May 2007

Royals Visit Children's Hospital

Gordon_bell_and_teahen_at_childrens_merc_1Before heading to Kauffman Stadium for Tuesday night’s game, Buddy Bell had a stop that he wanted to make. A stop that he makes throughout the season. A stop that has nothing to do with baseball. A stop that he holds very deep in his heart.

The Royals Manager grabbed a couple of “kids” from the team – you know them better as outfielder Mark Teahen and third baseman Alex Gordon – and headed to Children’s Mercy Hospital just south of downtown Kansas City this afternoon.

The trio – along with a couple of us from the front office – visited two floors of the hospital, meeting young patients like 8-year-old Destiny (pictured here), passing out Sluggerrr dolls and signing autographs.

In related news…
Earlier today, it was Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Jeff Montgomery heading downtown, meeting us at the UMB Bank, Montgomery_st_jude_050107located on 10th and Grand, to purchase the first ticket in the third annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. This year, St. Jude’s is giving away a $345,000 house built by Jacobs Construction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A limited number of tickets are on sale for $100 each from now until Aug. 25 at all UMB Bank and Hancock Fabrics locations as well as the Northland locations of Hy-Vee in the Kansas City area or by calling 1-800-385-9756. You can also reserve a ticket by visiting www.stjudedreamhome.org.

Monty, who has worked with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital before, plans to visit the St. Jude Dream House, which will be located in the Benson Place subdivision.

And, making his Major League debut…

Well, it’s a new day…a new month…a new game…a new face in left field…

Yup, you read right. Straight from Omaha to Kauffman Stadium’s outfield grass, Billy Butler is making his Major League debut – batting seventh and playing left – in tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

In 25 games with Triple-A Omaha this season, Butler batted .337 (30-80) with 19 runs scored, four doubles, six home runs and 23 RBI. He collected 18 walks, while striking out just 12 times. Before Butler got the call up, which he celebrated this morning by calling Wichita pal Alex Gordon, the Royals placed Ryan Shealy on the D.L. – he pulled his hamstring in Monday night’s game – and also brought up left-hander Neal Musser, while sending right-hander Ryan Braun down to Omaha in a corresponding move.

Here’s the lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Butler – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Greinke – P

For the Angels:
Matthews – CF
Willits – LF
Cabrera – SS
Guerrero – RF
Kotchman – 1B
Hillenbrand – DH
Aybar – 2B
Molina – C
Figgins – 3B
Colon – P

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