Road Trip Split, Even Harvard’s Complaining, Don’t Judge

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The TinCaps first six-game road trip of the year came to an end with a 7-3 win on Tuesday afternoon in Clinton, Iowa . The game started slowly, but finished with a bang for Fort Wayne, as the team scored four runs in the top of the ninth—all with two outs—and salvaged the three-game set with the Clinton LumberKings. While the bullpen had surrendered leads on Sunday and Monday, Tuesday it was the bullpen hanging on after starter Matt Wisler left the game, and then the offense putting it away.

Wisler went six innings but did not earn the win. Johnny Barbato pitched the seventh and the eighth, facing just seven batters, and Matt Stites pitched the ninth, allowing just a single, to silence the LumberKings over the final three frames.

Jace Peterson drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out hit for the win. It was Matt Colantonio who scored on that single, and he happened to be my guest on our pregame show Tuesday afternoon. Of the many things we talked about, one of them was his exceptional educational record. Colantonio has dual degrees from Brown in both economics and history.  In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, he’ll explain how his educational background helps him when he’s behind the plate:

SUBSCRIBING’S EXPENSIVE

Harvard pays a staggering $3.75 million per year to subscribe to academic journals. Wow. What’s more is that those prices only seem to be on the rise. A recent memo from Harvard Library’s Faculty Advisory Council expressed concern about soaring costs, saying that the current setup won’t work for much longer:

“Many large journal publishers have made the scholarly communication environment fiscally unsustainable and academically restrictive. This situation is exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers (called “providers”) to acquire, bundle, and increase the pricing on journals.

Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now approaches $3.75M. In 2010, the comparable amount accounted for more than 20% of all periodical subscription costs and just under 10% of all collection costs for everything the Library acquires. Some journals cost as much as $40,000 per year, others in the tens of thousands. Prices for online content from two providers have increased by about 145% over the past six years, which far exceeds not only the consumer price index, but also the higher education and the library price indices. “

There’s even a petition out there asking people to stop submitting articles to journals which charge prices higher than what most consider acceptable.

I just hope the price for flavored coffee creamer doesn’t increase in similar increments; otherwise I’ll be the one circulating a petition.

DON’T JUDGE A BOOK…

Have you ever met someone and reached a judgment about them before getting to know them? Of course, because we all have. A baseball clubhouse in particular provides many opportunities to do that.

“Oh, well he’s from California/Florida/Texas, so he must be a better ballplayer than the guy from Connecticut/Massachusetts/New Hampshire.” The conclusion there being that because a player is from a warm weather environment, he must be better on the field.

There’s just one example of a clubhouse prejudice. That’s where Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm , comes in. Stay with me here…

Junger wrote a piece for National Geographic  called Welcome Stranger about what he learned from his life filled with travels. An excerpt:

“Every person I’ve interviewed has lead a life unique to them, they have something to say about the world that I couldn’t get from anyone else. That gives them a value that transcends any job or social rank they might have. I began to see that you could divide the world in many different ways, and some of those ways actually put a homeless man from Wyoming at the top. He might not have known it, but I do, and the point of much of my work has been to communicate that.”

Junger receives lunch from that man in Wyoming, after initially thinking the man was a threat. The author later offends a bartender in Mexico by trying to pay for drinks, when they were on the house. He makes mistakes by assuming, but he then learns from those mistakes. And what he learns is that jumping to any conclusion about a person or a culture generally lands you where you don’t want to be, but that you can always be surprised by the generosity of others.

Taking that back to baseball, you can never know what someone in a clubhouse is like just by seeing that he’s from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a town of millions, or a town of 3,000 like Bethany, Missouri. It’s the job of the broadcaster to get to know everyone, and learn 25 different views of the world.

MUSICAL GUEST

I heard this song in the press box at Clinton, and realized that, yes, I really did enjoy this Taylor Swift song. That is also not the first time I’ve come to that conclusion about a Taylor Swift song.

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

3 Comments

We are always waiting to hear “You Belong with Me” when an opposing player comes up to bat at Parkview!

Your note has been passed along to the music department. I would expect to hear it soon!

Awesome–we caught it at Wednesday’s game!

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