June 2007

All-You-Can-Eat Seats a Hit!

The Royals debuted their all new All-You-Can-Eat Seats at last night’s game, and judging by the amount of food consumed, we had some very happy fans…with full stomachs! Some even got face time on RSTN. All_u_can_eat_7740_1 

The All-You-Can Eat Seats (AYCE Seats) give Royals fans an opportunity to drop one lump-sum and eat as much as their little hearts (and stomachs) desire – or until two hours after the scheduled first pitch time. That’s unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and Pepsi products as soon as the gates open.

AYCE Seats tickets are available for four more games during the homestand –Tuesday night, Wednesday night, next Friday, July 6, and next Saturday, July 7. The seats are located in the covered Club Level Seats – sections 232, 234, 236 and 238 along the first base line. 

All_u_can_eat_7754_1 Fans can purchase advance tickets either online at royals.com/allyoucaneat, by calling (816) 504-4040 or by visiting the Kauffman Stadium ticket windows for only $35. On the day of the game, the AYCE Seats tickets are $40. Or, grab 20 of your closest friends and purchase tickets through our Group Sales department at $25 per person!

There were at least three hot dogs saved from yesterday’s feast. However, there was only one — victorious relish — left standing after last night’s live Hot Dog Derby!Hot_dog_7814

Royals Celebrate the Negro Leagues on Sunday

It’s becoming more important than ever to remember Negro Leagues baseball. Not only did we lose the face, voice and heart of the Negros Leagues this offseason with the passing of John “Buck” O’Neil, but we also lost three of his friends and fellow former Negro League players who all played a big role in one of Kauffman Stadium’s biggest events: the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues day.

Each year, with the support of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum located in Kansas City, Mo., (http://www.nlbm.com/) the club’s Salute to the Negro Leagues days draws in several former Negro League baseball players to Kauffman Stadium to remember the good ‘ol days of Negro Leagues baseball, meet and greet fans of the historical teams and educate young baseball fans on the history of the game. Along with Buck, Joe Watson, Bill Van Buren and Herman “Doc” Horn never missed a Salute to the Negro Leagues day at The K. Now, along with Buck, they will be missed by all.

That’s why the Royals are taking their Salute to the Negro Leagues to a new level this year when the organization honors all the Negro League players of the past with special tributes and, it probably goes without saying, an extra special “salute” to the beloved Buck O’Neil.

This year, the fun starts with an autograph session/tailgate party at Gate A, beginning at 10:45 a.m. Negro League veterans George Altman, Bill Bell, Earnest Johnson, Bob Motley, Art “Superman” Pennington, Jesse Rogers, Diego Segui, DeMorris Smith – son of Hall of Famer Hilton Smith – and Alvin Spearman will be on hand to meet fans from 11 a.m. to noon before getting whisked down to the field for the pre-game festivities.

But before taking their seats to soak in all the history, the first 20,000 fans entering the stadium will receive a special “Salute to Buck O’Neil” Monarchs Cap – a navy blue ball cap featuring the No. 22 – Buck’s number – stitched in the side. While the fans sport the cap in the stands, the Royals and their opponent – the Chicago White Sox – will sport uniforms from 1945 representing their historic hometown Negro Leagues teams – the Chicago American-Giants and the Kansas City Monarchs. We got a sneak peek at the Monarchs uniforms yesterday, which feature Buck’s No. 22 on the side of the hat and a No. 42 – for the great Jackie Robinson – on the sleeve. In conjunction with the league-wide celebration of the 60th anniversary of Jackie breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the 1945 style of both uniforms and the No. 42 on the Monarchs’ sleeves are all in honor of the season Jackie played in Kansas City for the Monarchs.Buck_mon

But wait…the tributes don’t stop there.

Buddy Bell and his coaching staff received special permission from MLB to all wear the No. 22 for the game – another shout out to Buck’s Legacy. And, to top off the day, another Negro League and MLB great Minnie Minoso, who logged 17 seasons at the Major League level and played third base for the Negro League’s New York Cubans from 1946-48, will toss out the ceremonial first pitch.

Now, we know honoring Buck O’Neil is nothing new around Kansas City this year…however, we hope you will join us in not only remembering Buck, but also honoring and celebrating one of Buck’s biggest passions: Negro Leagues Baseball. Come on out to the ballpark Sunday and take a piece of Buck’s history home with you!

