Aaron Solomon might live in Florida now, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t rooting for or talking about his Royals.
The Kansas City native, who had Royals season tickets growing up, is coaching a youth baseball team in Wellington, Fla., this fall. The team, which is made up of 7- and 8-year olds, is named the Royals. The Major League naming is part of Coach Aaron’s way of not only teaching the kids the fundamentals of the game, but also the history of the sport – specifically the Kansas City Royals!
Here’s a picture of the team before the start of the new season. From all of us here in Kansas City, best of luck to the Wellington Royals this fall!
More stadium seats – dugout plaza level – have been removed as construction continues at Kauffman. In addition, as we drove into work Friday, we couldn’t help but notice this huge crane sitting just north of the stadium. Will the Crown Scoreboard be down when we return next week?
With construction kicking into full-speed, we wanted to alert any of you who might need to conduct business out here that entrances and access to certain parts of the stadium will be restricted. Within the next week, visitors will be rerouted – signs will be posted – to certain parking lots and entrances, including the administrative offices. Safety, of course, is our number one priority.
In other non-renovation news…Promoting their book Tales from the Royals Dugout, Denny Matthews and Matt Fulks will have a discussion/book signing Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Independence, Mo. (19120 East 39th Street). Stop by and say hi, if you get a chance.
A handful of us from the front office headed downtown Wednesday morning to check out the newest addition to the Kansas City family: the Sprint Center. We attended the ribbon cutting ceremony – that featured superstar Garth Brooks, a friend of the Glass family who even suited up in a Royals uniform a few Spring Trainings ago! – and we also toured the new facility, which offered some amazing views of downtown Kansas City.
Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White roared with some Tigers Tuesday as the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Kansas City Tiger Club – a locally based University of Missouri-Columbia Booster Club. The Tiger Club, which meets throughout the year, but weekly during the college football season, gathered at Lidia’s in the Crossroads district to hear Frank speak and field questions.
When Frank finished, the KC Tigers – who were also probably still slightly pumped up from the big victory over Nebraska this past weekend – gave the Royals eight-time Gold Glove second baseman a standing ovation, which one member described as "probably the first, and definitely the longest" standing ovation in Tiger Club history!
As of this week, Joey Gathright has no wall to scale when robbing those homers (Do you remember the leaping catches on Aug. 11 and 12?).
The entire outfield wall has been removed as renovation construction continues this offseason. The walls are being removed for a couple of reasons including the restructuring of the bullpens and the complete remodeling of the outfield plaza seats.
At the Kauffman Stadium Renovation Groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, representatives from HOK Sports, Hunt Construction and Walton Construction, along with Royals owner David Glass announced that the first phases of the renovation project would get under way soon. And, on just Friday morning, we are seeing just how soon.
Thursday afternoon, a tree removal company transported the trees out in front of the administrative offices – a high construction area this offseason – to a new location, while another crew removed the stadium seats from the Outfield Plaza areas…
Just three days following the conclusion of the 2007 season, the Royals showed that progress in the organization is taking place in more places than just on the field. On Wednesday, we wasted no time breaking ground on the new Kauffman Stadium, a renovation project that is set to be complete by Opening Day 2009!
The Kauffman Stadium Renovation Groundbreaking ceremony took place on home plate in front of several hundred Royals fans and had everyone from owner David Glass to Royals mascot Sluggerrr picking up a shovel. The ceremony was coupled with our annual season-ticket holder party – making this year’s post-season event one of the largest and most energetic we have hosted.
Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, the well-attended event welcomed nearly 4,000 season-ticket holders out to The K from 2-7 p.m. As we guided fans through the clubhouses, out to the Little K, onto the field for catch, over to the Brancato’s Bullpen for some BBQ and through the table of items in the annual end-of-the-season Garage Sale, we couldn’t help but put our offseason blues – yes, we get sad when the team’s not here – to the side and get pumped up for what’s in store for 2008!
Have you ever had the urge to utter the following: “Will you please pass the salt, Dayton Moore?”
Well, then you better enter the Royals newest sweepstakes and win lunch with General Manager Dayton Moore. The winner (and three of his or her friends) will dine with Dayton at the Stadium Club at Kauffman. It’s a sweepstakes, so we just need basic information (name, address, phone number, email, etc.). Residents from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska – who are 18 or older – have until the end of October, so go to royals.com now to enter…or just click here!
Scoreboard Powers Down: No one knows the ins and outs of the crown scoreboard quite like Roger Moorman. For 33 seasons, Roger has helped to operate the 12-story high scoreboard that was installed when Kauffman Stadium opened in 1973. Now, after 35 seasons, the original crown scoreboard is coming down as part of the Kauffman Stadium renovation project. The NEW high-definition crown scoreboard will be twice the size of the old one! Also on Sunday…fans said their final goodbyes to the left field Sony JumboTron, which was added in 1990.
Sweeney and the Royals: First of all, there has been no news on whether Mike Sweeney will wear Royal Blue again. However, yesterday, the Royals Captain and five-time All-Star expressed his love for Kansas City and, in return, Kansas City expressed its love for Sweeney and his family!
Buddy Tribute: As mentioned yesterday, Buddy Bell hung up his manager’s hat following Sunday’s game. Before the game, Buddy received a standing ovation from the crowd as well as a framed No. 25 jersey from the organization. The most impressive part of the pre-game tribute: when the ENTIRE roster ran out to home plate to show their respect for the Royals skipper. And – don’t forget – tomorrow you can chat LIVE with Buddy on royals.com. Register here.
Bannister Receives Honor: Brian Bannister added to his A.L. Rookie of the Month collection on Saturday. The rookie hurler collected the award for both June and August, while teammate Billy Butler took home the award in July. Banny, who went 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in six August starts, received the award from GM Moore during Saturday’s pre-game ceremony.
Mustard Is Big Dog: For those following the Hot Dog Derby closely, mark Mustard down as the 2007 champ! The Yellow Dog took home the “Golden Hot Dog” on Saturday with 30 derby wins. Thanks to all the fans who raced during the last weekend…and be prepared for the LIVE Hot Dog Derby races to return in 2008.
Moustakas and Futures…Again: Wanted to share some more photos of first-round pick Mike Moustakas, who was out at Kauffman this weekend, as well as point you to a photo gallery highlighting Friday night’s Futures Night. Moustakas, who attended both Friday and Saturday’s game, took BP with the club on Saturday.
Offseason Begins: Most of the players and coaches took off either last night or today for their offseason homes. The rest of us? Well, we’re still around, getting ready for the renovations, FanFest, Caravans and more here in Kansas City. Throughout the offseason, we’ll try to keep you as informed as possible on all of that as well as roster moves/additions, Winter ball stats and community appearances.
This past Sunday might have been Buddy Bell’s last day as the Royals Manager, but that doesn’t mean the skipper still doesn’t have a lot to say about the organization!
Join Buddy on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. (CT) for the second Royals Relay Online Chat Session. Logging on from his offseason home, Buddy will answer questions about the past season, what he expects to see from the Royals in 2008 and what his next role with the organization entails.
To participate in Tuesday’s chat with Buddy (or any of the upcoming Royals chats), register online at royals.com. In addition to gaining access to the chat sessions, you’ll also receive the latest Royals news throughout the offseason. Also, check out the transcript from the September Royals Relay Online Chat Session that featured General Manager Dayton Moore.