September 2007

Lineups: Buddy Bell at Legends Luncheon

Img_0852Before making his way to the ballpark Wednesday, Buddy Bell stopped by the Madrid Theater for the fifth and final State Farms Legends Luncheon of the season. Buddy joined former Major League pitcher Rick Sutcliffe and luncheon co-hosts (and former Royals) Willie Wilson and Al Fitzmorris for some baseball-talk. Buddy and Fitz, who played against each other in the 1970s before becoming Cleveland teammates in 1977, swapped stories and then the entire panel fielded questions from the audience. Buddy, who is stepping down as manager at the end of the year, talked a lot about the positive direction the team is headed, including making a pretty confident statement about Alex Gordon being one of the top defensive third basemen in the league. That statement coming from Buddy, who happened to be a six-time Gold Glove third baseman in his playing days, was pretty encouraging to hear…

Meanwhile, speaking of Gordon, he is back in the lineup tonight after taking a night off to rest his knee. On the mound for the Royals is Brian “Banny” Bannister (12-8, 3.39 ERA), while the White Sox turn to Jose Contreras (9-16, 5.81 ERA). Here are the rest of the lineups…

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

For the White Sox:
Podsednik – CF
Fields – LF
Thome – DH
Konerko – 1B
Dye – RF
Pierzynski – C
Uribe – SS
Richar – 2B
Cintron – 3B
Contreras – P

Lineups: Meche Goes for Back-to-Back Wins

The tarp might be on the field, but we are still banking on a game tonight, 7:10 p.m. start. This late in the season, teams rarely call games due to rain because of the conflicts with scheduling. So, grab the rain gear and still plan to head out here for some Royals-White Sox baseball. And, on a positive note, it’s T-Shirt Tuesday and the T-shirt this time is a long sleeve T-shirt – pretty good promotion for catching a Royals game in this weather.

Gil Meche (8-12, 3.78 ERA) is up against Gavin Floyd (1-3, 5.79 ERA) tonight. Here are your lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Gload – 1B
Butler – DH
Teahen – RF
Smith – 3B
Gahtright – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Meche – P

For the White Sox:
Owens – CF
Fields – LF
Thome – DH
Dye – RF
Erstad – 1B
Pierzynski – C
Uribe – SS
Richar – 2B
Cintron – 3B
Floyd – P

Kauffman Goes Irish

Img_0841_cropped_2 Green Royals Hats…Green Royals Shirts…Green Royals Jerseys…Green Royals Beads…Blue Royals Adult Beverages? Img_0832_3

Yes, the green draft beer was a popular choice at the Royals “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” Happy Hour on Monday. So popular, in fact, that pretty soon the Centerplate concession stand workers had to switch to tinting the drinks blue and then eventually red for the more than 400 Royals fans celebrating at The K. While Img_0845local Irish band Flannigan’s Right Hook fiddled away on the stage, the crowd also took advantage of the full Irish menu – featuring bangers, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie, the beautiful weather and the Royals Green Hat promotion before settling into their seats for the Royals-White Sox game!

Hope everyone had a Happy “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day”…here’s hoping the Royals can cash in on the good ol’ luck of the 0918_1Irish for a strong finish this season!

Reminder…T-Shirt Tuesday tonight – first 20,000 fans receive the Royals long sleeve T-shirt!

Lineups: White Sox in Town

The team is back in town after a short weekend series in Cleveland and will now face the Chicago White Sox for four games at Kauffman Stadium. Tonight, the Royals turn to right-hander Kyle Davies (2-5, 5.65 ERA), while the ChiSox start right-hander Javier Vazquez (12-8, 3.90 ERA).

