Fort Wayne Rolls Out the Red Carpet

Thumbnail image for TinCaps-Apple-Logo.jpgSo there I was, minding my own business, when an email popped into my inbox.

“What is this, the 21st century?”, I exclaimed sarcastically to no one in particular. Then, I read my new email. It was from Fort Wayne Tincaps radio broadcast manager Dan Watson, who relayed the following information:

[The Tincaps have] launched an interactive site where people can enter a name/jersey number and become the TinCaps’ “top prospect.” It doesn’t exactly fit the “wacky MiLB promo” description…but I haven’t seen other teams do this.

Well, Dan, it’s wacky enough for me. Also, it’s extremely well done and a lot of fun. Fans who visit tincapsfan.com will be asked to enter their name, favorite number, and email address. Then, it’s time to enter a magical world of imagination in which YOU are the team’s top prospect. Here are some screenshots from my tincapsfan.com experience:

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Update: It has been pointed out to me that the Lehigh Valley IronPigs launched a similar initiative last November, one which promotes the club’s role as host of the 2010 International League All-Star Game. It includes cameos from a variety of IronPigs players as well as a driving hard rock soundtrack that made me want to break stuff. It is highly recommended, in other words. Here are two screenshots from MY IronPigs fan experience:

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That individual above is IronPigs manager Dave Huppert. I can assure you from personal experience that his interview on myironpigs.com is not an indication of his usual level of loquaciousness. 

End Update

I have quite a few other Minor League tidbits to divulge, but they can wait until later. Well, one of them can’t wait. Let me share with you, in its entirety, the most compelling “tweet” that I have composed today thus far:

A new twist on “Bark in the Park”: The Arkansas Travelers have booked the legendary Baha Men for a post-game show on 4/29.

You can’t get this information anywhere else. I mean, really, you can’t.

benjamin.hill@mlb.com
twitter.com/bensbiz
 

2 Comments

Hey Ben,

The LHV IronPigs were the first to have this. Check out http://www.ironpigsbaseball.com. This has been up for about 6 months.

Where are you going on vacation?

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