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Tonight is the home opener, as the Wingnuts take on Sioux Falls in the first game of a seven-game homestand.
The funny batting practice story from today: Pitching coach Luke Robertson notices a ladybug on the outside of the batting cage and says, “Oh, good luck. A ladybug.” Someone else asks Luke if it’s a ladybug or “one of those Chinese ladybugs.” I asked Luke the difference and he said, “It’s Chinese.”
Today I’m starting my blog series, “Just A Few Questions”. Most of the questions I ask of the Wingnuts players and coaching staff will not be of the serious variety. Just something light to put on the blog. I’ll do it once a series, probably, each time with a different player. Today, I asked shortstop Josh Horn about Sioux Falls switch from being named the Canaries to the Fighting Pheasants.
Q: Sioux Falls changed its name from the Canaries to the Pheasants. Have you given that a second thought or even a first thought?
No, I haven’t. But the fighting…what is it, the Pheasants now? That’s a little more manly, I guess, so that works out better for them.
Q: Are birds ever intimidating? Are they thinking that Canaries is a little wimpy?
Yeah, but they go to a pheasant. Why not a hawk or an eagle or something? I don’t know about Pheasants.
Q: Do you hunt pheasants, by any chance?
No. I’m not a big hunter. Everybody thinks, since I’m from Tennessee, that I’m a big hunter. But I’m not, at all.
Q: If the Wingnuts had an ownership change and decided to change nicknames and asked you to re-name the team, what would it be?
Oh, man. You’re putting me on the spot. I have no idea. I’d have to think about it. I think I’m going to have to think about it.
OK, so they weren’t the strongest questions. But it’s a work in progress. Tomorrow, I’m going to talk with Sioux Falls’ new radio guy, Scott, about the Pheasants and what to expect from the team this season. See you then.