May 2009

Salute to the Negro Leagues pictures

On Saturday, the Royals wore 1924 Kansas City Monarchs jerseys while the White Sox wore 1926 Chicago American Giants throwbacks.  Here’s a look at these classic uniforms:





















Sunday lineup: Greinke to the mound

Bloomquist – 2B

Maier – CF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Olivo – C

DeJesus – LF

Hernandez – SS

Greinke – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session – May 31


Down a Buck


Royals catcher John Buck will be going on the DL effective immediately.  With a slight herniation in his lower back, there is no telling at this point when he will be back (definitely no pun intended) with the team.  Manager Trey Hillman said, “He is actually at the hospital as we speak (11:15 a.m. today), so we don’t have an update at the moment.”  In his absence, the Royals purchased the contract of catcher Brayan Pena from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster spot.




Joakim Soria said he was feeling a little sore after his rehab outing yesterday in Arizona.  A completely normal reaction to pressure being put on the arm, everything is said to be looking good and we can hope to see Soria available Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Coco Crisp is still day-to-day and will be monitored in the next couple of days. 

Around the Horn with the Royals

Royals outfielder Coco Crisp will be used sparingly in the coming days, if at all. Look for him to be used in the later innings of games as a pinch runner.  “It’s just too much for him to swing and throw right now, it’s quite uncomfortable,” says Hillman.  Everything went terrific for Joakim Soria down in Arizona with his two rehab outings.  So much so that Hillman says, “He is on his way home, things went very well, he could be with the club tomorrow, we just have to wait and see how his body recovers from today’s outing.”  Soria will be back in Kansas City by the start of tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox. 

Salute to the Negro Leagues lineup

6:10 game…both clubs will be wearing throwback uniforms.  The Royals will be wearing 1924 Kansas City Monarch uniforms, while the White Sox will don throwbacks from the 1926 Chicago American Giants.

Bloomquist – RF

Maier – CF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

DeJesus – LF

Buck – C

Hernandez – SS

Meche – P

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: May 29

Could have been better

Manager Trey Hillman was still feeling the sting from his one-game suspension, which he served during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  “I am still a little ticked off, I have a real problem with a game or games being taken away from me,” Hillman said.  He also went on to say he was not a big fan of having his own personal off day, “I absolutely did not enjoy being away from the guys, I did not like my day off,” Trey stated.  He went on to say that he spoke to the appropriate people in charge of his situation, but to this day does not understand how his suspension came to be so, and that he wished he “had his day in court”. 

Behind the Scenes at the “K”

A Royals Insider reporter asked Hillman, “What do we need to know about the amazing front office staff that assists him everyday with his daily routines and schedules?”

  “Well, when you have people like Mike (Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting) and Dave (Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations) it can get real easy around here,” Hillman said.  “The things that I struggle with in my day-to-day operations are made amazingly simple with the help of the front office staff that they have in place, I enjoy being around these people, if I didn’t, it would get real weird around here,” Trey said.  “You have to have a tremendous amount of trust with the individuals you work with everyday, and we have that here, on the field and in the front office,” Trey exclaimed.  Hillman finished by saying, “You have to like being around the same people everyday, and I can genuinely say, I like being around the staff they have assembled here.”  Keep an eye out for a future episode of Royals Insider which features this piece.


Coco Crisp continues to be day-to-day, and is not in the line-up tonight against the Chicago White Sox.  Joakim Soria had terrific velocity Wednesday in his rehab stint down in Arizona, however location was somewhat of a problem for Soria.  He will be monitored and is on schedule to pitch tomorrow with a pitch count not exceeding 25 pitches. 

Viewing party on June 2 for Rays-Royals

6-18 KC Live 4.JPGMark your calendars for next Tuesday…the Royals are hosting a viewing party in the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City.  The Boys in Blue will be playing Tampa Bay at 6:08 p.m. Central.  The free party starts at 5:00 and is for fans of all ages.  The game will be shown on the area’s 192-square foot videoboard.

The event will feature performances from the Mizzou Golden Girls, the UMKC Dance Team, and the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North Drum Line. Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott, the 2009 K Crew and Sluggerrr will host contests and games, giving away Royals prizes to fans in attendance.  Fans will have the opportunity to win autographed Royals items and gift cards to select restaurants in the Power and Light District throughout the event. 

If you missed last year’s viewing party, check out the recap from former ATH blogger Trevor.  It was a fun night with most fans taking home at least one prize or promotional item.  The night was capped by a Mike Aviles home run and a 2-1 win over the cross-state rivals from St. Louis!

Friday night lineup, autograph reminders

The Royals host Chicago tonight at 7:10.  Come out to the game early and get an autograph from John Mayberry with a purchase from the All-Star Barbeque.  Then stay late for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!  Speaking of Hy-Vee, we have more autographs on deck tomorrow at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park.  Click the link above for store locations and featured players.

Here’s your Friday night lineup:

Bloomquist – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Guillen – RF

Jacobs – DH

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Hernandez – SS

Bannister – P

Attention Hy-Vee Shoppers: Autographs Available!

9-3 Butler.jpgOn Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive.  Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food.  The locations and players are as follows:


Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect):  David DeJesus and Ron Mahay


Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road):  Billy Butler and Mark Teahen


Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street):  Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier


All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center.  Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!

John Mayberry autograph signing Friday

Caravan 2007_Big John Mayberry signing.jpgWe are pleased to introduce the All-Star Barbeque Autograph Series!  Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry will be signing autographs on Friday, May 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. near the All-Star Barbeque in the Outfield Experience (right field, inside of Gate E).


The Royals host Chicago at 7:10 so come on out to “The K” and get an autograph from a Royals legend on Friday!


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