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The Avenger, Hambone, News Quiz

Monday night’s game didn’t have the same irregularities of extreme weather like Sunday’s game did, but it still featured a good amount of excitement. Duanel Jones connected on his second home run of the second half, and the TinCaps bullpen stole the show, as Fort Wayne rolled to its third consecutive win, and fourth straight series victory.

Cody Hebner went just three innings, his shortest outing of the year, but Dennis O’Grady had no trouble picking up the slack and he earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

A story that I found to be of particular intrigue was the appearance of Matt Stites out of the bullpen. It marked his fourth outing of the second half, and his first save opportunity since a June 4th game at Lake County. On that night, Stites faced MLB rehabber Carlos Santana, who hit a game-tying home run to right field, and the Captains went on to win 4-3 in 13 innings.

Monday night was a chance for Stites to avenge that June evening–and he did just that, earning his first save since June 1st. It was a 1-2-3 ninth for the righty, who’s  one of the best relief pitchers in the Midwest League. He has a 0.73 ERA in 21 games, with 24 2/3 innings of work under his belt. He’s given up only two earned runs, walked two and has struck out 29 batters.

Fort Wayne is now 8-3, alone atop the standings in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division. The TinCaps have either been the only team in first or tied for first for seven straight days. They’ve now secured four straight series victories in a row to open the second half. The last time Fort Wayne won four consecutive series was last August. If the TinCaps can keep this up, they’ll find themselves contenders down the stretch of the second half.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Matt Wisler as he tells us what book he’s reading, and how it’s helped him forge his approach on the mound:

HAMBONE

You’ve got to read this story on Josh Hamilton. No, really–you must. It includes anecdotes from his childhood, like this one:

“Eventually Josh had to be moved from shortstop to the outfield because his first baseman so feared catching Josh’s bullet throws that he began ducking out of harm’s way. Whenever Josh pitched, batters backed out of the box before he even began his windup and whenever Josh came to bat, all of the infielders retreated into the outfield, until finally complaints from opposing players’ parents prompted Josh’s promotion to a league of older kids. Josh and Landon played on a team sponsored by Mitchell’s Hair Styling and wore purple jerseys. They won three state championships in a row.

In one of those state tournaments, Josh pitched a total of 24 innings and never allowed a hit. The next season Josh won a Home Run Derby against a bunch of boys nearly twice his size. At that time, Josh was still scrawny, but he was so athletic and coordinated that he could run backward faster than the other kids could run forward.

Powell has never forgotten a conversation he had with Bob Sanderford, the father of one of Josh’s teammates. “Bob was a former college basketball player who knew youth sports really well and knew sports at a high level,” Powell says. “One day after a game when Josh had done something only Josh could do, Bob leaned over to me and he said, ‘That kid’s going to be the first player picked in the major league draft when he’s a senior in high school.'”

Josh was 10.”

ARE YOU UP TO DATE?

If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’ll do well on this 12-question current events quiz from The New Yorker. If you haven’t been paying attention, well, you’ll score poorly.

Hint: The Supreme Court had a big week.

I got eight questions right.

Good luck.

MUSICAL GUEST

Led Zeppelin…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

The boys are back in town

The TinCaps landed in Fort Wayne yesterday, no problems. The coaches haven’t arrived (they’re driving their own cars in from wherever they’re from). The only real bit of news is that RHP Keyvius Sampson looks like he’s going to get the start on Opening Night. From everything I’ve heard, he’s nasty when he’s healthy.

Random thoughts:

  • If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, well… Fort Wayne should be flattered.
  • In a story you read here last week, Former TinCaps C Griffin Benedict is now a big-league bullpen catcher. He says it was kind of a tough decision, believe it or not.
  • Padres RHP Dustin Moseley took the loss in St. Louis yesterday, but deserves another start. Of course he does; if the Padres hadn’t been shut out we’d be talking about how great of an addition Moseley is.
  • There’s been a moderate amount of freaking out about Orlando Hudson laying down a sacrifice bunt as the No. 3 hitter in the order. I’m a huge proponent of small-ball and I’ve never understood why it’s that big of a deal. I don’t care where you’re hitting in the lineup; you are who you are. Putting Orlando Hudson in the three-hole does not make him Albert Pujols. If you have run producers in the 4-5 spots in the lineup (and you should), why is it taboo to stay out of the double play (especially against a sinkerballer like Jake Westbrook) and bunt your way into a second-and-third, one-out situation? And I’d be saying this even if it hadn’t turned into a six-run inning.
  • Speaking of freaking out, the Red Sox got swept by the Rangers. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP OUR COMPOSURE!
  • Still speaking of freaking out, the Royals held their own Futures Game between their Triple-A and Double-A teams. Word is, it was like the Beatles landing in America for the first time. When your team has been so bad for so long, it’s only natural to get pumped about prospects but these guys are getting hyped to the point where it’s almost impossible for them to live up to it.
  • Who does Red Sox manager Terry Francona think he is with those glasses? Harry Potter? John Lennon?
  • Indians C Carlos Santana started a triple play in his first MLB appearance at first base as the Indians guaranteed they wouldn’t go 0-162.
  • In the entire history of baseball, no pitcher has ever been as bad on Opening Day as Indians RHP Fausto Carmona was on Thursday. Thanks a lot, Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Rockies RHP Ubaldo Jimenez’s thumb is affecting his velocity.
  • So what happened was, Jim Edmonds was all, “That Brandon Phillips ain’t nothin'” and Brandon Phillips was like, “Hater in da house!” I didn’t even make half of that up.
  • Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey wants to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with some athlete friends, including a guy who once bicycled from Connecticut to Mets Spring Training in Florida. Also, Dickey got the idea from reading a book about people getting gangrene while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m not making any of this up.
  • Marlins OF Mike Stanton: He’s good.
  • What does Neil Diamond do during his down time in South Africa? Make friends, of course.
  • Dave Hutte Status Update: “Bought a Cubs royal plush blanket and Packers tree skirt. Both 75 percent off!” Dave Hutte is nothing if not thrifty.

