Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Run Florida - World Series Nexus
My life in broadcasting has allowed me to witness an incredible number of great sporting and news events. Without a doubt, the 1985 World Series is at the top of that list. I had the privilege of being in the locker room as Kansas City celebrated its first world championship.
I also had the indignity of being arrested while trying to work my way from behind home plate to the first base photo bay by an over zealous Kansas City police officer who didn't believe that my all access pass that was the size of an iPad gave me the right to go to my crew situated there. Fortunately, Royals PR maven, Dean Vogelar, bailed me out of the dugout jail, where a rowdy bunch of drunks had been tossed for running out on the field.
It's funny as I reflect back because 1985 is the same year that I resurrected my life as a runner. I had been semi-serious about my running as I approached age 30. I had the good fortune that year to work as the assistant cross country coach at Rockhurst High School and the squad's two top runners, introduced me to a private coach who had a big an impact on my life as any individual outside of my mother. Tom Dowling tapped into my potential and in one short year I dropped my marathon PR from 2:57:14 to 2:49:25. It proved the importance of structure and guidance when it came to training. Tom's direction paid dividends for the years to come.
But I started writing about the nexus of Run Florida and Wednesday night's World Series showdown. It comes not only from my rolling in covering the World Series in Kansas City 29 years ago, but the presence of Kim Hudson, a Run Florida customer, who watched from the stands Wednesday night as her husband Tim, became the oldest starting pitcher in World Series history. My love of baseball and my love of Run Florida and our valued customers were in a strange nexus indeed.
As much as it hurts that my Royals came up short against the Giants, I'm happy that Tim Hudson's stint on the mound, wasn't the deciding factor. Besides his wife's loyalty to Run Florida, Hudson has long been one of my favorite baseball players. He's always someone I wanted on my fantasy baseball team's and in fact was on my team this year, again. Congratulations to the Giants and to Tim Hudson on finally getting a well earned ring.