August 2009

Wednesday lineup

All nine starters scored last night as the Royals won, 14-6.  Tonight, Brian Bannister goes to the mound against the Twins.  Here’s your Royals lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – 2B)

(Butler – DH)

(Olivo – C)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Teahen – 1B)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – RF)

(Bannister – P)

Back to School Drive a success

Back To School.JPGThank you Royals fans for donating during the fifth annual Back to School Drive last Thursday and Friday!  The school supplies will benefit the Primitivo Garcia Elementary School in Kansas City, Mo.  The K-7 neighborhood school is located in the heart of downtown.  Primitivo Garcia opened its doors in 1993 as a magnet school with an emphasis in world language.  It is now a comprehensive school that aims to develop life-long learners with a capacity for leadership and service, a quality demonstrated by the school’s namesake – Primitivo Garcia – who was shot and killed while trying to protect his teacher from violence in 1967.

Stacy Meche (second from left) and her husband Gil were the co-chairs of this year’s drive.  Pictured with Stacy from the left are Genevieve Bale, wife of John Bale; Betty Kaegel, Director of Community Outreach; and Monica Crespo, fiancée of Roman Colon.

Target Field taking shape

Target Field 1.jpgFor years, Twins fans have traveled south to Kansas City to watch outdoor baseball.  Next year, they will have outdoor baseball in Minnesota at Target Field.  The Twins are working with Kansas City-based Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) on the project.

Last year, members of the Minnesota Twins front office came to Kansas City to see the CrownVision board as they gathered ideas for Target Field.  Today, a contingent that included Royals media relations director Dave Holtzman, everyone’s favorite royals.com beat writer Dick Kaegel (pictured below) and a crew from FOX Sports Kansas City got a sneak peek at baseball’s newest stadium.

Special thanks to Dave for sending along these pictures.  It looks like the Twins have a beautiful venue for outdoor baseball!  Watch FSKC’s pregame show on Wednesday for more on the new Target Field!

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Tuesday lineup: Royals at Twins

(DeJesus – LF)

(Anderson – RF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Maier – CF)

(Davies – P)

 

Sluggerrr's Birdhouse

One of the great things about the office is that you never who (or what) might show up.  We receive interesting items at the office from fans throughout the Midwest and the United States…for instance, someone recently sent Zack Greinke a surfboard, which Zack put at his locker in the clubhouse.  Yesterday we received a very special and unique gift, a Sluggerrr birdhouse.

Birdhouse 002.jpgThe birdhouse featuring our lovable lion comes from Paul and Mildred Knodel of Colorado…they’ve done over 1,000 (our birdhouse has number 1,079 painted on the bottom).  The Knodels pass their craft on to friends and family.  They have donated over 500 of the birdhouses to Ronald McDonald House. 

Sluggerrr has the day off today after the humid homestand.  We know he will appreciate the birdhouse.  We’re waiting to see if he will allow Cardinals in his birdhouse.

Billy Butler named AL Player of the Week

7-28 Butler 2.JPGBilly Butler is the American League Player of the Week for August 3-9. 

Billy led the league with a .538 batting average (14-26), a .962 slugging percentage and a .563 on-base percentage.  His 10 RBI tied for the league lead.

Saturday night Billy had a 3-double performance, his second of the season and just the fourth Royal to achieve a pair of 3-double games in a single year (Al Cowens-1977, Willie Aikens-1982 and Mark Grudzielanek-2008).

This makes the second Royals player to receive the honor this year. 

Zack Greinke and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers won the award for the week of April 13-19, 2009.

Congratulations Billy!

Hillman Interview: Meche could be back on Thursday

Gil Meche

Royals manager Trey Hillman says if everything goes according to plan, look for Royals starter Gil Meche to make a scheduled start on Thursday in the third game of the three-game series in Minnesota (August 11-13).  “We’ll see how things go, but as of right now, we are looking at him going in that third game up in Minnesota.  He says he feels good, and we think he is ready to come back.  We will re-evaluate after the day off on Monday and see where he is.”

Alex Gordon

Alex Gordon is not in the lineup today against the Oakland Athletics and, according to Hillman, after a night game that is not something we should be expecting.  “He’s not ready for that, his body isn’t capable of healing up as fast at the present moment.  It is going to be a while before Alex can play an entire three-game series and a day game after a night game.  He’s getting there, it’s just not in the cards right now, he’s doing everything possible but his body needs to rest.”

Sunday lineup and Chest Protector Backpacks

Chest Protector Backpack August 9.jpgThe first 10,000 kids 14 and under receive this cool Royals Chest Protector Backpack today!  The game starts at 1:10 local time and is on the Royals Radio Network (non-televised).

Here’s your Royals lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – 2B)

(Butler – DH)

(Teahen – 1B)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Pena – C)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – RF)

(Hochevar – P)

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: August 8

This ain’t Coors Field!

Something rarely mentioned by the media and spectators alike is how difficult it is to hit home runs at the “New” Kauffman Stadium.  So what are the reasons? Why is it such an arduous task to rip one out of the “New” K?  “The ball really gets knocked down here, whether it’s warm or cold.  It takes a pretty good poke to jolt the ball out of this stadium, you have to really get into one to get it out of here.  I think with the constantly changing wind currents, the way our tunnels are set-up and the level with which the field is at makes it quite difficult.  The swirling winds get a hold of that ball and just bring it down,” manager Trey Hillman stated. 

Pena in Progress

A continual work in progress, Royals catcher Brayan Pena is constantly working on becoming a better catcher and better ballplayer.  “We are consistently working on his footwork behind the plate, blocking the ball is really coming along, but we want to nail down when and when not to throw the ball.  Recognition of situations is paramount, and it comes with experience, so we are working hard, and he is doing a great job.  We are really going through some grueling and difficult drills, but Brayan is doing fantastic,” said Hillman.

Saturday lineup: Salute to Uniformed Heroes

ATH would like to recognize all of our military members, past and present, including the Missouri National Guard members in Afghanistan who will watch Zack Greinke pitch against the A’s tonight thanks to a special FSKC simulcast.  Here’s your KC lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Greinke – P)

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