Back to Action, Life in Baseball, A Hundred Bucks Says…
After a much-needed day off, as the TinCaps had played 20 straight days without resting, Fort Wayne returns to action tonight at Parkview Field at 7:05. They welcome in the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a team they haven’t faced since May 27. The season series is pretty even right now, tilting 5-4 in favor of the Hot Rods, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate.
To get you caught up, here’s the post-game recap with Kent Hormann and former Wizards pitcher Javi DeJesus from Monday’s 8-5 TinCaps win over Dayton.
Fort Wayne’s Matt Shepherd looks for his first win as a starting pitcher tonight, as he makes his seventh start of the season.
First pitch is at 7:05, and the first 1,000 kids 14 & under will get a free WebKinz doll as they pass through the gates.
TINCAPS REPORT PODCAST
Despite a TinCaps win on Tuesday, Manager Jose Valentin wasn’t particularly happy, saying “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.” Hear his post-game comments in today’s podcast:
DIFFERENT UNIFORMS, SAME TEAM
As you may have noticed either here on the blog or by coming to Parkview Field this season, the TinCaps have worn quite the wide variety of themed jerseys this season. Sean Morrison, the TinCaps beat writer for The Journal Gazette, wrote a feature story on the uniforms, which appeared in today’s paper.
“The TinCaps have worn argyle, tuxedos, pink and the names of their fans in games this season.
There have been eight varieties of Fort Wayne’s jerseys this season, said Michael Limmer, vice president of marketing and promotions, the most ever.
The team wore uniforms representing ’50s Night, Turn the Park Pink, Prom Night, Military Appreciation/Superhero Night (same jersey for both nights), Social Media Night, ’80s Night, Prostate Cancer Awareness and ’90s Night.
Be it a quirky uniform change or the usual pinstripes, the looks have been well received.
“We kind of just sit back and look at our theme nights and kind of decide which ones would lend themselves best for a jersey,” Limmer said. “Every single jersey we give away is one-of-a-kind. It was worn just that one time by that one player, and it came right off the player’s back to the person that either won it or won the auction.”’
And don’t forget that this Friday is 90’s night, and the team will be wearing Wizards uniforms.
THE LIFE OF A BASEBALL OPERATIONS INTERN
Over on MLBTRadeRumors.com, there’s a good piece up by Ricky Benichak, who is a baseball operations intern with the Cincinnati Reds. He writes about his experiences working for the team and what his responsibilities include:
“If I had to identify what a normal day would look like, it would be something like this: update the statistics for our BATS video software, chart a game using that same software or capture pickoff moves to help our Major League coaching staff or players for an upcoming series, compile advance scouting reports, and work on research assigned to me by my bosses. I would say about 30-40% of my workload consists of research, some targeted by my superiors based on the needs of the team, some targeted based on my own interests. I have used that time to further look into the ROI of international players, waiver claim and DFA analyses, valuation of farm systems, and aging curves for defensive abilities.”
It’s good stuff, because it makes me realize how much there is going on behind the scenes with baseball, and that it’s not just show up at 2pm, take some infield, take BP and then get ready for the game. Even when Padres GM Josh Byrnes was here last week, I asked him what he did during the day, wondering if he’d gotten out to one of Fort Wayne’s many great golf courses. He said he hadn’t played golf, and that his day was spent following up on the minor league teams, watching some of the Padres game and working on budgets for next year.
I think the best piece of information Ricky shares is about trying to make it in sports:
“It’s also important that you have mentors. I had mentors when I went to college at the NYU Tisch Center where I studied sports management –- they helped me get opportunities that eventually led to me getting hired by the Reds. Not all of us have parents or friends in the industry, so it’s important to build your network as soon as you can. It’s as simple as sending an email or having a phone call. People love to talk about themselves and their experiences, and those who work in baseball operations are no different.
In pursuing an opportunity, a prospective employee should have the right mindset as well. It’s in our nature to think big and expect big. When I was initially looking for jobs with teams, I had this grandiose vision that all 30 teams would be interested in me and my abilities. I couldn’t have been more wrong, but there was a great lesson in that misconception. The reality is that you aren’t looking for 30 jobs or even a dozen jobs, rather you are looking for one team to listen and value the contributions you may bring. Discouragement and disappointment are a part of the cycle in finding employment, but you must take it in stride, and remember the big picture.”
Whether it in sports or any field, really, sometimes the best things can come from reaching out and sending that first email or making that phone call.
A HUNDRED BUCKS SAYS…
One of my favorite writers, Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) has a new story out today in Esquire about the new $100 bill. In this lengthy, but very interesting piece, he takes us through the process of how the dollar bill is made, an introduces us to its designer, Brian Thompson:
“On the back of the new hundred-dollar bill is one of Thompson’s favorite magic tricks. There is an oversized 100 bordered in white and blue, printed in orange. This new feature is primarily to help the visually impaired — like the large purple 5 on the five-dollar bill — but it’s also a secondary defense against counterfeiters. While the 100 looks entirely orange, closer examination reveals that it contains alternating lines of orange and green. Through some quirk of the optic nerve, our eyes pick up mostly the orange. It dominates, and casual counterfeiters might overlook or be unable to replicate the disappearing green.”
I may never hold one of those $100 bills unless one somehow blows up through a grate in the sidewalk and I happen to be a beneficiary of circumstance, but I’m happy just reading this story and learning from Chris Jones, a master writer.
John Mayer…take it away!