August 2007

Denny Shares Hall of Fame Experience

Denny_matthews_press_conference_jcg_1489_2While most Royals fans were watching or listening as the club took on A.L. Central foe Chicago last night, a select few had the pleasure of listening to the “Voice of the Royals” in person. 

Denny Matthews, fresh off his visit to Cooperstown, N.Y., retold stories of his Hall of Fame Induction Weekend experience and shared some of his favorite Royals memories during a special invitation-only event held at the beautiful World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial on Tuesday evening. The gathering was sponsored by the Royals Radio Network to thank some of the big network sponsors, including State Farm Insurance, for their continued support of Royals Baseball.

Denny was joined on stage by local author Matt Fulks, who collaborated with the longtime broadcaster on the book Tales from the Royals Dugout. The two discussed some of Denny’s favorite personalities – including former manager Whitey Herzog, pitcher Doug Bird and slugger “Big John” Mayberry – that he has encountered during his 39 years as Royals broadcaster, as well as some of his newest acquaintances – namely legends Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax – that he got to know during his recent visit to upstate New York.

Be sure to turn the radio dial to a Royals Radio Network affiliate as Denny heads back to the broadcast booth beginning on Friday when the Royals take on the Cleveland Indians. You never know what great stories he may share over the airwaves…

ROYALS GUARANTEE 2008 OPTION ON GRUDZIELANEK

Announced by Media Relations during Monday night’s game:

The Kansas City Royals and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek have mutually agreed to guarantee the 2008 player option in his contract. Terms were not disclosed.

“The Royals are delighted to be able to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Mark,” Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore said. “He is a very impactful part of our baseball team.”

Grudzielanek, who went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored Monday night, is hitting .305 with 27 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBI this season, his second in Kansas City. He won his first Rawlings Gold Glove last season, also hitting .297 and leading the club with 85 runs scored**. The 13-year Major League veteran, who turned 37 this June, is a career .289 hitter and is currently just 123 hits from 2,000.

**Royals Report Trivia question answer…Interested in catching Royals trivia from this season and past seasons? Well, then sign up for the Royals Report email newsletter for trivia, insider interviews with players, exclusive ticket offers and more!

Hot Diggity Dog!

Well, it’s been decided.
We are turning the LIVE Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog Derby over to you, the fans.

During “Fan Appreciation Weekend” (Sept. 28-30), nine every-day Royals fans will have the opportunity to compete in the LIVE Hot Dog Derby races. In order to be one of the “Grand Prize Wieners” – yes, “Wieners!” – you have to enter the “Hot Dog Derby Sweepstakes.” Entry forms can be found here, on royals.com. Just give us the basics – name, address, phone number, email, etc. – along with a short description on why you want to don a hot dog suit and race down the first base line. Easy enough, right? You have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 to enter and we’ll announce the “Wieners” on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Dsc_8774_2

Some things to keep in mind:

  • You have to be 18 or older to enter – sorry, but the hot dog suits are adult-size only.
  • Along with getting to race in one of the three races that weekend, you will also receive four Dugout Box tickets, free hot dogs and a set of Kauffman Stadium Hot Dog Derby Plush Racers!
  • You don’t get to decide what “wiener” you race as. On race day, contestants will draw out of a hat what condiment – Ketchup, Mustard or Relish – they will represent.
  • More race-day details will be provided once the “Grand Prize Wieners” are announced.

So, submit those entry forms now because we know – from your letters, emails and phone calls – that you want to be a “wiener” at Kauffman Stadium!

Royals Hold SECOND Silent Auction to Benefit Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund

On Friday, Aug. 10, we held a silent auction on the concourse during the Royals-Toronto game. The auction was held and completely benefited the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund. And – all thanks to those of you who came out and placed bids – we raised more than $5,500 for the Coolbaugh family, who lost Mike on Sunday, July 22, after he was struck in the back of the neck by a line drive while coaching first base during a game in North Little Rock, Ark. Mike, who played for the Omaha Royals in 2006, had just stepped in as the hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, this season.