Here are the other pitching probables for the series:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18: RHP Gavin Floyd (1-3, 5.79) vs. RHP Gil Meche (8-12, 3.78)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19: RHP Jose Contreras (9-16, 5.81) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (12-8, 3.39)
  • Thursday, Sept. 20: RHP Jon Garland (9-12, 4.47) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (6-6, 3.88)

Well, Happy “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” – don’t forget to get your green hat (first 20,000 fans!) if you are coming out to the stadium tonight. And, don’t forget your check books (cash or credit cards!) for the Royals Charities "Green Hat" Silent Auction. Here are your lineups…

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

For the White Sox:
Owens – CF
Fields – LF
Erstad – 1B
Konerko – DH
Dye – RF
Pierzynski – C
Uribe – SS
Richar – 2B
Cintron – 3B
Vazquez – P

Celebrate "Halfway to St. Paddy's Day" at The K

It’s never too early to celebrate being Irish…or knowing someone who is Irish…or just knowing that there are people out there somewhere who are Irish! That’s why the Royals are hosting a “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” party at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, Sept. 17 when the team welcomes the Chicago White Sox to town. 0917

To celebrate in true Irish-fashion, the Royals are passing out green Royals caps (to the first 20,000 fans), calling in some local Irish bands and hosting an exclusive Irish-themed Happy Hour equipped with a full Irish menu, great Irish music and, of course, Irish-inspired drink specials!

Also, getting in on the celebration, Royals Charities is hosting one of its premier silent auctions on the concourse Monday night and sticking with the St. Paddy’s Day theme! The auction will exclusively feature autographed, game-worn, green St. Paddy’s Day caps that the guys wore for their March 17 Spring Training game in Surprise, Ariz. The in-stadium silent auction is from 5:30-8 p.m. on the concourse behind sections 101-102. Here is a list of the autographed green hats up for bid that night:

  • Royals Captain Mike Sweeney
  • Royals Pitcher Zack Greinke
  • Royals Pitcher David Riske
  • Royals Pitcher Gil Meche
  • Royals Pitcher Jimmy Gobble
  • Royals Outfielder David DeJesus
  • Royals Outfielder Mark Teahen
  • Royals Catcher John Buck
  • Royals Pitcher Ryan Braun
  • Royals Infielder/Outfielder Justin Huber
  • Royals Infielder Andres Blanco
  • Royals Outfielder Shane Costa
  • Royals Third Base Coach Brian Poldberg
  • Royals Infielder Fernando Cortez

Check out the photo gallery featuring some of the silent auction hats.

But, if you can’t make it out to the stadium on Monday…then head to the royals.com Auction page and bid on six of the green caps that are featured just online, but still benefit Royals Charities. The Online “Green Hat” Auction will run until Sept. 27.

Bottom line: If you haven’t bought a VIP package for the Happy Hour/game yet, do so now. After all, "Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day” celebrations only come once a year!

Lineups: Meche vs. Silva

We spent the morning organizing green ball caps for an upcoming Royals Charities auction next Monday – more on that event soon…

The homestand ends with a Wednesday afternoon game, 1:10 p.m. start. Gil Meche (7-12, 3.82 ERA) on the mound against Carlos Silva (11-13, 4.34 ERA), lineups follow.

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Teahen – RF
Butler – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Brown – LF
Smith – SS
Buck – C
Meche – P

For the Twins:
Tyner – CF
Bartlett – SS
Kubel – LF
Hunter – DH
Morneau – 1B
Cuddyer – RF
Heintz – C
Punto – 3B
Casilla – 2B
Silva – P

Remembering Sept. 11 at Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium is approximately 1,070 miles away from Washington, D.C. But, as we remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Tuesday and salute our local uniformed heroes, Washington and the Pentagon seem a little closer to home – especially from the view at the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.Img_0807

Jill Hyson calls Blue Springs, Mo., home now, but on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, she happened to be in the middle of a two-week assignment as an X-ray technician with the Air Force Reserves. And, she happened to be at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. When the plane hit, Jill was instructed to evacuate, but as she proceeded to follow those commands she spotted someone in need of help – a critically burned Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Brian Birdwell. Jill kicked into action, flagging down a vehicle and getting LTC Birdwell and herself to Georgetown University Hospital, where doctors worked to treat him and credited Jill’s courage and quick thinking for saving LTC Birdwell’s life. To this day, LTC Birdwell, a Missouri native living in Texas now, admits he would not be alive without Jill’s assistance on that tragic day. For Jill, it was just a case of her doing her job.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, of course,” Jill said, prior to the Royals-Twins game on Tuesday. “But, I do not look at myself as a hero. It’s my job to help others and I’m proud to be able to it.”

