Hot Air From Peoria

Happy weekend to you from Peoria, Illinois, the home of the Chiefs, the new Midwest League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The TinCaps arrived yesterday in Peoria much earlier than expected, after Friday night’s scheduled game at Burlington was rained out around 10:30 a.m. I’ve had lots of time to take pictures, but not much Internet with which to post them. “Why is that?” you might ask. Well, that’s because the Quality Inn and Suites in Peoria doesn’t really do the whole internet thing.

They tout “Free Wireless Access!” which is technically true, as they don’t charge you to access their wireless internet. The only problem is that the wireless internet doesn’t really work. It’s not lost on me that the third party company they use to provide their “internet” is called “Hot Air Network Group.” They couldn’t tee it up any better than that. Additionally, the password to access the “internet” is “goodstay”. Hardly. How is it that in 2013 entire downtowns can have free wireless access, but hotels still can’t figure it out? If there’s anyone out there who knows the answer, please let me know. It’s not like I’m trying to download War and Peace (running time: 7 hours, 11 minutes), I’m just trying to write about baseball and send some emails, ya know? Annnnyyyyway, here are some photos from the last few days:

5 pillows

Do I really need FIVE pillows?


A flavored coffee-lover’s dream.

wild berry

The lovely family restaurant next to the hotel, which has TONS of breakfast food and some good salads, too.

conference center

Where do the amateur conference attendees go?

I’m writing you from O’Brien Field, the home of the Chiefs, prior to Saturday’s 6:30 CDT first pitch. Peoria’s stadium is very similar to Dayton’s Fifth Third Field, in that it’s surrounded by brick buildings and has a cityscape background.

The view from Fort Wayne's third-base dugout.

The view from Fort Wayne’s third-base dugout.

Looking down at a tarp-covered stadium. It's raining here...surprised?

Looking down at a tarp-covered stadium. It’s raining here…surprised?

Jose Valentin's view from the top step of the third-base dugout.

Jose Valentin’s view from the top step of the third-base dugout.

Looking back at Peoria's press box, which will be emitting a lot of hot air as long as I'm in town.

Looking back at Peoria’s press box, which will be emitting a lot of hot air as long as I’m in town.

Tonight it’s a 7:30 EDT first pitch from Peoria, which means I’ll be on the air at 7:10 back in Fort Wayne on The Fan 1380 and Please adjust your Saturday evening plans accordingly…or don’t. I really won’t know the difference, but if you tell me that you listened, I’ll know that more than my mother was listening. Hi, Mom!


John Mayer and Keith Urban…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: