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Testimonial: Dave Wickersham- Former MLB Pitcher

A great friend, and former MLB pitcher, Dave Wickersham is a valued Life Priority customer.

In a 10-season career, Wickersham posted a 68–57 record with 638 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 1123 innings, including 29 complete games, five shutouts and 19 saves. Notably, Wickersham has been one of four players (fellow pitchers Aurelio Monteagudo, Moe Drabowsky and Ken Sanders being the other three) to play for both Kansas City-based major league teams, the Athletics and Royals. (sourced from Baseball Reference)

Wickersham also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.

Dave Wickersham signed his autograph with a Bible verse, Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Recently, I asked Dave a few baseball questions and his use of dietary supplements.

The following is a Q & A with Dave:

Greg:  What is a good memory about playing in MLB?

Dave: Being able to play with and against the best players in the world for 10 years.

Greg:  What was your biggest personal thrill in your Royals career?

Dave:  Coming in relief against the Yanks with the bases loaded and none out and getting out of it with no runs scored.

Greg:  Would you have done anything differently during your career?

Dave:  I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently accept trying for a bigger contract after winning 19 games!

Greg:  Why do you use dietary supplements?

Dave:  Because they have helped me live a better quality of life.

Greg:  Why do you use products from Life Priority (www.lifepriority.com)?

Dave: Because of the Pryor’s’ enthusiasm for the products. They have never led me astray.

Thanks for the memories Dave!  Let’s play two!

Dave Wickersham Uses JD, Lifeguard COQ10, Lift Caps

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

What Happens to MLB Players Now That The Season Is Over?

“What Happens to MLB Players Now That The Season Is Over? by Greg PryorGreg Royals 1985

What a great World Series!  The great game of baseball and another Fall Classic showed the world why, in my opinion, baseball is the best team sport ever invented.  For most professional baseball players their “cherished” off season is here. A small percentage of players will go to play winter ball in Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, or the Dominican Republic.  Most players will stay in the States and enjoy their families who they don’t get to see much during the season.

One of the bad things that happens to players on clubs that make the postseason, especially the Indians and the Cubs, is that they will have a much shorter off season. In just 4 short months (exactly 120 days), players on World Series teams will be reporting to spring training.  The “real” MLB ballplayers know that their 2017 season has already begun and they are not wasting time getting ready.

The story of the 2016 MLB World Champs began on the first day of spring training last March at their training site in Arizona.  In reality, the beginning of a baseball season for a “real” MLB player begins on the day that his season ends.  As one who participated in 16 seasons of pro baseball, the 7 month grind of no weekends off and an average of 28 games per month from March to October is not for the feeble minded or physically weak. No offense to the talented players in the NFL, NBA, and NHL who have their own tough grind, but I consider the “combined” mental and physical stress of a MLB season to be the toughest of all sports.  Proper off season preparation by individual players is one of the most important aspects of winning a World Championship.  The story of what George Brett did between the end of the 1984 and the beginning of the 1985 season is a good example.

In 1984, the Kansas City Royals won the American League West Division title but George had one of his worst seasons.  For him, hitting a paltry .284 and driving in only 69 runs was very disappointing and he was challenged by the then-owner, Avron Fogelman, to show people the real Brett in ’85.  George used the off-season to get ready and every Royals fan remembers what happened.  George added 50 points to his average, doubled his RBI output and the Royals went on their first World Series crown.  George put in the workout time during the off season and it paid off.

Next March, around 1,300 pro ballplayers, those on MLB rosters and invitees, will report to the MLB spring training sites of their team.  Older players will be trying to keep their jobs and younger players will be trying to take someone else’s job.  A few will report with jobs locked up because of the size of their contract or the high level of their ability.  Regardless of any of that though, the amount of physical work that they all will have put in over the previous 5 months (but just 4 months for the World Series teams) will determine what kind of season that they, and their teams, will have.

Most MLB players have their own winter workout regimen. The team trainer will give them suggestions and workout schedules to follow but most players will be on their own program.  Many MLB players hire personal trainers to oversee their grueling workouts and to hold them accountable for showing up and putting in the effort.

Being motivated to do effective offseason work is one thing, but the most difficult part of getting ready for another MLB season is to determine what exercises to do, what muscle groups to use, how often to exercise and how many hours or days to rest between exercises.  Every offseason I would try and put on 10-15 lbs of muscle by hiring a trainer to “punish” me during workouts.  I wanted to break my muscles down enough so that they would grow back stronger.  At age 21, I weighed 165 pounds when I signed my first pro contract.  Over my 10 yr. MLB career my weight was between 185-190 lbs. Had I not gotten stronger and quicker, I never would have earned a MLB job.

Another very important aspect of off season conditioning is the diet.  Although MLB players probably eat nutritious meals, I am confident that most use some dietary supplements to help them recover more quickly from workouts.  I did not know until after I was done playing that there are many nutrients not easily found in a decent diet that can have a wonderful effect on muscle recovery after workouts. Some are best used before workouts and some are best used afterwards.

In 1994, my wife and I formed a health and nutrition company called Life Priority, Inc. Life Priority can be located at www.lifepriority.com and offers a line of high quality, results-oriented, scientifically-formulated health supplements to the marketplace.  If you are interested in learning how to get better workouts as a pro player or a weekend warrior, please contact me at customerservice@lifepriority.com.  I will be glad to help evaluate your current regimen and offer time-tested solutions to help you get better results from your workouts.  In 1991, I became a customer of the Life Priority products and, because of my results and the results of others, I joined the health industry.  Make your decision now! The “off season” is shorter than you think!  Get ready for a great 2017!

