Home for the Fourth, Checking in on New Pads, CrossFit

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your day, wherever you might be. I’m happy to say that I’ll get to call a baseball game on this great holiday for the sixth straight year, and I hope to do so for many years to come.

Last night the TinCaps lost for the 10th time in 11 tries against South Bend. The Silver Hawks used a two-run home run from Rudy Flores and a two-run double by Roidany Aguila to take a 4-3 victory against Fort Wayne at Coveleski Stadium. The TinCaps are now an even 20-20 away from Parkview Field, but tonight they return to the friendly confines of their home ballpark, where they have a 26-16 mark.

Max Fried takes the bump tonight, and he’ll be opposed by South Bend’s Jesse Darrah. Fort Wayne’s hoping the trials and tribulations of their 2-5 road trip are behind them.

I hope you’ll join us tonight for coverage of the game, which will air on XFINITY 81 and The Fan 1380.

It could be the biggest crowd in Parkview Field history, so there’s certainly a lot to look forward to!


On yesterday’s pre-game show, I caught up with Padres Assistant GM and Vice President of Player Personnel Chad MacDonald, to talk about a few players the team took in the draft, and about his job as a talent evaluator.

His thoughts on Norwell High School’s Josh VanMeter, who the Padres selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft:

“Our area scout, Mark Conner, who is one of the best in the business, identified him early and said this is a shortstop with a left-handed bat with instincts who can stay at shortstop and those guys are hard to find. Every scout that went in there echoed the same thing. He’s got plus makeup, he’s a grinder, he’s a warrior. He wanted to start his pro career early, we got him signed, he’s been very good in Arizona so far and the sky’s the limit.”

On Mississippi State’s Hunter Renfroe, San Diego’s first overall pick in this year’s draft:

“Hunter’s a pretty dynamic athlete. IT’s  rare combination of size, strength and speed. He’s got five tools, as I like to say, with impact power, a shutdown arm in right field, he’s a plus runner, too. He’s the best player in the SEC, arguably the best combination of skills and tools in the draft. We were excited when he got there at (pick) 13. Negotiations are underway and we hope to add him to the system soon.”

Do you and Scouting Director Billy Gasparino ever disagree on players?

“Quite a bit. Sometimes, I play devil’s advocate. As the group is talking about a particular player and I agree with everything they say, I’ll ask the awkward question in the room because it’s my job to make sure the room is comfortable with a player. We’ve had our disagreements, but that’s healthy. When you have strong opinions, you need to voice them. We really want that from our scouts.”


For those of you that participate in CrossFit, here’s an interesting article on the origins of the workout system. I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but they certainly sound challenging. As the article, which profiles founder Greg Glassman, describes, CrossFit is the anti-gym workout routine:

Glassman escaped into athletics and fell in love with gymnastics (the source, he says, of his pronounced limp), weightlifting, and cycling. After dropping out of several colleges and junior colleges, Glassman began working in fitness full time, as a personal trainer at local gyms.

He developed wacky routines: He had clients race their way through repetitions on a weight machine, and at one facility, he had them scramble up a 30-foot column in the middle of the room. Eventually, the owner of that gym welded disks to the pole to make him stop. “They added a hazard 15 feet up,” Glassman cracked to clients, before signaling them to go up anyway. He got kicked out of that gym. He got kicked out of several gyms. “I’ve never wanted to be told what to do,” Glassman says. “I think it’s genetic.”

In 1995, as Glassman was burning the last of his bridges at local gyms, he got a call from a friend who worked at the sheriff’s department in Santa Cruz. The department had heard about him and wanted him to train officers. Glassman, who was in the middle of a breakup with a longtime girlfriend, decided to go. He set up shop in a health center called Spa Fitness and taught his own brand of fitness training, which he had begun calling CrossFit, to officers and anyone else looking to buy 60 minutes of sweat.

It goes on to detail his outlook on running a business, and some legal issues he’s faced with the brand, too. It’s a good read.

Here’s the link to the story: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201307/burt-helm/crossfit-empire.html


Cream…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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