Our busy weekend at Kauffman Stadium hasn’t slowed down despite that Monday is an off day for the Royals. We have Gloves For Kids from 6-8 p.m. at the Dick’s Sporting Goods on 19th and Nall in Leawood, Kan. (details here!), and then welcome Detroit into town Tuesday for a three-game set.
But, before team photographer Chris Vleisides floods our inboxes with photos from the upcoming events this week, we thought we would share some photos from our weekend at Kauffman Stadium. Enjoy!
More David Cook: So, did you know that “American Idol” finalist David Cook was in Kansas City last Friday? For those of us living here, it was kind of hard to miss the Blue Springs, Mo., native making the rounds in our community including a stop for the Royals-Orioles game Friday evening. Cook, who threw out a first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of the hometown crowd at The K, returns to L.A. to compete for the top prize.
Marin McClain, only six months old, met the “American Idol” star in the Stadium Club during the game…and from the looks of this photo, she had no trouble putting a smile on Cook’s face!
The crowd of 15,808 in attendance Saturday tried its best to stay dry and the golf umbrellas – presented by Budweiser – seemed to do the trick for the most part…especially during the nearly two-hour rain delay!
And…don’t forget to pack that umbrella if you are headed back to the ballpark this week – forecast calls for occasional showers throughout the series – yikes…
Pink Bat Auction: We auctioned off 14 pink bats – and one Miguel Olivo chest protector – this weekend to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Pink Bat Silent Auction was part of our Breast Cancer Awareness effort, which we paired up with our Mother’s Day celebration.
All in all, it meant a lot of pink at The K…and a lot raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure – more than $20,000! The two bat auctions – Saturday and Sunday – alone brought in $6205 for the cause, which strives to help save lives and end breast cancer forever.
With a Mother’s Day promotion that involved pink Royals T-shirts and the pink bats in the silent concourse auction and on the field, the normal Royal blue – and even the Sunday powder blue – was a little harder to find in the crowd for the sunny afternoon game.
Again, the whole “pink” effort was part of the Royals and MLB’s league-wide commitment to supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Stay tuned for information regarding the online auction of the game-used pink bats for the Mother’s Day game.
Gathright’s Catch: Did you see Joey’s catch Sunday…and then his run-in with the left-field out-of-town videoboard? If not, check it out here!
Dodge Honorary Lineup: Seven young Royals fans got to join in on the fun Sunday as participants of the Dodge Honorary Lineup. We do the Dodge Honorary Lineups for each of the Royals Sunday home games, pairing the young fans up with the players to take the field for the National Anthem.
Well…we have a lot more pictures to share from this past homestand, so don’t forget to check out royals.com Tuesday for the photo galleries.
Visiting some Royals fans and associates, the Blue Springs, Mo., native stopped to take in the game from a press level suite…the same type of Kauffman Stadium suite, he said, that he use to clean as a seasonal employee for six years.
Yes, a lot has changed for the Royals employee-turned-“American Idol” finalist.
Cook, back in Kansas City for just the day, donned a blue Royals jersey with his name across the back and hit the field with Royals pitcher Brett Tomko to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday’s Royals-Orioles game. He then accepted a Royals jacket and a framed lineup card that stating he was the official “10th player” on the team from Manager Trey Hillman.
On Friday, the crowd of 21,873 – along with a news helicopter – helped us welcome Cook back to Kansas City. And, from all accounts we heard from Cook and his family, the “American Idol” finalist (who is still looking for your votes!), could not have been happier to be out in front of his hometown fans in the stadium where his hometown team plays!
Maybe you heard…
David Cook – the David Cook from “American Idol” – will be here…at Kauffman Stadium…on Friday.
Yes, it’s official! David Cook is coming to Kauffman Stadium Friday, May 9 to watch his hometown Royals take on the Baltimore Orioles, 7:10 p.m.
Reports of David making the trip to The K started circulating last week, but the Blue Springs, Mo., native had one more round to make it through before returning home for the weekend…and last night he made it through that round!
After a day full of concerts, parades and more, the “American Idol” contestant will visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday, throw out a first pitch (pregame begins at 6:30 p.m.) before the game and then lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Do you have a blank baseball just sitting around waiting to be signed?
Well, we can help you take care of that with three perfect opportunities to meet some of your favorite Royals!
