Dropping the ball for baseball…

I’ve disconnected a bit due to..well, baseball games. Tuesday night I saw the Chiefs lose to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-0.

The highlights were a couple of great outfield catches; one was just off of the ground and the other was over the shoulder.

Then last night I watched Bradley rally from 4-1 down in the 7’th inning to win 6-4, getting 2 in the bottom of the 7’th and 3 more in the bottom of the 8’th. The 8’th inning was really the key. The first batter singled and the coach put in a fast pinch runner. The next batter made an excellent bunt…but Iowa made a bad throw to first which lead to the fast runner rounding the bases to score and the batter to make it to 3’rd. Then the runner at third was singled in, and another double gave Bradley the padding it needed.

A crowd of 571 enjoyed the game.

I also came to notice that Bradley uses the third base dugout as the home dugout whereas the Chiefs use the first base dugout. It has to do where the respective clubhouses are.

I’ll really OD on Bradley baseball, as there are 5 home games from Friday to Wednesday. I should make 4 of these (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

Workout notes: PM: walk with the group; 3 miles. We lollygagged on the way out (27 minutes or so) and then on the way back, Tammy wanted to turn it up a bit; that only took 24 minutes for us.

AM: I slept in (Bradley games are usually about 3 hours; more scoring than in pro ball) So I worked out after my 9-10 class. I’ve got some catching up to do.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: good), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 9 x 170 (empty gym, basically), 10 x 135 incline, dumbbell military: 20 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, 10 x 45, 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine rows. Then run: 20 minutes on the treadmill: 2-2-2-2-2 (5.2-5.6) then 2-2-2-2-1-1 (6.7-7.2) 10:57/8:40, 2.04 miles total.

Bodyweight: 195.7 before, 193.8 after.

April 21, 2017 Posted by | baseball, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Minor League Baseball and Friends: happy to let them go…

The Peoria Chiefs (low A, Midwest League) start up this month, but I’ll spend most of my “baseball time” watching Bradley and pick up the Chiefs in May.

The Chiefs made the playoffs the past two years. But last year: by the time they got to the playoffs they weren’t the same team; most of their good players had been promoted.

And that is how it goes in minor league ball: you start to get attached to a player and you want them to do well. But when they do well, they leave, as they well should. And though you miss seeing them, you are happy for them.

Sometimes, something similar happens to one’s friends. A few weeks ago, my wife said “you probably won’t be training with X now that they have a love interest that runs”…and my reply was “I hope not.” She looked surprised, but then understood exactly what I meant.

Workout notes Weird. I still have a scratchy, “sometimes” cough and feel slightly weak; this is a continuation of what I had last week. But weights went very well:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10: strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190 (wanted to keep the hips down), 10 x 170 (strict)
military press: dumbbell, 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 45
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine
incline: 3 sets of 10 x 160 (45/35 on each side) Hammer machine

I tried to run…no dice, walked 5 miles outside instead. The gates to the hills of Bradley Park are now open; beautiful day but some traffic. I got shocked into picking it up on the way back..a young woman who was walking deliberately was gaining on me. My “mind wandering walk” is no longer fast; I have to be deliberate and concentrate.

April 2, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends, illness, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Thank you Chiefs ..for a great season

Workout notes: 4 mile run in 43:50, 2 mile walk afterward (got to 5.4 miles in 1:05, walked 5 laps in 9:30 on the track) I am cutting down.

Baseball notes: the Peoria Chiefs lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to get swept in the opening playoff series by the Clinton Lumber Kings.
Ultimately the difference: the Mariners (the parent club) kept the Lumber Kings together whereas the Cardinals promoted the Chief players as soon as they showed that the time was right. Of course, minor league IS a developmental league and if circumstances warrant, a team that is good in the first half of the season can not be as good in the second half.


These were the free playoff t-shirts that they gave out.


Yes, the opposing pitcher brought a 1.58 ERA to the game and was pitching 3 hit ball (with many strike outs) through 6 innings, and it was 4-0. But after I took this selfie…
I saw why it is now a “6 inning game” for the pitchers. BAM….double, homerun, homerun…it was now 4-3 in the 7’th and the Chiefs had hope!

The pitcher had finally tired. But they had good relief pitching and the Chiefs couldn’t close the gap until…maybe

9’th inning, still 4-3, 2 outs. Then we had a double by a pinch hitter and a walk. Hmmm…then a long hit and the pinch runner was waved on but as he rounded third, I saw the throw and said “he is going to get thrown out”..and he was. The typing run was stopped right at home plate and the game was over.

