March 2009

Crown photos, open house reminder

The final sphere of the Kauffman Stadium crown was placed above CrownVision today. Here are a few pictures and a reminder that the open house is on Sunday, April 5, from 11 to 3.

Parking and admittance to the open house is free to all fans, but a ticket is required for entrance into the stadium.  Fans may secure tickets for the event by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office on the day of the event, beginning at 9 a.m. We hope to see you out at the stadium!

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Royals Season Preview premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FSKC

The Royals Season Preview, a 30-minute special looking ahead to opening day, premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. and replays throughout the week on FOX Sports Kansas City.

 

FOX Sports Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg hosts the show, which includes:

-           A preview of the AL Central, with the Royals talking about their chances in the division

-           A profile of first baseman Mike Jacobs

-           A conversation between Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and George Brett, who talk about the upcoming season and share memories of their playing days

 

The following video clips can be linked and embedded in blogs and web sites:

-           Brett on the biggest challenge facing the 2009 Royals: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=54948954

-           Brett on his early impressions of Mike Jacobs: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=54948835

 

FOX Sports Kansas City’s regular-season coverage of the Royals starts Opening Day, Monday, April 6, when the Royals visit the Chicago White Sox, the first of 140 televised games.

 

Air Dates for Royals Season Preview on FOX Sports Kansas City (times Central)

Tuesday, March 31 at 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m.

Monday, April 6 at 12 p.m.

 

 

Tuesday lineup: Royals at A's

Spring training is winding down…today is the last Arizona game away from Surprise Stadium as the Royals face Oakland at Phoenix Stadium. Today’s contest can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City, and on Gameday Audio.

Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

Mitch Maier – CF                
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Alex Gordon – 3B
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – DH
Billy Butler – 1B
John Buck – C
Ross Gload – LF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Sidney Ponson – RHP

Other scheduled pitchers:
Robinson Tejeda – RHP
Jamey Wright – RHP
Roman Colon – RHP

Uniform Numbers: 55

 


6-21 Meche.jpgKansas City’s Opening Day starter, Gil Meche, wears number 55. Who else has worn the double nickel? Let’s take a look…

This number wasn’t issued for the first 20 seasons of Royals baseball…in the last 20 seasons, eight KC pitchers have suited up in 55. Kevin Appier was the first to don the number in 1989.  APPIER-KEVIN_04.JPGThe ace right hander kept the number through the 1995 season. Appier switched to 17 for the ’96 season. Bullpen coach Guy Hansen, who signed Appier in 1987, took the number 55 for the 1996 season.

Appier donned 17 until he was traded to Oakland in 1999. He took back number 55 upon rejoining the Royals in 2003. In the interim, Allen McDill, Tim Byrdak, Mac Suzuki, Tony Cogan, and Nate Field wore 55.

After Appier’s second stint in KC, 55 stayed on the shelf until 2006, when righty Joe Nelson claimed the number.

Meche signed with the Royals in December, 2006, and the number has been his ever since.

Monday lineup: Royals host Cubs

Kansas City plated 9 runs in the seventh on Sunday as they defeated Seattle, 17-12. Today, Lou Piniella, one of the original 1969 Royals, brings his Chicago Cubs to Surprise Stadium for a 3:05 Central/1:05 local start. The game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on Gameday Audio.

Here’s the Royals lineup for today:

Coco Crisp – CF
David DeJesus – LF
Mark Teahen – 2B
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Miguel Olivo – C
Mike Aviles – SS
Kyle Davies  – RHP

Other scheduled pitchers:
Doug Waechter – RHP
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Joakim Soria – RHP
Juan Cruz – RHP

Sunday lineup

The Royals travel down Bell Road today to play the Mariners in Peoria. Zack Greinke takes the mound for a 3:05 Central, 1:05 local start.

Coco Crisp – CF
David DeJesus – LF
Jose Guillen – RF
Billy Butler – 1B
Mike Jacobs – DH
John Buck – C
Alex Gordon – 3B
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Zack Greinke – RHP

Other scheduled pitchers:
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Ron Mahay – LHP
Juan Cruz – RHP
Robinson Tejeda – RHP

Saturday lineup: Royals vs. Rangers

Coco Crisp – CF
David DeJesus – LF
Mark Teahen – 2B
Jose Guillen – RF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Alex Gordon – 3B
Ryan Shealy – DH
Miguel Olivo – C
Mike Aviles – SS
Horacio Ramirez -LHP

Other scheduled pitchers:
Jamey Wright – RHP
Roman Colon – RHP
Doug Waechter – RHP

Sheridan's Signature Store

 

 
baseball hat on cone2.jpgTwo weeks from today, Kauffman Stadium will re-open, and it will feature the only frozen custard parlor in a professional sports venue.

Sheridan’s Signature Store in the Outfield Experience will feature the famous “Dirt and Worms” concrete, Royal Turtle sundaes, gourmet hot chocolate, smoothies, fresh-baked cookies and more.  The Sheridan’s Signature Store at Kauffman Stadium will operate on the same hours as the Outfield Experience.

Sheridan’s will be easy to spot — here’s a sneak peek at a six-foot frozen custard cone that will be outside the store!

 

DRI DUCK Fountain Seats

General admission seating is back! The DRI DUCK Fountain Seats, located in left field, are available only on game days (excluding April 10, 2009) for just $7. The first 100 fans arriving at these seats each game receive a special edition Royals cap made exclusively by DRI DUCK. The featured cap design will change for every homestand. Here’s a look at the DRI DUCK signage being installed at Kauffman Stadium.

 


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Blue Friday at Camelback

The Royals travel to Glendale today to play the Los Angeles Dodgers. Today’s game can be heard on Gameday Audio (subscription required). Mike Aviles moves up to the third spot in the order after a having a double and a 3-run home run on Thursday. Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

Mitch Maier – CF
Alex Gordon – 3B
Mike Aviles – SS
Jose Guillen – RF
Ryan Shealy – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
John Buck – C
Ross Gload – LF
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Gil Meche – RHP
 

Other scheduled pitchers:
Robinson Tejeda – RHP
Joakim Soria – RHP
Brandon Duckworth – RHP

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