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

The Speed of an MLB Fastball vs Father Time, Mother Nature!

The Speed of an MLB Fastball vs Father Time, Mother Nature!                                                       By: Greg Pryor

For 16 seasons as a pro baseball player, I had to deal with Mother Nature, Father Time, and Greg Royals 1985hitting MLB fastballs in order to keep a job.  At age 66 now and looking back, I think that it was easier to hit a MLB fastball than it is to deal with Mother Nature and Father Time (Ma and Pa). The aging process is certainly not for the weak.

Recently, I saw two people who I had not seen for many years.  It was very evident from their appearance that they were much older from living with Ma and Pa.  The aging process never sleeps.  We all live closely with both Ma and Pa every day.  How does facing an MLB fastball fit into this equation though?

Recently, I watched a Netflix documentary called “Fastball”.  Many of the most notable fastball pitchers in MLB baseball history, the Fellers, Ryans, and Gibsons were interviewed with many of the best fastball hitters in history, the Brett’s, Bench’s, and Schmidt’s.   The MLB pitchers who were interviewed could throw a baseball from 95 MPH to 105 MPH.  The hitters interviewed explained how quickly they had to recognize the pitch and then swing their bats.  To find out how quickly that the brain/body needs react to hit a MLB fastball, go to this site. http://www.ballplayerplus.com/science-hitting-major-league-fastball/

Because I managed to work well enough with Ma and Pa in my career, I was able to keep a job hitting fastballs for 16 pro seasons.  Towards the end of my career, Ma and Pa “informed me” that I was unable to catch up to the fastball like I could when I was younger.  I knew that the best days of my career were almost over.

Keeping up with the fast pace in life is much like hitting a MLB fastball.  To succeed in life and in business, one needs to learn how to play the “game” and to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.  If we don’t do it well enough, we miss out on opportunities to advance in our jobs or even lose our jobs.  We need to know when to make our decisions to swing early enough to get the hits that we want in every day life.

I am more aware of the aging process now more than when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Now, I am more concerned about the aging of my brain than anything else.  I am fortunate that, when I was 42, I was introduced to ways to slow up the aging process.

I knew that I was aging, but I was shocked at how quickly it seemed to be happening.  That is the biggest reason why I entered the health and nutrition industry.  I began learning how to slow up the aging process through the consumption of certain essential nutrients in adequate amounts.  I began encouraging the repair process each day. I use at least 6 different Life Priority nutrients via dietary supplements that may help “feed” my brain.  I do this because I do not want to be a burden on others because of my inability to think and reason properly.

Don’t wait until “the fastballs” in your life are being thrown by you!  Your body and brain is aging with each passing day.  The rally cry of the ’15 World Champion KC Royals was, “Keep The Line Moving!”  My rally cry to you is “Keep Your Brain Working!”.

For information on what dietary nutrients that I use to keep my brain nourished each day, send me an email at customerservice@lifepriority.com.  I will be glad to help you keep hitting the mental “fastballs” in your life.

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Former ’85 Royals Partied Like it was 1985 in Arizona!

Every January for the last 10 years, I have attended the Kansas City Royals Fantasy Camp in Surprise, Arizona. This year’s camp was memorable because it was kind of like a reunion for the members of the 1985 World Championship team–I was an infielder.  The other players in camp included Steve Balboni, Buddy Biancalana, Bud Black, George Brett, Mark Gubicza, Mark Huismann, Charlie Leibrandt, Dennis Leonard, Hal McCrae, Darryl Motley, Greg Pryor, Jamie Quirk, Bret Saberhagen, Pat Sheridan, Jim Sundberg, John Wathan and Willie Wilson. Royals Hall of Famers, John Mayberry and Jeff Montgomery also attended.

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Fans attended the camp and were placed on one of six different teams and managed by three different Royals alumni. Campers played games against other teams and learned the fine points of baseball. The best part of the camp is after the games when alumni mingle with the campers in the clubhouse and share stories about our careers it was like to play in The Show.

At camp’s end, campers thanked the members us for helping to make the camp special. Many campers expressed how much the Royals and baseball have been such a great part of their lives.

Many campers have attended multiple Fantasy Camps. One of my favorite campers is Byron “The Professor” Strom. Byron is a former college chemistry professor from Iowa. He has attended the last 10 Fantasy Camps in Arizona. The Royals also appreciate The Professor. We showed him by giving him a signed jersey with number 85.

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It was wonderful to see many of my old teammates. Our team had a special bond and we overcame great obstacles to win the World Series championship. In 1984, we had lost the AL playoffs to the Tigers who went on to win the World Series. Most of us came back to spring training in 1985 very eager to get back to the post-season. That year, we accomplished the ultimate goal of every player in MLB–to win a World Series ring. Even though the spirit of all of the alumni at the camp remains youthful, it was evident that all of us are affected by age.

Last season’s American League Champion Royals rejuvenated the fans and created new Royals fans all over the country. We are eagerly waiting for our team to return in April to begin another quest for a World Series trophy. Our core players, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Escobar, Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer, Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas, Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland are still on the roster. I hope that all of these players and our newest Royals are ready for the grind and to make it back to the post-season.

No matter what your personal grind in life, being healthy physically and mentally will be your MVPs and help you win! My company, Life Priority, Inc., was formed in 1994 to offer high-quality, research-based and time-tested dietary supplements. I invite you to contact me personally to discuss ways that may help you have a healthy winning season!

To Your Health!

Greg Pryor