Time well spent

Baseball fans always ask me, “What do you guys do on the road to keep busy?”

That’s a good question, because anyone who travels for a living knows that you can get stale really quickly if you don’t stay active while working away from home.

I’m glad I work at night and not all day, since that gives me the chance to get out and do a few things in the daytime. I find I’m fresher and more alert for a night telecast if I’ve been active all day.

The Nationals stay at nice hotels, and most of them have good workout facilities, so I make it a practice to work out at least every other day, and sometimes every day if I can vary my routine from weights to cardio.

Golf is a great way to get out of the hotel and enjoy some local scenery, and in Denver this past week, I got out with Dave Jageler and MASN TV producer Chip Winfield to Bear Creek Golf Club for a morning round.

My ex-St. Louis TV producer Mike Helling was kind enough to make a call to get us into his club, and we had a blast playing on the foothills of the Rockies.

As the years go by, broadcasters get to know each other better, and we stay in touch and arrange outings for each other when we come to each other’s towns. Don Sutton is an avid golfer, and I know he takes advantage of those contacts. You can only go for so many walks around downtown before you need to get out, and a bit of competition on a local course takes care of that.

I had a unique experience in Denver last Wednesday, as Collin Balester and Steven Shell joined me for a visit to Craig Hospital in Denver.

Bud Jessee is a close friend of mine from Tulsa and his 19-year-old son Peter, a hockey player and high school placekicker, had a freak surfing accident in Hawaii that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Peter had to spend more than 2 months at Craig, a fine rehab facility where lots of young people are trying to come back from spinal chord injuries.

Collin and Steven were kind enough to take an hour and a half out of their day Wednesday, so we hopped in a cab and went to see Peter. Being from Oklahoma, Steven had lots to talk about with Peter, and surfer Collin had great words of encouragement.

Bud and I stood off to the side while the 3 young men interacted with each other. It was a pleasure to watch, and Bud later emailed me and told me how much it meant to have 2 Major League ballplayers visit. Peter is starting to take small steps in the pool, and it sure makes you stop and realize how lucky we are to have our health, especially two young, strong professional ballplayers like Collin and Steven, who have been blessed with great ability.

On a lighter note, thanks to Frank Peebles for emailing MASN, asking about a Nationals Scorebook. I’m happy to report that the new Nats Scorebook I designed is now for sale in the team stores at Nationals Park. I’m very proud of it, an updated version of the one we did at RFK 2 years ago. It features a nice cover photo of Opening Night ‘08 at Nationals Park and room inside to score 100 games.

As some of you may know, the scorebook has been a pet project of mine for more than 20 years, and I hope to keep alive the art of scoring a baseball game. It makes a great gift for and avid fan.

But enough of the commercial ... after watching CC Sabathia here in Milwaukee mow down the Nats last night, it’s time for some more wins. Keep cheering for this young team; I think they’ll give you lots of fun between now and the end of September!