Opening Day 2013 – Live from Midland, Michigan

Greetings and salutations from lovely Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan:


The TinCaps embark on their 140-games-in-152-days journey that is the Midwest League season. The team departed Parkview Field this morning at 8:45 and arrived in Midland at about 12:45, leaving a little time for lunch before the first bus made it’s way over to the ballpark.

When I arrived in the press box, I was warmly greeted by this:


Jared Sandler, one of the broadcasters for the Loons and a good friend of mine, decided to have a little Opening Day fun. Tied to the bottom of the balloon–a half-eaten cucumber. Touche. Let the games begin, my friend.

Here are a couple shots that show you the TinCaps’ view during tonight’s opener:

From the top step of the third-base dugout at Dow Diamond.

From the top step of the third-base dugout at Dow Diamond.

Inside the Fort Wayne dugout.

Inside the Fort Wayne dugout.

And here’s where I’ll be calling the game from:

I'm on the far right.

I’m on the far right.

The TinCaps send Joe Ross to the hill, as he’ll look to avenge his rough first outing last year. Against Lake County, Ross gave up seven runs (six earned) in just 1 1/3 innings at Parkview Field.

Here’s the lineup Jose Valentin will be sending out against Great Lakes:

A winning lineup.

A winning lineup.

For those of you new to the blog, this is a daily feature that I’ll be sharing with you. I’ll be taking the season’s 12 off days as true off days, but as long as there’s a game there will be a blog post here. If you’ve got any questions, suggesstions or comments, please let me know. You can reach me via email ( or via Twitter @MikeCouzens.

You can find the broadcast on 1380-AM in Fort Wayne, and for those of you listening across the world (I hear we’re big in Borneo), you can find the game on


Timeflies…take it away!

Thanks for reading.


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