Royals Odds and Ends…
Yup, we have taken the first two against the Yankees to maintain first place in the standings and will try for the sweep – our second of the young season – Thursday evening when lefty John Bale takes the mound against New York’s Andy Pettitte, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Forecast calls for continued rain…but thanks to our amazing grounds crew, maybe we won’t have to worry about the weather holding up the game.
Before the Royals take the field, though, some off-field news and opening homestand highlights for you…
BREAKFAST WITH BANNY: Brian Bannister had a quick night on Wednesday in order to appear at the 33rd Annual Overland Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday. More than 500 people were in attendance for the 6:45 a.m. breakfast in order to hear from the Royals right-hander. After being introduced, Banny stated that the last speech he gave was in eighth grade English class, however, by the talk he shared you would have never guessed he wasn’t more accustomed to talking in front of large crowds. Discussing his life growing up as a child of a Major League Baseball player (former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister), walking onto the USC baseball team and battling through life in the Minor Leagues, it is clear Brian was determined to make it as a big leaguer. Even with the early (and we mean, early!) wakeup, Brian delighted the guests, which included local mayors, supporters and others whose goal is to encourage spirituality and morality in the lives of every day citizens.
FRIDAY CONCOURSE AUCTION: During Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins, we will host the first of several Silent Concourse Auctions at Kauffman Stadium this season. Each month, we plan to partner with a different local cause and hold a silent auction featuring Royals memorabilia.
As part of Autism Awareness Month, we are holding the concourse auction for Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City as well as hosting “Autism Awareness Night at The K.” You can start bidding on the auction items (listed below!) as soon as the gates open for the 7:10 p.m. contest.
- Billy Butler Autographed Baseball
- Gil Meche Autographed Baseball
- Brian Bannister Autographed Baseball
- Luke Hochevar Autographed Baseball
- Joey Gathright Game Used Bat
- Alex Gordon Autographed Bat
- John Buck Autographed Bat
- Mark Teahen Autographed Black Jersey
- Jimmy Gobble Autographed Blue Jersey
- Joakim Soria Autographed Photo
- Jose Guillen Autographed Photo
- Zack Greinke Autographed Photo
MORE ON “AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE K”: The night will also feature several opportunities throughout the evening to raise awareness and support for autism spectrum disorder as well as a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Jason McElwin. McElwin, a former high school basketball student manager with autism spectrum disorder, obtained national attention in 2006 after scoring 20 points in the final four minutes of a high school basketball game. Check out the ESPN story: