January 2010

Royals Spring Training tickets on sale Saturday

Kansas City Royals 2010 Spring Training tickets will go on sale this Saturday, January 9 at 8 a.m. Central Time.  Tickets will be available through the Royals website, www.royals.com/springtraining, in person at the Surprise (Ariz.) Stadium Box Office or by phone at 800-745-3000.   Spring season ticket packages are available now by calling 623-222-2222. 

Kansas City’s 31-game Spring Training schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.   The club will also face the Texas Rangers as the visiting team in one additional game at the facility.

Several season tickets package options are available, including a 15-game Royals package, a 7-game Royals package and a 29-game Surprise Stadium package for all Royals/Rangers home games.  Royals season ticket packages (7 and 15-game) range from $84 to $285 while the 29-game packages are available from $348 to $551.

Ticket prices for the 2010 Spring Training season are: $23 for lower dugout seats, $20 for upper dugout seats, $17 for infield seats, $13 for plaza seats and $7 for lawn seating.  Parking for all Surprise Stadium Spring Training games will be free.

For those wishing to purchase tickets in person, the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office is located at:

15960 N. Bullard Avenue

Surprise, AZ 85374

Royals pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise on Wednesday, February 17.  Workouts for pitchers begin the following day, Thursday, February 18.  The remainder of the squad will report on Monday, February 22 and begin workouts for the 2010 campaign on Tuesday, February 23.

 

Royals Caravan in Kansas: Topeka, Emporia and Wichita on January 14

The Royals will visit fans in Topeka, Emporia and Wichita, Kan., on the annual Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  A number of current Royals players, announcers and front office officials, as well as Royals legends and Sluggerrr, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.

This Caravan trip will include pitchers Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard, Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews and mascot Sluggerrr.  Following the day trip, these participants will be involved in the Royals FanFest, January 15-16 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan.

A tentative schedule is listed below and at royals.com

2010 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City

West Caravan Trip: Thursday, January 14 (Topeka, Emporia and Wichita, Kan.)

Participants:              Kyle Davies, Luke Hochevar, Dennis Leonard, Denny Matthews and Sluggerrr

Noon-1:15 p.m.    Meet & Greet at Jeremiah Bullfrogs – 4115 SW Huntoon in Topeka (Hosted by WIBW)

2:15-3:15 p.m.      Meet & Greet at Planet Sub – 2715 Candlewood Drive in Emporia (Hosted by KVOE)

5:30-6:30 p.m.      Meet & Greet at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill – 117 N. Mosley in Wichita

                              (Hosted by KFH-AM)

Roman Colon leads community effort in the Dominican Republic

dominican37.jpgHere’s a story that may change your perspective on an old item that you have sitting around the house…what might be landfill material to you could help someone else!

An old fire truck sat behind a fire house in Hazel Park, Michigan.   The department was ready to send it to the scrap yard due to the low resale value for fire trucks.   Roman Colon, then pitching for the Tigers, was a friend of the fire chief.  Roman stopped by the station one day and saw an opportunity for his hometown in the Dominican Republic, which had a great need for upgraded equipment.

dominican4.jpgTransporting a fire truck to the Dominican Republic would not be easy…or cheap!  Thomas Rowinski, who was helping Colon with the project, found a program that would deliver humanitarian goods on space available military flights.  Months of work and negotiation followed until the fire engine was delivered to Roman’s hometown of Monte Cristi.

Colon’s friends in Michigan saw the impact of their old fire truck and looked for additional ways to help.  Their next goal was to send an ambulance to the Dominican.  Roman, by this time a Royal, became friends with MAST ambulance paramedics at Kauffman Stadium.  IAFF Local 42 member Lacy Rogers was able to help Roman find an out-of-service ambulance for his hometown.  The firefighters in Michigan were able to send 50 sets of gear that included boots and helmets. 

dominican12.jpgMonte Cristi’s previous equipment list looked like this:  an old mini van for an ambulance, a pick up truck for a fire engine, two fire extinguishers and three protective coats that had to be shared.  That list changed dramatically when the donated gear arrived in December, 2009!

We found out about this project from Rowinski, who sent along this slideshow of the group’s efforts in the Dominican Republic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrzXA_-MBrs

 

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Royals Caravan starts with visits to Ft. Riley, Salina and Manhattan

The 2010 Royals Caravan, presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, will kick off with a salute to members of the military and their families at Fort Riley as well as appearances in Salina and Manhattan, Kan., on Tuesday, January 12. 

Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, former catcher Jamie Quirk, former third baseman Joe Randa and broadcaster Joel Goldberg will tour Fort Riley prior to meeting members of the Combat Aviation Brigade.  The visit comes as the unit composed of more than 2,700 soldiers prepares to deploy overseas in support of the nation’s war efforts. 

Following the visit to Ft. Riley, the group will meet students at Cottonwood Elementary in Salina, Kan., located at 215 S. Phillips.  The all-school assembly, scheduled to take place from 2:15-3 p.m., will feature Royals’ mascot Sluggerrr along with the members of the Royals traveling party.

