Welcome to the Future
Well… This looks different, doesn’t it?
After weeks of promising change, I’m proud to welcome you to The Watson Files 2.0!
thousands dozens of you who were used to reading this on the old TinCaps website, you’ve found me again… Stalkers. For the rest of you, thanks for stopping in. If you’re looking for a place to discuss TinCaps baseball, the superiority of breakfast over the other meals of the day and good karaoke songs, you came to the right place.
First things first… The reason I shifted the blog over to MLBlogs is because the TinCaps have a new website and there was no place on the new site to put a blog. Personally, I think this whole “internet” thing is a fad, but I’m just the radio guy. Anyway, I recommend checking out the Bad Apple Dancers page along with the audio/video highlights from the 2009 season.
I like the new format. It looks better and it’s, you know, a real blog (as opposed to a page where I write things and nobody can comment, leading me to assume that nobody read it… which, let’s not kid ourselves, was and probably still is the truth). The major challenge is coming up with a title. I was torn between the Brad Paisley-inspired “Welcome to the Future” and “Hey, it’s the 90s!” to convey the hip newness of everything. As in, “Mom, they tried teaching us the metric system at school today!” And she replied with, “Hey, it’s the 90s!” This whole title thing could either be a huge boost to the blog or the start of me trying to think of a clever title all day.
OK, now to baseball. I know I mentioned this Friday on the old blog, but the old blog has now been jettisoned into the abyss of the internets, so I’ll mention again: TinCaps hitting coach Tom Tornincasa was the hitting coach for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. They went 14-18 after a pretty slow start, hit .275 as a team and almost led the league in walks. That’s not bad considering they lost Jason Heyward, who a lot of people think is the best prospect in the Minor Leagues, after four games. Fort Wayne alums results: Lance Zawadzki (’08) hit .324 and made the Rising Stars Game, Cedric Hunter (’07) hit .247, RHP Brandon Gomes (’07-08) made 11 appearances and had no record, 3.00 ERA.
Also, Chad Huffman (’06) was added to the Padres’ 40-man roster. That protects him from the Rule 5 draft, which happens in a couple of weeks (Dec. 10) in Indianapolis at the Winter Meetings.
MLB.com has made it pretty easy to follow Padres minor-leaguers in Winter Leagues here.
I ate an obscene amount (or is it number?) of ribs during the Ohio State-Michigan game this past weekend. People came over to watch the game and ribs were obviously on the menu. The reason I bring this up is this: Justin Shurley became the de-facto chef during the first half of the game, partially because his Old Mississippi Rebels weren’t playing until later and partially because he happens to carry (in his car) some sort of grate which fit perfectly inside the grill and made sure the ribs cooked thoroughly but did not burn. Unbeknownst to me (but knownst to Justin, apparently) this is normal behavior when you’re from the South and you’re suspicious that a barbecue may break out at any moment. Not that I’m complaining, since I did sit down and eat virtually an entire rack of ribs.
I think that’s it from here… Leave a comment if you want, but I reserve the right to censor them… Hey, you get what you pay for.
And now, musical guest… Brad Paisley!