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