It’s a 12:05 PM start today at Time Warner Cable Field in Appleton, Wisconsin. With no batting practice for the LumberKings, there will be no pregame interview today. You can still read all about last night’s 4-2 win in today’s notes:
With no interview, today is a chance to highlight a fun road promotion being put on by the Timber Rattlers. With the likes of Brett Lawrie, Brock Kjeldgaard and Chris Dennis all hailing from Canada, the Rattlers are putting on their very first “Canada Day”. The weather conditions are fitting for the promotion…temperatures in the low-60’s and overcast grey skies. Weather better suited for Saskatoon in the summer. Canada-themed features at the ballpark today include the playing of “Oh, Canada” prior to the game and each and every Timber Rattler dressed in Canadian mounty gear on the scoreboard.
For the record, the LumberKings have no Canadians on their current roster. The most recent was outfielder Tim Smith of last year’s club. The Toronto-raised Smith was a star at Arizona State before being selected by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round in 2007. Smith hit .300 with 25 doubles, 13 home runs and 70 RBI in 121 games with the Kings last season. After hitting .333 with four homers and 19 RBI in 35 games with high-A Bakersfield this season, Smith has already rejoined manager Mike Micucci (’07-08) at double-A Frisco. With the Rough Riders, he’s certainly holding his own. A .376 average with seven doubles, a home run and 23 RBI through his first 24 games in the Texas League. A September call-up? Possibly.
Tim Smith gets interviewed after winning the “Star of Stars” award at the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game in Midland, Michigan.