January 2008

FanFest: Silent Auction Items and Floor Plan

With FanFest less than a week away, expect A LOT of info and updates this week. There is basically something new to report about this event every day.

So, on that note…here are the list of items that will be available during the silent auctions at FanFest:

  • SIGNED JERSEYS: Gil Meche, David DeJesus, Mark Grudzielanek, Joey Gathright, Esteban German, Brandon Duckworth, Billy Butler, Emil Brown’s No. 42 jersey from the Jackie Robinson 2007 tribute game, Joel Peralta, Mark Teahen, Alex Gordon, Shane Costa and Jimmy Gobble.
  • Img_1173BROKEN BATS (NOT SIGNED): Mark Teahen, Ross Gload and Ryan Shealy
  • SIGNED BATS: Mark Teahen, Alex Gordon, George Brett, Ryan Shealy, John Buck and David DeJesus
  • SIGNED GAMEDAY MAGAZINE: Mark Gubicza, Joe Randa and George Brett
  • LINE-UP CARDS: Aug. 29 vs. DET and Aug. 10 vs. TOR
  • BROKEN BATS (SIGNED): David DeJesus, Shane Costa, Joey Gathright and Tony Pena, Jr.
  • SIGNED BASEBALLS: Brian Bannister, Ross Gload, Billy Butler, Ryan Shealy,
    Zack Greinke, Mark Grudzielanek, Luke Hochevar, Frank White and Tony Pena Jr., John Buck, Mark Teahen and David DeJesus

Royals Charities will hold three separate silent auctions – which will be set up outside the Royals Charities Store – throughout FanFest: Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

Fanfest_floorplanEVENT FLOOR PLAN: On royals.com, we posted a design of the floor plan for the event. Hopefully it will give you some sort of idea of what to expect when you head out to the Overland Park Convention Center on Friday and/or Saturday. By the way, tickets are still available if you want to avoid ticket lines on the days of the event.

Bricks and Seats for Charities

Two Royals Charities announcements – both linked to the renovations…

Brick_paver_8x8_180x180Are you a No. 1 fan? Do you bleed Royal Blue? Or, do you just want to walk over your name every time you enter into The K? Well, now you have the chance to show your loyalty to the Royals.

On Friday morning, we announced  the launch of the Royals Legacy Brick Program, giving fans the opportunity to purchase a personalized brick that will be installed as part of the renovations at Kauffman Stadium. The program benefits Royals Charities and the bricks are scheduled to be installed by Opening Day 2009…giving you a unique way to leave your mark on The K! Details, pricing and order forms can be found here.

Then…if you’d rather (or also!) take a piece of Kauffman Stadium home with you, we have another thing to throw your way.

You can get your own little piece of Royals history by purchasing a pair of authentic Kauffman Stadium seats! At the Royals Charities Store inside FanFest, Jan. 18-19 at the Overland Park Convention Center, we are selling pairs of stadium seats for $500 a pair with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Royals Charities. At FanFest, we will actually only have 15 pairs of seats present for fans to take home, so make sure you get there early if you really want those seats in your living room that weekend. Otherwise, we will continue to sell seats throughout the 2008 season out at Kauffman.

And, speaking of renovations

The new Crown Scoreboard is going up! Check out the latest photo gallery (Thanks, Ben Mertens!) on royals.com!

Teahen's Busy Week…

When you factor in workouts and travel and holidays and Royals FanFest (Jan. 18-19) and a Royals Caravan trip to Nebraska and Iowa (Jan. 21-23), Mark Teahen’s offseason schedule – especially in the next couple weeks! – seems pretty busy. Well, apparently not busy enough for Teahen, who is adding a couple more things to the calendar

First…this Tuesday (Jan. 15) at 3 p.m. (CT), Teahen is participating in the next Royals Relay Chat on royals.com. The Royals outfielder will log-on to answer fans’ questions about the upcoming season, his thoughts on the addition of Manager Trey Hillman, what he sees for the future of the organization, what he has been doing this offseason…

Speaking of what Teahen has been up to…

On Thursday, Jan. 17, he is hosting the “Mark Teahen…Challenge Your Fashion” fashion show. Yes, you read that right. Mark Teahen – baseball player, Royals outfielder, 26-year-old bachelor – is hosting a fashion show and, here’s the best part: he roped his teammates into being his fashion models! The event benefits the YMCA of Greater Kansas City Challenger Division Baseball Program, a program that many of you know Mark takes very seriously here in Kansas City.

