Frieber, Correa’s Connected, The Yellow Line
The TinCaps’ return to Parkview Field wasn’t a glorious one, as they committed three errors and lost to the Quad Cities River Bandits, 4-3, in the opener of their three-game series Wednesday night. Tyler Stubblfield played well, hitting a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Zach Eflin struck out four batters over 6 1/3 innings, but did not get a decision.
Tonight lefty Max Fried throws for the TinCaps on Tribute to Justin Bieber night.Believe it or not, they’ve got a little bit in common. They’re both 19, born just a few months apart in 1994, and they’re both millionaires. Fried signed with the Padres last year for $3 million, and Bieber, according to the infallible CelebrityNetWorth.com is worth $110 million. Let’s hope Max pitches with plenty of swag tonight.
Really, when it comes to Max Fried, you can never say never. His name is known all around the world, he’s down to earth, and he’s pitching right here in Fort Wayne. At 6’4″, he’s bigger than most guys, but you might not recognize him if he were standing next to you.
And with that, I’m Bieber’d out.
We’ll catch you at Parkview Field, on The Fan 1380 at 6:45 or on XFINITY 81 at 7:00 for tonight’s action.
TINCAPS REPORT PODCAST
In today’s podcast, Manager Jose Valentin laments his team’s lack of execution, despite plenty of pre-game practice:
The first overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, Carlos Correa, plays for the Quad Cities River Bandits. He’s hitting .321, which is good for third-most in the Midwest League. One of the blogs over at SB Nation, Minor League Ball, took a look at his hitting numbers, and the most interesting one to me was where he hits the ball, also known as his spray chart:
As a right-handed hitter, he sends the majority of his batted balls the opposite way. A lot of hitters will say that they feel like they’re swinging the bat best when they’re hitting it to the opposite field. Correa is just 18 (he turns 19 in September), so his development and success at this age in this league are particulary impressive.
THE STORY BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE
An entertaining piece here from Bill Squadron, one of the creators of the yellow line that we see used in almost every football game on TV today:
Our company, Sportvision, had opened its doors four months earlier. Backed by several venture capital investors, with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon as the lead, our concept was to apply advanced technology to sports media. Three of us from News Corporation and Fox Sports — Gepner, a TV production expert, engineering guru Stan Honey and I (the business person) — had been inspired by Stan’s invention of the glowing hockey puck technology the previous year for Fox, technology which we licensed upon leaving the company in exchange for an equity interest for News Corp.
We had a long list of ideas that we felt could enhance the television experience for fans in a variety of sports. Near the top of the list was an electronic first down line, an idea that had been contemplated for many years (a patent had been filed around the concept in 1978). Fox Sports chief David Hill, one of the most creative and groundbreaking executives in the history of sports television, had mentioned it once to Stan, and John Madden had raised the idea with Jerry.
The reason why it had never been done was that no one had yet figured out how to insert, in live television, a virtual line that appeared to be under the players’ feet as if it were painted on the grass — and have that line stay in perspective as the action swirled around it and the cameras panned, tilted and zoomed. As soon as we opened for business, Stan and his small team of engineers immediately set out to determine whether they could create such a virtual line.
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