Well, when the Royals return to Kauffman Stadium to play the Cleveland Indians next Friday, Aug. 24, you have another chance to contribute to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund by again bidding on one-of-a-kind Royals memorabilia. We will be holding a second silent concourse auction at this time, taking place in Section 101-102 on the main concourse inside Kauffman Stadium from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

And, in an effort to help the Coolbaugh family as much as we can, we are placing a handful of the unique items on an on-line auction that you can find on royals.com. The sale of each of these items will also benefit the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund, so check it out and place your bids.07_team_helmet

AUCTION ITEMS ON ROYALS.COM
Tony Pena Jr. Autographed Helmet
Mark Grudzielanek Autographed Helmet and Bat
2006 Reggie Sanders Autographed Black Jersey
2006 Buddy Bell Autographed Black Jersey
Royals vs. Yankees 7/26/07 Lineup Card Autographed by Royals Starters
Twins Cy Young (Santana), MVP (Morneau) & Batting Champ (Mauer) Autographed Baseball Package
(Donated by the Minnesota Twins!)

And, for those making it out to Kauffman Stadium on Friday, Aug. 24 for the silent concourse auction, here’s a rundown of the silent auction items:

AUTOGRAPHED HELMETS
• 2007 Royals Team Autographed Helmet
• Alex Gordon Autographed Helmet and Bat
• Mark Teahen Autographed Helmet and Bat

Dejesus_pink_batAUTOGRAPHED PINK MOTHERS DAY GAME USED BATS
• David DeJesus Pink Autographed Bat

AUTOGRAPHED GAME-USED BROKEN BATS
• John Buck Autographed Bat

AUTOGRAPHED BATS
• George Brett Autographed Bat
• Atlanta Braves Third Baseman Chipper Jones Autographed Used Bat (Donated by the Atlanta Braves!)

AUTOGRAPHED GAME WORN JERSEYS
• 2007 Billy Butler Autographed Blue Spring Training Jersey
• 2006 Zack Greinke Autographed Blue Jersey
• 2006 Mark Grudzielanek Autographed Blue Jersey
• 2006 David DeJesus Autographed White Jersey
• 2006 Mike Sweeney Autographed Blue Batting Practice Jersey 

Butler_jerseyOTHER ONE-OF-A-KIND AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA
• George Brett Autographed Bobblehead
• John Buck Autographed Chest Protector

AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS
• David DeJesus Autographed Baseball
• John Buck Autographed Baseball
• Mike Sweeney Autographed Baseball
• Billy Butler Autographed Baseball
• Gil Meche Autographed Baseball

Royals Sign Moustakas

Here’s the Official Release from Media Relations:

Kansas City, MO (August 15, 2007) – The Kansas City Royals (Wednesday) announced they have reached a last-minute agreement with first round draft choice Mike Moustakas, the second overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are obviously ecstatic that we were able to close this deal tonight,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “I am extremely proud of Deric Ladnier and his staff for the work they’ve done during the arduous process of contract negotiations. This is a talented young man and now it’s time to put the business end of this behind us, get him on the field and begin his professional career.”

A shortstop from Chatsworth (CA) High School, the 18-year-old Moustakas is a left-handed hitter who batted .577 during his senior season with a California-state record 24 home runs and 52 RBI, leading the Chancellors to the Los Angeles City Section Championship. The Baseball America High School Player of the Year hit 50 career high school homers, also a state record. D20_5766_2

A two-time Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, the 6-0, 195 lb. Moustakas batted .427 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI during his junior season, nearly mirroring his sophomore numbers of .482, with 12 homers and 51 RBI.

Welcome to the Royals organization, Moustakas!

    

Mobile Ticketing at Kauffman Stadium

It was a busy homestand, but a good – winning! – homestand!

An announcement that may have been lost during the homestand is a new ticket feature that makes coming to a Royals game as easy as answering your phone!

On Friday, Aug. 10, we introduced Mobile Ticketing, a ticketing option that allows you to purchase your tickets at royals.com and have them delivered directly to your cell phone via text message. You then bring your cell phone to the ballpark – which you probably do anyway – and bypass all the ticket lines to get in. It’s simple. It’s modern. It’s quick. It’s convenient. And, the fee to have your tickets “dialed” into your phone is the same as the print-at-home option we offer. Check out all the details of the new ticketing feature here.

