February 2010

Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City announce 2010 television schedule

The Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City today announced a 142-game television schedule for the 2010 season, featuring two exhibition games and 140 regular season games.

The Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City are entering the third season of a long-term agreement in which Fox Sports Kansas City is the exclusive television home of Royals baseball.  The 140-game regular season television schedule features 69 road games and 71 from Kauffman Stadium.  Every game on Fox Sports Kansas City will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game show, “Hy-Vee Royals Live,” and followed by the “Boulevard Royals Live” post-game show.  The High Definition television schedule, which is expected to be Fox Sports Kansas City’s largest HD schedule to date, will be announced in March.

Fox Sports Kansas City’s coverage of Royals baseball kicks off with a Spring Training telecast from Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday, March 23, when the Royals host the Chicago Cubs at 3:05 p.m. (CDT).  The game will re-air for a prime-time audience beginning at 8:00 p.m. (CDT).  A second exhibition game will be broadcast on Friday, April 2 when the Royals visit the Texas Rangers in Arlington for a 7:05 p.m. (CDT) start. 

FSKC will air Kansas City’s Opening Day contest on April 5 against Detroit.  A one-hour edition of the “Hy-Vee Royals Live” pre-game show will precede the game.  Opening Day, along with most other weekday afternoon games, will be replayed in prime time.

In addition to the FSKC schedule, ESPN will televise the Royals-Angels July 4 game at Anaheim, scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. CDT. 

Click the following link for the full radio and television broadcast schedule:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/broadcast.jsp?c_id=kc
 

Royals Hot Stove Show tonight

Pitching coach Bob McClure joins Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Stewart.  Listen from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Central on 610 AM in Kansas City or live on royals.com at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp .  The show will also be archived at the above link.

Spring Training is officially underway!

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The Royals held their first official workout today!  While only pitchers and catchers are required to be in attendance, nearly the entire squad is in place.  Here are a few phone photos.  The first team stretch is on the left.  On the right, we take a look at John Wathan hitting grounders to the pitchers.  For more Spring Training coverage, stay connected through our blogs and Twitter accounts.  A few of our Twitter accounts include: @KC_Royals, @aroundthehornkc and @Swanee54. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royals unveil plans for 2010 "It All Happens Here" season



KCR_Happens_Primary_wbg.jpgThe Royals have announced a new tagline for the 2010 season tabbed “It All Happens Here.”  As part of the season-long campaign, the Royals are introducing a special logo that will be used throughout the 2010 season incorporating the “It All Happens Here” tagline.  The primary version retains the club’s signature crown and shield as well as a silhouette of iconic Kauffman Stadium.  The logo will be showcased at Kauffman Stadium, throughout the Kansas City region and featured on the Royals 2010 advertising campaign. 

“The ‘It All Happens Here’ slogan celebrates the fan experience at the ballpark, which has been enriched by the recent renovations of Kauffman Stadium and the new traditions fans enjoy while watching Royals baseball,” said Mike Bucek, Royals Vice President-Marketing & Business Development.  “Along with featuring Royals players and fans, the campaign will highlight many of the unique features that make Kauffman Stadium such a great venue.”

The campaign, created in partnership with Kansas City-based VML, includes a series of new television commercials as well as internet, radio, print and outdoor advertising.

“We want Kansas City and the surrounding region to see just how much there is to do at Kauffman Stadium,” said David Levy, Managing Director of VML.  “While ‘The K’ has always been a fan favorite for watching games, the renovations have established the ballpark as one of the area’s top entertainment destinations for families and fans of all ages.  Our job is to let people know that going to a Royals game is a whole new experience.”

25th Anniversary of the 1985 World Series Promotions & Giveaways

1985WSChamps_logo.jpg2010 marks the 25-year anniversary of the 1985 World Champion Royals.  The club will commemorate its historic World Series victory with a month-long series of events paying tribute to the great moments and memories shared by Royals fans, players and staff from the 1985 World Series.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration includes several premium promotions beginning with the second annual Willie Wilson Classic presented by Farmland on Saturday, May 22 as the 1985 World Series Royals Alumni will take on members of the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals in a softball game prior to the Royals-Rockies 3:10 p.m. matchup.  Proceeds from the game benefit TeamSmile, which provides dental care to underprivileged children in the Kansas City community.

A special logo reminiscent of the 1985 World Series mark has been created to commemorate the anniversary and will be featured on special-edition giveaways throughout the season, including a 1985 25th Anniversary t-shirt presented by AT&T and a Bret Saberhagen bobblehead presented by Fox Sports Kansas City.  Other great giveaways include a Build-a-Bear featuring the commemorative logo presented by the Kansas City Zoo and a Salute to the 1985 World Series poster presented by James Printing. 

Season Ticket Packages

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, special events and more!  All season ticket packages are available online at royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040. 

Single-Game Ticket On-Sale

As previously announced, single-game ticket prices will remain unchanged for the 2010 season and will go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m. 2010 Royals tickets will be available online at royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, the Kauffman Stadium Box Office, and all Hy-Vee locations in Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and St. Joseph.

