Current Royals Luke Hochevar and Mitch Maier, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard, and Fox Sports Kansas City reporter Joel Goldberg are touring Nebraska and Iowa this week (2008 Player of the Year Mike Aviles is scheduled to join the group today in Omaha). Senior Director of Community Relations and Nebraska native Ben Aken is on the trip as well. Ben sent along a few pictures from the first two days, so we’d like to share them with you.
Here’s our group getting ready to board the bus. Hopefully Leo has a jacket on the bus, as the current temps in Omaha and Des Moines are -9 and -12!
This year, the caravan is focusing on reading and education. At this assembly, Mitch answers questions from Joel about the importance of doing well in school.
2009 is the 40th anniversary of Royals baseball. These young fans (notice that they are all decked out in Royals gear!) give Luke and Mitch an assist by holding the Royals Caravan sign.
Autographs are always are a big hit…hopefully Luke doesn’t wear out his arm!
The Royals are helping the next generation of baseball players through the Royalty Fields program. Our group presented the Kearney County Legion Baseball program with a $5,000 check.
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