May 2009

Greinke, Teahen receive awards


teahen greinke_7592.jpgThe Royals handed out some hardware tonight, and it was kind of like the Academy Awards – where one movie gets Oscar after Oscar.  We’re referring to Zack Greinke, who had one of the best months for a pitcher in Royals history.  Zack and Mark Teahen received their Royals Player of the Month awards for April. 




Zack then received his AL Pitcher of the Month award and his Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month award.  Congratulations to Zack and Mark on their April honors!

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Saturday lineup and stadium replicas!

The first 20,000 fans at tonight’s game (6:10 start) will receive a Kauffman Stadium replica courtesy of Fox Sports Kansas City.  Come on out!  Here’s your KC lineup:

Crisp – CF

Bloomquist – 3B

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Hernandez – SS

Maier – LF

Davies – P

9:40 first pitch

The rain has stopped…we are currently scheduled for a 9:40 first pitch!

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Staying loose

“It’s not that we’re not hitting the ball hard, we’re just not hitting the ball hard in the spots where it needs to go,” said manager Trey Hillman.  He was asked about his team’s approach to hitting as of late and what kind of tempo is being felt in the clubhouse.  “I’ll be honest, we are playing tentative baseball, we need to get back to the aggressive stance we take towards hitting the ball,” Hillman stated.  He went on to say that absolutely no one in the clubhouse is down about the current losing streak, if anything it makes us hungrier. They are all very loose and calm about our situation here.

Resting Mike

Royals’ shortstop Mike Aviles is day-to-day with a sore forearm.  He could be sidelined for as short as one day, but it’s being watched and it will be determined on a day-to-day basis when he will be available.  Needless to say he is out of the lineup tonight against the Baltimore Orioles and is replaced by Willie Bloomquist.

Compare and Contrast

Trey was asked to compare last year and this year with regards to handling losing streaks and how the team’s approaches are different or similar.  “There isn’t the same heaviness in the air with the guys, it’s just different, confidence in ourselves maybe,” Hillman says.  He said we are not in dire straits here.  Trey said we will pull out of this sooner then later, he can promise you that.


Gil Meche has been struggling of late with fatigue issues.  His conditioning patterns have taken their toll, not allowing him to be strong and rested in later innings, but leaving him feeling tired and worn out.  His workout habits and schedule will be tweaked to combat this problem, immediately.

Royals lineup: Zack-Mania

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Olivo – C

Bloomquist – SS

Greinke – P

Waiting His Turn to Experience Zack-Mania

DRI Duck 002.jpgRoyals fan Richard Gilles has been paying attention.  He knew that tonight could be a special night at Kauffman Stadium with Zack Greinke on the mound, a Buck Night and Fireworks Friday.  So, he packed his things early, including a lunch and a folding chair, and arrived this morning at Gate E of Kauffman Stadium at 6:42 a.m.  When he got there, he was first in line to purchase the $7 Dri-Duck Fountain Seats.  The Kansas City, Mo. native told Around The Horn that this wasn’t the first time he waited in line for the Dri-Duck seats, but it definitely was the earliest he’s ever arrived at the stadium.

DRI Duck 004.jpgThere were around a hundred fans in line at least 2 hours before the tickets were scheduled to go on sale today.  And we want to commend you, Royals fans, as several ushers told ATH that the crowd was very cooperative and in great spirits throughout the day. 

ATH note: The DRI-DUCK seats went on sale at 2:50 p.m. today due to the potential for inclement weather in the area and to make sure that all fans were safe.  The DRI-DUCK tickets sold out at 3:15 p.m.  Scattered single tickets and standing room only tickets remain for tonight’s game.  

May Birthdays: Happy Birthday George!

George_Brett_S_bf002.jpgMay 15 is George Brett’s 56th birthday!  George shares his day with future football Hall of Famer and noted ballroom dancer Emmitt Smith, who hits the big 4-0!









Dennis_Leonard_S_0b002.jpgFellow Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard turned 58 on May 8.  Leo was born on the same day as Harry S. Truman (1884).





Royals slugger Jose Guillen will turn 33 on Sunday.  Also on that day, Dennis Hopper will be 73 while Bob Saget and Sugar Ray Leonard will be 53.  Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block turns 39.6-23 Guillen.JPG

7-15 Soria.jpgJoakim Soria’s big day is Monday as he hits the quarter-century mark.  He shares his day with baseball greats Brooks Robinson (72) and Reggie Jackson (63) and comic Tina Fey (39).  The late Pope John Paul II was born on this day in 1920.  









Two broadcasters round out our list.  Bob Davis has a birthday on May 27 (as does Henry Kissinger, 86), while Fred White celebrates on May 29.  Bob Hope was born on May 29, 1903 and John F. Kennedy was born on that day in 1917.


Girl's Night Out Photos

Here are a few photos from Girl’s Night Out, including Mark Teahen, Kyle Davies, and Ron Mahay participating in the pre-game event, the new fountain baseball in the Outfield Experience and a special honorary lineup.  If you didn’t make it to tonight’s Girl’s Night Out, check out the promotions schedule and make plans now to come out to the second GNO of 2009 on September 24 against the Red Sox!














Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Home Cooking

Manager Trey Hillman said he was very excited to come home after the recent road trip, and it wasn’t just because the team went winless in California.  “We’re excited about the community involvement here, we feed off it, it takes us to another level at times,” says Hillman.  He went on to say that there is a calm about being at home, the players feel it and it translates onto the field.  Hillman said usually less mental errors and mistakes are made when you feel more at ease with your surroundings.

Coco’s Experience

Invaluable was the word used by Trey to describe the impact Coco Crisp has on his team.  “His experience in Major League Baseball is vital, it balances out some of our players here and to a degree brings a sense of calmness to the club,” says Hillman.  “He’s a professional, who works hard, plays hard, and that is the kind of role model you want on your team, to inspire and to teach others.”

How is Soria?

Joakim Soria has yet to begin throwing, which means the team is unable to evaluate his progress or lack thereof.  Manager Hillman says there is no timetable as of yet and that the team is just trying to get Soria involved in extracurricular activities until he is capable of consistently rehabbing his current right shoulder injury.


Reliever John Bale is consistently hitting 86-89 mph on back-to-back days, with continued improvement in velocity daily on his rehab assignment.  Doug Waechter had a setback in a rehab appearance as his oblique muscle is now giving Doug discomfort.  Hillman says he has nothing in store for the game tonight with regards to it being “ladies night”.  He said, “I guarantee no one paid to watch me manage tonight.”

Royals lineup: Girl's Night Out edition

It’s Girl’s Night Out at Kauffman Stadium!  Come on out and enjoy the festivities.  The first 10,000 ladies will receive a hat courtesy of the Country Club Plaza.  Here’s your KC lineup:

Crisp – CF

DeJesus – LF

Butler – 1B

Jacobs – DH

Guillen – RF

Teahen – 3B

Callaspo – 2B

Buck – C

Aviles – SS

Meche – P


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