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August 11, 2012

something brewing

Stephen Peterson is a Tom Brady guy living and working right in the middle of Aaron Rodgers territory.

The way Peterson sees it, that’s OK — the strikes he’s concerned with reside on the black of home plate rather than on the fingertips of wide receivers.

Danvers’ Peterson is in the midst of his first full season playing professional baseball for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. And aside from the occasional urge to declare that his own hometown hero, the Patriots’ Brady, is far better than the local favorite, Green Bay’s Rodgers, Peterson is loving everything about life in the midwest.

“When my parents came out, we took a tour of Lambeau Field, and we made sure we told people, ‘We’re Patriots fans, we’re just here for the history’,” Peterson said with a laugh.

“Really, though, the people here are great. We get almost 5,000 fans a night and being in the same state as the Brewers is great. The people here are crazy about their Brewers and it really reminds me of the way fans are back home.”

Someday, those fans may be going crazy for Peterson, a 24-year-old lefthanded pitcher who turned pro last summer after his senior year at the University of Rhode Island.

A 2006 graduate of St. John’s Prep, Peterson was solid in the rookie ball Arizona League in 2011 and earned himself a spot in Wisconsin in his first full spring training a few months ago.

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound southpaw has rewarded his team, pitching 41

1/3

innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .196 average for a club that is 65-49 overall and won its Midwest League first-half division title.

He has three wins, three saves and has thrown in all situations. Sometimes, he’ll come in for one out in a lefty-on-lefty situation, and sometimes he’s called on to throw 2-3 innings at a time. It’s all part of the learning curve in Single-A.

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