September 2009

September Birthdays

As a new month approaches, it is time to recap our September birthdays:

8-25 Teahen.jpgMark Teahen
celebrated his 28th birthday on September 6.  Mark’s an easy going guy who enjoys a laugh, so it’s no coincidence that he shares his day with comedian Jeff Foxworthy (51) and Saturday Night Live original Jane Curtin (62).

7-25 Meche.jpgGil Meche
turned 31 on September 8.  He’s three years older than Jonathan Taylor Thomas of Home Improvement fame.

9-16 Davies.jpg Kyle Davies has pitched well in the ninth month for the last two years.  It’s also his birthday month (26 on September 9).  Celebrities born on this day include actors Michael Keaton (58) and Adam Sandler (43).  The late Colonel Sanders was born on this day in 1890.

Hochevar July 4.jpgLuke Hochevar
, like Davies, turned 26 this month.  He shares his September 15 birthday with director Oliver Stone (63), actor Tommy Lee Jones (also 63), football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (48) and Britain’s Prince Harry (25).




Lenny DiNardo (30 on September 19) and Carlos Rosa (25 on September 21) received call-ups during the month.  DiNardo shares his day with Hall of Famer Duke Snider (83) and former pitcher Jim Abbott (42).  Rosa’s birthday is the same as Larry Hagman of Dallas (78), novelist Stephen King (62), comedic actor Bill Murray (59) and country singer Faith Hill (42).



Steve_Busby_S_0a001.jpgSteve Busby turned 60 yesterday (September 29).  The Royals Hall of Famer shares his birthday with former Today host Bryant Gumbel (61).  The late Gene Autry, “The Singing Cowboy” and former owner of the Angels baseball club, was born on this day in 1907.


Wednesday lineup

The Royals conclude their series in the Bronx tonight, with the first pitch slated for 6:05 Central.  Tonight’s game is on FSKC and the Royals Radio Network.  Here’s your Kansas City lineup:

(Maier – LF)

(Hulett – 2B)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – DH)

(Callaspo – 3B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Buck – C)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Anderson – CF)

(Tejeda – P)


Greinke's scheduled start to be televised

The FOX Network has added Saturday’s Royals/Twins game to their schedule.  The game will now start at 3:10 p.m. Central instead of 6:10.  Royals ace Zack Greinke is slated to start Saturday’s contest.  Please check your local listings and remember that Saturday’s game is on the national FOX Network, not FOX Sports Kansas City.

Monday lineup: First look at the New Yankee Stadium

The Royals are at New York tonight.  Here’s the lineup for Kansas City:

(Maier – LF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Butler – 1B)

(Jacobs – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Teahen – RF)

(Olivo – C)

(Gordon – 3B)

(Anderson – CF)

(Hochevar – P)

Saluting Swartz


nick swartz_9757.jpgOn Sunday, the Royals honored head athletic trainer Nick Swartz, who is retiring after 33 years in the organization.  He has been in Kansas City for 21 years (the last 19 as the head trainer) after stops in Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville and Omaha.

nick swartz_4192.jpgNick threw a ceremonial first pitch (a strike) to his son, Eric, as all of the Royals players, coaches and support staff looked on.  Swartz is known for his collection of Hawaiian shirts.  The position players gave him a Hawaiian shirt yesterday.  They then explained that he would be vacationing in Hawaii courtesy of them!  The pitching staff presented Nick with a Rolex watch.  FYI, Nick:  Hawaii is four hours behind Kansas City, so set that Rolex accordingly! We wish Nick and wife, CeeCee, the best.  Thank you for your 33 years of dedication and service to the Royals organization!  You will most certainly be missed.

Trey Hillman Media Session: New Yankee Stadium; Thank you fans!

Editors note:  Special thanks to our intern Brian, who has compiled the Trey Hillman interviews this season!