It is sometimes a game of inches. It wasn’t boring though.


It was a fun season. I am already looking forward to next year….but first some FOOTBALL. 🙂

September 9, 2016 Posted by | baseball, running, walking | | Leave a comment

Why I think that the election remains boring…

Workout notes: weights only; pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (good), 9 x 170 (lazy), 10 x 135 incline, military: 7 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing. Rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm), rotator cuff, squats (many sets, some free, some with 25), abs: 2 sets each: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, 10 moving half bridge. Rotator cuff and headstand; I got up easily today.

For some reason, I am feeling rested though I am not sleeping much.

Baseball: I saw the second to last regular season Chiefs game last night;

homerandme. I got a selfie with Homer, the Chiefs mascot. I am on the right. 🙂

The Chiefs lost 2-1, but I saw a spectacular throw from the right fielder to deprive the Snappers of a run.

Election President Obama’s approval continues to follow President Reagan’s.


So while the race has tightened just a bit, Clinton remains a heavy favorite. This is reminding me of a mix of 1988, 2008 and 2012.

I still say that this year’s map will look a lot like the 2008 or 2012 one.

September 2, 2016 Posted by | baseball, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Out of sorts

This has been a bit of a weird semester. I don’t have that high of a teaching load, but I have 2 “preparation intensive” classes (probability, linear algebra) to teach. We are somewhat understaffed due to high enrollments (higher enrollments are good) so …it will be interesting.

And my wife has been away for a few days as she cares for a loved one undergoing some tough treatment (and things ARE going well…that is good news).

So my solution has been…BASEBALL (so far, no papers to grade…yet…THAT is coming)

Workout notes: 1:04:30 for 6 miles on the treadmill, which was put in a sweltering part of the gym. That is good for heat conditioning and I got 4 reps of 5 minutes at 7.0 mph, with walk/jog recoveries. Then 30:28 for 2 miles of walking afterward (thunderstorms outside); I might walk instead of lift tomorrow, but I’ll lift for sure on Friday and on Sunday.

Baseball: my Sunday game was rained out but I did get to see the Chiefs sweep a doubleheader from the Bees. Both were exiting games; the first was won 7-6 when a single got under the glove of the left fielder, enabling 2 runners to score. Then they won 4-3 in the second game, this time with an earlier rally.


The rained out game was “take your dog to the park” day.


I framed this selfie so you could see Homer in the background.


4 pm weekday start…


Conclusion and celebration…

August 31, 2016 Posted by | running, walking | | Leave a comment

My rant….who cares what entertainers think?

Is someone a famous musician? That makes them good at music.
Are they a famous actor? Then they are good at acting.
Do they swim fast or play in the NFL? Then they are good at football.

My point: who cares what these people think? They aren’t public intellectuals; they aren’t scientists, political leaders or judges. They are good at things that entertain us.

I am not opposed to such entertainment; after all I had a wonderful time at yesterday’s double header baseball game (Peoria Chiefs vs. Burlington Bees; Peoria swept the games 7-6 and 4-3; both were exciting games)

But I certainly don’t take any civic or intellectual cues from those players.

I am much more concerned with the attitudes that, say, a sitting politician or a sitting judge has.

Time to hit the treadmill; huge thunderstorm outside.

August 30, 2016 Posted by | social/political | , | Leave a comment

Uncertainty …

Workout notes weights only; I was going to walk but I ended up thinking that I needed some rest.

pull ups: 15-15-10-10 (good)
rotator cuff
squats: a few weightless sets
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 10 x 45 standing (dumbbell), 15 x 50 dumbbell (seated, supported0
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 110 machine, 10 x 50 (single arm) dumbbell
2 sets of: 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga lifts, 10 moving half bridges
headstand (easy today)

It seems that on most days, I have a few exercises where I feel good, others where I am “meh”. Today, pull ups were very good. Friday: bench press was good.

Uncertainty Ok, I am 57 years old (minus one day) and I’ve never trained for a marathon at this age. I get the sense that I am saturated with training, and I should probably start a loooong taper..a very gradual taper. Yes, the first marathon is 4 weeks away, and I do have some more 15 milers planned. And yes, I’ll be walking during my marathons; these will be “run/walk”. My days of “racing” these bad boys are over.

And the uncertainty extends to teaching as well. I am always wondering “how much detail do I provide” in a first course? Too much: loses all but the best students. Too little: I end up shortchanging the students. This is the challenge of teaching “a first course”.

Baseball: what a fun season. I saw more games last weekend; yesterday’s was rained out but there is a double header tonight.