Teahen has been the Challenger spokesperson for the past few seasons, participating in clinics, helping to organize fundraisers and even donning a hardhat and shovel to help break ground in 2006 for the Challenger Sports Complex – a custom-designed field that will accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices. So, it is really no huge surprise that Mark was able to get teammates Billy Butler, David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Esteban German, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, Mark Grudzielanek, Luke Hudson, Gil Meche, Tony Pena, Jr., and Ryan Shealy to trade in their baseball uniforms for some fashions from Halls all in the name of Challenger.

For those interested in attending this fashion show (either for the fashions or the “models”), you can contact Michelle Ford at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City at either (816) 360-3304 or michelle-ford@ymca-kc.org to purchase tickets – space is limited! Again, the event is on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and an auction to follow.

And…to participate in the online chat with Teahen this Tuesday, register here on royals.com.

"Howlin' at The K"…

Just another reason to come to FanFest…at least, for the musically gifted!

Along with radio partner 106-5 The WOLF, we are holding National Anthem auditions for the 2008 season. These auditions will be on the second day of the FanFest, Saturday, Jan. 19.

For those interested in auditioning, here is what you need to know:

  • Audition registration from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19.
  • Auditions begin at noon.
  • Auditions will take place on the first floor of the Convention Center.
  • Previous performance is preferred, but not required.
  • Those auditioning MUST perform the entire National Anthem as well as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the audition
  • We are looking for singers and instrumental musicians.
  • We welcome both individuals and small ensembles.

For more information on auditioning to sing the National Anthem at Kauffman Stadium, click here. Good luck!

"Coming to a city near you…"

The annual Royals Caravan presented by FSN rolls into action next week…and possibly into your town!

We have been busy updating the Caravan page on royals.com (check here!) to provide detailed itineraries for this year’s Caravan tours. To kick off 2008, we are doing four tours around the region – two prior to the Royals FanFest on Jan. 18-19 and two after FanFest.

As you’ll read, we are heading back down to Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, around Central Missouri and Kansas City, into Kansas as well as heading up north to Nebraska and Iowa.

Each Caravan tour is stocked with current players such as John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Alex Gordon, Mark Teahen and more, as well as several Royals alumni members, including "Big John" Mayberry, Paul Splittorff, Dennis Leonard and, of course, Frank White. General Manager Dayton Moore is scheduled to hop on a bus again for his second Caravan with the club, while Manager Trey Hillman will join the touring group for the first time.

Basically, the details (who, what, when, where, etc.) are all spelled out for you here on royals.com. So, check out the itineraries to see when and where we will be in your town…and which guys are coming to meet you!

Spring Training Tickets

It’s still a little frigid here in Kansas City and, more than likely, it’s not warming up outside anytime soon. All the more reason to start thinking about Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.!

The 2008 Spring Training tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. (CT). Tickets will be available through the Royals website, in person at the Surprise Box Office or by phone at (480) 784-4444 or (520) 321-1000.

There are several Spring Training ticket packages to choose from…lots of options to get you up close and personal to your favorite Royals. Click here to learn more about these packages or for individual ticket information.

The Royals complete Spring Training schedule can be found here. And – just in case you haven’t put these dates down on your calendar yet – pitchers and catchers report to Surprise on Wednesday, Feb. 13, workouts for pitchers begin the following day and the first full squad workout is Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Will you be catching Spring fever this season?

Back to Work in 2008

Our offices officially reopened Wednesday and the focus is clearly on the 2008 season. First on the agenda – as many of you who read this blog regularly can probably guess – is the 2008 Royals FanFest!

The two-day event is pretty much consuming our lives, but luckily many of our players are helping to make our first FanFest as great as possible. Today, we confirmed (and announced!) that Billy Butler and Alex Gordon will both be attending the event, joining other current and former Royals for player autograph and photo sessions as well as a variety of baseball panels. Also included in today’s announcement was the news of some great Royals from the past that will be making appearances at FanFest – Royals Hall of Famers Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry and Frank White, along with former Royals Mike Boddicker, Brian McRae, Greg Pryor, Jamie Quirk, Kevin Seitzer and John Wathan.

Their official day-of schedules are being ironed out, but we will keep you posted on our event schedule.

Other FanFest news….

TICKETS: Beginning today, fans can purchase Royals FanFest tickets by phone at (816) 504-4040. You can still get your tickets online at royals.com/fanfest as well as at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event.

SWEEPSTAKES: Don’t forget to enter the online sweepstakes for an opportunity to meet Manager Trey Hillman at FanFest. It can also be found at royals.com/fanfest and ends Wednesday, Jan. 9.

WEB SITE: Speaking of royals.com/fanfest …check it out! We have been modifying it daily, updating and adding player and event information as it develop. Let us know what you think.

Expect more player announcements in the next couple of weeks as well as detailed information on the 2008 Royals Caravan, which kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Who was it that said the offseason was slower in baseball??

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