Saturday, May 10: Meet Billy Butler and David DeJesus at Sprint!
Prior to heading out to Kauffman Stadium for the 6:10 p.m. game against Baltimore, two of Kansas City’s young stars – Billy Butler and David DeJesus – will meet fans and sign autographs at the new Sprint store at The Legends at Village West in Kansas City, Kan. DeJesus will appear from 11 a.m. to noon with Butler following from noon to 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 11: Autograph Afternoon at The K!
Taking a break from their pregame routine, select Royals players head out into the stands along the first base line to meet fans and sign autographs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For the first Autograph Afternoon of the season, fans met John Bale, Butler, Luke Hochevar, Ron Mahay and Manager Trey Hillman…come out on Sunday (with your mom!) to see who will be signing this time!
Monday, May 12: Gloves For Kids at Dick’s Sporting Goods
Join Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and current Royals for Gloves For Kids at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Town Center Plaza (11801 Nall Ave. in Leawood, Kan.) from 6-8 p.m. A $20 donation will go directly to the purchasing of new baseball gloves and baseball equipment for area youth baseball players. Each fan that donates at least $20 will receive a $5 gift certificate for Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The players scheduled to sign include Brian Bannister, John Buck, Butler, DeJesus, Alex Gordon, Tony Pena, Jr., and Mark Teahen (players subject to change). Just a heads up…One group of Royals players will sign from 6-7 p.m. and the other from 7-8 p.m. A $20 donation is required for each session.
So…at least three great opportunities to see your Boys in Blue out and about this weekend (and Monday!). Hope to see you at one…or all three!
Some news and notes to get us ready for the longest homestand of the season…
Chat with Meche: He tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Royals to a 2-0 win over The Tribe on Sunday. On Tuesday, Gil Meche logs on to chat with you about the big victory, pitching for Kansas City and his thoughts on the season thus far. The right-hander is the next participant in the Royals Relay Chat Series, chatting at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on May 6 prior to our 7:10 p.m. game against the Angels. To chat online with Meche, you need to register here on royals.com.
News from Mexico City: Closer Joakim Soria, who worked a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up his eighth save of the year, is getting some news coverage from back home. Monday morning, a devoted Royals fan living and working in Mexico City sent us the link to a story that ran in Monday’s sports page of the Mexico City-based newspaper, Reforma. As many of you know, Soria is a native and resident of Monclova, Mexico. Here’s the story if you want to check it out…and can read Spanish:
All-Star Ballots: The 2008 All-Star Game is just around the corner! Okay, not really just around the corner since the game is not until July 15 at Yankee Stadium, but filling out your ballot is! Online voting on royals.com began a week ago and, starting with Monday’s game, ballots will be distributed at The K during the third inning of every home game until June 24. Therefore, you can fill out a ballot every time you are at the stadium (up to 25 games), plus up to 25 times online per email address. That’s means each of you could conceivably cast 50 votes (or more) for Alex Gordon and Billy Butler and David DeJesus and the six other Royals on this year’s ballot. So, the question is, who do you think should be our Royals All-Star this season?
Garth Brooks Goes Pink: We mentioned this before, but as a reminder…starting Thursday,
when you are out at the ballpark from May 8-11, you’ll have the chance to purchase Garth Brooks’ “Pink Edition” of The Ultimate Hits album for $16 with a portion of every CD sold benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If you can’t make it out to Kauffman Stadium during that time, you can still help out the cause and purchase a CD by visiting http://ww3.komen.org/garth/.
Kauffman Stadium Promotions: Great promotions this weekend…
Friday, May 9: Fireworks Friday after the game (weather permitting)!
Saturday, May 10: Royals Golf Umbrella to the first 15,000 fans age 21 and older – it’s presented by Budweiser.
Sunday, May 11: In honor of mom on Mother’s Day…Royals Pink T-Shirt to first 10,000.
Pitching Probables: Here are the pitching probables for the three-game set against the Angels to open the homestand:
- Monday at 7:10 p.m.: RHP Brett Tomko (1-3 and 6.26 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-0 and 2.47 ERA).
- Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.: RHP Brian Bannister (3-3 and 4.04 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Adenhart (0-0 and 22.50 ERA).
- Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.: RHP Zack Greinke (3-1 and 1.47 ERA) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (2-4, 4.36 ERA).
Hope you can all make it out to The K this week to welcome your Royals back to town!