Friday Notes, It’s Back, Funny Feeling, Theme Night

After last night’s rain-shortened loss, here are a few notes to get you ready for tonight’s rubber match against West Michigan:

-Over the last two nights, the TinCaps have put together four and three base hits, respectively. The last time Fort Wayne was limited to fewer than five hits was in a 2-1 loss at Great Lakes on June 29, when the TinCaps had four hits. The TinCaps were held to one hit on June 12 at Lansing,  but had not until this two-game span, been limited to fewer than five hits in back-to-back ballgames this year.

- James Needy makes his first start of the season tonight. In 33 combined appearances between Fort Wayne (28), Double-A San Antonio (2) and Triple-A Tucson (3), Needy has pitched exclusively in relief. The last start for the righthander came on September 2, 2011, when he was a member of the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. Last year with Eugene, Needy went 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 starts.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, we re-visit Jace Peterson’s comments from two nights ago, as he talks about generating offense from the top of the lineup:

IT’S BAAACCCKKKKK

If you’re a fan of the ESPN “30 for 30″ series–good news. It returns in October. Here’s the new trailer:

A UNIQUE FEELING

The host of one of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab, recently wrote a great post, as he puts it, on “the gut-twisting discomfort of creativity.” Jad Abumrad, who started the program back in 2002, says he had no idea where he was headed when the show started…and that was a good thing in the long run.

“Jad reflects on the birth of Radiolab, the ways we discover things without realizing it, the difficulty of changing, and the burdens of geniushood. You can hear early mock-ups, seminal conversations, inspirational moments, and thoughts about what to do next.”

Here’s the story: http://transom.org/?p=28787

While this is a piece about starting a radio show, it’s really about more than that:

“Get comfortable with the idea that you won’t know what’s good until it’s already happened.

Not to say you shouldn’t make plans. You should. But if your real aim is to be surprised, plans only get you so far.

And so now, at Radiolab, our process contains an irritating but vital amount of “recognition time.”

We decide on an experiment, try not to overthink it, then do it. Quickly. Then we tear it apart. What worked? What didn’t?

(Actually, in the end, who cares what didn’t work. Most things don’t work. Better to ask, what can I carry forward?)

So there’s a question of what to do with a moment like that, what to do with the gut churn and the existential dread that is inevitable when you find yourself way outside your comfort zone.

Milton Erickson, the great psychologist, had this idea that you can reframe anything. You can take the worst feeling in the world and “reframe” it so that that terrible feeling becomes its own solution.

And I think about moments like that now, and I think, I can either run from that feeling, we as a community can either run from that feeling, or we can run TO that feeling. We can treat that feeling as an arrow that we need to follow.

Like, OK, I’m about to vomit, my stomach is about to leap out of my mouth…but maybe that just means I’m on the right track. Maybe that just means I’m doing my job.”

Also, they created this really cool video called “Moments” back in 2009. You’ll definitely enjoy it and relate to it:

TONIGHT

Is Jimmy Buffett night at the ballpark. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.

If you place Office Space in your Top-5 greatest movies of all-time, we can be friends. If you’ve never seen the movie, you’ve now got some great Friday night plans. Enjoy.

MUSICAL GUEST

John Mayer, off of his new acoustic EP…take it away!

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

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