All weather aside…it was an amazing 2008 home opener!
- Joey Gathright brought his speed home with him and stole three bases. The team stole five total.
- Brian Bannister allowed just two runs and struck out six. His ERA for the season is a nice 1.50.
- And, another impressive pitching note: Four Royals relievers combined to toss four scoreless innnings to close out the game (and the win!) for Banny.
- CrownVision was a HUGE hit! And, we are talking H-U-G-E hit!
- Joakim Soria = lights out! The closer retired all three batters he faced for save No. 4.
- Country music sensation (and home opener National Anthem performers) Emerson Drive announced they will return to The K on July 26 for a special on-field concert. Details here.
- Six Royals players contributed with two-hit performances.
- A-Rod struck out four times.
- Early morning Greater Kansas City Day newspaper selling was cold and wet, but still a great time for everyone…even mascot Sluggerrr.
- Did we mention? After today’s win over New York, the Royals are 5-2 in 2008!
So, pretty great Opening Day at The K, right?
On Wednesday, we host the Welcome Home Luncheon before heading back to Kauffman for round two with the Yankees. Zack Greinke takes the mound against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. If you aren’t out at The K to catch the game in person, tune in to 610 Sports radio or FSN Kansas City…enjoy!
Opening the season on the road does have its benefits as we get an extra week to get ready for the home opener festivities. However, most of us here in the front office would gladly trade in that week in exchange to have the team back in town and a chance to watch LIVE baseball.
Finally, though, the wait for another season of baseball in Kansas City is over and our Royals return to Kauffman Stadium with an impressive 4-2 mark to start the season. Now, our Boys in Blue welcome the New York Yankees to town for a contest in front of the home crowd on our busiest day of the season!
It’s a 3:10 p.m. first pitch (weather permitting!) and, if you can’t make it to The K, you can catch it on 610 Sports and in HD on FSN Kansas City.
Happy Opening Day at The K – enjoy!
If you’ve taken a look at the 2008 Promotions Schedule, you’ve noticed that we pretty much are hosting a great promotion every Saturday evening at the ballpark this season. We know you love those promotions (golf umbrellas, bobbleheads, camo caps, etc.), but we know you aren’t crazy about getting to the ballpark two hours before first pitch to make sure you get those promotions. Well, this season, Saturdays at The K are going to be a little different…
For Saturday home games, we are partnering with Entercom-Kansas City, the parent company of 610 Sports, to host Baseball Night in Kansas City: 610 Saturdays presented by Miller Lite. It’s a promotion that features a premium give-away item, exciting pre-game entertainment and a great ticket value!
We are casually calling them 610 Saturdays, but the bottom line is that we want your Saturday nights in Kansas City to be spent at the ballpark. We want you to get to the ballpark early to pick up your promotional item before heading over to the special pre-game entertainment zone – located near Gate A of Kauffman Stadium – to interact with 610 Sports personalities, listen to live music and special guests and take advantage of great food and drink specials. And, to mix it up throughout the season, 610 Saturdays will be co-hosted by different Entercom-Kansas City stations, including 96.5 The Buzz, 106.5 The Wolf, 99.7 The Boulevard, 98.1 KUDL and 98.9 The Rock. So, no matter what your music likes are, we’ve got you covered in 2008!
Also, as part of Baseball Night in Kansas City, we are introducing the “610 Pen” seating section. Here’s the details: for each 610 Saturday, all seats in View Level Infield section 424 will be available for purchase online at royals.com for just $6.10 (regularly $15). Fans in the “610 Pen” section will be a part of in-game promotions and features. In order to take advantage of this exclusive ticket offer, fans can listen to 610 Sports or visit royals.com/610saturdays beginning the Monday prior to each 610 Saturday. A password that will be announced over-the-air and available online will let fans purchase “610 Pen” tickets.
Okay, so now that you know what 610 Saturdays are you can purchase your tickets for this coming Saturday, April 12 – the first 610 Saturday event, of the year. For the Saturday game against the Minnesota Twins, which also marks the debut of the new powder blue jerseys, fans visiting the 610 Saturdays zone will be treated to a live remote with 610 Sports on-air personality Nick Wright of the “What’s Wright” show, activities for kids and a special Royals Alumni autograph session – featuring John Wathan, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry and Frank White – from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Oh, and for that great Saturday promotion, the first 20,000 fans on April 12 will receive their own Billy Butler No. 16 Powder Blue Replica Jersey, courtesy of FSN Kansas City. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday at The K!
A sweep…in Detroit…against the Tigers…to open the 2008 season…
Yup, the Royals are off to a perfect 3-0 start after wrapping up the series finale with a 4-1 win over the Tigers. Here’s the box score…enjoy!
HOME OPENER HIGHLIGHTS: With a successful road trip going on now, it’s hard to wish the guys home too soon, but we can’t wait! We are thrilled with the April 8 home opener lineup we announced Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of some of what you can expect…
CROWNVISION DEBUT: Get ready to be larger than life when our in-stadium cameras get a shot of you in the ballpark! The home opener is the debut of CrownVision – that 84 feet by 105 feet, high definition video board you keep hearing about! You know, that one that is the largest HD videoboard in the world!
BLUE & GOLD FIRST PITCH: Giving a shout out to both sides of the border, we are hosting a gridiron Ceremonial First Pitch to recognize the success of two area college football programs! Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel, who is busy plugging away with Spring Practice, will deliver a special video message to fans before KU’s head football coach Mark Mangino tosses out the first pitch.
