Early Game, Difference Makers, Podcast

Monday morning ‘s 11:05 first pitch against Peoria gives the TinCaps a chance to erase a Sunday game that got away from them early. A Taylor Davis grand slam off of Matt Wisler in the third inning made a 1-0 Chiefs lead a 5-0 advantage, and they didn’t look back from there, winning 5-2.

Fort Wayne got two runs on a Travis Whitmore single in the eighth, but that was the full extent of the scoring for the home nine on Sunday afternoon. Although Wisler went just 2 2/3, the bullpen came in and finished the game without allowing a run over the final 6 1/3 innings.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, take a listen back to the highlights from Sunday’s game, in addition to what Manager Jose Valentin says his team needs to do to stay competitive in ballgames:

HUMBLE HUMBER

On April 21, Philip Humber, formerly of the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals organizations threw a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox. It was just the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. It was  just the first complete game of Humber’s career, which has taken him to many organizations and seven different minor league ballclubs in five states, spanning seven years.

After all that, he still thought to sit down and say “thank you” to someone who helped him before he ever became a pro: his college coach, Wayne Graham at Rice University in Texas:

“I read that you and the team were watching the closing moments of the game on Saturday after you all had finished off an exciting win yourselves. The article said that you were ‘calling for the slider in the ninth inning.’  That reminded me of my first game as an Owl, when you called a 3-2 curveball from the dugout with the bases loaded and the Aggie fans going crazy at Minute Maid.

I think that one moment sums up what you mean to me as a person and a ballplayer. You believed that I was up to the task and because of the leader you are, I believed it, too. There were many times in my career at Rice when you told me what I needed to hear whether I agreed or not. The further along I go in life and in baseball, the more I realize how right you were. You helped me achieve more than I ever thought possible by pushing me in ways nobody else could.

The reality of the perfect game is still sinking in and I’m trying to process everything that has happened as a result, but as of now I would rank the feeling I had Saturday second to winning the National Championship. The culmination of a season of hard work within a team environment towards an ultimate goal is the most gratifying moment in sports. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that.”

Ultimately isn’t it the people in life who push us and tell us what we need to hear whether we agree or not, who make the biggest differences? Sure seems like it.

DON’T FORGET

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As always, thanks for reading and lending your eyes and ears to the broadcast each night.

MUSICAL GUEST

John Mayer.

New album May 22nd.

Fresh single:

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

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