Stuart Scott Said My Name on ‘SportsCenter’

Well…That Was Odd

So it’s Monday night and I get home from the gym. I catch up on a few TV shows on my computer while I’m eating dinner and then I’m off to bed.

Pretty standard, right?

For some reason, I rarely sleep all the way through the night. I’ll usually wake up once or twice, glance at the clock, and then fall back asleep. That routine takes about 20 seconds.

Well on Tuesday morning at about 2:30, I woke up, checked my phone quickly, and saw that I had a couple emails and four Twitter mentions. What?

Someone had written on my Facebook wall, sent me a Facebook message, and several people had tweeted at me asking if Stuart Scott of ESPN had just said my name on the 11 PM SportsCenter. I had no idea seeing as I was asleep at 11 PM and hadn’t tweeted at him. So I tried to do a little detective work, and here’s what I found:

As it turns out, there is a Mike Cousins who is an aspiring broadcaster and current college student, who had tweeted at Stu Scott asking to have his tweet read on the air. Go figure.

Not only have I never met anyone who has the same name as me (albeit a different spelling), but for him to aspire to be in same field? Truly bizarre. Also, all of this happened between the hours of 2:30 am and 3:00 a.m.

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Big-Time Sound

I’m really looking forward to broadcasting TinCaps games this year, and I’ve got some great radio news to share with you.

If you’ve ever watched ESPN, then you’ve heard Jim Cutler’s voice:

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He does lots of voiceover work for ESPN, NBC, ABC, and just about anything else you can think of. He’s heard in New York, Los Angeles and just about everywhere in between. You can also hear him on 1380 ESPN in Fort Wayne, which is the home of TinCaps baseball.

All of our imaging (that’s the technical term) or voiceovers, as they’re more commonly known, will be done by Jim. I am a huge fan of his work and am very thrilled that he’ll be a part of our broadcast each night.

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Counting Down

Just nine days remain until Opening Day here at Parkview Field. This afternoon in Peoria, Arizona (the spring training home of the San Diego Padres) the players in San Diego’s camp will just work on the minor league complex and not play any inter squad games. Tomorrow, the 2012 TinCaps (or some version of them, since a roster has not been announced yet) will head on the road to take on their counterparts from the Kansas City Royals, which in this case is the Kane County Cougars. Fort Wayne will visit Kane County on April 19, 20 and 21 this season.

There are just four games left in spring training for the Padres farmhands before they break camp on Sunday, April 1, and head to their respective clubs.

Here are a few more names that might be on the 2012 Opening Day roster for the TinCaps:

Matt Stites

Stites is a right-handed pitcher who was drafted last June in the 17th round out of the University of Missouri. He pitched just two games at rookie-level Peoria before being sent to Eugene, where he worked to a 4-0 record in 24 games (no starts), and a 1.93 ERA. What stands out most for Stites is his strikeout to walk ratio, which is 34 2/3 innings last season, was 39-8.  He transitioned from being a starting pitcher in college to being a reliever last season.  With Mizzou he was the Saturday night starter, and he led the team in innings pitched (92.0), strikeouts (77), complete games (one) and was second on the team in wins (three) and ERA (3.72).

Mark Pope

Pope was a fifth-round selection by the Padres last summer out of Georgia Tech. He’s listed at 6’2″, 203 and like Stites, was  starting pitcher in college. Last season he was used exclusively in relief in 11 appearances between Peoria and Eugene. He struck out 24 batters and walked 11 in 29 innings of work with the Emeralds. I got to know Mark and watch him play as a member of the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2009. He had a strong summer back then, and it looks like he’s continued that streak through college and into the early part of his pro career.

Here’s an interview Georgia Tech’s website did with him last May:

Kyle Brule

Another righty that might be in Fort Wayne on Opening Day, Brule pitched at both Peoria and Eugene last season after being selected in the 32nd round of the draft out of Oklahoma Baptist University, an NAIA school. He began his collegiate career at Arizona State University, before transferring to OBU.  In his first professional season, Brule, who stands 6’2″, 205, went 6-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 29 relief appearances. He struck out 37 and walked 10.

Musical Guest 

With one of my all-time favorite songs, it’s Mr. Eric Clapton:

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

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