Musical guest… Thin Lizzy!

Take care!

DW

Invasion of the pod people

I’m a little late posting today, but it’s my boss’s fault. Michael Limmer, Jeff Greer and I met for a meeting (I called it a triple-threat Texas tornado cage match) this morning and it evolved into an all-encompassing media summit.

One thing that came out of that was this: I may start doing a podcast-ish type of thing during the season. It would probably be geared for people to listen to it on their way to work in the morning. Contents would probably be the previous night’s radio pre-game interview and a recap of the game with audio highlights, with potential for occasional bonus material.

So I’ll throw it out there and you can either answer in the comments or e-mail me (dan.watson@tincaps.com): Would you listen to this type of thing? What, specifically, would you like to hear? We have the technical ability to include phone interviews, so who would you like to hear from? Because Lord knows you hear enough of me. I’d appreciate any feedback you have.

Random thoughts:

  • If superheroes teach us nothing else, it’s that you should use your powers for good, not evil. Well, several TinCaps staff members are doing the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics this weekend. E-mail Abby Naas (naas@tincaps.com) if you want to donate.
  • I’ve been gathering info for a franchise history story for web and print use, and (imagine that) I’ve found it pretty interesting. Example: At the first game as the Fort Wayne Wizards (4/10/93 at Waterloo), the team turned a triple play. They haven’t turned one in the nearly 18 years since. Also that day, the team changed into their uniforms at the hotel before taking the bus to the ballpark because the clubhouse was so gross. The Waterloo general manager told the Wiz field manager that the team HAD to change at the ballpark moving forward, citing a “new Midwest League rule.” Compared to now, Minor League Baseball was like the Wild West crossed with Thunderdome back then. Anybody have other good Wiz/TinCaps stories?
  • Fort Wayne alum Jake Peavy is throwing 40-pitch bullpen sessions and long-tossing at 120 feet as he recovers from a weird shoulder-ish injury. He wants to be ready for opening day, but the team’s not so sure if he’ll get there, mostly because the injury is so rare that there’s no track record to draw from.
  • The Padres’ longtime bullpen catcher is battling pancreatic cancer.
  • At Wake Forest, the head baseball coach donated a kidney to one of his players. Suddenly, opening the season at LSU doesn’t sound so tough.
  • Who is on the front line of getting good baseball players into an organization? It’s scouts. Their reports are huge in who gets drafted by whom, who a team trades for, etc. So who’s the best at it statistically? Check it out now, funk soul brother.
  • Looks like the Indians will get a healthy Carlos Santana when they start spring training. Yesssssss.
  • The Michael Young trade talks are going slowly so far. Which is what happens when one team (the Rangers) has no leverage. Young has a big contract, he clearly wants out but only to eight specific teams — there’s almost no way the Rangers get fair value for him.
  • Here’s a story in defense of the Orioles‘ signing a bunch of old guys. I don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but it makes sense.
  • Fangraphs says that, believe it or not, the NFL would be wise to look to baseball as an example of how to deal with its labor issues.
  • People want to sue somebody, anybody, over the messed-up Super Bowl seat situation. If the Cleveland Browns were in the Super Bowl (stop laughing!) and I had tickets but ended up not being able to watch the game through no fault of my own, I’d be pretty fired up too. But a lawsuit? After getting paid three times the face value of the ticket, PLUS merchandise AND tickets and airfare to another Super Bowl?
  • This is easily the best Cavaliers-related thing to come out since June.
  • Dave Hutte Status Updates (there are three): “Taking the Jeopardy online test tonight!” / “Well, I don’t think I’ll be on Jeopardy anytime soon.” / “Our Valentine’s Day getaway starts tonight!” — It’s been a busy couple of days for Dave Hutte. I really wish he would get picked to go on Jeopardy and win enough to pay for an extravagant wedding. He’s the one person I know who could have that happen and it wouldn’t be all that surprising.

Musical guest… The Beatles!

Take care!

DW

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