N64 Kid, Video Shoot, Dangerous Batting Practice

Well, just one day remains until the TinCaps officially take the field for the start of the 2012 season. Today is an exciting day around the ballpark, and tomorrow, we’ll all be as happy as this kid was on Christmas back in the mid-90’s:

Except we won’t be wearing footy pajamas. Well, maybe not…

Here’s what’s been going on around the park:

VIDEO THRILLED THE BASEBALL STAR

On Tuesday night, our good friends from Punch Films were out to film the team’s intro video that you’ll see played on the video board at Parkview Field. While the video may only run a minute or so when it’s finished, the shoot for it takes a couple of hours. For one, there’s setup involved for shots like this one:

What you see there is a camera mounted on top of two ten-foot ladders. Jose Dore is pitching to Joe Ross, and the shot is going to be of Joe’s swing from above. If you’ve seen any of the videos that Punch has put together in the last few years for the TinCaps, you know this one will be special. Here’s the one from 2009:

MEET THE TEAM

Wednesday night is the annual Meet the Team event at Parkview Field. All the details are right here. There’s an open practice which everyone is invited to, and then the team will be signing autographs out on the concourse once the practice is finished. Hope to see you there!

THE FOOD YORK TIMES

I love food.

If you know me already, you’re probably shaking your head after reading the above sentence. If you don’t know me, you will learn more about food from reading this blog throughout the season. As I travel across the league, I will surely be writing about the food offerings from other ballparks, among many other things. That said, I was extremely excited to come across this article about food by Ben Shpigel of The New York Times. He was once the beat reporter for the Yankees and Mets (now covering the Jets) and because of that, did plenty of travel across the country. He writes about how, during his free afternoons, he would make a point of venturing out into whichever city he found himself in that series, in search of the best restaurant he could find. Here’s one of my favorite lines from the piece:

“Ballplayers often provided a tip or two, though for dinner at least, they tended to head straight for the nearest steakhouse. They could afford it on their per diem of more than $90. I scoured Chowhound and Yelp. I perused menus online. I used Open Table to gauge a restaurant’s popularity.

But I made a rule of never asking a hotel concierge for a recommendation. The thrill, I believed, lay in the hunt. At least if I stumbled, it was my fault alone.”

I couldn’t agree more. I think there’s a huge thrill in finding restaurants through your own searching. Here’s to many a good meal this season.

WHO KNEW BATTING PRACTICE WAS DANGEROUS?

For my money, The Wall Street Journal has some of the best sports coverage out there. You can get a story about what happened in last night’s game anywhere,  but how many places write about the dangers of batting practice?

Jared Diamond writes:

“Think of batting practice like a musical number. It commands flawless timing for everything to run smoothly. Trouble occurs when somebody misses a cue, even by a split-second.If batting practice is a musical number, the pitcher is the conductor. He sets the pace everybody else on the field must follow.”

It also features this great line:

“It’s like a Broadway play on a baseball field,” Yankees first-base coach Mick Kelleher said.

That’s good stuff right there.

MUSICAL GUEST

The Pretenders…take it away!

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

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