Where am I, Bizarro World?
When I saw ESPN was doing a “Baseball News of the Weird” story this week, I couldn’t help but assume it would pale in comparison to some of the “Uh, what?” moments from the TinCaps’ 2010 season. Surprisingly, I was right for once.
Let’s enjoy. In 2010, the Fort Wayne TinCaps…
- Had a backup infielder and a backup catcher hit grand slams in back-to-back games… and lost both games.
- Made six errors in a game at Dayton (the teams combined for ten total errors).
- Watched the same Dayton team commit six errors in a game at Parkview Field. In the same game, the TinCaps’ starting pitcher went seven hitless innings before hitting his pitch limit, didn’t figure in the decision but the TinCaps still won the game.
- Went 2-1 in games ended by a wild pitch. Yes, three games ended with a walk-off wild pitch.
- Came within one strike of being no-hit for the first time in franchise history, then later in the season were within one out of no-hitting the same team (Bowling Green).
- Gave up an eight-run inning and still won the game.
- In early July, they played a three-game series vs. Bowling Green; total game time in the series was 10 hours, 49 minutes — an average of an excruciating three hours, 36 minutes per game.
- Soon after, they won a game in which they had just two hits, beating Lake County in a swift two hours, five minutes.
- Received a scoreless inning pitched by a position player (Jon Alia, released by the Padres in July).
- Had a player more than double his season home run total in a single game (Jonathan Galvez 3HR; entered game with 2HR all season).
- They also, in a single game, had the starter take a no-hitter into the fifth, the team take a shutout into the ninth, blow a 3-0 lead, then not put the ball in play in a three-run, game-winning rally in the ninth (five walks, game-winning hit batsman).
- In August, a lineup snafu caused the pitcher (Matt Lollis) to hit, and he doubled in a 1-for-3 performance.
- Also in August, the TinCaps played a nine-inning game which lasted 3:42; Bowling Green’s Burt Reynolds hit a grand slam.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 Fort Wayne TinCaps!
Top that, ESPN.
- The Padres just (within the last few minutes) announced they picked up a backup catcher. It’s Rob Johnson from the Mariners, in exchange for a player to be named or cash. Which leaves first base as the last hole to fill.
- The sale of the Portland Beavers is final. Whew. That could’ve gotten awkward.
- The Padres getting Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson probably means Jerry Hairston will work elsewhere in 2011.
- Tigers prospects including RHP Jacob Turner went to fall instructional camp. If you read the quotes, everyone in the Detroit organization thinks it’s the greatest instructional camp in intergalactic history.
- Pete Rose’s son will manage a Rookie-level team for the White Sox this year.
- Speaking of the Sox, Fort Wayne alum Jake Peavy is coming along nicely in his rehab from a serious injury. He’s already throwing, which is amazing to me.
- The Marlins’ Top 10 prospects are listed by Baseball America. I know they don’t have any fans, but maybe for fantasy baseball purposes. Wait, Mike Stanton isn’t a prospect anymore? Forget I brought it up, then.
- For you cased meats enthusiasts out there, get ready for Three Dog Night from the Akron Aeros. Prediction: Akron, Ohio leads the United States in 2011 in major cases of the meat sweats.
- I’ve been trying to get people to agree with me on this for two months: Doesn’t Chris Bosh look suspiciously similar to Littlefoot from “The Land Before Time”? Judge for yourself:
(Left-to-right: Littlefoot, Bosh.)
Must be the long necks.
Santa Claus the Charlie Daniels Band!