Why Warm Weather Made Me Think of VHS Tapes

This beautiful Sunday weather in Fort Wayne really made it feel like spring had arrived. I opened all of the windows around my apartment and then went out and enjoyed the fresh air. It was definitely shorts weather, but more importantly, warm temperatures mean that it’s baseball weather. I really got locked in this weekend on how many great things lie ahead this season for the TinCaps both at Parkview Field and at ballparks all across the Midwest League. (That doesn’t mean I wasn’t paying attention to Selection Sunday, though. Come on…what kind of a sports fan would I be if I weren’t already worrying about my sheet of integrity a.k.a my bracket?)

And as those spring and summer-like thoughts began to creep into my head, I came across a few things this weekend that really made me recall my first great memories of what got me hooked on baseball.

It was somewhere between the ages of 7 and 10 where I started to watch VHS tapes of “This Week In Baseball”, which was originally narrated by the late Mel Allen. I’d wake up early, and we’re talking 5 or 6 a.m. on the weekends and run downstairs to pop the tapes into the VCR and get swept away by the personalities and players that baseball had to offer. The video clips that come to mind are ones like Steve Lyons not so successfully diving into first base, Denny Neagle mimicking a train whistle, and Jose Canseco having a fly ball use his head as a trampoline on its way over the fence. (The announcers really make that last clip by saying, “Boink!”, on the slow-motion replay.)

But what really took me back, as someone who has always loved sports on the radio, were the opening and closing themes to “This Week in Baseball.”

TWIB Opening Theme

TWIB Closing Theme

If you watched the show at any point in your life, those songs have got to bring back at least a few great memories.

How about that?

TWEET OF THE DAY

Sunday’s Tweet of the Day (TOTD) went to ESPN’s Mike Tirico, prior to the conclusion of the B1G championship game:

Right on, Mr. Tirico. I only plan on filling out one bracket. I make no claims, however, as to the strength of any of my picks.

SPANG SPEAKS

In 2011, Cory Spangenberg, the Padres first round draft choice last summer, played in 47 games for the TinCaps. Although he started slow, Manager Shawn Wooten was patient with him and that paid off. Spangenberg played exclusively at second base for the TinCaps and hit .286, knocked in 24 runs and stole 15 bases.

Recently XX1090 AM in San Diego, the radio flagship of Padres baseball, caught up with Cory and talked to him about his spring training experience. Cory was moved over to big league camp because of some injuries at the Major League level, and what did he say the biggest perk of big league camp was? Getting your spikes cleaned out by the clubhouse attendants.

You can listen to the full interview here:

http://wpc.31d2.edgecastcdn.net/8031D2/xxsportsl/common/global_audio/40/53516.mp3

Although we’re not likely to see Cory in a TinCaps uniform again this season, he did mention who some of his closest friend are. Names like Jace Peterson, Kyle Gaedele and Mike Gallic were all mentioned. There’s a strong possibility all three of those players will suit up at Parkview Field this season.

MUSICAL GUEST

CCR—take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

Thanks for reading!

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