Swagger Back, Smith Chasing Record, Louisville Slugger Tour
Christmas is four months away from tomorrow. (Sorry, not that I’m looking fastforward to cold weather.) But right now for the TinCaps, it’s beginning to look a lot like the first half.
With a hard-nosed win over South Bend in front of 7,777 fans at Parkview Field Friday night, Fort Wayne swept its in-state rival at home for the first time since 2009. The Silver Hawks may have still won the season series 14-5, but it’s the TInCaps who made the final impression heading into the playoffs. Jose Valentin’s team has now won six of its last seven with only 10 to go in the regular season.
After the game, Mallex Smith told me the team has regained its confidence.
RACE FOR THE RECORD
Speaking of Mallex, if you watched the interview then you also heard his take on the fact that he is only four stolen bases away from tying Fort Wayne’s franchise record of 65 (and, thus, six off setting the record).
Should be fun to see Smith on the bases against Bowling Green. Last time the TinCaps played the Hot Rods, Smith was 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Not to mention, the Midwest League’s second-most prolific base stealer, Andrew Toles, will be on the other side. Both are leading off and batting first tonight.
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM & FACTORY VISIT A HIT
We’ll have more on this in tonight’s pregame and an upcoming post here, but the TinCaps broke up their seven-hour bus road to Bowling Green today with a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Apropos to the venue, it was a hit. Some guys picked up some new lumber on the visit. Let’s see if they have some hits in them tonight.
In line with today’s headline, T.I., M.I.A., Jay, Yeezy, and Weezy, take it away…