So, here’s what we suggest. There are 19 home games remaining and with the new Mobile Ticketing feature you can easily avoid a scene like this:

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The team begins a nine-game road trip with a stop in Texas tonight, facing the Rangers at 7:35 p.m. Catch the action on RSTN or Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Lineups: Perez v. Litsch

UPDATED: Change in Toronto’s lineup – Hector Luna replaces Troy Glaus at third.

Today’s lineups…will Gathright rob another homer from Aaron Hill? Check out the video of Joey’s leaping catch on Sunday if you haven’t watched it yet…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Brown – DH
Buck – C
Gathright – LF
Pena – SS
Perez – P

For the Blue Jays – UPDATED:
Johnson – LF
Overbay – 1B
Rios – RF
Wells – CF
Thomas – DH
Hill – 2B
Thigpen – C
Luna – 3B
McDonald – SS
Litsch – P

Smile – Get Your Picture Taken on Home Plate!

Frame Get ready to smile and say “Cheese” because the Royals are ready to take your picture on home plate!

We just announced “Family Photo at Home Plate” – a chance for die-hard Royals fans to round up the family, head over to Kauffman Stadium and let our professional photograph snap a photo of you on home plate before the renovations begin this off-season. The event is on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will benefit the local chapter of The Dream Factory.

The “Family Photo at Home Plate” package – priced at just $250 per package – includes the sitting fee with a professional photographer and an 11” x 14” portrait of your family that will be matted in a 17” x 22” frame. The picture features you on home plate with the Royals Crown Scoreboard – including a personalized name or message – in the background. There are only a limited number of photo time slots available and reservations are required – so, register at royals.com for a photo time slot today! 

Lineups: Bannister on Mound

L1000444aDid you catch Gathright’s game-ending catch last night? Check out the video if you haven’t – it’s linked from mlb.com on the royals.com game day story from Saturday. What a great way to close out a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays! The third game of the series is tonight – yes, TONIGHT – our only scheduled Sunday night game of the season, 6:10 p.m. start. We will turn to right-hander Brian Bannister (8-6, 3.32 ERA), while Toronto puts A.J. Burnett on the mound (5-6, 4.31 ERA).

Also, off the field during last night’s game, Cookie Rojas made the rounds at Kauffman Stadium. Honored with a first pitch and a bobblehead Saturday, Rojas visited with former teammate and fellow L1000451aRoyals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White after jumping on the radio with Denny and Ryan. He also spent a little time in the heat with the RSTN guys, eating nachos and broadcasting live from the All-You-Can-Eat Seats. Have you collected all five Royals Hall of Fame Bobbleheads this season? The last one is Fred Patek and is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 – get your tickets now!

Here are your lineups….

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Smith – SS
Gathright – LF
LaRue – C
Bannister – P

For the Blue Jays:
Stairs – LF
Overbay – 1B
Rios – RF
Wells – CF
Thomas – DH
Glaus – 3B
Hill – 2B
Zaun – C
Olmedo – SS
Burnett – P

Lineups: Cookie Rojas Here

Img_0648 Cookie Rojas is at The K tonight for Cookie Rojas Bobblehead night (to the first 20,000 fans in attendance) and for the second of a four-game set against Toronto. As far as bobbleheads go this year, Cookie’s is the fourth of a five-bobblehead series that highlights the Royals Hall of Fame. The last bobblehead – Fred Patekis scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Here’s a photo of Cookie signing before tonight’s game…Img_0653_1

If you can’t make it to the ballpark tonight, check out the RSTN broadcast of the game. Splitt and Bob will be stationed out in the Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats for the broadcast, mixing work with All-You-Can-Eat perks!

Baseball news…the Royals optioned Ryan Shealy to Triple-A Omaha today. He had been on the D.L. since June 30 (retro to June 26) with a left hamstring strain and had just completed a 20-day minor league rehab assignment. Alright, here are your lineups….

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Buck – C
Gathright – LF
Pena – SS
Nunez – P

For the Blue Jays:
Johnson – LF
Overbay – 1B
Rios – RF
Wells – CF
Thomas – DH
Glaus – 3B
Hill – 2B
Zaun – C
McDonald – SS
McGowan – P

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