On Sunday, we rode to Parkview Field downtown to watch our Class A minor league baseball team, the TinCaps, play the Dayton Dragons. The TinCaps rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 5-3. The game was a rare 1:05 start (most Sunday games start at 3:05). Because I typically have to be to work at 4 on Sundays, I much prefer a 1:05 start. I was able to watch eight innings before I hopped on my bike and rode to work. Between riding to the ballpark, d then to work and then home, I rode just shy of 7.5 miles Sunday.
So, what’s a TinCap? Legend has it that famed vegetarian Johnny Appleseed wore a cooking pot on his head as he traveled around Indiana and Ohio planting his apple trees. Well, Johnny Appleseed, whose given name was John Chapman, was buried in Fort Wayne. When the ballclub moved from its previous home, which incidentally was adjacent to the park that bears Johnny Appleseed’s name, it became the TinCaps.
The Wizards became the TinCaps after the 2008 season. The move downtown to the new park has proved to be successful. The TinCaps won the Midwest League title in 2009 and they’ve been to the playoffs every year since. Being an affiliated Class A team, there is a great deal of player turnover from year to year. Several players from that 2009 team have made it to the majors, as have players from the 2010 team. And that’s the goal of all the players playing the Midwest League today — make it to the major leagues.