February 2010

Spring Training photos: the outfielders

This photo blog focuses on the outfield. We go in alphabetical order with Brian Anderson, Rick Ankiel, David DeJesus, Mitch Maier and Scott Podsednik.

 

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MLB and Komen for the Cure announce Honorary Bat Girl Contest

5-14_GNO_43_batgirl_300_5433.jpgMajor League Baseball® (MLB) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have launched the 2010 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, a campaign developed in celebration of Mother’s Day in ballparks around the country to recognize MLB fans who are Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer in their daily lives. Men and women 18 and older can go online at www.mlb.com/honorarybatgirl to vote and enter to win a chance at becoming the team’s Honorary Bat Girl during this year’s scheduled Mother’s Day celebration on May 9.

5-14_GNO_44_batgirl_300_5436.jpgThe Royals will be on the road on May 9, therefore the Kansas City winner will be recognized during the first Girls’ Night Out of the season on May 14.  The Honorary Bat Girl for the Royals will have an opportunity to take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive two tickets to the game and pink MLB merchandise. MLB.com, the official web site of MLB, has begun accepting fan submissions for the online contest that ends April 13.

Last year’s winner was Jodi Guess Scruggs.  According to Jodi, “A day at Kauffman Stadium as Honorary Bat Girl was truly a memorable experience. How rewarding to spend the day with my list of favorites; Royals, Major League Baseball, family/friends and supporting the fight against breast cancer with Komen for the Cure. Now that’s what I call a day at the ballpark!”

During the six-week online submission period, baseball fans can share and vote on stories of inspiration and hope of how they are supporting the fight against breast cancer in their daily lives and why they want to be an Honorary Bat Girl for the Royals. Testimonials can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, advocates and supporters of the cause. A celebrity panel of judges will select the winning submission, based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal as determined by online fan votes.

 The program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, a joint effort between MLB, its licensed partners and Komen for the Cure. Last year, more than 1,000 testimonials were submitted online and one winner per Club was selected by a panel of judges and nearly 2.2 million fan votes were cast.

On Mother’s Day (May 9), Major League Baseball and its Clubs, along with Komen for the Cure, will celebrate the Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, which is designed to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

Hundreds of MLB players will use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also will be pink. In addition to promotional support, Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats will be auctioned off at MLB.com at a later date to raise additional funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Fans can purchase their own personalized pink bat at www.mlb.com or www.slugger.com, with $10 from the sale of each pink bat benefitting Komen for the Cure.

 

Spring Training: Thursday in photos

Today’s photos include: Josh Fields, Joakim Soria signing away, Brayan Pena signaling to the camera and the bat meeting the ball on a bunt.  Friday is Photo Day!  When you go to a Royals game at any stadium in 2010, the portrait on the video board will be one from Friday.  Many of the pictures that you see on baseball cards will also be snapped tomorrow.

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Royals announce 2010 promotions and special events

GreinkeBH_2.jpg“It All Happens Here” at Kauffman Stadium in 2010 as the Royals announce an exciting promotions and special events lineup.  The schedule features great giveaways, the return of fan favorites, and the introduction of special offers which allow fans to experience all the offerings of Kauffman Stadium at exceptional values. 
Highlights from the 2010 lineup of events, as well as details on some of the club’s new ticket opportunities, are listed below.  In addition, the complete special events schedule is attached and can also be found at royals.com.  Please note all dates and times are subject to change.

EXCITING PROMOTIONS
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  Fans can gear up for the 2010 season in style by getting a Royals Blue Replica Jersey on Saturday, April 10.  The jerseys, presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, will be given away to the first 20,000 fans.

