How’d you land this job?
After winning an apple-eating contest, I was approached about joining the TinCaps. It has been a dream come true ever since.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen a fan/player do?
Back in 2009, we won a dramatic playoff game with a walk-off home run. One of our pitchers, Alexis Lara, starting doing “The Worm” at home plate to celebrate. It was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen at Parkview Field after a spectacular home run! What a great memory!
What would you be doing if you weren’t the TinCaps mascot?
That’s a good question. I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Whatever it would be, it would have to involve entertaining and helping families make memories.
What do you do during the off-season?
Other than counting down the days to Opening Day, I go out into the community and visit my friends. We get to visit schools through the TinCaps Reading Program, and we visit children in and around Fort Wayne. If there aren’t games for fans to come visit me, I go visit them!
What do you know about Johnny Appleseed?
He is one of my biggest idols! We have so much in common. We have the same first name, we both love apples, we love to be outside and we like to help people. Some people say I kind of look like him, I’m flattered, but I don’t see the resemblance.
How do you mentally prepare for each game’s performances?
It’s always important to get enough sleep, especially if you are up late the night before at a game. Exercise is important. And then a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables — apples are good. Right before the game I listen to my Apple iPod and all my favorite ballpark songs.
If you were to play a position on the team which one would it be and why?
I think I’d be a good designated hitter. That way I could split my time between at bats and spending time with all my friends in the ballpark.
Who is the real power in the TinCaps stadium?
Parkview Field is one of the best ballparks in the country, but it really comes to life with the energy and enthusiasm of all the TinCaps fans, the best fans in baseball!
How do you keep your teeth so white?
An apple a day keeps the dentist away.
How do you counter hat-head?
It’s important to use a really good, apple-based conditioner. But to be honest, I wear my hat pretty much everywhere I go, so it’s not really a problem for me.
Who has the better moves, you or the Bad Apple Dancers?
No one holds a candle to the Bad Apple Dancers. They are so much fun to watch.
Why do you think the kids love you so much?
We like a lot of the same things! We love to dance, read, eat apples, cheer on the TinCaps and just have a good time. I’m glad I have so many friends. I don’t take it for granted.
Can you give us your favorite recipe that involves apples?
My favorite food is Parkview Field’s Apple Crisp, but it’s my mom’s secret family recipe and I’m not allowed to share it. You can come to the ballpark and try it at every home game!
Is it frustrating that you have to stay silent when the umpires make the wrong call?
Not at all. I know they are out there trying their best, just like all the TinCaps players. Plus our locker rooms are right next to each other, so most of them are my good friends.
What other mascots do you admire and emulate?
That’s a hard question. I’m friends with so many mascots all over the country! We chat on Facebook all the time. If I had to choose, I’d say BirdZerk is my favorite. He comes and visits me here in Fort Wayne every year.
How many times have you been stopped in the stands for a photo with fans?
That’s funny you should ask. I’ve actually kept track since the first game on April 16, 2009. Let me check my notes… I’ve posed for over 437,258 photos with fans. It’s fun when they post the photos on my Facebook page so I can see them after the game!
Do you have a best side for pictures?
Normally I try to pose for pictures facing the camera. So, I guess my front side is my best side.
What’s your favorite ballpark food?
Anything from the Apple Cart, they are all delicious. But if I had to pick a non-apple item, nothing beats a hot dog at the ballpark! I also like the veggies and hummus, the pulled pork, the TinCaps salad, the brisket sandwich, cheeseburgers, ice cream, burritos, sliders, cotton candy, chicken sandwich…
What’s the secret to your success?
Well, it wouldn’t be a secret if I told, now would it?
Who would play you in the movie, “The Johnny TinCap Story”?
I’d probably go with one of my favorite movie stars, Johnny Depp.