March 2007

Lineups – March 1

The Royals kick off their 31-game Spring Training schedule today at 2:05 p.m. (CST) against the Los Angeles Angels in Cactus League play. The game will be broadcast live at royals.com and Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Here’s the Royals lineup:

No. 9    David DeJesus – CF
No. 3    Esteban German – 2B
No. 24  Mark Teahen – RF
No. 35  Emil Brown – LF
No. 11  Ross Gload – 1B
No. 43  Ryan Shealy – DH
No. 7    Alex Gordon – 3B
No. 14  John Buck – C
No. 4   Angel Berroa – SS

No. 40  Brian Bannister – P

For the Angels:

No. 24  Gary Matthews, Jr. – CF
No. 18  Orlando Cabrera – SS
No. 27  Vladimir Guerrero – RF
No. 12  Shea Hillenbrand – DH
No. 35  Casey Kotchman – 1B
No. 47  Howie Kendrick – 2B
No. 44  Mike Napoli – C
No. 65  Tommy Murphy – LF
No. 9   Chone Figgins – 3B

No. 54  Ervin Santana – P

Let’s play ball!

Buck Continues to be Honored

On Wednesday night, a handful of us from the front office attended the book launch party of The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America, written by KC Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski. The book, which hits stores this week, details a summer spent traveling the country with Buck.

Held at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the event quickly turned from a simple book signing to a full-fledged tribute to Buck, equipped with live music, several Buck stories, adventures and memories, Buck_oneil_legacy_seat_logo_1plus a $10,000 donation to the John "Buck" O’Neil Education and Research Center – Buck’s greatest passion. No big surprise to anyone, Buck O’Neil is missed around this city!

In fact, since we announced the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat Program in January, we are finding out first hand just how many people looked up to Buck. The nominations have been pouring in to fill Buck’s seat at Kauffman Stadium with members of the community who strive to live their lives as Buck had. As we inch closer to Opening Day – April 2 vs. Boston – we encourage everyone to keep sending in those nomination forms, found at royals.com, to help us honor Buck.

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