Back From Bowling Green
The TinCaps arrived back in Fort Wayne this morning from Bowling Green around 5:30 a.m. That’s not a typo. That’s what happens when a game is scheduled at 7:05 CST (8:05 EST) in South Central Kentucky on a getaway day. The drive from Bowling Green to Fort Wayne is about 6.5 hours long. Making it even harder to fall asleep on the midnight bus from a state two north of Georgia is that the TinCaps coughed up a 6-1 lead through 4.5 innings and lost 9-6 to the Hot Rods. A win would’ve been their sixth in a row and a second straight series sweep. Here’s the game story.
Now, just about 13.5 hours after getting off the bus, Fort Wayne welcomes West Michigan to Parkview Field for the start of a three-game series. Today is what’s known in baseball as a “show-and-go.” TinCaps players won’t be arriving to the yard until 4:30 at the earliest. A typical day would see the clubhouse open at 1:30. As my favorite college professor John Nicholson says, “Sleep is not overrated.”
Success for the TinCaps tonight will be about making adjustments from the routine. One guy on the roster who’s well-versed in following an unorthodox path is submarine-throwing reliever Eric Yardley. Take a listen below to Mike Couzens’ conversation with Eric from yesterday. You’ll learn how Eric has gone from planning not to play baseball in college to becoming a two-way player to having to radically change his throwing motion to going undrafted to pursuing a career as a teacher to playing in Las Vegas (but not the fun one) to how he wound up in Fort Wayne. It’s an interesting conversation to say the least.
Eric and the TinCaps look to keep rolling at Parkview Field now. Fort Wayne is 8-1 in its home ballpark in May, coming off a 5-1 homestand from the 22nd-27th that concluded with a sweep of Dayton. Click here for details on all kinds of BIG FUN at the ballpark these next three days.
And to catch up on some recent BIG FUN here, check out this video from Star Wars Night in which TinCaps players show off their knowledge (or lack thereof) of Star Wars characters.
Also from the last homestand, TinCaps Ticket Account Manager Austin Allen, or as you may know him better, Bad Apple Dancer Flava-A, wore a GoPro camera during a BAD performance. So Bad Apple Dancers featuring Demi Lovato, take it away…
What song would you like to hear the Bad Apple Dancers perform to next? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter @John_G_Nolan. Coverage of the TinCaps and Whitecaps tonight can be found on The Fan 1380 starting at 6:45 and on XFINITY Channel 81 beginning at 6:30 with The Leadoff Spot. Hope you can join us, and thanks for reading.