Mixed Nuts and Peanuts, Shep’s Fortune, Goodbye to Canada

A pleasant good afternoon to you from Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, the home of the Lake County Captains for more than 10 seasons.

Tonight the TinCaps face the Captains at 7:00, with a battle of lefthanders–Max Fried for Fort Wayne and Ryan Merritt for Lake County–to get the series underway. Fort Wayne was rained out last night in Lansing before the first pitch was scheduled to be thrown. But let’s be fair, if the team couldn’t reach its dugout, could they really play baseball?

This is the door to the dugout. Nobody was getting to the dugout.

This is the door to the dugout. Nobody was getting to the dugout.

While the team bus rumbled through the night from Lansing to Eastlake, we stopped at a rest stop. I picked up some trail mix, but couldn’t help wondering if there were some bad food titlers (is that a job?) out there:

That's about as deep a thought as you'll get from a northern Ohio rest stop at midnight.

That’s about as deep a thought as you’ll get from a northern Ohio rest stop at midnight.

While the Captains got off to a hot start to this second half at 5-1, they were just swept by the Great Lakes Loons and scored just three runs in their three-game series. Let’s hope things stay that way, huh? They’ve been plagued by a similar problem the TinCaps have had to deal with, which has been stranding runners in scoring position. In that three-game set, Lake County went 2-23 with runners in scoring position. Not. Good. At 28-48, the Captains are still in last place in the Eastern Division, and they also lead the Midwest League with 117 errors. What’s a few more, right?

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00, and I’ll have pre-game coverage at 6:40 on The Fan 1380 in Fort Wayne, and TheFanFortWayne.com across the world. (Seriously, TinCaps broadcasts are big in Moldova.)


On today’s podcast, I chat with reliever Matt Shepherd about his transition from starter in college, to reliever in pro ball, and now potentially a return to a starting role. We also discuss how a pitcher has to evolve after seeing a team more often during the season, and Matt gets his fortune from a fortune cookie:


If you’re a sports TV viewer, which I imagine many of you might be, considering you’re a blog that advertises itself as a baseball blog (though it’s often more than that), I think you’ll enjoy this story about Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. The pair is currently the anchor team for TSN’s top sports highlight show, which is the equivalent of ESPN’s SportsCenter. But, they’ll be leaving TSN in short order.

“On July 8, they will be in Los Angeles, beginning rehearsals for FOX Sports Live, which will become the “flagship news, opinion and highlights program” on the fledgling channel FOX Sports 1.”

 This article, which you can read by clicking here, details how they got to their current positions, and what’s led to them jumping ship to go work for FS1. It’s evident that Canadian sports viewers appreciate their commentary and their humor. There’s a great quote in the story about why people find them relatable and humorous:

“To really be truly funny, you have to not care at all; you have to not be afraid to fail … there’s not ego or anything involved. You have to be willing to look ridiculous.”

If you watch some of the video clips in the story, you’ll see their humor and natural chemistry come across. It’s good stuff.


Florida Georgia Line…take it away!


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


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