August 2007

Lineups: Silent Auction for Mike Coolbaugh Tonight

It’s going to be a hot one out there – but should we expect anything different for an August night in Kansas City?

Basically, dress for the weather…and don’t forget that check book if you are headed out to watch the Royals (50-63) host the Toronto Blue Jays (57-56) for the first time this season. We are hosting the first of our two Silent Auctions benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund. If you haven’t already, check out the amazing items we have up for bid tonight and then come visit us behind sections 101-102 to place that bid.

Royals turn to Gil Meche (7-9, 3.96 ERA) for the start, while the Blue Jays look to Kansas City native Shawn Marcum (8-4, 3.63 ERA). 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
Meche – P

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

Around The K on Wednesday

2007_tony_dipardo_88_dsc_0631a Here are some off-field moments team photographer Chris Vleisides captured for us from last night’s game…

He might have made his mark across the parking lot, but Tony DiPardo had no problems enjoying himself with this Kansas City team Wednesday night. DiPardo, well known in the community for his 40-plus years entertaining with the Chiefs and for his friendship with Buck O’Neil, put his trumpet down last night and enjoyed a Royals game as the recipient of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.

Tony – “Mr. Music” of Kansas City – turns 95 years old this month and, of course, is celebrating with a big blowout! DiPardo is hosting a birthday-bash event on Aug. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel that benefits the Tony DiPardo Music Foundation, an organization that encourages music and reading to the area’s youth.2007_rcbtsd_2_dsc_0593a It’s open to the public, so if you are interested in attending contact Patti DiPardo Productions at (816) 537-5381.

After today’s afternoon game against the Twins, we only have 23 home games left…do you know someone who should be sitting in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat? Fill out that nomination form

Back To School: The Royals Wives and Royals Charities volunteers braved the heat with many of our fans Wednesday, collecting school supplies for the annual Royals Charities Back to School Drive. Thanks to everyone who donated pencils, crayons, notebooks and more for the local kids at Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School!

Bb_awardsBB Rookies Win: Bannister and Butler took home another award last night as the Royals Pitcher and Player for the Month of July. Butler, who hit .341 (31-91) with six doubles, one triple, three homers and 24 RBI in July, also took home the American League Rookie of the Month award…the same one Bannister took home in June after posting a 5-1 mark with a 2.75 ERA in six starts. Congrats, guys!

THURSDAY’S LINEUPS POSTED: Here are lineups – first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Pena – SS
Gathright – LF
LaRue – C
Davies – P

For the Twins:
Casilla – 2B
Bartlett – SS
Mauer – C
Cuddyer – RF
Morneau – 1B
Hunter – CF
Kubel – LF
White – DH
Rodriguez – 3B
Garza – P

Lineups: Perez vs. Santana

Some Kauffman Stadium business before the lineups…

DIPARDO #95: If you are out at the ballpark tonight, turn toward the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat and give a big ‘ol two thumbs up! Kansas City icon and a good friend of Buck’s, Tony DiPardo is the recipient of the honor tonight and will be perched in Buck’s red seat sporting his very own Royals jersey. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Tony, who turns 95 this month, we think you’d agree that it’s an honor to have him help carry on Buck’s legacy at Kauffman Stadium.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Don’t forget the extra school supplies for the Royals Charities Back to School Supply Drive, which is going on before the game tonight. The Royals Wives will be camped out at Gate B and additional drop-off sites will be at Gates A, C and D. Everything is going to the kids at Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School, so let’s help them have a great first day of school!

NEW PHOTO GALLERIES: Two new photo galleries are up on royals.com…one from the Worlds of Fun Fan Fest and the other from Girls’ Night Out. If you attended the Girls’ Night Out, see if you can spot yourself in the crowd – chances are you’re in a pink hat!

COOLBAUGH AUCTION: And, we’ve added to the list of items that will be included in the Royals Silent Auction to benefit the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund this Friday, Aug. 10. Check it out and decide what item’s you’ll be placing a bid on.

Alright…the second game of the three-game series with Minnesota is tonight. Here are your lineups…

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

For the Twins:
Bartlett – SS
Punto – 3B
Mauer – DH
Cuddyer – RF
Morneau – 1B
Hunter – CF
Redmond – C
Tyner – LF
Casilla – 2B
Santana – P

First Homers, Then Hugs

Img_0592Sometimes you just cannot write a better script.   

