Series Finale, Billionaire For a Day, The Bystander Effect

BASEBALL BUSINESS

The TinCaps will try for the series split today after losing the last two at the hands of the Great Lakes Loons. It’s not that Fort Wayne has lacked the opportunities to win, they just haven’t been able to capitalize. Here’s a nugget from today’s game notes:

Over the last two games as the TinCaps have lost by a combined two runs, they’ve left many potential runs on base. In Friday’s 5-4, loss, the team went 3-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. On Saturday, Fort Wayne went 2-10 with RISP and left seven men on base. Friday’s loss also saw four runners caught stealing, and two getting picked off.

Cody Hebner gets the call for Fort Wayne this afternoon, and it looks like it won’t be quite as sunny and warm as it had been over the last two days at Dow Diamond. There are grey skies overhead and it rained overnight here in Midland, MI. I’ll chat with Jose Valentin before today’s game to get his thoughts on the first ten games of the season.

Yesterday I chatted with Kyle Gaedele, a native of Illinois and a former Valparaiso Crusader. We talked about this team’s propensity for base stealing, his spring, and why he’s always felt like an under the radar guy:

A RADIO BOOTH, INSIDE A RADIO STATION, INSIDE A BASEBALL STADIUM

I’d mentioned earlier this week on the blog that the radio booth at Great Lakes, is actually inside of a radio station. It’s a unique set up for sure, and you’ve got to see it to understand it. So here it goes:

The view at the back of my radio booth. It also doubles as a production studio.

The view to my right, through the window. It's the main studio for ESPN 100.9, the Loons' radio flagship.

This is at the back of that studio. The two chairs at the window ledge are for Brad Golder and Jared Sandler, who broadcast the Loons game on the radio.

BILLIONAIRE FOR A DAY

We’d all like to envision what it’s like to have seemingly unlimited money for a day, right? I mean, who doesn’t have that daydream now and again anyway. Well, one reporter from The New York Times got to live that reality not too long ago.

Reporter Kevin Roose dressed, ate, traveled and relaxed like a billionaire for a day, and had some interesting things to say about his 24-hours living a different life:

“As a reporter who writes about Wall Street, I spend a fair amount of time around extreme wealth. But my face is often pressed up against the gilded window. I’ve never eaten at Per Se, or gone boating on the French Riviera. I live in a pint-size Brooklyn apartment, rarely take cabs and feel like sending Time Warner to The Hague every time my cable bill arrives.

But for the next 24 hours, my goal is to live like a billionaire. I want to experience a brief taste of luxury — the chauffeured cars, the private planes, the V.I.P. access and endless privilege — and then go back to my normal life.”

During the day he got to:

-Travel by private jet

-Wear a $45,000 watch

-Have a bodyguard

-Work out at an exclusive gym

“The feeling is one of cognitive dissonance, a quick oscillation between repulsion and attraction. I’m drawn on one level to the billionaire lifestyle and the privilege that comes with it. But the lifestyle is so cartoonish, so over-the-top flamboyant, that I’m not sure I could ever get used to it.”

ARE CITY DWELLERS UNCOMPASSIONATE?

My first instinct would be to say yes. People in big cities are on the move, have places to be, and people to see, right?

“For more than 50 years, “urban psychologists” have been faking seizures, dropping cash and breaking into cars in broad daylight to see if strangers would intervene. They’ve discovered two things. One is that people in rural areas do indeed get involved more readily than urbanites. But they’ve also concluded that this has very little to do with morality.”

Salon.com delves into this mystery to find that “The Bystander Effect” has much more to do with our willingness to help others, than does what lies inside each one of us.

There’s an experiment that’s been done where a gentleman tries to ‘steal’ his own bike by attempting to remove the chain which is keeping it fortified, by using a hacksaw. The odd thing is, nobody stops him.

Psychologist Dr. Harold Takooshian sees strong evidence of the Bystander Effect in Neistat’s bike-theft experiment. “When it comes to this fellow with the bike,” he says, “there are several reasons the people don’t intervene.”

“The first is that they don’t notice what’s going on — many people in the video simply don’t seem to see him. We call that stimulus overload. People in cities are surrounded by much more stimuli, so they filter things out. The second is that they notice him, but what’s happening is ambiguous, so they actively ignore it.” In other words: Why would someone so brazenly steal a bike? There must be an innocent explanation. “The third is that people notice it, but they don’t know what to do. And the fourth is fear — they know they should do something, but they’re afraid to challenge someone with a hacksaw.”

“Apathy,” concludes Dr. Takooshian, “is only a minor factor.”

MUSICAL GUEST

It’s the musical craze that’s sweeping the nation…possibly the next “Party In The USA”….it’s “Call Me Maybe”.

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

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