I gotta admit – I’m a sucker for clever comedy. Borderline cheesiness is kinda my thing. It’s why I was disappointed Francisco Elson only played for the Bucks for two seasons – I miss the Elf clip they used to play after he scored. “Francisco! That’s a funny name.” Made me smile every time.
So I was in cheesy humor heaven while attending a Timber Rattlers game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox City Stadium – the Appleton stadium which, by the way, represents the most interesting use of a corporate sponsorship for naming rights while trying to maintain the integrity and image of an independent entity. I guess it’s just an introduction to the creative approach taken by the Brewers single-A affiliate to creating a fun-filled baseball experience. True to the form of most modern sporting events – but especially those at minor league level – the event was a sports-centered circus of sorts. After each half inning of play, there was a contest, a giveaway, or an interactive crowd activity. Some standards included the seventh inning stretch, complete with a round of the Beer Barrel Polka, and the always exciting game of Guess the Attendance (it was 2,807). But the Rattlers crew has some ballpark originals as well, including some sort of go-kart race around the warning track that, while fun to watch, did seem a little dangerous. But my favorite part of the experience was tuning into the audio clips. Remember, it all goes back to clever comedy.
Again, there were a few standards, but even the Homer Simpson sound bite wasn’t your average “Doh!” Mixed in was a Home Improvement clip, one from Napoleon Dynamite, and a shout out from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi. But for me, the best of the best was hearing Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka. “You get nothing. You lose. Good day, sir.”
The Beloit Snappers lost Wednesday night, falling to the Rattlers by a score of 3-1. Of course Brewers fans were 2 for 2 that night, with the Crew beating the Cardinals 5-1. Surprisingly, the first official Brewers update wasn’t made at the stadium until the Rattlers were going into the ninth. But the update came as no surprise to the fans in attendance, thanks to smartphones and unofficial announcements that could be heard amongst the crowd on a regular basis.
So it was a good night. And a beautiful night for baseball. Attending a Timber Rattlers game has been on my sports to do list for some time now, and I’m glad I finally went. I’m not a huge fan of the two hour drive, but I’d do it again. It was fun and it was a great deal. Did I mention it was dollar night? Yup. $1 soda and beer. Can’t beat it – unless you do a little research beforehand. I didn’t, but now know about a number of fantastic ticket deals, including the Brewers-Timber Rattlers Fang-tastic Ticket Deal. Check it out. If you’re a baseball fan, a clever comedy fan, or both, you’ll be glad you did.