Direct Quotes, Burkhart’s Baseball Travels, The 400 Club

Yesterday’s post covered a little bit of the 4-2 loss the TinCaps suffered to South Bend, but not all of it. What stands out most to me from that game isn’t anything that happened on the field, but rather what TinCaps Manager Jose Valentin had to say after the fact. Here are a few select quotations:

“I think it’s one of the worst offensive games so far this year.”

“You can’t blame it on an early game when you’ve got a day off before.”

“We just showed up today, put our uniforms on, and beat ourselves.”

“Professional players make adjustments. We didn’t show up. For me, we were pretty much like a high school team today. No professional players. We just went up there and we can say that we tried, but it’s not about trying.”

Even if praising Max Fried, who settled down after the first two innings, where he struggled to command his curve, Valentin said, “I guess he went up there by himself. He didn’t get any support from his teammates, especially offensively. It’s tough to pitch that way.”

Well, now that that’s settled, onto today’s game…er, games. When the TinCaps were rained out at South Bend April 18th, that game was pushed back to today for a doubleheader.

Justin Hancock starts in game one for Fort Wayne, with Zach Eflin starting in game two. It’s the first doubleheader of the year for the TinCaps (they’ve got one more scheduled against West Michigan on June 15th), and hopefully they won’t see many more of these. The Midwest League does not schedule doubleheaders, but with the amount of rain we saw at the beginning of the season, many teams had to schedule them out of necessity.

Last night in Bowling Green, Kentucky, proved a prime example of that, as the first-place Hot Rods were scheduled to play two against the Great Lakes Loons, but had their first game suspended due to rain. Now the two teams will play a double-header today, picking up where they left off yesterday, and then playing another doubleheader Friday. That’s a lot of baseball.

The standings today look like this:

Bowling Green —

South Bend 0.5 GB

Fort Wayne 2.0 GB

In their next six games, the TinCaps only play South Bend and Bowling Green. It’s a simple formula right now: win, and move up in the standings.

Tonight’s action starts at 6:05 at Parkview Field, and it’s a Thirsty Thursday, along with Turn the Park Pink night, which will feature special jerseys worn by the TinCaps. Hope to see you there.


Next time you come out to see a TinCaps game, I hope you grab one of the game programs that are distributed at the gate when you come in. Not only because it lists where you can get each type of food and drink around the ballpark (this would be priority #1 for me if I were in the stands), but also because there are things that I have written–about baseball–in the program. In our current game program, there’s an article about John Hussey, who has since been promoted to Advanced-A Lake Elsinore.

In a coming game program, we’ll have a feature on TinCaps hitting coach Morgan Burkhart. Here’s an excerpt from that piece:

“When trying to remember how old he was in the spring of 1999, his first year in the minor leagues playing for the Red Sox farm team in the Class-A Florida State League, Burkhart says, “Too old to be in that league.” He was 27.

He finished the ’99 season with Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League, and got the call to the big leagues in 2000 while playing with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where his manager was current San Diego Padres roving minor league infield instructor Gary Jones. When Boston’s Trot Nixon went on the disabled list, Morgan Burkhart made his major league debut.

On June 27, 2000, six years after thinking he had no future as a pro ballplayer, Burkhart singled in his first-ever Major League at-bat, hitting the Mike Mussina-pitched ball to right field.

“I wasn’t too bad,” Burkhart said of his MLB debut. “It just happened so fast. That’s why it was cool (Red Sox Manager) Jimy Williams put me in the lineup that night. I didn’t have much time to think about it.” Had he been provided much time to think, he would’ve had to process that he was hitting fifth, one spot behind Boston baseball legend Nomar Garciaparra

“The first game up in Boston I’m DH’ing and and we ran out of players on the bench. So (in the 10th inning) I was on the bases and I come in and Jimy goes, ‘Hey, you’ve got to go to left field.’ And I’m like, ‘What?!’ This is in a tie ballgame in the big leagues. I went out there and they hit a bunch of rockets. They were all either in the gap, down the line or off the wall.”’

Read the full story here:


After months of planning and construction, The 400 Club at Parkview Field officially opened for business yesterday. Here are a couple shots from the inside of the club:


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This is a one-of-a-kind seating area in Minor League Baseball. Literally, no other ballpark as a seating area that is in straight-away center field and serves as the batter’s eye. If you’re part of a group that would like to watch a game from The 400 Club this season, act fast because the only date left for the entire year is Labor Day.

The area features all-you-can-drink house beer and wine, along with food. I can’t imagine watching baseball gets much better than this.

Is this Heaven? No, it’s Fort Wayne.


Someone at Washington State University wants us to know it’s OK to say RBIs:

Some people reason that since “RBI” stands for “runs batted in,” there is no need for an additional “S” to indicate a plural, and speak of “120 RBI.” However, though somewhat illogical, it is standard to treat the initialism as a word and say “RBIs.” In writing, one can add an optional apostrophe: “RBI’s.” Definitely nonstandard is the logical but weird “RsBI.”

The same pattern applies to other such plural initialisms as “WMDs” (“weapons of mass destruction”), “POWs” (“prisoners of war”), and “MREs” (“meals ready to eat”); but “RPMs” (“revolutions per minute”) is less widely accepted.

I see their point, but I’m still not pluralizing it.


To hear Jose Valentin’s post-game comments after yesterday’s 4-2 loss, listen to today’s podcast:


Krewella…take it away!

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


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