Back in April, Matt Herndon, a young and devoted Royals fan, underwent brain surgery in Dallas. The day before he went under, the 11-year-old Overland Park boy received a pretty unique phone call from a couple of guys in the visiting clubhouse at the Metrodome in Minneapolis: Royals captain Mike Sweeney and outfielder David DeJesus. 

Sweeney had heard about Matt’s story and told DeJesus about the young Royals fan prior to the team taking the field against that Twins that evening. They called up Matt’s hospital room in Texas and chatted with him for awhile, both sending wishes, asking Matt questions and talking baseball with him. Img_0577Then, Matt decided to turn the tables and ask a question of Mike. Here’s what Mike told the KC Star’s Bob Dutton following that April 25 game:

“I asked him how he was doing,” Sweeney said, “and he told me I was his favorite player … He asked me if I could hit a homer for him. I said I’d try, and I promised we’d all pray for him.”

Well, if you saw the game or the box score from that game, you probably noticed that Sweeney not only tried to hit a home run for Matt, but he didn’t waste any time fulfilling the request. He belted a homer in his first at-bat in the first inning of the Royals 4-3 win…with DeJesus, who didn’t make any homer promises either but still later hit his own homer in the fifth, standing on third base. Really, could it get any better than that?

Img_0603Well, for Matt and his family, it came pretty close today – Aug. 7 – when Sweeney invited the whole Herndon family out to Kauffman Stadium as his special guests. Along with his parents and sisters, Emily and Katie, Matt took in some batting practice before the Royals game against the Twins on Tuesday, met a few Royals players and coaches and, this time, got face-to-face greetings and hugs from Sweeney and DeJesus. Just more than three months since his surgery, Matt is almost fully recovered, playing summer ball, getting ready for school to start (next week – yikes!) and gearing up for his fall league baseball to begin.

Although all of us here with the Royals family couldn’t hit home runs for Matt, we were happy to see him up and smiling at the stadium today. And, we will continue to keep him and his family in our thoughts throughout the rest of his recovery. Thanks for joining us at The K, Herndon family!

And, since we’re talking about multi-homer games for the Royals…the team’s had 12 multi-homer games in 2007 including a four-homer game in Cleveland on May 23 where Sweeney joined Grudzielanek, Gordon and Buck for the homer-happy party that lead to an 11-7 Royals win!

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Lineups: Twins in Town

Sorry for the delay – here are the lineups….

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

For the Twins:
Bartlett – SS
Mauer – C
Cuddyer – RF
Morneau – 1B
Hunter – CF
Kubel – LF
White – DH
Rodriguez – 3B
Casilla – 2B
Bonser – P

Royals Charities Back to School Drive

RcbtsdIt’s that time of year again when summer starts to wind down and the Back-to-School sales ads start flooding the mailbox. Well, this year, maybe you can purchase a few extra pencils, folders, crayons or scissors and help out some area youth by donating to the annual Royals Charities Back to School Drive.

This Wednesday, Aug. 8, when the Royals face the Minnesota Twins, Royals Wives and Royals Charities volunteers will collect school supplies from 5-7 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. The Wives will be stationed at Gate B, while additional drop-off sites will be setup at Gates A, C and D. All school supplies are welcomed and will benefit Kansas City’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School. Hope you are able to stop by and help make a kid’s first day of school a good one!

RSTN in Omaha

The Omaha Royals posted a 3-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s, and you had the chance to catch every pitch even if you couldn’t make it out to Rosenblatt Stadium.

For the second time this year, RSTN took advantage of a night off from broadcasting Kansas City Royals game and headed up to Omaha to broadcast the club’s Triple-A affiliate. A handful of us from the front office, along with Sluggerrr and four members of the Royals “K Crew,” went along for the ride to help pass out Sluggerrr promotional T-Shirts, get fans signed up for royals.com information (and give them a free royals.com T-shirt!) and take in some minor league action with our fans to the North. The trip was short – straight up there Thursday afternoon and a mid-afternoon return to Kansas City on Friday – but we felt like we met a good majority of the 5,434 people in attendance while also giving fans back home a sneak peek of some of our top prospects.

