ATH took a tour of Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. You can tell that the project is moving along as new signs have been placed around the ballpark.
In left field, a very sharp sign is in place above the Royals Hall of Fame. Also, you can see that seats have been placed behind the visiting bullpen.
Fans in the Dugout Box sections (sections 116 to 125 on the third base side and sections 130 to 139 on the first base side) will have a new entrance, the Dugout Concourse. This picture is on the first base side. A spiral ramp was located in this area before the renovation. If you have Dugout Box tickets this year, make sure you take this new walkway to your seats!
We’ll have another post with outfield seating and the new and improved Little K, so check back!
Have you ever wanted to take swings against Dennis Leonard, field ground balls with Frank White, or run the bases with Willie Wilson? That’s what a group of 70 loyal Royals fans are doing this week at the 2009 Royals Alumni Fantasy Camp in Surprise, Arizona. The whole week is geared to make it just like life in the big leagues—lockers with nameplates, personalized jerseys, practice sessions, games, food, kangaroo court, and of course, the stories from the alumni.
The 2009 camp is wrapping up, but you can plan ahead for 2010. Look for details later this summer on royals.com.
Today, the campers battled the alumni for bragging rights. Here are a few pictures from sunny Surprise.
A moving truck pulled up to our temporary offices this morning. We’re not quite ready to move back to the renovated Kauffman Stadium…this was the Spring Training truck, destined for Surprise, Arizona. The event is an annual sign that baseball season is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited!
Later, the well traveled apple box arrived. Royals Hall of Fame broadcaster Denny Matthews has packed Spring Training items in this sturdy apple box for many years…we asked Denny how many years and he said “It’s like a tree…you have to count the rings, in this case, rings of tape.” We weren’t going to get that precise, so Denny estimated somewhere over 20 years. So, if you have some packing to do, find a reliable apple box!
Finally, we spotted outfielder and KC resident David DeJesus, who brought his duffel bag and luggage. Position players report on February 17, but David will head to Surprise in the next few days to start early workouts with his teammates, some of whom are already down there.
Brian struggled a bit in 2008, recording a 9-16 mark. He did establish career highs in starts (32), innings pitched (182.2) and strikeouts (113).
The signing leaves Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen as the only unsigned players among arbitration-eligible Royals.
It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more weeks of winter. ATH has to disagree — spring in our world starts February 13! That’s when Punxsutawney, Pa. native John Mizerock and the rest of the coaching staff welcome pitchers and catchers to Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona.
We won’t make any predictions regarding the end of winter in Kansas City but we know the home opener is April 10 against the Yankees. Today the Royals announced an opportunity for fans to win tickets to this awesome event. All you have to do is enter at royals.com…it takes about two minutes. You have from now until February 23 to enter. You can also guarantee your spot at the Grand Re-Opening of “the K” by purchasing one of our season ticket packages.
New Royal Mike Jacobs will chat on Tuesday at royals.com. The session begins at 3 p.m. Central time. Don’t miss your chance to ask Mike about the recent infielder retreat at Trey Hillman’s house or Spring Training, which will be Mike’s first in Arizona…maybe you can give the new Royals slugger a few dining suggestions in and around Surprise!