A little bit sore..and some Chiefs baseball

Workout notes: I started out to go on a purposeful walk; wasn’t into it so came home, took off my pack and just strolled an easy, untimed 10 miles in Bradley Park (Cornstalk, 1.25 loop, .65) and then went 2 more super slow miles with Barbara.

That did the trick, I think.

The Chiefs won their game against the Burlington Bees 4-3; they had a 3 run home run in the 2’nd and added a solo shot to go up 4-1. Their reliever pitched very well into the 7’th inning when he got a relief pitcher, who did his 1 2/3 innings well. So it was 4-1 going into the top of the 9’th when the Chiefs brought in a “closer”, who promptly gave up a single and 2 walks to load the bases with no outs.

Two runs scored on fielder’s choices (attempts at double plays) and a fly out mercifully ended the game.

I am not sure if the Peoria coach did that (put in the final relief pitcher) because he thought that was the best way to win the game, or because the Cardinals wanted to get him some pitches.

But hey, 2 home runs and a minimum of 2 double plays…

June 19, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Hills and games…

Nothing much of substance today, though I had a great day, socially.

AM: jogged a mile and met the lovely but “tough as nails” Lynnor for some faster hill walking; total was about 6 miles.

Later, I caught the Sunday matinee baseball game between the Chiefs and the Lumberkings. I joked that my feelings were hurt that I didn’t get carded when I bought a “senior” (55 years old or older) ticket.

The Chiefs lost 9-5 in a game that featured 6 home runs (3 apiece) in the fist 6 innings, plus multiple extra base hits. The Chiefs did well on offense to win the game, but the Lumberkings hit exceptionally well.

Then, later, dinner with a dear friend at Ruchis Indian Restaurant.

June 12, 2017 Posted by | baseball, Friends, walking | | Leave a comment

Chiefs baseball crowds and games

We just watched a couple of Chiefs vs. Lumbekings games. Friday’s game: The Chiefs lost 6-4. Though the Lumberkings did get 11 hits, they got 4 runs in the 3’rd inning. In that inning, the first two batters grounded out. But then the Chiefs made a throwing error on what should have been the third out; that lead to 4 runs. That was the difference in the game. We did see 4 home runs (split by the teams) including a spectacular 450 foot shot over the center field screen.

Tonight’s game went better (from my point of view). The Chiefs starter pitched 7 innings of no hit ball (allowed one base runner on an error) and struck out 10. The two closer pitchers allowed one hit: with 1 out in the 9’th.

On offense, the Chiefs got 3 runs in the first, off of 3 doubles and a triple. They got 3 more in the 4’th, including 1 home run, and added an insurance run in the 7’th. So it was a 7-0 win.

But what was odd is that the fans were not all that excited about the “team effort” no-hitter; that is typical of a Saturday crowd. There were lots of kids, people leaving to the concession stands with exciting action on the baseball diamond going on; I’d say that perhaps 30-40 percent of the crowd really followed the game.

I suppose that pro teams would go broke by selling the sport.

Obligatory selfies: ok, I still have the “I need to focus on this” look when I do a selfie. But I liked the fireworks photo; this time we stayed.

June 11, 2017 Posted by | baseball | | Leave a comment

Chiefs Hang in, win…beautiful day

The Chiefs won 6-5 behind 2 home runs and 8 hits; the key inning was the bottom of the second when the Chiefs loaded the bases and got all of the runners in. They lead 6-3 after 4 innings, but Wisconsin made it close. An error helped them score in the 8’th. In the top of the 9’th, the pitcher walked the first two batters and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to 2’nd and 3’rd with 1 out, but the pitcher regained his control (breaking balls) to strike out the side.

The Chiefs are now 20-31; a far cry from the last couple of seasons. But that is what happens at class A; the talent moves up. It was still a fun game to watch.

Workout notes: weights plus a 5K walk.
rotator cuff, 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok, despite being 198), incline bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 160, 7 x 150, military: seated, supported 20 x 50, standing: 10 x 50, 10 x 40, one armed rows 10 x 50 (3 sets), Hammer incline 8 x 70 each arm), headstand (got up ok; a bit shaky)

May 31, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

May baseball?

The Chiefs beat the Beloit Snappers 7-6 on a somewhat chilly day; I ended up putting on an extra sweatshirt in the final 2 innings.

The first photo shows a new Chiefs player; it is an official Chiefs photo. I added an arrow to show where we sit. It was kids day and a “senior special” Sunday (5 dollar tickets for 55 and up). There were a LOT of kids there.

What was unusual is that there were three 3-run innings; 2 for the Chiefs.

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Workout notes: this morning, easy 3 mile walk after weights:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 4 x 185, incline: 10 x 145. military: seated, supported, 20 x 50 dumbbell, standing: 2 sets of 10 x 45. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 200 Hammer.
goblet squats: 5 x (25, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch 10 yoga leg lifts, 3 sets of moving bridges. Headstand: tough to get up but I made it after the third try.

May 22, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Photos, a longish walk and baseball outings…

I walked a slightly modified version of the above: Bigelow to Forest Hill Drive directly, rather than the side diversion down Knoxville. The course measured 14.09 and it took me 3:24:31 to walk it (14:32 mpm). This was my best over the past couple of years or so, though I was routinely walking this in 2:57-3:00 in 2003-2005, and 3:16-3:19 as of 2012-2014. Yeah, I’ve slowed. But it is an improvement from recent performances; the goblet squats have helped my walking. I went out reasonably well; I was about 2:26 at mile 10. It was cool and warmed just a bit into a very reasonable “70s”.

Upshot: breaking 6 hours in a cool weather walking marathon, while tough, is realistic. But the days of a 12 minute walking pace for a full marathon are probably over.

Yesterday saw a ball game and graduation:

Graduation featured a delay when the sound mixing system went out.

The ball game: The Chiefs lost to the South Bend Cubs 4-0; most of the damage was done in the first inning (2 runs); they got 1 run in the second and an insurance home run in the 9’th. The Chiefs matched South Bend with 8 hits, but Peoria’s hits tended to be “single with 2 outs”. Tracy joined us.

This was a crowded day as it was billed as the minor league (“low A”) version of the Cardinals vs. Cubs rivalry, the major league version was also being played at this time. THAT attracted many Cubs fans.

May 15, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking | | Leave a comment

Chiefs baseball…sign that summer is coming

It was chilly and the game was crisp, lasting 2:01. And thanks to a 2 run 8’th inning in which Western Michigan had 3 errors and a passed ball and Peoria had 3 hits, the Chiefs won 3-1.

Early on (2n’d inning) the Whitecaps got a ground ball double and brought the runner home via two “fielder’s choice” infield ground balls. The Chiefs got more hits, but mostly these were the “2 out single” type hits.

For most of the game, the respective pitchers dominated.

A towering home run did tie the score at 1.

Workout notes: weights (rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, 10 x 140, military (dumbbell) 20 x 50 seated, supported, 2 sets of 10 x 45, rows (Hammer) 3 sets of 10 x 200, headstand,

then a 5K walk in West Peoria.

Yes, I know about current events; more on that later.

May 10, 2017 Posted by | baseball, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

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