Silent Auction to Benefit Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund

Sometimes we just can’t do enough for a family who loses a loved one tragically, but for the next two Friday home games, we are hoping you will help us support the family of former Royals minor league player Mike Coolbaugh.

On Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, during the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals game, a silent auction will be held to benefit the Coolbaugh family, who lost Mike on Sunday, July 22, after being 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, earlier this month. The auction, which will be the first of two we hold this month to benefit the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund, will take place from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Section 101-102 on the main concourse inside Kauffman Stadium.

Here’s a rundown of the items available for bids at the Friday, Aug. 10 auction:Butler_bat_and_helmet_2

AUTOGRAPHED HELMETS/BAT COMBO
-Mike Sweeney Autographed Helmet and Bat
-Reggie Sanders Autographed Helmet and Bat
-Billy Butler Autographed Helmet and Bat
-David DeJesus Autographed Helmet and Bat

AUTOGRAPHED PINK MOTHERS DAY GAME USED BATS
-Mark Grudzielanek Autographed Pink Bat
-Mark Teahen Pink Autographed Bat

AUTOGRAPHED GAME WORN JERSEYS
-2006 Zack Greinke Black Jersey
-2006 Buddy Bell Blue Jersey
-2007 Gil Meche Blue Spring Training Jersey
-2006 Mark Teahen Gray Jersey
-2007 Alex Gordon Blue Spring Training Jersey
-2006 John Buck Blue Jersey

AUTOGRAPHED GAME USED BATS
-Ross Gload Autographed Bat

Sweeney_cleats_1 OTHER ONE-OF-A-KIND AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA
-John Buck Autographed Chest Protector
-Mike Sweeney Autographed Game-Worn Cleats
-Frank White Autographed Bobblehead

AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALLS
-Tony Pena Jr. Autographed Baseball
-Brian Bannister Autographed Baseball
-Mark Grudzielanek Autographed Baseball
-Alex Gordon Autographed Baseball
-Zack Greinke Autographed Baseball
-Mark Teahen Autographed Baseball
-Reggie Sanders Autographed Baseball

JUST ADDED: For more photos of some of the auction items, click here…

Butler Named A.L. Rookie of the Month

Good news on the Royals front today, as the club now boasts back-to-back winners of the American League Rookie of the Month award. Billy Butler has been selected as the league’s top rookie for the month of July after hitting .341 with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 24 RBI. He also recorded a .527 slugging percentage and scored 13 runs.

Pitcher Brian Bannister took home the honor for June after going 5-1 with a 2.75 ERA in six starts.

The two became just the second and third Royals to win the award, joining shortstop Angel Berroa (July 2003).

Congratulations, Billy!!

Royals News…

An eventful couple of days for the Royals…

Because of the tragic incidents revolving around the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Royals-Twins 12:10 p.m. game Thursday has been postponed. The game has not been rescheduled at this time, but we’ll let you know when we hear anything further. On behalf of the Royals family, our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this disaster as well as the Minneapolis community.

The team will continue their road trip, heading to New York for a three-game, weekend series against the New York Yankees that begins Friday, 6:05 p.m.

RSTN TELEVISES OMAHA GAME: On Thursday, as previously scheduled, RSTN will head to Omaha to broadcast the Triple-A O-Royals 7 p.m. contest against the Las Vegas 51s, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It will mark the second O-Royals game RSTN has broadcast this season – RSTN previously broadcasted Omaha’s 4-3 win over the Iowa Cubs on July 12. Dave Armstrong and Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White will once again be in the booth. Right-hander Matt Wright (6-3, 4.11 ERA) is scheduled to throw for Omaha.

ROSTER MOVES RECAP: Prior to their 10th inning, 5-3 win over the Twins Wednesday, the Royals made a series of roster moves. So, just in case you need a recap:

  • - Outfielder Reggie Sanders was placed on the 15-day D.L. with a left hamstring tear.
  • - Outfielder Joey Gathright was recalled from Omaha.
  • - Right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies, who was acquired yesterday from the Atlanta Braves for Octavio Dotel, has joined the team.
  • - Right-handed pitcher Ryan Braun has been recalled from Omaha.
  • - Left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was placed on the 15-day D.L. with a left elbow strain.
  • - Right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
  • - Right-handed pitcher Jason Shiell, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Omaha.
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