The group will then attend the 6 p.m. Texas A&M-Kansas State University men’s basketball game at Bramlage Coliseum on the K-State campus.  Prior to the game, members of the traveling party will be available for media interviews.

2010 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City

West Caravan Trip:         Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Participants:                       George Brett, Jamie Quirk, Joe Randa, Joel Goldberg and Sluggerrr

Tuesday, Jan. 12 (Ft. Riley, Salina and Manhattan, Kan.)

11:15-12:45 p.m.        Visit with members of the military and their families at Ft. Riley (Hosted by KJCK)

2:15-3 p.m.                  School visit at Cottonwood Elementary – 215 S. Phillips in Salina (Hosted by KSAL)

6 p.m.                            Texas A&M vs. K-State men’s basketball game (Hosted by KMAN & K-State)

Check this blog for more caravan updates!

Royals sign Noel Arguelles to five-year deal

The Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Noel Arguelles to a five-year Major League contract through the 2014 season.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Noel Arguelles (pronounced “no-ELL AHR-gwey-us”) is a native of Cuba and will turn 20 on January 12.  Prior to defecting from Cuba, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound left-hander pitched for the La Habana Vaqueros in the Cuban National Series.  He also competed for the Cuban Junior (18 and under) team at the COPABE “AAA” Pan American Junior Championships in 2007 where he was the winning pitcher in the gold medal game, tossing 8.0 shutout innings and striking out 11.

Arguelles defected from Cuba along with Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias while at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada, in July, 2008.

Royals Hot Stove show kicks off tonight

Brrr…it’s cold!  Kansas City is blanketed with snow and the temperature continues to drop.  Wherever you are located, warm up with the Royals Hot Stove show, which airs live on KCSP 610 AM and across the web on royals.com!  Steve Stewart and Ryan Lefebvre host the program every Thursday through February 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m Central.  The Royals Hot Stove features interviews with players, coaches and the front office.  Tonight’s guest is general manager Dayton Moore.

Here’s the link to the Hot Stove page on royals.com, where you can listen to tonight’s show.  Each show will be archived for playback.

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp

Members of the 1985 World Championship team to be featured at FanFest

The Royals will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1985 World Series victory by paying tribute to members of the championship team at the 2010 Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience.  The club’s marquee offseason event is set for Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. 

Team members, including Hall of Famer George Brett and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen, will participate in a special autograph session on Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  The group will then be featured in a roundtable discussion on the Sprint Main Stage beginning at 7:35 p.m.  Several ’85 players will participate in additional events throughout the two-day event.  

Royals FanFest will also feature appearances and autograph sessions with current Royals, a Zack Greinke backpack giveaway, new interactive games for all ages, main stage programs and more. 

Along with Brett and Saberhagen, members of the 1985 Championship Team scheduled to appear include Steve Balboni, Joe Beckwith, Buddy Biancalana, Buddy Black, Steve Farr, Danny Jackson, Charlie Leibrandt, Dennis Leonard, Hal McRae, Darryl Motley, Jorge Orta, Greg Pryor, Jamie Quirk, Jim Sundberg, Frank White and Willie Wilson.  Please note that participants are subject to change.

The Royals greats will join a number of current players at FanFest, headlined by the 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke and 2009 Royals Player of the Year Billy Butler.

FanFest tickets may be secured by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).  Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. 

Tickets purchased in advance will be available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth.  All kids age five and under will be admitted free.  In addition, Royals 2010 season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission for Friday’s events. 

Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event.  For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest

January birthdays – Happy Birthday Trey!


Thumbnail image for Trey Autographs.jpgHappy New Year from Around the Horn!  Here are our birthdays for January:


 Manager Trey Hillman turns 47 today.  Trey shares his day with Michael Stipe.  The lead singer of R.E.M. is 50.  Late boxing champ Floyd Patterson was born on this day in 1935. 

Royals Hall of Fame closer Jeff Montgomery (48) and catcher Brayan Pena (28) will both celebrate on January 7.  CBS news anchor Katie Couric will be 53 while actor Nicholas Cage turns 46.  Charles Addams, a cartoonist who created “The Addams Family,” was born on January 7, 1912. pena HR_2637.jpgMontgomery,Jeff2.jpg

   

Betancourt.jpgShortstop Yuniesky Betancourt rounds out our birthdays for January.  Yuni will be 28 on January 31.  Three noted baseball Hall of Famers were born on January 31 and all have a Kansas City connection.  Ernie Banks, a former Kansas City Monarch who later became “Mr. Cub,” turns 79.  Nolan Ryan, the only visiting player to throw a no-hitter at Kauffman Stadium, will be 63.  The late Jackie Robinson, also a former Monarch, was born on January 31, 1919.

We’ve come full circle since last February, when Alex Gordon headlined our birthdays.  Look for future birthday updates on an individual basis via our Twitter page. ( @aroundthehornkc )

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