No Valentín Love, Midwest Baseball Odyssey, Hall of a Speech

The last 24 hours at Parkview Field saw 6 hours and 43 minutes-worth of baseball and Lord knows how many bags of popcorn. In that time, the TinCaps lost twice (woof) and won once. It was also Parkview Field’s first ever Bark in the Park. Hence, that “woof.”

Let’s start with the bad news, first. In a battle to stay out of the East Division’s second half basement on Saturday night, the last-place TinCaps lost to the second-to-last-place Lugnuts, 5-3. Afterward, Fort Wayne manager José Valentín continued to “keep it 100,” as some would say (or for those who aren’t “some,” he was honest).

“I don’t know how much they want it,” Valentín said. “I don’t know how much they want to get out of here. I don’t know how much they want to win or get better.” 

Even after the skipper’s calling out, Fort Wayne was flat in the front-end of its doubleheader Sunday, a 3-2 loss. It was yet another quality outing by Joe Ross wasted by paltry production from the bats.

The TinCaps salvaged the weekend, though, by returning the favor to the Lugnuts with a 3-2 win of their own in part deux of the double-dip.

Hear more of Valentín’s take on the TinCaps in Mike Maahs’ Sunday chat with the skipper below:

MIDWEST BASEBALL ODYSSEY

Being a native of New Jersey, I don’t get to see too many familiar faces from home at Parkview Field. The visit from my family two weeks ago and a couple friends who went to Notre Dame back in April were the only exceptions until Saturday night. Dan Sohler, a friend from my high school alma mater, St. Joe’s in Metuchen, happened to be passing through the Summit City as part of a week-long sojourn to see Midwestern baseball stadiums.

Dan’s not getting to see all of these places, but he’s trying.

Here’s Dan’s itinerary:

* Friday: Classic Park – TinCaps at Lake County

* Saturday: Parkview Field – TinCaps vs. Lansing (By the way, we made a TinCaps fan out of Dan — he got a hat and shirt!)

* Sunday: Miller Park – Brewers vs. Nationals

* Monday: Field of Dreams in Iowa (Day); Ashford University Field – Clinton vs. Kane County (Night)

* Tuesday: U.S. Cellular Field Comiskey Park – White Sox vs. Yankees

* Wednesday: Great American Ball Park – Reds vs. A’s (Day); Huntington Park – Columbus vs. Toledo (Night)

That’s a heckuva schedule if you’re a baseball – and travel – lover. We’ll have to check back with Dan for a recap of his trip later on, but his initial line on PVF was: “How a baseball stadium should be.”

Where would your ideal week-long baseball excursion take you? Would be interested to hear your responses in the Comments below, on Twitter @John_G_Nolan, or by email nolan@tincaps.com.

HALL OF A SPEECH

Hard to fathom, but as we’ve been writing this, the NFL has kicked off its 2013 season with the Hall of Fame Game. (*Insert Jim Mora’s voice asking, “WHAT?!?”) I was preoccupied with the TinCaps’ game Saturday night to catch the induction ceremony in Canton, but saw enough people I admire on social media compliment Bill Parcells’ speech that I made sure to watch it this morning. I’m somewhat partial to Parcells since he’s from New Jersey and helped bring the Jets (who I rooted for growing up) from 1-16 to the Super Bowl in two seasons. (Correction: The Jets were beating the Broncos 10-0 in the 3rd quarter of the 1998 AFC Championship Game but then my grandmother called to tell my dad how excited she was, and the Jets went on to lose 23-10. Ugh. Still love ya, Gram, but that was a jinx!)

Anyway, hat tip to my Uncle Jim for bringing my attention to a great line from Parcells in this speech:

“Losers assemble in little groups and complain about the coaches and players in other little groups. Winners assemble as a team.”

All in all, I think Parcells delivered a nice mix of sincerity, humor, and inspiration:

MUSICAL GUEST

After Bark in the Park, I gotta do it to ya… Baha Men, take it away!

Don’t act like you don’t love you a one-hit wonder! Thanks for reading!

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