Return Home, A Massive Undertaking, A Follow Up

The team has returned home after a seven-day road trip through Michigan and Ohio, and I’ve got to say–it is much easier to fit all of your clothes into the suitcase on the way there than on the way back. Thank goodness for the expandable zipper on my suitcase.

The TinCaps looked stellar over the time they were gone from Parkview Field, and upon returning home looked good in a 5-2 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks. TinCaps President Mike Nutter points out just how much baseball has been played over the last few days:

The pitching has been really good lately, especially the starting pitching. Adys Portillo threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday, and held the Silver Hawks hitless through the first two innings. Over his last two starts, Portillo has worked 14 innings, allowed three hits, no runs, walked three and struck out 12. His 38 strikeouts on the season are a team high, and tie him for third most in the Midwest League. His season ERA fell from 1.72 to 1.41 on Wednesday.

On top of that, Travis Whitmore knocked in two runs in Wednesday’s win, and it was his first two-hit game since before the road trip began. You’d have to go back to April 29th against Peoria to find his last multi-hit game. It was also the last time he had batted in a run.

The TinCaps have won five of six and look like they’re really hitting their stride.


A husband and wife, Matt and Carolyn Lawell, are traveling the country attempting to see every minor league ballpark in just one season. It may sound crazy, but they seem to be having a blast doing it:

“Five months, 119 cities, 26,000 miles around this incredible country. We want to talk with players and coaches, team owners and the folks they pay to work behind the concessions counter, fans. We always want to talk with fans. We want to find the local spots that make our cities great. We want to tell one chapter of the story of America.”

The couple has a journalism background, and it definitely shows in their writing:

“We drove through places like Andrews, Texas, where oil pumps bobbed as the sun rose. Places like Encino, New Mexico, where cafes, motels and houses have been abandoned and boarded up. Places like Hatch, New Mexico, where the Yellow Pages read: Chile Willie’s, Hot Damm Chile, Sparky’s World Famous, Pepper Pot. All the while, signs on the sides of the roads have read “Dust Storm No Visibility Possible,” “Gusty Winds May Exist” and “No Gas For 19 Miles”.

The most vivid memories, though, are the colors. The greens turned to tans turned to clay reds. And the blue, well, there’s a reason they call it sky blue.

I’m looking forward to their visit to Fort Wayne.


I couldn’t believe myself when I was out to lunch on Tuesday afternoon in Dayton, and this happened to appear upon the receipt of a friend of mine:

Happiest. Meal. Ever.

It was just yesterday that I had written about the overuse of exclamation points these days, and then this falls into my lap. I asked the waitress why there were three exclamation points, and she didn’t have an answer, other than to say that some of their drinks have the entire line of the receipt filled with them.  So I gave her a raised eyebrow

and went on with my day.


Dire Straits…take it away!

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

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