Seven Away From Home, Saving a Life, Too Early

Welcome to Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Michigan, the home of the West Michigan Whitecaps:

There are thirteen games left in the regular season. Fort Wayne is in line to head to the playoffs with a 1/2 game lead over Lake County and a 2.5 game lead over South Bend. However, the last four days narrowed that lead in the standings, as the TinCaps lost three of four to the last place Dayton Dragons:

“We didn’t play good baseball overall all four days,” said TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin. Fort Wayne’s offense has sputtered, scoring just five runs in the last 34 innings.

“I don’t know if they’re tired or it it’s this point in the year when guys start getting tired. If it’s that reason, we picked the wrong time to do it. We’re still in a good place but we can’t lay back. When the season is over, then we can relax and get our time, but otherwise we’ve got to keep playing hard. The way we’re playing lately, I don’t think we’re gonna make it. I’m not throwing anything away, but it’s getting ugly,” Valentin said.

Fort Wayne runs into a West Michigan club that sits just three games back of them in the standings, and picked up a walk-off win last night on a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

“It’s a must-win,” Valentin said. “From now on, every game counts. We can’t afford to lose any more series, because otherwise we’re not going to get what we want and get to the postseason.”

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear Valentin’s full comments from last night’s game:


Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce, widely known for the Armando Gallaraga (not) perfect game in 2010, helped to make a very clutch play the other day in Phoenix:

“Joyce administered CPR to a Diamondbacks’ game-day employee named Jayne Powers in a tunnel leading to the umpires’ dressing room minutes on his way into the ballpark Monday, saving her life in a moment nobody who was in the vicinity at Chase Field will soon forget.

Joyce, 56, and the other umpires in his crew — Lance Barrett, Jim Reynolds and James Hoye — had just arrived at Chase Field and were headed to their dressing room when they saw a woman down in the midst of having a seizure. Noting that, Joyce, who learned CPR when he was in high school, made sure that the woman’s head was protected. But shortly afterward, her body relaxed and Joyce knew something was wrong.

“I’ve had to use CPR before,” Joyce said, though not in many years. “This is something everybody should know. Everybody should know what to do in a circumstance like that.

“It’s not a hard thing. You don’t need a degree. It’s very simple, and very easy.”‘


As the TinCaps Express stopped for lunch today in Kalamzaoo, Michigan, I first got a haircut–two on the sides, three on top…a great summer trim–and then walked past this storefront:

Courtesy of the TinCaps Amateur Photography Department

Am I the only one who thinks it’s a bit early for this? We have yet to reach the end of August, let alone Labor Day, and we’re already pushing toward a holiday at the end of October? The madness must end. I would like to propose that upcoming holidays may not be marketed or talked about until the prior holiday has passed. For example:

-No Fourth of July talk until Memorial Day has passed

-No Christmas marketing until Thanksgiving has come and gone

-No Valentine’s Day nonsense until Christmas has had it’s turn

Now who’s with me?


Triumph…take it away!

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

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