Error Record, Father and Son, Wyoming’s Two Escalators
Monday night at Dow Diamond the Fort Wayne TinCaps made history, but not in a good way. In a 12-5 loss to the Great Lakes Loons, Fort Wayne committed a franchise-high-tying seven errors. It’s the first time that mark has been reached in TinCaps history, as the last time it took place was in 2008, when the team was the Fort Wayne Wizards. The errors came in a number of ways mundane and matchless. Infielder Reynaldo Bruguera was charged an error for obstruction on the basepaths during a rundown, and pitcher Chris Nunn was given an error for missing a throw back to the mound from catcher Rodney Daal, allowing a baserunner to advance. Daal was charged with one of his own for trying to field a bunt and falling down during the process. The only other occurrences of a seven-error game in Fort Wayne’s history came July 11, 2008, and July 30, 2000. Reliever Joe Church had perhaps the strangest line of the night, as he allowed seven runs, but only one of them was earned.
Tonight the TinCaps look for a series victory against the Loons at 7:05, in an effort to take three out of four. Colin Rea takes the hill for Fort Wayne, replacing the injured Matthew Shepherd. For Rea, who began the year at Lake Elsinore, it will be his first regular-seaosn start in a TinCaps uniform since September 3, 2012, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
I hope you’ll join me and John Nolan tonight for the radio broadcast, which starts at 6:45. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. You can hear the game on The Fan 1380 and TheFanFortWayne.com.
Prior to Monday night’s game I chatted with the first-year manager of the Great Lakes Loons, Razor Shines.
Our chat was good, as Razor is managing a team that right now is right in the thick of a playoff hunt, which means he’s a happy guy. Here are some selections from our conversation…
On balancing winning vs. player development in a playoff race:
“I look at it as though winning is developing. There are days when you’re handcuffed–what I mean by that is there are certain people who have to play and there are certain pitchers who have to throw, regardless of performance. I understand that. This is Low-A ball and I have no problem with that. Winning, I think, is developing. And if you teach these guys to win, obviously they’re going to understand the game of baseball, they’re going to throw the ball to the right base and they’ll get better.”
On how his starters’ limited innings have taxed his relief corps:
“Well it has really taxed our bullpen. It’s given us extended innings that we have to make up out of our bullpen, and on certain nights we’re going to be short. We’re not going to have the best available person to fit in that spot and that’s just part of what we’re doing here in Midland on the A-ball level. It has to happen.”
On managing his son, Devin, who is a Loons outfielder:
“It’s hard. It’s really difficult. I have to treat him just like I treat everybody else and that’s hard to do because at the end of the day he’s my son and I’m his father. Family comes before my work. That’s the way it’s always going to be for as long as I ever do this. It’s a difficult spot to be in. If I had a choice I would rather not manage him, but I don’t have a choice. It’s really good for me to see him play.”
On Jose Valentin’s son, Jesmuel, a Dodgers farmhand who played with the Loons earlier this season:
“He is playing well. He is swinging the bat extremely well. He’s hitting around .290 right now in Ogden (Utah) which is our advanced rookie level, which is our next level to here. There is a chance that he’ll be called up for the playoff run. He actually did pretty good when he was here. He was put in a situation where he had to play shortstop. He’s not a shortstop by trade. HAving to go to a new position on a daily basis, it affected him out there, it affected him at the plate. Now that he’s playing second base every day, he’s swinging the bat well, the reports are good that he’s feeling the ball well, so I’m hoping that we’ll get an opportunity to see him before this playoff run is over.”
Listen to the podcast below to hear our full conversation:
I’m always up for a good story, and when I was getting on the bus last night after the game around 11:00, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read one about the state of Wyoming (approximate population 576,000) having just two elevators. This story from The Atlantic is about a month old, but still eyebrow-raisingly good:
“So, yes: In 2008, Wyoming had two-and-depending-on-how-you-count-four escalators, in the entire state. Which works out, using 2012 state population statistics, to 0.000003467 escalators per capita. Not a high number, but hey, per the Governor’s office itself, “it is widely assumed that there are no escalators in Wyoming.” So, take that.
A lot can change in five years, though. And since the two-escalators stat is getting some attention now that Wyoming is back in the national news, I decided to embark on a very important fact-finding mission when it comes to the technological infrastructure of the great state of Wyoming. How many escalators, I wanted to know, are in the state right now — in 2013?
Best I can tell … two. Yep, still two.”
This all, of course, gets me thinking…how many escalators are there in Fort Wayne? The only ones I can think of are at the Coliseum and in Glenbrook Square Mall. Anywhere else?
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON WHO WE ARE
Read this article from The New York Times about a foreign correspondent’s thoughts on America after having lived in England for 18 years, and tell me you didn’t laugh at least once.
“I’ve come back often, so it’s not like it was a total shock. But while I wasn’t paying attention, Arizona for some reason got its own Major League Baseball team. New York City’s center of gravity shifted to Brooklyn, at least according to the people who live in Brooklyn.
In other developments, available phone numbers ran out, forcing the introduction of unpleasant new area codes. “Awesome” went from being a risible word used only by stoners and surfers to an acceptably ubiquitous modifier, the Starbucks of adjectives.
New York City Transit began kindly informing passengers how long they would have to wait until the next train. A few Americans started going only to restaurants with lovingly reared, locally sourced unpronounceable ingredients; the rest started going only to restaurants with All-U-Can-Eat Fat Plate specials.
The Kardashians arrived and would not leave.”
The story has a few more small differences between the two cultures, which gives you as the reader an interesting way of looking at our culture.
A happy 65th birthday to Led Zeppelin’s Robert plant.
And on that note…Led Zeppelin, take it away!