June 2008

Draft Day: Royals Pick Third

Watch live coverage of today’s First-Year Player Draft beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) with the preview show. First round selection begins at 1 p.m. on mlb.com and ESPN2.

According to mlb.com, the Tampa Bay Rays have already announced they will take high school shortstop Tim Beckham with the first overall selection. Kansas City, picking third this year, follows Pittsburgh…

Any thoughts on which player you’d like the Royals to take?

Royals Hold Open Tryout Camp on June 10

The Royals are holding an open tryout camp on Tuesday, June 10 at Mid-America Nazarene University (2030 E. College Way) in Olathe, Kan. There is no registration fee and registration will begin at 8 a.m. The camp follows, starting at 9 a.m.

The camp is for players who aren’t selected by another major league organization in the 2008 June Free Agent Draft. According to the release, American Legion players are required to bring a letter of permission to participate signed by either their Legion Coach or Post Commander.

Also, each player participating must sign a liability waiver, which can be found online at royals.com here (FYI…there will also be copies available at the tryout camp if you forget to bring one.). If the player is younger than 21, a parent of guardian must also sign the waiver.

Remember to bring your own personal equipment (shoes, glove, etc.) and, if you aren’t sporting a uniform, feel free to wear just some loose-fitting clothing.

Chat with Ryan Lefebvre…

In the past, he’s been in the Royals Radio booth. This season, he is camping out in the FSN Kansas City TV booth. He’s down in the dugout during batting practice. He’s in the clubhouse before the game asking the tough questions. And, he’s even in the Press Club eating a quick dinner before jumping behind the mic.

Well, today, along with being at U.S. Cellular Field to broadcast the Royals 7:11 p.m. contest against the White Sox, Ryan Lefebvre will also be in front of the computer, answering your questions as part of the Royals Relay Chat Series.

In his 10th season as a Royals broadcaster and his 14th in the Major Leagues, Lefebvre will chat with fans at 2 p.m. (CT) today – Tuesday, June 3. To participate in the afternoon chat, you need to register here on royals.com.

In case you are just joining the Royals monthly chat series, here is a list of the past participants – click on each name to read the full transcripts:

Alex Stops by Hy-Vee…

5-31_Alexs Lemonade Stand_pre-event_selling.JPGBefore heading to the ballpark Saturday to help the Royals snap their 12-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians, Alex Gordon stopped by a metro-area Hy-Vee.

However, don’t expect to see a laundry list of grocery items that the third baseman purchased – he wasn’t there to stock his pantry shelves. He was there to sell lemonade!

As the local spokesperson for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Gordon wanted to be a part of the annual “Alex’s Lemonade Weekend” on June 6-7. Unfortunately, the team is on the road in New York at that time…so, the local chapter of the national program held a pre-event lemonade stand at a Hy-Vee in Overland Park, Kan., so our Alex could stop by!

In case you aren’t familiar…Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the largest lemonade stand in the history of Kansas City, raises money for childhood cancer research. Last year’s stands in Kansas City raised $80,000 for local cancer research. Gordon signed on as the local spokesperson last year during his rookie season. Here’s the PSA he shot for the program this season: 

 

If you missed Alex and the lemonade stand this past weekend, you can still stop by one of the Alex’s Lemonade Stands this weekend, June 6-7, at any Kansas City area Hy-Vee stores as part of the national Alex’s Lemonade Weekend. For more information on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand program, visit www.alexslemonade.org.  

Two Big, Yet Little Royals Fans:

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These two happy Royals fans are Kaine and Kaleb Smith, who are turning 1 year old Monday. On Sunday, they attended their first Royals game with parents Ken and Krissy Smith of Independence, Mo., and cheered our Boys in Blue onto a 6-1 win over The Tribe! 

Happy 1st Birthday, Kaine and Kaleb! 

Father of the Year…

fathers_day_375x175.jpgWith the team on the road for the traditional Father’s Day celebration, the Royals are using this Sunday, June 1, to honor dads in our community.

Each season, the Royals partner with the National Center for Fathering to host the Father of the Year essay contest. The contest encourages local students to submit essays about their dads – “What my Dad means to Me.” 

Click here to see the list of this year’s winners and the overall winning essays from each grade level…

Before the Royals 1:10 p.m. game against the Indians, the overall Father of the Year winner will be announced to the public. This winner will be honored during the pregame ceremony as well as sit in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat for the game.Group of Finalist_D2X_6888.jpg Here are the five finalists:

Greg Smith – Teacher
Coping with family tragedy, Codie Smith, seventh grade, says of dad, Greg, “without him I don’t have one of my best friends.” 

Mark Crawford – KCPD
A civilian supervisor at the Kansas City, MO Police Department, Mark Crawford appreciates his employer’s “family comes first” attitude. Son, Joshua, fifth grade, says dad “teaches the value of hard work, friendship, and a good education.”

Charles Robinson – UMKC faculty
“I’m teaching the next generation of teachers as if they were to be Ben’s teachers”, says dad Charles Robinson of his career as a music educator.  Son, Ben, third grade, dreams of being a “scientist for the future.”

Richard Myers – Serving in the Military
“Long distance fathering takes extra effort” according to Rich Myers, which he takes very seriously. His wife is instrumental in helping him stay present in his children’s lives while serving overseas.Father and Daughter_Win_D2X_6898.jpg

Greg Ellerman
Son, Nate, says his “father is the most positive leader” that he has ever had in his life.

And the winner is…

Greg Smith was announced as the winner of the Royals annual Father of the Year Essay Contest. Greg, who threw out a ceremonial first pitch and was honored in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat, found out about the honor during the Royals pre-game ceremony on Sunday. Greg is the father of Codie Smith, a seventh grader at Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, Kan., and the father of Kelsey Smith, who was abducted and murdered in June 2007. Father and Daughter in Buck Seat_D2X_6932[1].JPGThough Greg admits he and his family will never get over losing Kelsey, and finding healing is a lifelong, day-by-day process, he can see how it has made his family stronger. Greg and his wife of 21 years, Missey, have five children.

Congrats to all our “winning dads” and Happy “Early” Father’s Day from the Royals!

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