RISPy Business, Christmas in July, Leisure Reading & Listening

With the Whitecaps celebrating Christmas in July at Fifth Third Ballpark on Thursday, there was no win under the proverbial tree for the TinCaps. Fort Wayne lost, 4-3, meaning that tonight is the winner of tonight’s contest takes the series.

The offensive positives (oxymoron?) from last night included Dane Phillips hitting his first home run in more in 40 days and Maxx Tissenbaum — on his 22nd birthday — collecting his first two extra-base hits in three weeks. Luis Domoromo also kept up his hot hitting with another two-hit game to boost his average to .329 in July.

Now the offensive part of the offense: More struggles with runners in scoring position. Fort Wayne went 1-for-11 in those situations last night, stranding seven on base (six in scoring position). Let’s look at some numerals…

* .263 — TinCaps team batting average

* .266 — TinCaps team batting average with runners in scoring position

* .236 — TinCaps team batting average with runners in scoring position with two outs

In this case, these numbers don’t seem to tell the story. At least not for the second half. Fort Wayne’s team batting average is tied for best in the East Division on the season. And the TinCaps’ average with RISP is tied for second best in the East. Next time we’ll try to delve into the second half numbers to see if those better explain Fort Wayne’s post-All-Star break woes.

ADO WAY

Take a listen to last night’s pregame interview with Corey Adamson, who’s hitting .308 in July. Corey shares how he’s gotten back to his early season form, even though he hasn’t had a significant break from the sport in more than a year, as well as what it means to have his mom and dad visiting from Australia.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

So yesterday was July 25th. Pretty tough to believe that December 25th is now only five months away. But to help bridge the gap, the Whitecaps celebrated a “Christmas in July” theme last night. Christmas music was played throughout the game. The halls were decked with boughs of holly. And bacos roasted on open fires.

Gotta hand it to the Whitecaps' on-field emcee for sporting the Buddy the Elf getup. I'm just a little offended, though, that Buddy didn't ask me what my favorite color is.

Gotta hand it to the Whitecaps’ on-field emcee Bob for sporting the Buddy the Elf getup. I’m just a little offended, though, that Buddy didn’t ask me what my favorite color is.

Santa hadn't flown in yet at this point so one of his elves was holding it down. First 100 kids got a free baseball from jolly Saint Nick.

Santa hadn’t flown in yet at this point so one of his elves was holding it down. First 100 kids got a free baseball from jolly Saint Nick.

Nothing elicits the Christmas spirit like a cup of chili and a bowl of mac and cheese! But the poinsettias are a nice touch.

Nothing elicits the Christmas spirit like a cup of chili and a bowl of mac and cheese topped with bacon — just like you leave for Santa! But the poinsettias were a nice touch.

Not pictured: Crash the River Rascal had a red and white suit and hat on. However, his mascot teammate Franky the Swimming Pig wasn’t wearing any festive attire. I fully intend to tip off FOX News to this and for them to investigate why Franky the Swimming Pig hates Christmas and is trying to take it out of our minor league baseball mascots…

Also learned a couple of interesting Christmas-related notes on TinCaps players:

* Walker Weickel’s favorite gift growing up as a kid was a Red Ryder BB Gun. Walker will now be known as Ralphie.

* Brian Adams’ family celebrates Christmas on December 23rd. I know, the anxious-side of me is jealous, too. The Adams Family (*snap, snap*) isn’t necessarily cooky, they just enjoy the holiday three days in a row — first as an immediate family, then with one set of grandparents on the 24th and the other one on the 25th.

* And I suppose this isn’t anything you didn’t already know, but Fort Wayne’s favorite Aussie, Corey Adamson, reminded me that the biggest difference between Christmas “down under” and in the U.S. is the weather. Corey says Christmas is often the hottest day of Australia’s summer, reaching as high as 110 degrees in his hometown of Bullsbrook in Western Australia.

LEISURE READING & LISTENING

* The New York Times takes a small glimpse at the Cape Cod Baseball League here. Both Mike and I have referenced the CCBL on this blog before and it’s for good reason. It truly is an idyllic league.

* Eddy Rodriguez of the Tucson Padres never played in Fort Wayne, but you ought to read this Sports Illustrated story on how the San Diego prospect escaped Cuba at the age of 7 and went on to become a big league-caliber catcher.

* With NPR, you can either read or listen to this next one on this weekend’s World Series. The World Series of Beep Baseball that is. Find out how blindness doesn’t stop some from playing America’s pastime.

MUSICAL GUEST

To boost page views with a younger demographic, One Direction, take it away…

Thanks as always for reading. Feel free to be in touch on Twitter @John_G_Nolan or by email: nolan@tincaps.com. Hope you can catch tonight’s game on The Fan 1380 or TheFanFortWayne.com. Coverage starts at 6:40 EST.

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