May 2008

Davies Takes the Mound

Kyle Davies was officially recalled from Omaha Saturday and makes his first start of the season for the club tonight facing Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia (3-6, 4.74 ERA).

To make room for Davies on the roster, we designated catcher Brayan Pena for assignment. Pena was a waiver claim Friday from the Atlanta Braves. We now have 10 days to place him on waivers, trade him or release him.

Back to Davies…the right-hander posted a 6-2 mark with a 2.06 ERA (Pacific Coast League-leading) in 10 starts for the O-Royals. He allowed just 13 earned runs in 56.2 innings pitched, giving up 47 hits, walking 20 and striking out 37. In his most recent start for the Triple-A team, he allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings to lead Omaha to a 4-1 victory over Round Rock on Monday. Omaha was 8-2 in his 10 starts.

Aviles Makes M.L. Debut

Aviles_Omaha2.JPGInfielder Mike Aviles got the call Thursday that he would be joining the big league club for the final game of the series with the Minnesota Twins.

The 5-9, 195-pound 28-year-old will make his Major League debut Thursday after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Omaha. He’ll make the start at shortstop, batting ninth as our Royals look to snap their current 10-game skid.

Aviles, who the Royals acquired in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, has been tearing it up for the O-Royals this season, hitting .338 (72-for-213) with 21 doubles, six triples, 10 homers, 42 RBI and 42 runs scored in 50 games. He leaves the state of Nebraska leading the Pacific Coast League in extra-base hits (37) and total bases (135), RBI, second in hits and doubles, tied for second in triples, tied for third in runs and RBI. On defense, he has made 32 starts at second base and 18 starts at shortstop.

Some more on Aviles…As a non-roster invitee this Spring, he hit .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, a triple, six RBI and seven runs scored in 18 games for the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Last season, he was named the Royals Minor League Player of the Year, hitting .296 with 17 homers and 77 RBI for Omaha. In 2003, he was the Arizona Royals Player of the Year, an honor he followed up by taking home Wilmington Player of the Year in 2004.

MORE ROSTER MOVES: To bring Aviles up, the Royals optioned first baseman/DH Billy Butler, who was hitting .263 with one homer and 18 RBI in 53 games this season, to Omaha.  

We also placed right-hander reliever Leo Nuñez on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Neal Musser to replace Nuñez in the bullpen. Musser is 0-4 with a 3.07 ERA and six saves in Omaha in 2008.

Also…Manager Hillman announced that right-handed starter Kyle Davies will get the start on Saturday vs. Cleveland as Brett Tomko shifts to the bullpen. Davies, who is scheduled to be recalled from Omaha prior to the game on Saturday, has posted a 6-2 mark with a 2.06 ERA in 10 starts for the Triple-A club. A corresponding roster move has not been announced…

Some CrownVision Coverage…

Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision will be getting some national attention Wednesday evening when it is featured on the Discovery Channel.

The manufacturing and installation of CrownVision will air on the show “Factory Made” on Wednesday (May 28) at 7 p.m. (CDT). So, in between innings of the Royals-Twins game (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.), tune into the Discovery Channel and check it out. Our CrownVision, according to the Discovery Channel website, should be in the second segment of the show, right after a feature on a burrito production line (“60,000 burritos at one time”) and before the segment on “crafting cowboy boots.”

Last week, CrownVision received some local attention by gracing the front cover of Ink, a Kansas City Star publication that launched in April. Chris DeRuyscher, Royals Director of Game Entertainment, wears the headset in the CrownVision control room and was featured in the cover shot with the new HD videoboard – the largest HD videoboard in the world! If you haven’t picked up a copy, check out the online version of the article here.

And – as always – stay up-to-date on all the on-going renovations at Kauffman Stadium by checking out the Renovation page on royals.com.

Help Royals Wives Feed the Hungry…

Food Drive.jpgIt’s that time of year again for the annual Royals Wives Food Drive at Kauffman Stadium!

This year’s Royals Wives Food Drive, which began in 1983 by former Royals pitcher Dan Quisenberry and his wife, Janie Quisenberry Stone, is set for Friday, May 30 when the Royals host the Cleveland Indians.