25th Anniversary of the 1985 World Series: The Royals will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its historic World Series victory in 2010 with a month-long series of special events and promotions.
The celebration begins with the second annual Willie Wilson Classic presented by Willie Wilson Baseball and Farmland Foods on Saturday, May 22.  The Classic will feature the 1985 World Series Royals Alumni in a softball game against members of the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals prior to the Royals-Rockies 3:10 p.m. matchup.  Proceeds benefit TeamSmile, which provides dental care to underprivileged children in the Kansas City community.  Fans are encouraged to visit royals.com to see an updated list of players scheduled to participate.
Promotions will also include a 1985 25th Anniversary t-shirt presented by AT&T, a Bret Saberhagen bobblehead presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, a Build-A-(Polar) Bear presented by the Kansas City Zoo and a Salute to the 1985 World Series poster presented by James Printing.

Greinke Bobblehead:  The Royals salute the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner by honoring him in bobblehead form.  A Zack Greinke Bobblehead presented by Sprint will be given to the first 20,000 on Saturday, April 24 as the Royals take on the Minnesota Twins.

T-Shirt Tuesdays Return:  T-Shirt Tuesdays return to Kauffman Stadium in 2010!  This season’s series will include unique designs featuring Zack Greinke and Joakim Soria.  For details, visit royals.com/tshirttuesdays.

SPECIAL EVENTS LINEUP
Girls’ Night Out – Double the Royal Treatment: Due to popular demand, ladies receive the Royal treatment twice in 2010.  The first Girls’ Night Out event, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is presented by Celsius Tannery, is set for Friday, May 14.  The second installment, supporting the American Heart Association, is slated for Saturday, September 18.  The first 10,000 females through the gates on Friday, May 14 will receive a Royals t-shirt and on September 18, a Royals cap.

Kansas City Sky Show: The Royals are excited to bring the Third Annual Kansas City Sky Show presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi back to Kauffman Stadium on Friday, June 4.  The Sky Show is the largest fireworks spectacular in Kansas City.

610 Saturdays are Back: The Royals will once again team up with Entercom Radio to bring great food and live music to Saturday pregame festivities.  Events will take place in the Outfield Experience.

RETURNING FAVORITES
Buck Nights:
Buck Nights are back and better than ever!  The fan-favorite now has a dessert offering as Twinkies have been added to the Buck Night menu.  For seven select dates throughout the season, fans can purchase hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts and Twinkies for just $1 each.   Buck Nights are scheduled for April 27, May 12, July 16, July 29, August 18 and September 15.  In addition, the Royals will offer a special holiday version of Buck “Day” to help celebrate Memorial Day when the Royals host the Los Angeles Angels in a 1:10 p.m. game on May 31.

Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays: Stay in your seats for a spectacular fireworks show following all Friday night home games presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi. 

DRI DUCK Fountain Seats: For just $7 on game days, fans can purchase DRI DUCK Fountain Seats located on the lower level in left field.  Plus, the first 100 fans arriving at the section each game receive a special edition Royals DRI DUCK cap..

Bases Loaded 4-Packs: Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise for just $60!  Bases Loaded packages are available for all Friday and Sunday home games, excluding June 25.  For details, visit royals.com/basesloaded. 

Hy-Vee Royal Nites: Get $5 Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) for all Monday home games, excluding Opening Day.

College Nights: Select Field Plaza, Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available on fourteen Wednesday or Thursday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7.  All College Nights include food and beverage specials in the Outfield Experience concession areas.  For details, visit royals.com/college.

Sprint Fun Run: All fans can run the bases after every Sunday home game (conditions permitting).
 
NEW FOR 2010
All You Can Eat Seats:
For nine select Wednesday home games, fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level which include unlimited ballpark fare.  All the hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels and Pepsi products you can handle for one low price!  Individual and group discount tickets available.  For details, visit royals.com/allyoucaneat.

Sonic Slam Seats: New in 2010! If a Royals player hits a home run that lands in the Sonic Slam Seats located in left field, ALL fans win a free medium Sonic Slush by redeeming their ticket stub at participating Sonic locations by midnight the following day!  Fans sitting in the Sonic Slam Seats will also win a $5 My Sonic Card.  For details, visit royals.com.

Spring Play Pack: Purchase a Spring Play Pack for any Sunday-Thursday game (excluding April 11) from April 7 to May 26 and receive two Field Plaza tickets (sections 206-210) with $5 in loaded value per ticket for concessions and merchandise.  The package also includes two Play Passes for access to free unlimited games in the Outfield Experience to use day of game – over an $80 value – all for just $25!

