The cover story is timely – Zack Greinke and Gil Meche. We would like to state that we planned this issue (and took the cover photo) in Spring Training, well before Zack became the national media darling. David Boyce takes a look inside the dynamic 1-2 pitching duo.
We also profile Royals starter Kyle Davies this month. Kyle is an avid reader. Can you guess the author of the book he just finished? We’ll just say that this well-known businessperson has visited Kauffman Stadium. You can find the answer on page 34.
The Royals are playing a young Baltimore team this weekend. If you need to brush up on the O’s roster, we’re here to help with a story on their star in the making – center fielder Adam Jones. He enters Thursday’s game third in the American League in batting average at .370 and first in runs with 35.
Each month we highlight an upcoming road city. This month, we’re going north of the border to Toronto. If you’re thinking about a trip to see the Royals play the Jays from June 5-7, we have the must-see sites!
That’s just a sampling of our Royals Gameday Magazine for June…and here’s the best news: We’re kicking things off with a special Buck Night magazine deal on Friday, May 15. Gamedays are just $1, all night long! That’s right, come out to see Zack pitch and buy the latest Gameday, with Zack and Gil on the cover, for just $1!
Back on February 13, we told you about the Royals page on Facebook. We had a few hundred Facebook fans at that point. Needless to say, you found us! Three months later, we’re at 59,226 fans (and counting!!!) Way to go, Royals fans! Many of our ATH readers now see the posts on Facebook first. That’s great, just remember to stop by and pay us a visit from time to time at http://royals.mlblogs.com/!
In March, ATH joined other MLBlogs on Twitter. Our ‘tweets’ range from links to our posts to the lineup to the latest Sonic Steal a Slush…check us out at aroundthehornkc! The Royals marketing department also has a Twitter page at KC_Royals. They do a great job of keeping everyone updated on the latest promotions and events at the stadium.
Twitter is a random site…you never know who will start following you. A few days ago, Royals prospect Chris ‘Disco’ Hayes started following us at aroundthehornkc. We returned the favor (his handle is discohayes). We interviewed Chris for Royals Gameday Magazine during Spring Training. He has a great personality, which you can learn more about in the new gameday which goes on sale TONIGHT at the stadium!
Chris is one of our fellow bloggers on mlblogs.com (http://discohayes.mlblogs.com/). We told him about the MLBlog rankings during our interview. It seems to have hit a competitive nerve as he has mentioned it in a few recent posts!
Other Royals blogs include:
From the Booth with Steve Stewart (http://stevestewart.mlblogs.com/): The Royals broadcaster always has interesting stories and photos from road trips.
Royals Beat (http://kaegel.mlblogs.com/): Dick Kaegel, beat writer for royals.com, keeps fans up to date on the latest news from the clubhouse.
Tim’s Take (http://timstake.mlblogs.com/): This new blog features Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott. A recent post tells about how Tim and his daughter Sophia searched to find the best cupcake in Kansas City.
Extra Innings with the K Crew (http://kcrew.mlblogs.com/): Follow the K Crew as they spread cheer around Kauffman Stadium!
Brian Bannister is on the mound as the road trip concludes in Oakland…here’s your Kansas City lineup:
Crisp – CF
Bloomquist – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler – 1B
Buck – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Olivo – C
Aviles – SS
Bannister – P
Thursday’s Royals game against Baltimore will be televised nationally on MLB Network. Dan Plesac and Victor Rojas will have the call. Be sure to check out our ATH interview from last season with Victor!
Please note: If you reside within the FOX Sports Kansas City home territory, you will get the game on FOX Sports Kansas City. The MLB Network broadcast will blacked out within this territory.
To see if MLB Network is available in your area, enter your zip code on this page.
Your Royals begin a west coast swing tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 9:05 first pitch. The game is on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.
Here’s the lineup:
Crisp – CF
DeJesus – LF
Teahen – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler = 1B
Jacobs – DH
Callaspo – 2B
Buck – C
Aviles – SS
Meche – P
Major League Baseball and People Magazine are looking for individuals who have gone above and beyond to serve their community. Do you know someone who makes the cut? It could be your neighbor, a teacher, even yourself! Your job is to nominate someone in 50 words or less. A total of 30 All-Stars (one representing each Major League club) will be honored at the All-Star Game in St. Louis, and one will be featured in People Magazine!
Entries are due May 22 and finalists will be chosen from June 8-24. Royals fans, here’s your call to action, let’s send our best representative to St. Louis!
Nomination form: https://www.peoplecmg.com/peopleallstars/
Royals Community Page: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/index.jsp
Thank you Royals fans! Your votes helped Zack Greinke become the “MLB Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi” winner for April.
Greinke’s 5-0 record during April included wins against the Chicago White Sox, the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers, all American League Central rivals. Zack threw back-to-back, 10-strikeout complete games on April 18th and April 24th. With another victory on May 4th against the White Sox, Greinke is now the third pitcher in Royals history to win his first six decisions, joining Bret Saberhagen in 1987 and Jose Lima in 2003.
At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the “Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi” award winner at MLB.com and the award will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason. Last season, CC Sabathia was named the season-end recipient.
Hillman on Manny
Even with the superb play of our hometown Royals, several of the questions during the interview were geared towards the Manny Ramirez story. Our manager made a few comments on the matter. “It’s going to hurt their organization for sure, and it doesn’t help our game”, Hillman said. He went on to say he was going to reserve judgment seeing as he didn’t know the entire story. “I am not an accusational person, I don’t judge people”. He said he was waiting to get all the facts, “their have been too many times where innocent players have paid a price, I will be waiting to get all the facts on this one”.
Sergeant at Arms
Manager Trey Hillman said in the interview that we have a fantastic man on the job keeping our players educated and knowledgeable about what they can and can’t take. Ty Hill (Kansas City’s Strength and Conditioning Coordinator) does a terrific job with our program that educates our players on the supplements that are cleared by MLB, says Hillman. He runs a repetitive program geared towards making sure there is no ambiguity with regards to unknowingly taking a banned substance.