Dayton’s San Diego Connection
Before we get to any baseball today: Happy Mother’s Day. Very special wishes to my mother, Diane, who has raised (tolerated?) me for 23, and going on 24 years. What a fantastic person she is. Here’s all of the Couzens family at my sister Kimberly’s graduation from college in 2007.
A special thanks, on behalf of the players, to the baseball moms who have driven/taxi’d/flown their children halfway across the country and back to help them achieve their goals of playing professional baseball. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great day.
Now, to baseball-related items…
-The TinCaps are on a four-game winning streak, their longest since July 28th-August 1st last year when they won five straight. They’ve outscored their opponents 18-10 in the last four games.
-Fort Wayne’s starting pitchers have gone the entire month of May (9 games so far), each throwing at least five innings. Last night Zach Eflin went a career-high six innings, and picked up his first professional win in front of a crowd of 9,491, the largest crowd the TinCaps may see this season.
-The home runs hit by Brian Adams and Dane Phillips last night were the first in a week by any member of the TinCaps. Gabriel Quintana, who is back in the lineup, last hit one in the series opener at Peoria LAST Saturday. Fort Wayne was swept in that three-game series, only scoring two runs the whole set.
-Ruben Mejia starts today, taking the hill as a starting pitcher for the third time this season. The TinCaps are 0-2 in his outings this year.
First pitch is at 2:00, so if you’re out barbecuing, don’t be afraid to flip on the radio; I won’t mind (or know, but you can tell me you did, anyway). Pre-game coverage begins at 1:40, and I’ll have Jose Valentin as my guest to talk about how well his pitchers have worked the last week or so, and his thoughts on how important his wife has been helping to raise his kids, as he has been away from his family playing baseball. You can tune in on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com. Talk to you on the radio.
FIFTH THIRD FIELD ABBREVIATED TOUR
One of my favorite parts of Fifth Third Field is the basement level, which houses each team’s clubhouse. On the way to the visiting clubhouse is a one-of-a-kind hallway, which features the logo of every team in the Midwest League. Not surprisingly, the TinCaps logo is featured first:
Up on the suite level, where the press box is located, there are 29 luxury suites. Here’s a look inside one of the newly-renovated ones:
Here’s my Saturday conversation with the first voice of the Fort Wayne Wizards, and now sixth-year voice of the Dayton Dragons, Tom Nichols:
THE PADRES’ PLUMBER
Before I arrived in Fort Wayne, I spent the 2011 season working as the broadcasting and media relations assistant with the Dayton Dragons. Part of my responsibilities were to put together a feature story each Saturday night, and the one I’ve shared below is one of my favorites. Dragons hitting coach Alex Pelaez, now in his third season with the team, reached the major leagues in 2002, but only for three games with the Padres. 90% of the players on all minor league rosters will never make it to the big leagues, so for Pelaez to be one of the few to ever reach the apex of baseball is no small feat. Hear from his then-Triple-A manager (with the now-defunct Portland Beavers) Rick Sweet, and from Pelaez himself about his trip to the majors, and how he hopes to make it back:
Lit…take it away!