It’s not unusual to see Bobby Korecky running the stairs at Coca-Cola Field hours before the game.
The Buffalo Bisons closer loves working out and loves running.
So it really shouldn’t be surprising that he took the opportunity to run his first 5K race Sunday morning before the Herd hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Korecky and his wife, Jill, took part in the Run Jimmy Run 5K. Named in memory of former Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin, who died in 2008 from a rare genetic form of dementia, the race benefits the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York. The course begins in front of Coca-Cola Field and winds through the waterfront before ending in the outfield.
Jill Korecky did the race last year with some of the other wives of Bisons players. She had such a good time that Bobby decided to run it with her this year.
“I was going to work out this morning with some kind of conditioning anyway, so I figured why not just go do it together?” Korecky said. “My wife and I were just out there for a Sunday morning run, for a really good cause and we really enjoyed it.”
Korecky said that his middle school didn’t have baseball so he ran the two-mile event on the track team.
“I was a long distance guy,” he said. “From that point on I just always incorporated running with whatever I did. I really enjoy it. I don’t know, it’s just kind of way to let loose and let my mind just wander, whether it be that or whatever it is. I actually enjoy it.”
While he ran track in middle school, this was his first 5K. The results were not yet posted on the website, but Korecky thought he and his wife finished “middle of the pack.”
“I thought it was awesome,” he said about the event. “I mean, I have nothing to compare it to but it was really well done. The path was set for us, with the Buffalo Police directing traffic and we had no problems whatsoever. … They handed you a bottle of water when you crossed the finish line, which was kind of a big deal. Overall it was excellent.”
Kevin Pillar stole three bases on Sunday – his second three-steal game of the season. He did that on June 27. Pillar has 19 stolen bases on the season.
“He’s just got good instincts,” Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. “He’s not a guy who is overly fast but he’s got good instincts on the bases. He’s the kind of guy, you can get him out a few times and make him look silly or whatever but the next thing you know, he’s getting three hits or finding a hole or making things happen whether it’s in the batter’s box, on the bases or on defense.”
Pillar went 2 for 4, driving in two runs and scoring two runs to go along with his three stolen bases.
Allenson will not be with the Bisons the next four games as he takes his four days off as mandated by the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Rich Miller, a senior advisor in the player development department, will pilot the Bisons in Allenson’s absence. “I’ll probably sleep for a day and a half,” Allenson said. … Sunday’s attendance was 7,881. … The four-game series with the IronPigs concludes tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with Radhames Liz (0-0, 5.79) scheduled to start for the Herd against Sean O’Sullivan (4-8, 4.87). … The Bisons then host Indianapolis for a four-game series starting on Tuesday.