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Back to Baseball: Who is Johnny TinCap?

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We all love the feeling of being able to finally get back to baseball and reopening in general. As the Fort Wayne TinCaps kicks off their season, one guy is more excited than anyone else.

Johnny TinCap is ready for a new season. ABC21 caught up with Johnny and Morgan Olson to talk more about Johnny... being Johnny. 

It's been a little of 19 months since Johnny has been in quarantine. Now, he is ready to get out and about. We asked about Johnny's impact in the community. He goes to special events, schools, and more. 

Morgan tells us that Johnny is so much more than a Mascot. She says that the players are not always able to be make appearances or be available, but that's where Johnny Tincap comes out to play.

"You might recognize some staff here and there but when you see him come through with the big tincap and hitting doorways, you know that he’s there." Morgan adds, "The ballpark has made such an impact on not only downtown but on the city of Fort Wayne. So, showing our support at community events and bringing Johnny, it's one of our favorite things to do”.

Some may be asking "Who is Johnny TinCap?'. You may be surprised to learn you may know more about him then you think. 

Morgan tells us that Johnny is named after John Chapman. John is more famously known as Johnny Appleseed. He would walk around the area and plant apple trees. 

FUN FACT: Johnny Appleseed in buried in Fort Wayne near the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

During a time of re-branding, the TinCaps staff let the public vote on what the mascots name would be and Johnny Tincap it was.

Morgan tells us that Johnny is everyone's best friend. He loves to have fun with the kids and adults at games, school, community events and anywhere he can spread some joy and love for baseball.

When asked what his emotion was to just being who he is, Johnny held up a heart.

If you're interested in seeing Johnny TinCap in action, tickets to games are available online at https://www.milb.com/fort-wayne.

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Tony Betton Jr.

Tony Betton Jr. is the ABC21 weekend morning anchor/producer and serves as a multimedia journalist during the week. He is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter (@TonyBettonJrTV) and on Facebook (@TonyBettonJrNews).

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