Song of Summer, Unique View, Mucho Gusto Mike

The TinCaps lost 2-1 on an 11th inning walk-off home run from off the bat of Aaron Westlake on Thursday night. Fort Wayne is now down 0-2 in the series, and will try and avoid the series sweep here tonight at West Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35. had a good write up on the game, and it has quotes from TinCaps pitching coach Willie Blair, as he talks about the fantastic performance from starter Adys Portillo:

“He had great rhythm and tempo, which is one of the things he’s really been working on,” Fort Wayne pitching coach Willie Blair said. “His command tonight was excellent. He was able to throw his fastball, breaking ball and changeup for strikes. He mixed his pitches well and he just really had a great all-around game.”

“Even though he gave up a couple hits early, it wasn’t like they were on him,” Blair said. “You’re going to give up hits if you’re around the plate, and he was around the plate all night. He did get stronger and more confident as the game went on. His stuff was really dominant.”

Portillo tossed a career high seven innings and surrendered just two hits, one walk, and struck out six.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, I chat with TinCaps OF Mike Gallic:


I had the pleasure of receiving a guided tour Thursday afternoon of Fifth Third Ballpark from Whitecaps broadcaster Ben Chiswick. We walked around the concourse and out to a few areas, the most exciting of which was the manual scoreboard out in left field. There aren’t many stadiums left that have manual scoreboards, but this one was recently installed, and it’s fun to see it change during the game, just knowing that there’s someone out there making it all happen.

We went up behind the scoreboard to take a look at how it’s all configured, and here’s what I got to see:

The view of the scoreboard and the video board.

The scoreboard operator’s view. He usually hangs out in the top of the 10th inning window.

Behind the scoreboard. Don’t. Look. Down.


You know that one song that every top 40 station plays all summer long each year? There’s always a hit that makes you think of getting to the beach, or taking in a baseball game, or, if you don’t like that song…it drives you batty and you hope to never hear it again.

Well, the purveyors of one of my favorite podcasts, TBTL, have launched their fourth annual Song of the Summer extravaganza:

What song do you think (or hope) will be blasting out of every car window and boom box this summer? What song are you going to annoy your neighbors with?

Right now, there is probably a jam that got stuck in your brain a few weeks ago, and now every time you hear it, you think to yourself, “Damn, this is going to be a good summer.” You should send us that song.

Current competitors are:

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

And my personal favorite of the three, Part of Me by Katy Perry:

What do you think will be the song of summer? Let me know: We’ll be happy to let you rock out to it at Parkview Field. DJ TinCat cam anyone?


In very sad news, Adam Yauch, known as MCA of The Beastie Boys, passed away at age 47 today.

In honor of the group’s fantastic work, today it’s musical guest, The Beastie Boys.

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

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