The “New” Yankee Stadium

Royals Manager Trey Hillman managed in the New York Yankees Minor League system for 12 seasons (1990-2001) compiling an 855-761 (.529) record, while collecting eight winning seasons and making the playoffs four times.  So, it would be safe to say Hillman is probably pretty excited to make his first trip to the “New” Yankee Stadium.  “I am really looking forward to our trip to New York.  I have heard nothing but amazing things about the new stadium.  Every opposing staff member I have come in contact with has said it has to be seen to fully appreciate it.  It should be extremely fun to play there, the ball seems to be flying out of that stadium at a record pace.  In all this, I of course want to take some games away from them while we are there,” Hillman stated.

Thank you fans!

The Royals fans have a real chance today against the Minnesota Twins to approach 1.8 million fans for 2009 season.  1.8 million would be the first time since 1993 (1,934,578), and whatever the final tally turns out to be, it will the largest attended season since 1993.  Hillman says it is a testament to the fans and the designers of this amazing new stadium.  “It means a lot getting that kind of support from the fans and the community.  I think the design team who constructed and fabricated this beautiful stadium deserve much of the credit.  I constantly hear from family, friends, and colleagues about how amazing the “New” Kauffman Stadium is and what a great job they did with what they had.  Kansas City should be proud of where they get to watch baseball, it is a spectacular stadium.  I have enjoyed managing in such a fantastic ballpark, and look forward to giving the fans a reason to come out to the park next season.”

Sunday lineup: Zack to the mound in home finale

Greinke Tee.jpgToday’s game starts at 1:10 p.m.  The first 10,000 fans 21 and over will receive this “Zack Greinke for Cy” T-shirt, courtesy of Miller Lite.  All seats $33 and under are half-price in the Zack Pack plan.  Lower level and loge level tickets include a $5 Loaded Value for Kauffman Stadium concession and retail outlets!








Greinke_close up.jpgHere’s your Kansas City lineup:

(Bloomquist – LF)

(Maier – CF)

(Butler – 1B)

(Pena – DH)

(Callaspo – 2B)

(Olivo – C)

(Teahen – RF)

(Betancourt – SS)

(Hernandez – 2B)

(Greinke – P)

Shirts Off Their Backs Group Photo

Royals Charities raised over $25,000 tonight for Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City.
100 volunteers helped to sell all of the scratch-off tickets!  The volunteers were from UMKC, the Marine Corps (Joplin, MO), Girls Scouts and supporters Ronald McDonald House,

Here is a group photo of the lucky winners:

shirts_9488.jpg Thank you to everyone who participated!

Trey Hillman Media Session: Zack Greinke, John Bale

Nice to meet you Mr. Greinke

The Minnesota Twins, it would seem, have hit the schedule lottery by not facing Royals ace Zack Greinke in 14 games so far this season.  That all comes to an end tomorrow when Greinke will face Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins at 1:10.  Remember the game is not on TV, so you’re only chance to catch it is at Kauffman Stadium on person.  Manager Trey Hillman was asked who has the advantage when a team has not faced a pitcher before, the opposing team or the pitcher in question.  “I think clearly the pitcher has the distinct advantage in this case, you can watch all the video you want on someone and do your homework on them, but it’s not the same as facing them live.  When a pitcher has not been seen by the opposing team, it takes a while for the batters to get their timing down and get comfortable in the box.  It can take some guys an at-bat and others will never figure it out, plus we are talking about Zack, he is not the easiest pitcher to hit against.”

John Bale

Royals pitcher John Bale has been progressing nicely from his sore right hamstring that has kept him out of the line-up for a couple of weeks now.  So much so, that his earlier prognosis of possibly shutting it down for the rest of the season has been upgraded to probable beginning with Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.  He will be evaluated this afternoon and if everything goes well, he will be traveling with the team on Sunday night to New York.  “We are going to be very cautious with John, we just hope he doesn’t have to end the season on the DL,” said Hillman.

Introducing the Royals Hall of Fame blog on

Around the Horn is pleased to tell you about a new Royals blog that will cover the latest news from the Royals Hall of Fame.  “Royals Then, Now & Forever” ( will feature event updates, stories and trivia from RHOF Director Curt Nelson and his staff. 

Some of the first posts include a “This Date in Royals History” feature.  We learned quite a bit from the first few posts.  We think you will, too.  Bookmark it today!


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