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49-year-old Craig Deas, of Perry, hopes to improve his health and stamina as he spends his life in the public eye as part of his role as play-by-play announcer for the Lake County Captains.

Friday, March 30, 2012

We Interrupt This Family for the Baseball Season

Tomorrow is the big day.  Fantasy baseball draft day....I mean weigh in day.  I hope to be down 15 lbs.  We'll see how that goes.  Should be right there based on the way the scale at the house has been acting.  It is fantasy baseball draft day also.  It's either 18 or 19 years we've been doing this, long before it was fashionable.  Always look forward to this day.  Usually eating food that is not good for you and beer way too early.  Not tomorrow.  I plan to stay on the straight and narrow then head to the weigh in.  If all goes well my wife Gina and I will have a nice dinner tomorrow as it's the last supper.  The last supper before I go head first into the baseball season.  The team comes on Sunday and that signals the end of a some what normal home life.  We have a sign in our family room that reads " We Interrupt This Family For The Baseball Season".  That starts Sunday but hopefully I'll be thinner when this season starts.  

Monday, March 26, 2012

Great Weekend

Has a terrific weekend beginning with our tickets going on sale on Saturday followed by the Kid’s Show at the Mall.  It was great to see so many of our Captains family coming to get their tickets.  The weather was great so they just hung out in the stadium catching up.  We must have had eight dozen donuts which I stayed away from.  The mall was packed for the Kid’s Show and got to see many others friends there.  Sunday after I went to the bar to get that ready for the day, I went home took it easy for a while.  The old me probably would have been content to just stay there the rest of the day but I got motivated and went for a three mile walk.  We fired up the Weber grill up and cooked some chicken and vegetables and it was fantastic.  Decided to cut the grass for the first time early in the evening and got that wrapped up as the sun was setting.  Good day with a lot of activity.  Tipped the scales at 216 today so down 17 unofficially.  Can’t wait for the weigh in on Saturday.





Friday, March 23, 2012

Rolling Along

Busy day planned for tomorrow which will once again prevent me from doing any meaningful exercise but should also keep me from straying from my eating regiment.  Our tickets go on sale tomorrow and it’s always fun to see our fans back at the park.  After that I head to the mall to man our table at the kids show.  Stop by and say hi if you can. Feeling really good right now and feel skinnier!  May be moving down another notch on the belt this week.  Looking forward to taking a nice long walk on Sunday and getting more yard work done.  The next weigh in is next Saturday and I hope to be close to halfway to my goal weight.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feels Like Baseball Season

How about this weather.  Feels like baseball season..wait it is only a couple weeks until Opening Day which means my schedule is going like crazy.  Lunches and dinners associated with the team are picking up.  Happy to report that I am staying on track with my good eating habits.  Still down around 13 pounds or so.  Kind of leveling off right now but haven’t done much exercise.  My wife Gina has been great at making sure we have healthy food in the fridge.  That was until the four boxes of Girl Scout Cookies arrived yesterday.  I did not eat my usually allotment of Tagalongs like I usually do. Grabbed an apple instead.  Feeling a little run down due to my schedule but not bad.  This is a tough time of the year but I think I have the plan and desire in place to continue to do this the right way.     



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Moving right along

Just spent the last five day in Arizona at Indians Spring Training camp which means ballpark food and dinners with beverages.  Happy to report the unofficial scale had me down 13 pounds.  So I’m more than 1/3 of the way to the 33 pound goal.  Going to go walking as many nights as possible to take advantage of the great weather.  Walked every day but one in AZ and really watched what I was eating.  Getting into a nice healthy routine eating wise.  We’re about three weeks away from the team arriving so the pace picks up here even more.  Crucial that I stick to the eating habits I’ve gotten into.  Feel good, down a belt size..moving right along.     



Sunday, March 4, 2012

Go West Young Man

Another busy week.  Not much exercise but made sure I stuck to the good eating habits.  I leave for Arizona for five days on Thursday and I am usually pretty good about doing some walking when I get out there.  I always look forward to heading out to spring training.  I'll get to see our coaching staff and check in with our former players.  It's always a good time.  My daughter is at Arizona State right now so I'll get to see her for the first time since Christmas.  


We hosted three of the families from the Chardon tragedy at the ballpark on Thursday.  They had asked about putting on a pess conference and the folks at Monreal Funeral Home put them in touch with me to get it together.  What an amazing and classy group of people going through something no one should ever have to.  We all met an hour before the press conference to go over our plan.  Near the end of out meeting, I was telling stories about my first job in radio with the legendary Pete Franklin.  Many of them knew of him and were fans of his.  We were able to share a couple of laughs with some of my stories and them recalling funny things they remembered from the show.  It did not seem like much at the time but as I was driving home that night I thought that at least for that ten minute period of time some of them might have had a brief escape from what they were going through.  I'll never forget that day.  It was an honor to have been asked to help out.  I didn't know what to say them when we met to make them feel better and I still don't now.