On Tuesday, six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Kansas City and the Royals continue to honor Jill’s courage and dedication to helping others. Stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, she is the 73rd person to sit in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat this season and we are happy to welcome her and her family to The K!

Also, during Royals pre-game Tuesday, eight honorary first pitches were thrown – with Royals Alumni catching behind the plate – as part of "Salute to Uniformed Heroes" night. There was one pitch from each of the five branches of the military as well as three pitches representing emergency personal (fire, police and medical). Thanks to all our uniformed heroes both here and over seas for your continued service to our country!

Lineups: Davies vs. Baker

Royals (62-81) turn to right-hander Kyle Davies (2-4, 5.97 ERA) tonight, while Minnesota (71-73) calls on Scott Baker (8-7, 4.14 ERA). Let’s snap this losing streak tonight – here are your lineups…

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

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

Weekend Wrap…

Butler_dayton_july_award Lots to catch up on from this weekend…

First, congrats to Billy Butler for his A.L. Rookie of the Month honor, which he received the award for on Sunday.Even though Butler took home the honor for his July stats, we waited until MLB sent the award and the Royals were back in town before recognizing the 21-year-old on the field. Next up in Royals rookies to receive A.L. Rookie of the Month awards: Brian Bannister. He won for August (and, before that, June!) and, hopefully, we can squeeze in another on-field rookie award ceremony for him before the season ends.

So, on the field this weekend, things didn’t go exactly as planned. But, off the field, we couldn’t have asked for better results with a couple of our biggest events of the season….

The “Family Photo at Home Plate” event welcomed 58 families and, even more exciting, amazing weather to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., photographer David Riffel snapped photo after photo of die-hard Royals fans standing at home plate. We had a family who proclaimed they disowned Yankee fans. We had families who said they have been “True and Blue” for the Royals for decades. And, we even had one guy who thought home plate at Kauffman Stadium was the perfect place to pop the question…luckily, his girlfriend-turned-fiancé agreed and said yes! Jose_stageCongrats to the newly engaged Royals fans, Brandon and Jessica! And, thanks to all the families and volunteers who came out for the event, which raised $15,000 for the local chapter of The Dream Factory.

Friday night it was fiesta time at The K with the Royals first “Viva Los Royals” celebration. The concert had the crowd dancing, while the authentic Mexican food provided a great twist to the normal ballpark menu. Players_2Now, for those of us who aren’t too fluent in Spanish, players Joakim Soria , Jorge De La Rosa, Odalis Perez and Leo Nunez, as well as first base coach Luis Silverio did leave us guessing as to the messages they gave the crowd, which they greeted before taking the field.

Viva_shirt_2Also, if you didn’t get your “Viva Los Royals” T-shirt, no worries – we’ll be selling them in the team stores for the remainder of the season.

Alright, time to stop the skid – Minnesota is in town tonight for the first of three games. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and tickets are still available. Also, don’t forget: tomorrow we are honoring our local heroes with “Salute to Uniformed Heroes” night at Kauffman – big pre-game ceremony, static displays in the parking lot, parade of flags around the field and a HUGE post-game fireworks show! Tickets are still available for that game as well with all military, police, fire and emergency personnel receiving free best available ticket for the game. Those tickets are available (with a proper I.D.) at all the Kauffman Stadium ticket windows. Hope to see you there…

Lineups: Viva Los Royals and Yankees

Royals are back in town and we are celebrating in a big way. This weekend is loaded with events, celebrations, promotions and Yankees. Things get started to night with “Viva Los Royals,” before bobbleheads, autograph afternoons, awards, family photos and fireworks come into play. On the field, the Royals turn to Gil Meche (7-12, 3.85 ERA) against New York’s rookie pitcher Ian Kennedy (1-0, 1.29 ERA). Here are your lineups…

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

For the Yankees:

Damon – LF
Jeter – SS
Abreu – RF
Rodriguez – 3B
Matsui – DH
Posada – C
Giambi – 1B
Cano – 2B
Cabrera – CF
Kennedy – P

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