The season is over and I’m re-introducing myself to my family as I ease into full Wisconsin hibernation. We have settled into a great neighborhood. We love it here. We’re nervous about winter but the summer was big fun and we are now experiencing fall colors for the first time in our lives. Beautiful. I’m trying to play as much golf as I can until the chill comes. If you didn’t know, there are more outstanding courses in this area than just about anywhere else in the country. Being a golf destination can be big for a city. Our region is definitely a major golf destination, in my opinion. My three favs: Whistling Straits, Erin Hills, and Bristlecone Pines. Unfortunately, my game is in shambles. Plenty of "hozzle rockets" to go around.
This past season was the most enjoyable of my career and I want to thank you for welcoming me to Milwaukee. The season offered some memorable moments despite a disappointing finish. I believe the franchise can be a playoff contender for years to come. I’m anxious to see how the off season moves improve the ballclub.
As for Brewers TV, we had a record setting year in the ratings…thanks to you. Producer John Walsh is an outstanding leader and Director Mitch Riggin is a creative whiz. We’ve been nominated for a few Emmy awards already and I know Mark Attanasio has a few more "bells and whistles" to add to the production for next year.
I am forever grateful for Bill Schroeder for taking me under his wing, smelly as it is! He’s the star who drives the show and a great big brother to us all. Rock and I developed a tight relationship with Craig Coshun, Davey Nelson and Jeff Grayson and I hope it showed at home. It’s rare to find a group of announcers who check the ego and get along so well. We get a lot of attention because we’re out front but our crew deserves most of the credit. I have an enormous amount of respect for our team behind the scenes. With that in mind, please read the names below and be appreciative of the talented men and women who bring you the sights and sounds of Brewers baseball every night.
PRODUCER: John Walsh
DIRECTOR: Mitch Riggin
PRODUCTION TEAM: Josh Adams, Andrew Kimball, Brian Mikolajek, Ryan Shaber
STAGE MANAGER: Renee Haffemann
STATS: Mike Falkner
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Lindsey Greschel
CAMERA: James Bath, Rick Bruch, Brian Dally, Tom Dorner, Jesse Liebe, John McKay, Dan Quinn, Korina Riggin, Ryan Rizzotto, Brett Robotka, Duane Rodriguez, Andy Stieber, Will Tinsley, Trent Windorski, Keith Wood
AUDIO TEAM: Dan Albert, Bill Bye, Paul Kelly, Karl Lanwer, Paul Lundin, Krystal Stephens, Eric West
TAPE: Andy Eggert, Maggie Gallegos, Tim Koenig, Phil Link, Lisa Lutomski, Danny Lutz
VIDEO: Dave Larson, Marj Sontag, Steve Zimmerman
FONT COORDINATOR: Linda Costello
FOX BOX: Dan Devine, Jason Shumanski
We hope you enjoyed watching Brewers baseball as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. We all understand the awesome responsibility that goes with the job and look forward to next year.
As for the House of Blogs, I’ll be checking in periodically. It should be an exciting "off season" of sports in Wisconsin to keep you entertained until pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale in February.
Have a great fall!
Here’s a cool tune from a guy I saw at the Pabst Theater recently. A great show. Turn it up, what a voice! Raul Malo.
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