The wives will be out at Gates A and B of Kauffman Stadium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., collecting “kid-friendly” non-perishable food items for Harvesters – the Community Food Network – and cash donations for St. James Place – a local food pantry and soup kitchen. They’ll be looking to collect items such as peanut butter and canned soups, pastas, and canned fruits and vegetables. Basically, your non-perishables that are hopefully NOT in glass containers (which are harder to transport!).

In conjunction with the food drive, Royals Wives will also hold a silent concourse auction the night before (Thursday, May 29) from 5:30-8 p.m. behind sections 101 and 102 at Kauffman Stadium. This event also benefits St. James Place…and will feature some great autographed Royals items for you to add to your collection. Here’s a partial list of some of the items that will be available for bids:

Jerseys

  • Butler – Grey Jersey
  • Gobble – Powder Blue Jersey
  • Meche – White Jersey

Bats

  • Gload – Broken Bat
  • Olivo – Broken Bat
  • Pena, Jr. – Broken Bat
  • Teahen – Bat (not game used)

Autographed Baseballs

  • Bannister
  • DeJesus
  • Greinke
  • Hochevar

 Autographed Photos

  • Buck
  • Gordon
  • Hillman
  • Soria

Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament

 

Golf_image_Kim Cook.jpgAre baseball players really that good at golf?

Well, your chance to find out is on Thursday, Aug. 7 when Royals Charities host the Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament and match baseball players up with golf-enthusiast Royals fans!

The first-time tournament, which will be held at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Mo., benefits the Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City - an organization the Royals love working with each season.

Golf-Logo-5.jpgIt’s an 18-hole tournament that begins with a 7:30 a.m. registration, breakfast, silent auction and driving range accessibility followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. KC Masterpiece and Baja 600 will serve lunch on the course for participants. Then, following a day of golf, Royals Charities is throwing a reception with plenty of appetizers and drinks as well as an awards program and additional silent auction. All in all, a pretty nice day hitting the links with the Royals!

Like all good things, there are a limited number of spots for the event available…so you need to reserve your spot now. You can purchase a foursome golf package – four golfers plus a Royals celebrity – for $1,500. If you’d rather not play with your normal golf buddies, buy a single-golfer package for $400 and we’ll match you up on the course. Or…if you don’t want to pick up a golf club at all, you can “Ride with a Royal” for the day for $1,000.  

Check out the details (as well as sponsorship opportunities) and/or reserve your spot to play here…and then hit the driving range so you can tee off with the Royals on Aug. 7!

Come Bobble with Alex…

Gordon Bobble.jpgIn addition to being a standout third baseman and promising young Royals player, Alex Gordon is also a bobblehead this season! 

So, we’ve been doing the Royals Hall of Fame series bobbleheads pretty consistently, but it has been a few seasons since we’ve had a current player as a bobblehead. Well, all that will change on Saturday, June 21 when Gordon is portrayed in classic bobblehead form!

To commemorate the occasion, we are holding a “Bobble with Alex Sweepstakes” on royals.com…and all you have to do is enter for your chance to win!

The prize: you could win four (4) Dugout Plaza tickets to Alex Gordon Bobblehead Night when the Royals host the San Francisco Giants. But, it gets better…

You could also win the opportunity to watch batting practice and enjoy a special meet and greet with the Royals third baseman as well as take home four (4) Alex Gordon bobbleheads!

Enter here now and then a random drawing will be held June 18 to determine the winner. Bottom line, don’t miss out on your chance to “Bobble with Alex!”

Speaking of Bobbleheads: The first bobblehead promotion of the season – one of those great HOF bobbleheads! – is actually coming up sooner than you think! The “Big John” Mayberry bobblehead promotion (presented by Dodge to the first 20,000 fans) is Saturday, May 31 when the Royals play the Cleveland Indians. Do you have your tickets yet?

A.L. Player of the Week: Jose Guillen earned American League Player of the Week honors for May 12-18. The hot-hitting Royals outfielder batted .458 (11-for-24) with four runs, five doubles, two homers and 13 RBI during the week – the team posted a 5-1 record during the span. It’s the second time in his career that Guillen has taken home the honor (May 9, 2004) and the second Royal this season, joining Brian Bannister, who shared the honor with Raul Ibanez in mid-April.

Buck's Bouncing Baby Boys…

Catcher John Buck, along with his wife Brooke, capped the Royals sweep over the Tigers Thursday by adding a couple more names to the Buck Family Lineup…

At 5:29 p.m. – just more than an hour after KC’s 8-4 win – Cooper Buck entered the world…and, at 5:31 p.m., Brody Buck joined the party! 

