upcoming season. They have partnered with Maple Leaf Landscaping, Sysco, and the Diamond Center to offer fans a more comfortable and unique experience at the ballpark. Additionally, the sound system has been enhanced for better quality.

Read more here!

Monday, May 17, 2010

First Day With The Mallards!

Describing my first day as PR intern with the Madison Mallards is fairly simple, it was AWESOME! Can't get much better than thinking and writing about sports all day long. On top of that, a tour of the park and chilling in the press box (where I basically will live this summer) only added to the unique experience. Besides all of that cool stuff, Kobe Bryant went for 40 points in a rout of the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, what a great day!
(Note: The Brewers are no longer contributing to my feelings on any particular day)

In more relevant baseball news, the Madison Mallards announced that they will welcome back former All-Star Randy Molina as an assistant coach. Molina played for the Mallards for three consecutive summers from 2005-07, more details can be found at the following links:

Mallardsbaseball.com (Former Mallard All-Star Randy Molina returns as an assistant coach)

Madison.com (Former Mallards Player Molina to join coaching staff)

If you're itching to make it out to The Duck Pond, come out this Saturday for the Green Bay Packers Charity Game. A group of Packers players will take on Wisconsin Firefighters in a seven inning softball game with the event's proceeds going to the Wisconsin State Fire Fighters Association. The game is set to begin at 2:00 PM CT and tickets are only $16. Purchase here or over the phone by calling 608-246-4277.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

10 Cool Headlines In My Sports World on Friday!

1.) Philadelphia Flyers tone down the excitement in the city of Boston by beating the home-town Bruins in Game 7. The Flyers took the last four after being down 3-0 in the series, just crazy, time for the two Cinderellas to meet, who you got between the Canadians and Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals?

2.) Ned Yost wins his first game as the Kansas City Royals' Manager, next goal, pass up the White Sox on the bottom of the AL Central standings!

3.) Rory Linton loses all of his Centsports money when betting on the Minnesota Twins to beat the heavily favored New York Yankees, at least we know Rory loves his Twins more than anything!

4.) Brewers continue to lose at Miller Park, this time to the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 9-5, can the Brew Crew play on the west coast all year long?

5.) The media realizes Prince LeBron James may not be what everyone thinks he is at this point in his career. I don't care if he goes to Chicago, heck, I'll go see him if he does, whatever you do, stay away from New York!

6.) Now time to get a little more serious, former Brewer pitcher Chris Capuano started in Triple AAA Nashville on Thursday where he threw eight shut out innings, striking out five. Capuano may be coming off two tommy-john surgeries, but he has to be better than one of our starters, right?

7.) "Rutgers most likely to the Big Ten," a New Jersey School, really?

8.) WNBA tips off on Saturday, YESSSS!!!! Everyone to my house to pregame for the Sparks at Mercury, we're talking Candice Parker vs. Diana Tarasi!

9.) Mallards baseball is only 18 days away, get those tickets to the Duck Blind!

10.) Streak For Cash is starting to get really really really really hard again, I'm sad!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Couple of Wisconsin Related Tidbits!

1.) Tucker's Return To Wisconsin: The former Wisconsin Badger and College All-American will be joining the Milwaukee Bucks this summer in Las Vegas! After disappointing stints in Phoenix and Minnesota, Tucker is an unrestricted free agent trying to find his fit in the NBA. What does this mean for the Bucks? Not much in my opinion, I would love to see Tucker get a job in the NBA, but he doesn't appear to have that NBA talent, despite his spectacular college career. Moreover, Tucker just doesn't have the size at 6 foot 6 to play at the 3 or 4 spot. Tucker should be optimistic though, if summer ball doesn't work out, go play in Europe, he would be a great fit overseas.

2.) Wisconsin Men's Basketball Team Draws The Wolfpack: Weird right, more Badger College Basketball news? In next year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Badgers will welcome the North Carolina State Wolfpack to the Kohl Center on Wednesday, December 1st. Your initial thoughts may be easy win, but not so fast, this NC State team will be pretty good! They return four seniors, including their leading scorer Tyler Smith, a NBA talent-esque player (16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last year). Coach Sidney Lowe has to feel great about his chances next year, this is a team that won six of their last nine games last year in an underrated ACC conference who fared well in the NCAA tournament to say the least. Most people may not be excited by this match-up, but don't let last year's teams fool you, this will be a great one in Madison, I can't wait!

3.) Ned Yost Back To Managing: I might lose half of my audience by posting this one, but I don't care, I don't have this internal hatred towards Ned Yost like most Milwaukee Brewers fans have. I say congrats to Yost for acquiring the manager position with the Kansas City Royals, it may not be the best job in baseball, but it's a job! I'm not going to heavily analyze this move because most people won't read it if I do, but I will mention that I was excited to hear the news of Yost getting the job through a text from one of my roommates!

4.) Fielder's Value Diminishing: 0.254 with 4 homeruns, let's get going buddy, enough said!