You Could Win $2,000,000 at Today’s TinCaps Game

Is it really that time already? The end of the regular season? It feels like it was just Opening Day, then the team clinched a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive year, and then John was chronicling events from the All-Star Game in Dayton, and now we’re one game shy of most Minor League Baseball teams calling it quits until 2014.  Fortunately that is not the case for the play-off bound TinCaps, who will take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the first round.

Last night, in the penultimate game of the 2013 regular season, Fort Wayne defeated Great Lakes, 6-1:

Side note: I would like to give a short ode to the word penultimate. What a great word. I first heard it in ninth grade from my track coach, Mr. Furry (seriously, that’s his name) while he was teaching me the triple jump. Not only did I have no idea what the word meant and thought that he was mispronouncing something, but I was also terrible at the triple jump. He coached me all the way into a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon at the county track meet that year. Sadly, there were only five participants. Fortunately in one of the events, the 110m high hurdles, I was the penultimate finisher! (The guy who came in last place tripped over one of the hurdles and I only beat him by 0.1 seconds, but let’s move on.) 

So it’s the last day of the regular season and both teams are in the playoffs. Nothing to play for, right? Wrong! Here’s what’s at stake:

-A win today would tie for the fifth-highest win total in franchise history. Both the 2000 team, which lost in the first round of the playoffs, and the 2004 team, which also lost in the first round of the playoffs, had 72-win seasons.

-TinCaps OF Mallex Smith stole two bases in Sunday’s game, bringing him to 64 for the season. His total is the second-highest in Fort Wayne’s franchise history, trailing the 65 stolen by Jeremy Owens (1999) and Rymer Liriano (2011). Smith’s 64 stolen bases are first in the Midwest League (Andrew Toles of Bowling Green has 62) and are the sixth-most in all of Minor League Baseball this season.

-The TinCaps are just 2,487 fans away from drawing 400,000 for the second straight year and for the fifth time in five seasons at Parkview Field. Also, there’s one other attendance number you might want to know about…


Today the TinCaps also expect that the 2,000,000th fan in Parkview FIeld history will walk through the gates, meaning someone in attendance at the game will be given the chance to win $2,000,000.

With the team just 3,564 fans away from reaching the 2,000,000-fan milestone, it’s bound to happen today. The only eligibility requirement to have the opportunity to win the money is to have a ticket to the game and to be at Parkview Field.

“We can say that the TinCaps 2,000,000th fan can be from 2 to 102 years old and still have a chance at taking home the $2,000,000 jackpot,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “You won’t have to hit a home run or throw 100 miles per hour.”

Barring extreme weather that might cancel or postpone a game, anyone present at the milestone game with a valid TinCaps ticket will be eligible to be selected as the 2,000,000th fan.

Tickets are still available at, by calling 260-482-6400 or at the Parkview Field Ticket Office.

Good luck!


John Nolan recaps the regular season and looks ahead to the playoffs with Manager Jose Valentin:


Green Day…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.


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