The Chiefs have split with the Bees: they won 3-0 on Friday, getting all their runs in the 3’rd inning, and fell 7-5 when the Bees hit the ball very well (2 home runs). And there is this aspect of minor league baseball: some parent clubs have decided to keep their minor league teams more or less intact. On the other hand, the Cardinals have been promoting many Chiefs; hence the team you see in the play offs might not resemble the one that got there. It should be interesting.

August 29, 2016 Posted by | baseball, education, walking | | Leave a comment

driving a lot and trying to run

Whew. I went on the treadmill to try to get some running at a non-survival pace. 20 minutes of 5.2-5.5 (every 5 minutes), 10 at 6.7, 10 at 6.8, (39:45) then walked to get to 54:55 (5 miles). I was drenched with sweat.

Yes, I shuffled a slow 5 yesterday. Trying to snap out of the “driving a lot” mode is tough; I can feel for the trucker who wants to stay in shape.

I did watch a baseball game last night; the Chiefs lost to Cedar Rapids 4-1.



The Chiefs lost talent to promotion but the new players have some time to jell with the rest of the team in time for the playoffs.

I also caught some boxing on replay; I watched the super heavyweight quarter finals; though the fighter from Nigeria lost, I think that he has talent that a trainer could bring out. And I saw a replay of the gold medal match in the heavyweight category; I think that the decision was highway robbery.

August 18, 2016 Posted by | baseball, boxing, running | , | Leave a comment

Columbus adventure photos

These are just photos for my non-Facebook friends.

Baseball the night before
There was a small crowd (2-3 k?) to watch the Chiefs lose to the Timber Rattlers 6-5. But the game was entertaining and I caught a cool rainbow.




The drive over: featured a 3 hour delay because I-74 was shut down (ALL lanes) about 60 miles west of Indianapolis. We were kicked off onto a small 2 lane highway.


Yes, it was truck, truck, truck, truck. The trucks have taken all of the joy out of driving anywhere.

Columbus Day One
I was there for a math conference and I caught some sights while walking:



I walked about 10 km on my “self tour” which took me to the ball park and back to my car….and through the Ohio State campus:






The ball park was nice (Huntington Park); there were 10K people at the game, which was exciting.




August 5, 2016 Posted by | baseball, photos, travel, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Baseball adventures….

Workout notes: day one in Columbus: first 3.12 on the treadmill (30 minutes); 11 minute warm up mile, followed by “barely under 18” minute 2 miles, plus enough to get to 30 minutes.

Later: I did a “sort of tour, sort of walk” to see some of the Ohio State campus.

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This route ws 5.67 miles to get to the stadium; the rest wss getting to the car from the stadium.

This morning, I slept in and walked 5 miles over lunch (got VERY sweaty; died when I got into the air conditioned conference building afterward. It was 5.3 miles at 15:11 mpm (clock kept running as I waited at cross walks).

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There is something I like about “almost urban” distance walking. I walked with a purpose, but I did stop at stoplights and one does have to watch for cracks in the sidewalk and other hazards.

The Peoria Chiefs lost to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-5 on Tuesday night. It was a rough start for the Chiefs. A hit put a runner on base but a pick-off took him off. The next batter was hit by a pitch and the next two batters hit back to back home runs! So, it was 3-0 Rattlers right at the start. Peoria did rally to take a 4-3 lead later in the game. But in the 7’th the Rattlers had three doubles which lead to a 6-4 lead; Peoria made it 6-5 in the bottom of the 8’th but couldn’t get closer.

This game featured a bit of everything including a balk and a spectacular run-down out when the Peoria catcher caught a Rattler runner leading off second base by too much.

Last night, the Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians (AAA ball) 9-7, in a game that was delayed by 50 minutes due to rain..and went on for 3:20 or so. Still a crowd of 10,000 showed up.

The pitching was dreadful; between the two clubs there were 16 walks and 22 hits.

The first inning: the Clippers starter allowed hits and walks; he gave up one run and loaded the bases. He was relieved, and the the reliever gave up a grand slam home run on..either the first or second pitch. 5-0, right at the start!

But the Clippers fought back; it was 6-4 after two innings with the Clippers getting 1 run in the first and 3 more in the second. Finally in the 5’th, the Clippers took a 7-6 lead. Never mind that; in the top of the 8’th Indianapolis tied it, but left a lot of runners on base. The Clippers got 2 back in the bottom of the 8’th and then held on.


The fielding was better than class A; the hitting appeared to be better. But the pitching was disappointing; too many walks.

August 5, 2016 Posted by | baseball, running, walking | , | 1 Comment