Headed to the Playoffs, Wrapping up the Regular Season in Kentucky

As I walked out of Parkview Field on Friday night, I couldn’t help but smile. It took 137 games, but the TinCaps knew after the final out of the game that they would be headed to the playoffs. TinCaps fans packed the park for the third consecutive night, creating an atmosphere that made for exciting baseball and high drama. The three-game series against West Michigan created a dizzying array of possibilities depending on which team ended up the winner, and fortunately the TinCaps cast aside any tiebreaking situations that would leave them on the outside looking in. Here’s how successful this franchise has been:

-This is the fourth consecutive season Fort Wayne has been in the playoffs

-Fort Wayne’s team has been in the postseason eight of the last 10 years (2007, 2008 no playoffs)

-The Wizards/TinCaps have made the playoffs in 12 0f the 20 years since professional baseball returned to Fort Wayne

Last night was fan appreciation night, and although I don’t get to experience the crowds down in the seats, it certainly has an effect on the broadcast each night. A huge, lively crowd helps to provide extra energy to me when I’m calling the game because I know that nearly 8,000 people are feeling excited about what’s happening, too.

The TinCaps Express departed Parkview Field this morning at 7:00 with an arrival of about 2:00 ET down in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the final regular season series of the year. Although the TinCaps are in the playoffs, their first-round opponent is still to be determined. It will be either Bowling Green or Lansing, depending on what happens with Lake County over the final three games. Fort Wayne trails Lake County by one game in the race for the second half championship. Even if the Captains finish tied with the TinCaps, they hold the tiebreaker between the two teams, which would make Fort Wayne the wild card.

If the TinCaps are the second half champs, they’ll take on Bowling Green in the first round. If Fort Wayne is the wild card, they’ll play Lansing.

Here is some post-game reaction from the win last night:

James Jones:

Austin Hedges:

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, Tom Felice brings us an interesting story on batting practice. Every team goes through the ritual every day, and Tom takes us inside what goes on and what players take away from it:

MUSICAL GUEST

Citizen Cope…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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