Opening Day at Parkview Field: A Celebration

Welcome to Opening Day 2013! It’s the first game at Parkview Field in 2013, and the TinCaps will take on the Lake County Captains tonight at 7:05.

Parkview Field

Although the forecast isn’t the best (and you can see some of the buildings in downtown Fort Wayne shrouded in dense fog), we’re all excited about the fifth season of baseball at Parkview Field.

After winning their first three games in impressive fashion, the TinCaps have dropped the last three (one against Great Lakes and two more in a rain-shortened two-game series at West Michigan.) The last few days have brought extremely cold weather, which isn’t atypical for this time of the year, although, hey, we’d all like some sunshine, right? Vitamin D is good for the soul. Vitamin C is good for graduation parties.

Outside of the actual game tonight, there’s lot’s more to be excited about. On our TV broadcast, we’re going to be debuting a new, 30-minute pregame show called “The Leadoff Spot” on Xfinity Channel 81. I’ll have interviews with Manager Jose Valentin, TinCaps President and General Manager Mike Nutter, and a look at what to expect from this year’s team. We’ll be bringing you that 30-minute special once a month during the season, and hope that you’ll enjoy it.

Mike Maahs and John Nolan will make their 2013 debuts on the radio broadcast, which you can hear on 1380 AM in Fort Wayne and around the world. For those of you who have listened in past years, you are familiar with Mike, whose knowledge of the franchise is as good as anyone in Fort Wayne. John, who is a recent graduate of Syracuse University, is a very talented broadcaster, whose work you will enjoy.

Also, one fan tonight is guaranteed to walk away with $5,000 as part of our fifth anniversary celebration at Parkview Field. Come on out to the game…it could be you!


Today’s guest is catcher Dane Phillips, who tells us about the responsibility of shepherding what may be the best pitching staff in Minor League Baseball, ad


If you’re not up to speed with the Padres blogosphere (and it’s OK if you’re not), is a great place to get all of your news in one place. One of their contributing writers, Geoff Young (also known as @ducksnorts) asked me to pen a piece about life on the road as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster…and here it is:

This is just part one of a two-part series. Hope you enjoy it.


Lord Huron…take it away!

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


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