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SAVE
Uniformed Heroes:
Active-duty and retired military, law enforcement officers and firefighters may purchase up to four half-price tickets for all regular season Sunday through Friday home games, excluding premium dates in select seating categories.  Present valid military, law enforcement or firefighter identification at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  For details, visit royals.com/heroes.

Senior Discount (65+): Senior citizens can enjoy half-price tickets in the Loge Box, Dugout Plaza, Field Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield and Hy-Vee Box seating sections.  The half-price ticket offer is available for all Sunday-Thursday home games, excluding premium dates, and may be purchased at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

Youth Nights Each Thursday home game (excluding August 12): Hy-Vee Infield seats are just $3 for youth 14 and under at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  Please note there is a limit to three discounted tickets for every one regularly-priced ticket for the same game.

Jackson County Days: All residents of Jackson County will be able to receive 50% off Field Plaza, Hy-Vee Reserved Box or Outfield Box tickets to 15 select home games.  For details, visit royals.com/jackson.

Royals eSavers: Subscribers to the Royals Report – the club’s free email newsletter – will receive exclusive ticket offers throughout the season.  In addition, subscribers will receive the latest information regarding breaking news, promotions and more.  Fans can register for the newsletter at royals.com/register. 

Hy-Vee Blue Crew Youth Fan Club: Membership includes a Royals replica batting practice jersey, kid-sized Royals cap, VIP access to the Sprint Fun Run, two Royals game ticket vouchers, three complimentary vouchers to any of the Outfield Experience games, one free child’s admission to a stadium tour, a youth admission to the Kansas City Zoo, Blue Crew Nights at The K and special offers from Royals partners all for just $20.  Available for youth 14 and under. For details, visit royals.com/bluecrew.

SEASON TICKET PACKAGES AND SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Fans can take advantage of all the great promotions and special events planned for 2010 by becoming a Royals Season Ticket Holder.  Starting at just $168 per seat, Royals Season Ticket plans are available to fit every budget.  Plus, fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-game season ticket plan and enjoy all the benefits of becoming a Season Ticket Holder including reserved parking, first priority to purchase additional tickets for all 2010 home games, exclusive events and more!  All season ticket packages are available online at royals.com or by calling (816) 504-4040.
Single-game tickets for all 2010 regular season home games, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, go on sale Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be available online at royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, at metro area Hy-Vee stores and at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  Opening Day tickets will not be available for purchase at Hy-Vee locations.

SEE THE FULL PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE AT: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc

Photo: "Gee, I wonder which field Zack Greinke is working on?"

 

Team photographer Chris Vleisides has arrived at Spring Training.  He sent along this picture of autograph seekers.

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Royals to appear three times on MLB Network during Spring Training

MLB Network today announced its Spring Training game schedule, which will include 78 games featuring 45 live games and all 30 Major League clubs.  The Royals will be featured three times during Spring Training (all times Central):

Monday, March 15 9:00 p.m. Royals at Chicago White Sox
Sunday, March 21 9:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies at Royals (tape-delayed)
Friday, March 26 8:00 p.m. Royals at Los Angeles Dodgers (tape-delayed)

All games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers.  MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s signature studio show during the regular season, returns live every weekday on Monday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
         

MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 as the largest debut in cable television history and is currently available in approximately 54 million cable and satellite homes. With live games, original programming, highlights, classic games, and coverage of baseball events, MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans. For the full MLB Network Spring Training schedule and to find MLB Network in your area, go to mlbnetwork.com

Royals and Stroud's team up to bring pan-fried chicken to Kauffman Stadium

A Kansas City favorite is coming to The K!  The Royals and Stroud’s Restaurant have entered into a three-year agreement to provide Stroud’s famous pan-fried chicken and other favorites to Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium beginning in 2010. 

