I Ate A Baco and Lived to Talk About It

The TinCaps dropped their series opener against West Michigan yesterday by an 11-4 score. Not much to see yesterday in terms of Fort Wayne offense. After the fourth inning, the TinCaps had only two hits. Starter Erik Cabrera went 3 2/3 innings and allowed eight earned runs.

Today, with fog looming all around the city of Comstock Park, Michigan, the TinCaps and Whitecaps will try and play a noon game, although heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast. Will we be delayed by rain for a second straight day? You’ll have to tune in at 11:40 for our pregame show to find out!

Walker Weickel, the highly-touted 55th overall pick from last year’s draft, will take the ball for Fort Wayne. He was added to the roster today, and infielder Felix Cabrera was sent to extended spring training, giving Fort Wayne a full 25-man roster. Here’s to a TinCaps win.

Hope to have you along today as you work off your basketball national championship hangover. Pre-game coverage starts at 11:40 on TheFanFortWayne.com.


On today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, outfielder Corey Adamson joins me to talk about his busy offseason and why he had to get a new passport:


Corey Brock of MLB.com has a good look at some of the top prospects throughout the Padres farm system, and where each player is beginning the season. He mentions Zach Eflin, Max Fried, and Walker Weickel all opening the year in Fort Wayne.

Read his full story here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130408&content_id=44212574&vkey=news_sd&c_id=sd

Speaking of Weickel, the Orlando Sentinel has a piece on the righty from before the 2012 draft. It tells us about how his dad, a golf pro, almost had a son who turned into a phenomenal golf player, rather than a first-round pick in baseball: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-31/sports/os-hs-walker-weickel-baseball-draft-0601-20120531_1_golf-team-baseball-draft-olympia-coach-randy-o-neal


If you didn’t tune into the broadcast yesterday (no excuses, it was an afternoon game), you missed a) the two-hour forty-two minute rain delay and b) my on-air review of the “baco”, the taco with a shell made entirely of bacon that’s served at West Michigan’s Fifth-Third Ballpark.

The item was selected by an online fan vote, as the Whitecaps decided which new food item they would add to their menu this year. The baco won with 30% of the vote, and has gone on to receive some serious national attention from places like Yahoo! Sports and CNBC. That said, I’m here to tell you the baco is more about the style than it is about the substance.

It’s exactly what it sounds and looks like, shredded lettuce and diced tomato inside of five strips of bacon. It’s a BLT without the bread, and perhaps a little more bacon. I must tell you that it was delicious, though. The bacon was well-cooked, so that it was crispy but not too crunchy, and was still flexible enough for the “I like my bacon droopy” type of people. For those of you who are bacon lovers, go for it. For anyone else, I’d recommend trying one of the many other unique and certainly delectable food options at Fifth Third Ballpark.

While I’m generally not a fan of rain delays, yesterday I didn’t quite mind so much.

Baco 2

Baco 3


In Indianapolis an old ballpark has been turned into apartments.  While the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians now play at beautiful downtown Victory Field, they used to play at Bush Stadium. In their absence, it had been many things, including a storage lot for Cash for Clunkers cars. Not a good look. It’s quite different today:


Here’s the link to the full article: http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-indianapolis-building-first-ballpark-apartments.html#next


Local Natives…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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