August 2009

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: August 7

Billy (Super Boy) Butler

What is Billy Butler doing at the plate that is making him such a terror for opposing pitchers these days?  Manager Trey Hillman says it is a multitude of things, “First, he is not trying to add power during hitters counts, he is taking what they are giving him.  He’s being more selective and he is doing very well when he gets behind in the count.  Billy is growing up and becoming a more complete baseball player, it happens with maturity.”


Hillman says he is going to be taking long hard looks the rest of the season at some of his younger players on the roster.  Case in point is Royals catcher Brayan Pena hitting fourth tonight against the Oakland Athletics, as he did last night.  “We are going to keep looking at him closely. He’s calling games very well. Brayan is a talented baseball player and we like what he is doing at the plate.”

Friday lineup: Royals Back to School Drive

7:10 start at The K tonight…it’s the annual Back to School Drive…bring school supplies to donate and then watch the game and Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday!  Here’s your KC lineup: 

(DeJesus – LF)

(Anderson – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – C)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Bannister – P)


Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: August 6

The manager is back!

After an important three-day hiatus from the team to see his family, manager Trey Hillman was back from Texas to manage the Royals last night and met with the media this afternoon prior to tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners.  “I am excited to be back, I’m doing just fine and I am really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.”

Mr. Chen

What does Trey Hillman think we need to see from Royals pitcher Bruce Chen that will allow him to compete for a win in tonight’s game.  “His cut-fastball has to be working against the right-handers, its crucial that he locates his change-up, and he absolutely must keep the ball down.  He has been leaving the ball up in a lot of situations, but to his credit, the ball is spinning really well.  This would be a huge win for both Bruce and the team.” 

Hostess "Streeerike It Rich" Million Dollar Event

Just prior to tonight’s game, Jeff Faust from Noblesville, Indiana, winner of the Hostess Cupcakes national promotion, will try to win a million dollars on the Kauffman Stadium field.  Jeff and his family were randomly chosen from more than 160,000 entries after entering the Hostess “Streeerike It Rich Sweepstakes” on a cupcake box earlier this summer. 

To win the million dollars, Jeff must throw three consecutive strikes through a target.  He gets $5,000 and the trip for trying.  If one pitch goes through the target, he wins $10,000 and if two pitches go through, he wins $15,000.

Jeff has overcome several challenges in life, including losing an eye due to glaucoma and recent rotator cuff surgeries.

To learn more about Jeff’s story, read this article from today’s Indianapolis Star.

Come on out to The K and cheer for Jeff tonight!  One lucky section will take home some Hostess products!

Thursday lineup: Josh Anderson's debut

The defensive alignment is a little different today, with Willie Bloomquist at second, Mark Teahen at first and Alberto Callaspo at third.  Newcomer Josh Anderson gets the start in right.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – 2B)

(Butler – DH)

(Pena – C)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Teahen – 1B)

(Maier – CF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – RF)

(Chen – P) 

Josh Anderson Clubhouse Media Session: August 5

New Kid(s) on the Block

Newly acquired outfielder Josh Anderson spoke with the local media today for the first time since becoming a Kansas City Royal last Thursday.  First and foremost was the health and status of his newly born son Easton Aaron Anderson.  ‘My wife and child (Easton) are healthy and doing just fine, we are very blessed to have had such a healthy baby boy born yesterday morning at 8:11 a.m. in Somerset, Kentucky.”  He went on to say that the name Easton is no way a reference to the sports-related brand name, nor does the middle name Aaron have anything to do with Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron.                 

Baseball was brought up in time and it was quickly made clear to reporters Anderson’s intentions and admiration for the Royals organization (mainly GM Dayton Moore) for giving him another shot at the big leagues.  “I’m just glad to part of a team again, you never know in this game, I look forward to playing hard whenever called upon and I will do my best to contribute to this wonderful organization.  Being in the big leagues is a great thing. I love playing the game of baseball. I just thank Dayton Moore and the Royals for giving me a second chance and standing by my family and I while our son was being born.  They gave my family and I all the time we needed to go through this wonderful experience.” 

Anderson was asked what his biggest asset is to the team, and where he thinks he’ll contribute the most.  “My speed, I steal bases, use my legs to disrupt opponents and run down balls in the outfield, that is when I am most dangerous.”  Royals fans, let me tell you, this gentlemen surely will not hurt the chemistry of this clubhouse, he was a class act to be around!  


Manager Trey Hillman will be back for tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners, although he couldn’t quite make it in time for the daily pregame media session. Hillman has been in Texas tending to family matters since Sunday night.  “He is doing fine right now, we are really looking forward to having him back behind the bench tonight,” said bench coach John Gibbons.

Saturday's Royals game to be televised live on American Forces Network

FOX Sports Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals will give local troops serving overseas a taste of home on Saturday, Aug. 8.

In conjunction with the annual Salute To Uniformed Heroes at Kauffman Stadium, FOX Sports Kansas City will present This One’s For You, a special telecast of Royals baseball recognizing American troops. 

On Television

U.S. troops throughout the world will be able to watch the Royals-Oakland A’s game live on the American Forces Network.  At the same time, FOX Sports Kansas City plans to show a live satellite link of the Missouri National Guard Agri-Business Development Team (ADT), currently deployed in Jalalabad in the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan.  The 58-person ADT includes many members from western Missouri.  They’ll watch the game live at 3 a.m. in Jalalabad. 

Interviews with the deployed troops, greetings from the troops’ families, and other graphics and elements will enhance the telecast.  The telecast will also include taped greetings from Royals players and local dignitaries. 

At Kauffman Stadium

At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals will recognize American troops during a pregame on-field ceremony and throughout the game on the Crown Vision scoreboard.

Approximately 150 family members and friends of troops in the Missouri National Guard ADT will watch the game from the stands at Kauffman Stadium.  And fans at the ballpark are encouraged to participate by bringing banners and signs which may be shown on television. 

Wednesday lineup plus '80s Retro Night and Buck Night

It’s ’80s Night at The K.  The $3 G.A. seats are sold out, but a special $10 offer on lower level tickets is available.  Plus, it’s Buck Night!  Hot dogs, small Pepsis, peanuts and Royals Gameday Magazines are just $1, all night long!

Here’s your Royals lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – RF)

(Butler – DH)

(Teahen – 1B)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Maier – CF)

(Davies – P)



John Gibbons Media Session: August 4

Coming back home

Bench coach John Gibbons was asked to update the media on the how his manager and friend Trey Hillman is doing, and when we can expect him back.  “He is doing just fine, we are all behind him and look forward to him coming back tomorrow at some point.  I will be managing the game tonight against the Mariners,” Gibbons said.  The KC skipper had to unexpectedly fly home to Texas on Sunday after the game, for what has only been described as “an emergency back home”.  We hope all is well and send our best wishes to Trey and the entire Hillman family.

Meche in Memphis

Royals pitcher Gil Meche made a rehab start for Triple-A affiliate Omaha yesterday. Meche took the loss (0-1) in Memphis’ 5-2  win over the Royals, with what was reported as an up and down performance.  His numbers for the game:(3.2 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR). Meche was back in KC and with the club today prior to batting practice.

Tuesday lineup: Royals hosting Mariners

Tonight’s game starts at 7:10.  Come on out to the K to watch Luke Hochevar face the Mariners!  Here’s your lineup:

(DeJesus – LF)

(Bloomquist – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Pena – C)

(Olivo – DH)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hochevar – P)


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