The new Stroud’s Kauffman Stadium location will be connected to the Royals Hall of Fame building in left field, tying together two true Kansas City traditions with the Royals Hall of Fame and Stroud’s restaurants. 

“We are extremely excited to bring Stroud’s into the “K” and make their legendary chicken and cinnamon rolls available to our fans,” said Royals Senior VP-Business Operations Kevin Uhlich.  “Our goal throughout the renovation process was to create a fan experience that was unique for Kansas City and make it the best in the Major Leagues.  Stroud’s aligns perfectly with our intentions.”

“Stroud’s has always had a great association with the Kansas City Royals as several players, past and present, visit Stroud’s on a regular basis,” said Stroud’s owner Michael T. Donegan.  “We appreciate the opportunity of serving the Royals and their fans and hope to see everyone at the new K.”

The Stroud’s Kauffman Stadium location will serve their famous two-piece chicken dinner, fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers and their brand-new buffalo wings.  In addition, Stroud’s world-famous cinnamon rolls will be available with the dinners as well as a la carte. 

Stroud’s was established in 1933 at the now-defunct 85th and Troost location and since then, has received many national awards such as the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award for Best Restaurant.  Stroud’s has also been featured in National and International publications including Wall Street Journal, Gourmet Magazine, New York Times, People Magazine, Esquire, Bon Appetit and Condé Nast.  Stroud’s currently operates two Kansas City locations at Oak Ridge Manor in Kansas City, Mo., and Stroud’s South in Fairway, Kan.  For more information, please visit the Stroud’s website at www.stroudsrestaurant.com

 

A behind-the-scenes look at Spring Training

Today we take a look at just a few of the behind-the-scenes details from Spring Training.

12 004.jpgWhen it comes to bats, every player has a preference.  Here, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer speaks with a sporting goods representative about a wide array of options.

12 002.jpgManager Trey Hillman holds regular interview sessions with the media throughout Spring Training.  Next to Trey is Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting (in sunglasses, partially hidden).  Swanee oversees the session while Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations (on the left in the Royals jacket), records footage that you’ll be able to view on royals.com.

12 006.jpgThe media relations team is also responsible for setting up one-on-one interviews.  This picture shows Joel Goldberg interviewing Hall of Famer George Brett for a feature that will be on the Fox Sports Kansas City website.

 

 

 

 

 

12 007.jpgAll of this is happening in close proximity to the practice fields, where Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and his teammates were stretching for the morning workout.

Single-game tickets on sale March 6

Single-game tickets for the Kansas City Royals 2010 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, will go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be available on-line at royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, at metro-area Hy-Vee stores (no Opening Day tickets available) and at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

All fans planning to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 6 must enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 2, located off of Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex, or Gate 6, off of Stadium Drive on the west side.  All other gates will be closed to fan traffic.  Fans will be instructed to park in Lot M and directed to the Kauffman Stadium Box Office located at Gate C.  Overnight camping will not be permitted.  

The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on March 6.  Fans wishing to take part in the random drawing must obtain a wristband at the Gate C lobby on Thursday, March 4 (noon to 6 p.m.), Friday, March 5 (noon to 9 p.m.), or Saturday, March 6 (7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.)  There is no advantage to collecting a wristband early within this time frame.  On March 6, any fan that does not have a wristband will be in a second line behind the fans with wristbands.  The drawing to determine line order will be held at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday and tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. 

DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for the April 5 opener will go on sale on March 6.  DRI DUCK Fountain Seats for the remaining 80 games will be sold on the day of the game only.

The Kauffman Stadium Box Office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, there will be extended hours for phone sales for the entire 2010 season.  Beginning March 6, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.  The Royals Majestic Team Store will open for fans at 8 a.m. on Saturday and remain open until 4 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-6ROYALS (1-800-676-9257).

Season ticket packages are currently available at royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040.  Fans can guarantee themselves Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-game season ticket plan.

Photos from the first full-squad workout of 2010

Sunshine broke through today in Arizona after a few days of cool, wet weather.  It was perfect timing as the Royals held their first full-squad workout of 2010.  Here’s a look:

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