Looking for a Sweep, Programming Note, Next Challenge, Your Questions
After a rain-shortened win yesterday, the TinCaps look for a series sweep of the Lugnuts tonight at 7:05. Fort Wayne’s overall record is 62-60, and they’ll have the chance to rise to three games over .500 for the first time since April 16, 2011, when they were 6-3, but that was after game one of a doubleheader. They lost game two, dropping to 6-4.
It was an interesting scenario last night. There was rain in the forecast, and nobody knew quite when it would fall on Cooley Law School Stadium. Super-prospect Noah Syndergaard was scheduled to start for the Lugnuts, but he was scratched at about 6:55 due to his start being cut short by the rain. This was a concern because in his last outing, he had only pitched 2 2/3 innings due to rain. Well, that rain didn’t come until the 8th inning, when Syndergaard was in the game. Go figure, right?
The Lugnuts put Syndergaard into the ballgame in the fifth inning, and the game stopped when he had a 1-2 count on Tyler Stubblefield in the top half of the eighth. He got in three innings, although based off of his recent workloads, it looks like he probably could’ve gone five.
Today the pitching matchup is no easy task, as the TinCaps are set to face 20-year-old lefty Justin Nicolino. He’s 7-4 with a 2.67 ERA. He’s got the sixth-best ERA in the league and a 1.08 WHIP (walks + hits per innings pitched), ranking him fourth.
TinCaps pitching has held its own, though, limiting the Lugnuts to a 1-23 mark with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series. Fort Wayne will try for its first three-game sweep at Cooley Law School Stadium since August 12-15, 2011.
In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, I chat with the newest member of the 2012 TinCaps, Connor Powers. He’ll tell us about his season-to-date, where he thinks he’ll fit in with this club and about his baseball trick shots video. Yeah, he’s got one.
Tonight’s game will not be on 1380 ESPN and ESPNFortWayne.com, but rather on NewsTalk 1190 WOWO and 92.3 FM.
If you’re out of the area, you can listen to the game here: http://wowo.com/
The reason for the change is that ESPN Radio is debuting a slate of high school football games, which take place on Friday nights. Tonight is a big matchup, Bishop Snider vs. Luers, if you hadn’t been keeping up with all of the pre-season action. Tonight’s TinCaps game, in addition to the next two Friday games on the 24th and 31st, will also be on WOWO and WOWO.com.
I hope to have you along for the game tonight.
FOOTBALL’S NEXT CHALLENGE
With football season right around the corner, here’s a story you should read. It’s about Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist who is studying the damage done to the human brain–and specifically the damage that is done to athletes, notably football players. Here’s an excerpt from the piece on Grantland:
“War-painted denizens of the upper deck may view her as The Woman Trying To Destroy Football. In fact, she is The Woman Trying To Save Football From Itself. The process has engendered a particular intimacy with those who entrust their loved ones to her posthumous care. Virginia Grimsley, whose husband, John, was the first NFL player diagnosed by McKee, says, “He’s in good hands with her. They’re all in good hands with her.
“If Joe Six-Pack was as educated as the wives that have gone through this and as Dr. McKee, Joe Six-Pack would sit down, shut up, and continue to drink his six-pack,” Grimsley says. “She’s not trying to destroy football.”
McKee says: “I’m just trying to tell football what I see.”‘
And there’s this:
“Women lose lovers, friends, husbands, partners. Men lose their way, their memories, their lives. Ministers forget verses from the Bible. Hall of Famers fail to recognize themselves on trading cards. Outpatients get lost en route to the doctor. “
This is a very well-written story. Brain damage is a topic that’s not easy to confront for major sporting leagues, especially the NFL. More and more, though, Dr. McKee’s work appears as though it will be a focal point of discussions for athletes and sporting leagues in future years.
This week it’s @drkensf checking in with yet another great question:
@MikeCouzens Another Q for IAR: what songs (aside from "Centerfield") have you heard the most at other parks this season?—
Ken A. Bugajski (@drkensf) August 17, 2012
Oh, the lyrics that have been irrevocably seared into my subconscious:
I’m writing this sitting in the hotel lobby, and I turned around to ask Connor Powers, the new TinCaps first baseman, what he thought…and his thought process was similar to mine. You hear the same songs so many times that after a while, it all starts to become background noise. He just arrived from playing at Lake Elsinore in California, and interestingly enough, he said the music there is a little different. Powers said you’ll hear a lot more West Coast music (for example, Cali Swag District, authors of “Teach Me How to Dougie”).
It did strike me yesterday, though, that there was a pretty significant mix of 90’s music in Lansing before the gates opened. A little Alanis Morissette, some Notorious B.I.G, and that did perk my ears up. Anything that deviates from the musical routine this late into the season is bound to catch your attention.
So, to the next stadium DJ who plays some Mozart, I’ll be paying attention. Until then, I won’t be calling anyone. Not even maybe.
Justin Bieber…take it away!