Today, we’ll give you a run down of Art’s induction and crunch the final numbers from last Thursday. So far things are looking like a huge success and the Dream Factory will be very happy with what we were able to do.
Lot’s of stuff has been going on with the team in town for the last three series. We’ve been playing well, welcomed over 105, 700 fans to the K for the Cardinals Series and we have a new Hall of Fame member. To bring everyone up to speed, let’s go around the horn…
Art’s ceremony was touching. Rather than re-hash what was said which you can find here. We’d first like to compliment the Kansas City Star on the nice piece about Art which appeared in yesterday’s paper and show you what happened on the field before Saturday’s game.
Getting the Royal Treatment:
Art making his speech to a sold out Kauffman Stadium. One of the more memorable portions of his speech was about all the player’s with monuments at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium But there were none of the great scouts who signed those players. The Royals were one of the first teams to recognize the work of the scout.
Art threw out the first pitch to fellow Royals Hall of Famer Frank White.
Art and the gang: the Royals Hall of Famers who were present for the on field presentation, Jeff Montgomery ’03, Dennis Leonard ’89, Frank White ’95, Willie Wilson ’00, George Brett ’94 and John Mayberry ’96 (Hal McRae ’89 was on the field for the ceremony but returned to the Cardinals to attend to his duties as Hitting Coach and Paul Splittorff ’87 was in the Royals broadcast booth).
While the Royals lost the final two games of interleague, we still tied for the second best interleague record in the Majors (Detroit also went 13-5 and Minnesota went 14-4). The Royals record is also their all-time best in interleague. In 2006 and 2007, the Royals went 10-8 which stood as their best record until this season.
As for the Redbirds, we won four games against St. Louis. The Royals had never won more than three games in one season before 2008 against the Cardinals (except 1985). The 4-2 mark against St. Louis is also the first time since 2001 that we’ve won the season series.
Leading off, lead-off man David DeJesus left yesterday’s game with a bruised lower right ribcage because he landed on Cardinal catcher Jason LaRue’s helmet after a collision in the first inning yesterday and is not starting in tonight’s game…DeJesus’ hitting streak is still intact despite not getting a hit yesterday because he walked and did not record an official at-bat…From Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: DeJesus is day-to-day and still feels sore on the deceleration of his swing…Also from Trey: He made a note that Mark Grudzielanek does not play like a 38-year-old, he’s tough…Speaking of Grudzielanek, today is his 38th birthday, so happy birthday Mark…Billy Butler will start his first game tonight after a recall from a stint in Omaha in which he hit .337 with six doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs.
Still lot’s going on even with the team out of town…
Tomorrow: Online Chat Series with Deric Ladnier, Senior-Director of Scouting.
This week: ATH will have plenty of insight on the team (we’ve got a man or two on the inside). And we will have renovation updates as well as a Diamond of Dreams recap tomorrow.
All-Star Balloting: Stuff the boxes, it’s almost over.
On TV: The next seven games are all on FSN-KC. Saturday’s telecast was not originally scheduled but will be added to makeup for the May 22 rainout in Cleveland. It will be a regular telecast with Royals Live with Joel Goldberg starting at 5:30 and game coverage beginning at 6. (all times are CT)
Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.