Viva Los Royals!
That’s right! It’s a fiesta at Kauffman Stadium tonight as the Royals host their first "Viva Los Royals" celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The "Viva Los Royals" celebration begins with a pre-game concert inside Gate A behind the spiral ramp beginning at 5:15 p.m. Kansas City-based Las Estrellas will start the show before comedian Alex Reymundo takes over the microphone to emcee. A handful of Royals players will join Reymundo on stage to entertain the crowd before singers Jay Perez and Jose, Jose wrap the festivities with back-to-back musical performances. In addition to the music, expect some traditional Hispanic food prepared by the Culinary Arts Program of Kansas City’s Guadalupe Center.
You’ll also have the chance to purchase an exclusive Royals Beisbol "Viva Los Royals" T-shirt – available for just $10 with proceeds benefiting the Guadalupe Center of Kansas City! The shirts are available for cash at the event, but you can swipe your credit card for one in both the Pro Shops as well.
Tickets for tonight are still available, but seem to be moving fast. And, on that note, if you were planning on coming out Saturday to watch rookie Brian Bannister take the mound for the Royals as well as collect your fifth and final bobblehead – Fred Patek – you better act fast on getting those tickets if you haven’t already. Reports from the ticket office indicate we are nearing a sell-out…
We hope to see you tonight when you can join us as we live it up at "Viva Los Royals!"
Well, he did it again.
Yup, Royals pitcher Brian Bannister took home A.L. Rookie of the Month honors for August – the second time in three months he has claimed the award. Bannister also won in June, while teammate Billy Butler took home the award in July to give the Royals three straight A.L. Rookie of the Month award winners. Banny, who went 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in six August starts, is the first two-time winner of the A.L. Award this season. He allowed just 13 runs on 41 hits in 40.1 innings with nine walks and 16 strikeouts in the month.
Bannister is currently considered to be one of the leading candidates for A.L. Rookie of the Year since he is posting a 12-7 mark with a 3.16 ERA this season. He already kicked September off to a good start by tossing eight innings of one-run baseball in his start Sunday (Sept. 2) – a performance that helped the Royals secure an 8-1 win over the Twins. His next scheduled start is Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Yankees…tickets are still available.
It’s September, which means a flurry of roster moves around the Major Leagues. Here’s a brief look at what moves the Royals made so far…
On Friday, Aug. 31, before September call ups even began, the Royals decided to recall Mike Sweeney from his rehab assignment and reinstate him from the 60-day D.L. before the second game of the doubleheader. To make room for Sweeney on the roster, the Royals optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies to Wichita and transferred right-hander John Thomson from the 15-day to the 60-day D.L. After breaking up Scott Baker’s no-hitter with a single in the ninth inning Friday, Sweeney went 2-for-5 with a double as DH on Saturday and then 1-for-5 in the same role on Sunday.
The next set of moves came Monday, when the Royals reinstated Mark Teahen from the 15-day D.L. and recalled Davies and fellow right-hander Leo Nunez from Wichita. All three were in uniform for last night’s 8-1 win over the Rangers. Teahen started in right field, went 3-for-5, walked, scored a run and had an RBI – glad to have him back from the D.L., too!
Today, Kansas City recalled RHP and 2006 first overall draft selection Luke Hochevar as well as first baseman Justin Huber. The Royals purchased the contracts of catcher Paul Phillips and first baseman Craig Brazell. All four come from the Triple-A Omaha roster and will be in uniform for tonight’s game. Although a starter in the minors, Hochevar will work out of the bullpen at the Major League level, according to GM Dayton Moore, who just participated in an online chat with Royals fans.
Any other September moves you’d like to see before the end of the season? Which September call-up would you like to see get the most playing time?
Tonight, Billy Buckner (0-0, 1.17 ERA) makes his first Major League start, facing the Rangers Kevin Millwood (9-11, 5.11 ERA). Tune into RSTN or 810 WHB Sports Radio – first pitch is 7:05 p.m.