UNIFORMS WORN ON SALUTE TO THE NEGRO LEAGUES DAY AT KAUFFMAN STADIUM:

1998:    1949 Monarchs vs. Detroit Cubs

1999:    1924 Monarchs vs. Cleveland Buckeyes (1946)

2000:    1945 Monarchs vs. Homestead Grays (Pittsburgh)

2001:    1942 Monarchs vs. Cleveland Buckeyes (1945)

2003:    1924 Monarchs vs. St. Louis Stars

2004:    1945 Monarchs vs. New York Cubans

2005:    1948 Monarchs vs. St. Paul Gophers (1909)

2006:    1949 Monarchs vs. Milwaukee Bears (1923)

2007:    1945 Monarchs vs. Chicago American-Giants (1945)

Waiting out the raindrops…

Rain, rain — go away. That is what we are hoping for this evening at Kauffman Stadium. The Boys in Blue are on a roll, and we want to keep in going tonight against the White Sox. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:

DeJesus – CF

German – 2B

Teahen – RF

Brown – LF

Gordon – 3B

Butler – DH

LaRue – C

Gload – 1B

Pena – SS

Perez – P

For the White Sox:

Podsednik – LF

Gonzalez – RF

Thome – DH

Konerko – 1B

Iguchi – 2B

Fields – 3B

Terrero – CF

Uribe – SS

Hall – C

Danks – P

Going for five-straight wins

Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Angels and in the midst of a four-game winning streak, the Royals take on the White Sox in the first of a three-game set tonight. Brian Bannister, who has posted a 4-1 record with a 3.00 ERA in the month of June, faces Chicago’s Jose Contreras, who has gone just 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his last six starts.

Here are your lineups…

For the Royals: 

DeJesus – CF

German – 2B

Teahen – 1B

Costa – RF

Gordon – 3B

Butler - DH

Buck – C

Pena – SS

Gathright – LF

Bannister – P

For the White Sox:

Podsednik – LF

Gonzalez – CF

Thome – DH

Konerko – 1B

Pierzynski – C

Iguchi – 2B

Mackowiak – RF

Fields – 3B

Uribe – SS

Contreras – P

Royals to Honor Trailblazer Taylor

Do you know who Ryan Ketchner is? What about Curtis Pride? Both are baseball players. Both are trying to make their team’s Major League roster. Both are deaf.

Ketchner is a pitcher with the San Diego Padres’ Triple-A Portland team, while Pride, who has appeared in 421 games in 11 seasons in the Majors, is an outfielder for Salt Lake, the Class AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. According to the Padres 2007 Media Guide, Ketchner, 25, is “trying to become the first deaf pitcher in the Major Leagues since 1908.”And, as listed in the Los Angeles Angels 2007 Media Guide, Pride, 38, was “born 95 percent deaf due to rubella infection and is the fifth deaf Major League player in history and first since 1945.”

Both are following in the footsteps of Luther “Dummy” Taylor and his accomplishments of a century ago to overcome their hearing disability and follow their dreams of being baseball players.

On Saturday, the Royals will recognize Taylor for his contributions to baseball during pre-game ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium. As one of the few deaf players in the league, Taylor turned to sign language to communicate with coaches and teammates. The method proved successful for the Olathe, Kan., native, as he compiled a career record of 116-106 with a 2.75 ERA from 1900-1908. He won 21 games in 1904 for the pennant-winning New York Giants and compiled a 51-30 mark from the mound pitching for the Giants and the Cleveland Blues during the 1905-1908 seasons. The sign language used by deaf players during that time is credited for the league’s modern-day use of baseball signs today. And, players such as Taylor, helped paved the way for many young athletes looking to overcome a disability or impairment to see their dreams come true!

All-You-Can-Eat Seats Debut

We’ve been promoting the best deal in baseball for about…umm…three weeks and finally – finally! – it is here! So, grab your fork and knife, along with a napkin (sure it’s a ballgame, but a napkin won’t kill you!), and join in on the eatin’ in the Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats at Kauffman Stadium!

Debuting for tonight’s series opener against the Chicago White Sox, the All-You-Can-Eat Seats (AYCE Seats) give Royals fans an opportunity to drop one lump-sum but eat until they can’t eat any more – or until two hours after the scheduled first pitch time (sorry, limits are necessary at times!). That’s unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and Pepsi products as soon as the gates open.

But, we really hope you already have your AYCE Seats tickets for tonight’s game…we sold out more than a week ago. Don’t fret, though, because the AYCE Seats are available Saturday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night, next Friday, July 6, and next Saturday, July 7, of this homestand. That’s five more opportunities to get the most bang – or hot dog! – for your buck!

And, just how big of a “buck” are we talking? Buy your advance tickets either online at royals.com/allyoucaneat, by calling (816) 504-4040 or by visiting the Kauffman Stadium ticket windows for only $35. On the day of the game, the AYCE Seats tickets are $40. Or, grab 20 of your closest friends – or even complete strangers for all we know – and purchase tickets for the AYCE Seats through our Group Sales department at $25 per person. That’s not a typo. It’s really only $25.

Here are some more logistics if you aren’t convinced enough already: the All-You-Can-Eat Seats are in the covered Club Level Seats – sections 232, 234, 236, 238 – along the first base line and will be offered for Friday and Saturday night home games starting Friday, June 29. Including July 3-4, the promotion is also available when the New York Yankees come to town on July 23-26 and Sept. 7-9. Order your tickets or get more information here.

The Royals at home, beautiful weather, enough Pepsi products to keep you running to the bathroom in every half-inning and more hot dogs than you ever thought you could eat – now that’s baseball!

It's "Hats Off" at The K!