Yup, John and Brooke welcomed their twin boys to our extended Royals family – and mom, dad and babies are all doing great!

John, who didn’t start behind the plate Thursday as he awaited news from the doctor, actually left the game with a few innings remaining in order to reach Brooke at the hospital in time. In the end, he got to be there for the birth of his “boys in blue” while still being able to watch our Boys in Blue” take home another victory!

John will rejoin the team, which begins an 11-game road trip Friday, in a few days.

One fun fact that Buck learned: his boys share a birthday with Hall of Famer George Brett, who celebrated 55 years on May 15!

On behalf of the Royals family, congrats to the entire Buck family!

The Streak has Ended.

56 consecutive games with a hit:
         Joe DiMaggio, N.Y Yankees (May 15 – July 16, 1941)

84 consecutive games reaching base:
         Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox (July 1 – Sept. 27, 1949)

2,632 consecutive games played: 
         Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles (May 30, 1982-Sept. 19, 1998)

748 consecutive Royals home games attended:
         
Curt Nelson, Kansas City Royals (April 5, 1999-May 14, 2008)

No, you don’t have a Curt Nelson baseball card. He isn’t a baseball player. He doesn’t wear a traditional Royals uniform nor have you ever seen him on the field or perched on the dugout bench during a game.

But, he’s been here…at Kauffman Stadium…for 748 straight games…until today:
May 15, 2008.

Curt, who joined the Royals front office as the Pre-Game Coordinator/Group Sales Assistant and has since moved up the ranks in the Marketing Department, entered the 2008 season (his 10th) as the Director of Marketing. At this year’s home opener, there was not really any indication that Curt’s streak would be coming to an end until Royals Sr. Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich made the announcement on May 1: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Curt Nelson to the new position of Director, Royals Hall of Fame.”

Yup, a new title and position. And, with that, new responsibilities, including a May 15 day-long Royals Hall of Fame meeting at HOK Sport in downtown Kansas City – during a Royals afternoon game at Kauffman StadiumPress Club.jpg.

The streak has ended on May 15, 2008.

So, on Thursday at The K, Curt was not here…

New Control Room.jpg...he wasn’t sitting here…

Old Control Room_use.jpg…not here either…

Press Box.jpg...nope…

Stadium Seats2.jpg…nada…

Stadium Seats1.jpg..and, we didn’t see him here either!

Needless to say…Curt Nelson, you were missed at The K today.

P.S. We just completed the sweep over the Tigers with an 8-4 win…our second sweep of Detroit this season!

Revisiting David Cook…

 Sluggerrr and RS.jpgWednesday night is another big night for the Blue Springs, Mo., native and “American Idol” finalist David Cook…who happens to also be a pretty big Royals fan!

Cook, who was just at Kauffman Stadium this past Friday, performed his songs Tuesday on the popular show and now finds out whether he makes the cut again.

Yup, while we are all at The K watching Luke Hochevar and the Royals battle the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., Cook will be waiting for votes and watching the footage of his hometown visit to Kansas City including the visit to the stadium – where he threw out a first pitch and sang the seventh-inning stretch – and the pep rally at Blue Springs South High School where he met Royals mascot Sluggerrr (the newest pictures to add to our David Cook collection!).

So, in between innings – if you aren’t at the stadium, of course! – switch over and catch some of the Royals and Cook at The K on “American Idol.” 

Go Royals…and go David Cook!

Sign Up for T.A.K.E. Defense on the Field…

A reminder for our female fans…and the females in the lives of our male fans:

The first of two T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes on the field at Kauffman Stadium is this Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon…and there are still spots available!

Ali-Kemp-Logo-4C.JPGJust a recap: this season, Royals Charities is partnering with 98.1 KUDL to support The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation, which was created to honor 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.

The two T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes Royals Charities are hosting this year are FREE (as in cost NO money) and are open to all female fans ages 12 and older. To attend the class this Saturday, you need to pre-register online here at royals.com/takedefense. Don’t forget to print off the wavier and bring it with you. Participants under the age of 18 need that parental signature, so don’t forget that either!

T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense class No. 2: Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9-11 a.m.

So…get registered and then get geared up to learn some self-defense on the field at The K this Saturday!

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