BUCK O’NEIL LEGACY SEAT: The “Buck Seat” program is back and getting off to a great start in 2008 with Royals Senior Advisor to GM Dayton Moore, 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most respected guys in baseball, Art Stewart, sitting in “Buck’s Seat” for the home opener. The ironic thing with Art sitting in Buck’s seat, he’s actually moving back a row to accept the honor. As many of you know, Art always sits with his radar gun behind home plate in the first row…Buck’s seat is in the row behind him! Regardless, Art is thrilled to have the honor and we are thrilled to recognize his dedication to the organization and Kansas City!
NATIONAL ANTHEM GOES COUNTRY: Country music sensation Emerson Drive will be here to perform the National Anthem. The high-energy band, which hit the Country music scene with hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Moments” and “I Should be Sleeping,” recently watched their album COUNTRIFIED climb the Country-music charts.
A TRIBUTE TO THE RED, WHITE & BLUE: America’s colors will be presented by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. The men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base will also coordinate an A-10 flyover before the Royals take over the field for the first time this season!
Gates open at 1 p.m. and you should try and make sure you are in your seats by 2:30 p.m. so you don’t miss a moment!
Corny, but true after another great win for the Royals!
Today, Kansas City turned to Brian Bannister and Banny did not disappoint – leading the Royals to a clean 4-0 victory over Detroit! The right-hander threw a gem with seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. Relievers Leo Nunez and Joakim Soria closed the deal for the Royals, who are 2-0 to start the season. Check out the full box score if you haven’t already!
Just like Kauffman Stadium, the parking procedures at the Truman Sports Complex are getting a little facelift this season…
Starting April 8 for the Royals home opener, the club will implement a new parking and access system that is in conjunction with the ongoing renovations, but, in reality, is a plan that has been in the works for awhile. Now, we understand that change is hard sometimes – especially when it deals with your favorite sports team – but this new parking plan is pretty harmless and will be a lot more efficient for you…
In the redesigned system, you will be directed to parking lots based on which gate you use to enter the complex. Once inside the complex, there are three categories of parking – gold and blue reserved for season ticket holders, as well as general parking – available on both sides of the stadium. You’ll be directed to one of these lots based on where you should be parking…all on the side you entered. Make sense?
Okay…well you’re in luck because it is all outlined here on royals.com/parking - with interactive diagrams, maps and routes that are the most efficient and fastest when it comes to getting you into your seat for a Royals game!
In addition, you can find other useful parking information on the website, including a special FAQ section and you can even request an official “2008 Parking at The K” guide – which will be handed out around town and at Kauffman Stadium.
The most important thing to take into consideration is that you should try your best to check royals.com/parking and determine the route you want to take all before heading to the ballpark. Oh, it’ll also be a whole lot easier for you if you buy those game tickets ahead of time!
Let us know what you think about the new parking structure and if you have any questions. After all, we don’t want you to have any problems getting out to The K for a game this season!
It’s an off day in Detroit – a perfect opportunity to catch up on some off-the-field news…and, of course, to keep celebrating that 5-4, 11th-inning Opening Day victory over the Tigers!
This season, Royals Charities is partnering with 98.1 KUDL to support The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation. It’s a partnership that we announced Monday and, bottom line, we could not be more thrilled to be working with this foundation.
For those who aren’t familiar, The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation was created in honor of Ali Kemp, a metro teen who was murdered in 2002. T.A.K.E. Defense serves as a legacy to Ali’s life and has trained more than 20,000 girls and women across the county in basic self-defense skills. Here in Kansas City, this foundation hits home pretty hard given that many of you either know Ali’s family or are familiar with their heartbreaking story. We know it does here in the front office and with Royals Charities, which is why we couldn’t pass up this opportunity and we hope you don’t either…
A KCasual Look – 2008-2009 Player Calendar
During the 2008 Royals FanFest and Spring Training, team photographer Chris Vleisides snapped some photos that had nothing to do with the guys playing baseball. Dressed in casual clothes (i.e. jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, etc.), the players posed and goofed around (check out the outakes!) in front of the camera…all for a good cause! The end product: A KCasual Look, a new Royals player calendar, to benefit The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation.
The April 2008-March 2009 calendars are available for $10 each and, as of Monday, you can purchase a calendar online here at royals.com/calendars. The calendars, which have Meche, Gordon and DeJesus gracing the covers, will be sold at The K starting April 8 (aka 2008 home opener). The guys look good…it’s for a good cause…we all need calendars…so get yours today!
T.A.K.E. Defense Self-Defense Training
In addition to the calendars…Royals Charities, along with 98.1 KUDL and The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation, is hosting two T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes on the field at Kauffman Stadium for our female fans. As we outlined in the press release, the T.A.K.E. Defense classes aim to raise safety awareness and give women self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will receive safety awareness tips and hands-on training in basic life-saving self-defense techniques during the class.
The T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes are free and open to female fans ages 12 and older. Class dates are Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9-11 a.m. and, from what we hear and know, these classes fill up fast! For more information or to register for the classes, please visit royals.com/takedefense.
BUTLER CHAT REMINDER: It’s been pretty well documented that Billy Butler might be the best pure hitter on the team, maybe even the league. It’s also been pretty well documented that the young DH, who apparently takes the most teasing from the guys, might be the chattiest guy in the clubhouse. Well, you have the chance to find out just how chatty he is at 3 p.m. (CST) today when B. Butler participates in the Royals Relay Chat Series. He’ll be logging on from the team hotel in Detroit, ready to answer your questions about his hitting ability, clubhouse teasing and more. Register here to participate in today’s chat and enjoy chatting it up with Billy!