Are you bald? Do you sport constant bed head? Bad haircuts pretty much a guarantee? Not happy with the latest dye job? Is too much gray seeping through? Or, maybe you are simply just a hat collector?

Well, whatever the reason, you are in luck this weekend when the Royals host the Chicago White Sox and fans are treated to a hat-a-night at Kauffman VisorStadium!

The “Hats Off Weekend” begins Friday with a Royals Visor promotion – presented by Budweiser – for the first 20,000 fans in attendance.  The adult-beverage sponsorship means it’s limited to fans 21 and over, so bring those IDs!

Cowboy However…if you can’t make it Friday or you are younger than 21, get out to the ballpark on Saturday and be one of the first 20,000 fans to pick up your Royals Cowboy Hat, presented by AT&T.

Then, on Sunday, you can’t go wrong with the special “Salute to Buck O’Neil” Monarchs Cap. The Monarchs’ caps are annual favorites at Kauffman Stadium during the Salute to the Negro Leagues event. Buck_hat The first 20,000 fans into The K to watch the series finale with the ChiSox will pick up this season’s navy blue caps that have Buck’s No. 22 stitched in the side…CAPPING a weekend of hat tippin’ and Royals winnin’ at Kauffman Stadium!

Sweep!

It was a close one, 1-0, but we’ll take it!

With today’s win, we collected: our first sweep of the season…our first three-game sweep over the Angels since Aug. 28-30, 2001, at Kauffman Stadium…our first three-game sweep over the Angels in Los Angeles (or Anaheim…if you prefer) since Sept. 15-17, 1995…and our first four-game winning streak since July 4-7, 2006.

Whew…what a great win for the Royals!

Notes from Royals-Angels Series…so far

Royals picked up their fourth straight win this season over Los Angeles last night with a 12-4 pounding that made the normally winning Angels look lowly. The win secured the season series for Kansas City for the first time since 1996, while Los Angeles snapped its record of nine straight winning series this year. The Angels had not lost a series since dropping two of three to Detroit, May 22-24 (…and, just in case you care, they haven’t been swept since Boston brought out the brooms in a three-game set, April 13-14, 16…just in case, of course.). Here’s some notes to ponder before catching the series finale this afternoon, 2:35 p.m. (CT) on either mlb.com or 810 WHB. It’s DLR (4-9, 5.75 ERA) on the mound against the healthy-enough, not-healthy enough, healthy-enough Jered Weaver (6-3, 3.80 ERA).

Butler Hits Long One: Buddy didn’t have him in the cleanup spot last night, but Billy Butler still delivered with a big hit, collecting his first home run in the Majors. The blast marked the Royals first since June 18 at St. Louis, a span of 71.0 innings without a homer. Gordon also hit a home run in the game…when was the last time two Royals rookies homered in the same game?

Speaking of Gordon: The third baseman is batting .341 (30-88) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs, 14 runs scored and 14 RBI. He’s also five-for-five on steal attempts this month and nine-for-11 for the year. He’s doing pretty well on defense as well. Just saw that MLB.com posted his ninth-inning stop from Monday night’s game. Check it out here.

Injury Update: Gload is expected to begin his rehab assignment soon, scheduled to join Triple-A Omaha this week for a four-five game stint. He has been on the D.L. since he tore his right quadriceps muscle May 13 in Chicago…Scott Elarton was down in the clubhouse yesterday packing up some stuff. The right-hander, on the 15-day D.L. with a right foot sprain, met up with the O-Royals and is scheduled to pitch for them Thursday.

Plunked…from the Game Notes: The Royals have been hit five times in the first two games in Los Angeles, including three times (Buck, DeJesus and German) Tuesday night. Kansas City leads the Majors with 49 hit-by-pitches.

Buck’s Homers: Here’s the breakdown on Buck’s team-leading 14 home runs this year:

        Vs. LHP: 5…Vs. RHP: 9…Home: 5…Road: 9…Solo shots: 11 (11!!!)…
        One-run: 3…With no outs: 8…With one out: 3…With two outs: 3…
        Homer tied game: 1…Homer gave Royals lead: 6…Left field: 8…
        Left center: 3…Center field: 1…Right center: 2…
        Royals record with Buck homers: 6-6

Conclusions from these numbers? Get some more runners on base before Buck, while facing a righty on the road with no outs in the inning and the Royals behind by a run (or two), steps up to the plate with the wind blowing out toward left. Simple as that. Enjoy today’s game!

Congressional Baseball Game

Sgdirty_2 Interleague play might be over, but the Royals still found themselves in Washington, D.C., Monday evening in the Washington Nationals ballpark.

Or, rather, a Royals uniform found itself in the nation’s capital for the 46th annual Congressional Baseball Game at RFK Stadium. Congressman Sam Graves, representing Missouri’s sixth district, sported the authentic Royals uniform. He stole two bases and scored a run for the Republicans, who defeated the Democrats for the seventh straight year, 5-2.

Also representing the state and Missouri teams (from left-right): U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay and U.S. Rep. Graves.Team_1

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