One of the “It All Happens Here” television spots can be viewed by visiting:

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?topic_id=kc&c_id=kc

Throwing strikes of a different kind (photos)

Kansas City Royals alumni, front office associates and broadcasters participated in the first Winter Gloves for Kids on Thursday at Lucky Strike in the Power and Light District. 

The event, presented by Ryan Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation, raised over $20,000 for the Salvation Army to help provide winter clothes and support for the homeless.

Here is a recap of the night in photos:

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First, we look at the bowling form of the infielders.  Frank White leads off and you can see why his nickname is “Smooth”.  Frank is followed by David Howard and Greg Pryor.

 

 

 

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Next, the outfielders.  This photo of Willie Wilson reminds us of him gliding into third with a triple.  Brian McRae enjoyed bowling with his daughter, Addison

 

 
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Pitching and bowling have similarities.  Pitchers paint the corner while bowlers need precision to pick up the spare.  You can throw it fast or add a little curve.  And it’s all about strikes!  Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery was the individual champion for the night.  Mike Boddicker and Paul Splittorff also showed their form.

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Montgomery also led his team to the championship.  The team was captained by Fox Sports Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg, who accepted the ‘traveling trophy’.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Royals Hot Stove tonight: Scott Podsednik

Outfielder Scott Podsednik will be Ryan Lefebvre’s guest on the Hot Stove Report.  Tune in from 6 to 7 p.m. on 610 Sports in Kansas City or on the web at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp.  Also, don’t forget to stop by Lucky Strike at 1370 Grand in the Power and Light District.  Lefebvre will be hosting his Winter Gloves for Kids event, starting at 7 p.m. this evening.  You can watch Royals greats and local media personalities as they bowl to support the Salvation Army.

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ROYALS SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6

Tickets for the 2010 season will go on-sale to the general public on Saturday March 6 at 9 a.m.  2010 Royals tickets will be available online at royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, the Kauffman Stadium Box Office, and all Hy-Vee locations in Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and St. Joseph.  A limited quantity of tickets for the 2010 home opener on Monday, April 5 at 3:10 p.m. versus the Detroit Tigers will be made available online, by phone and the Kauffman Stadium Box Office only.

As previously announced, single-game ticket prices will remain unchanged for the 2010 season. 

The Royals are offering subscribers to the Royals Report – the club’s free email newsletter - an exclusive 2010 ticket presale opportunity.  By registering for the newsletter at royals.com by Friday, February 26, fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets to every 2010 Royals home game, excluding Opening Day.  All Royals Report subscribers can order tickets online at royals.com on Thursday, March 4 starting at 9 a.m.  Newsletter subscribers will receive an email with further instructions on the March 4 presale opportunity.

Along with this presale opportunity, Royals Report subscribers also receive the latest news alerts including exclusive interviews, promotions, special ticket discounts and more right to their email throughout the year.

OPENING DAY TICKETS – Royals fans have four separate opportunities to secure tickets to Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium – Monday, April 5 at 3:10 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers:

1.  Single-Game Ticket On-Sale Date – March 6: Opening Day tickets will be available through royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Office beginning Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m.

2.  royals.com Opening Day Ticket Opportunity: To be eligible fans must register online at royals.com by Monday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.  Those applicants whose names are selected in a random drawing will have the opportunity to purchase up to two (2) tickets to Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium.

3.  Royals Season Tickets: 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, special events and more!  All season ticket packages are available online at royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040.

4.  Royals 9-Game Plans: Save big and select the games that work for you with 9-Game plan starting at just $99.  A limited number of Opening Day tickets are available to add to the purchase of a 9-Game Plan.  Royals 9-game plans are available online at royals.com and by calling (816) 504-4040.

The complete 2010 schedule can be found at royals.com. All dates and times are subject to change.

Spring Training countdown: Load up the truck!

Truck pics 002.jpgPitchers and catchers report in nine days!  Today the Spring Training truck left Kansas City on its way to the Arizona desert.  Here’s the link to the Spring Training schedule:  http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=kc&m=03&y=2010

Two months from Opening Day: A photo of the field

It’s snowing in Kansas City, but we’re thinking spring as Opening Day is two months from today!  Order your season tickets now to secure the best seats for the opener.  Here’s a look at the snow-covered Kauffman Stadium field: 

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Winter Gloves for Kids set for February 11

Royals fans are familiar with Ryan Lefebvre’s Gloves for Kids event that collects baseball gloves.  Now, Lefebvre has a new event that will collect winter clothes and gloves for the Salvation Army.  Royals alumni, front office associates and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in the first-ever Winter Gloves for Kids bowling event on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at Lucky Strike in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. 

Participants include Royals Hall of Fame players Dennis Leonard, Paul Splittorff, Jeff Montgomery, Frank White and Willie Wilson along with former Royals players Mike Boddicker, Al Fitzmorris, Shane Halter, David Howard and Brian McRae.  Sports media personalities include Lefebvre and Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City, as well as Bob Davis, Denny Matthews and Steve Stewart with the Royals Radio Network.

Public admission to the event is free, however guests are encouraged to bring a donation of adult or children-sized winter gloves or make a financial donation.  Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for an assortment of prizes, including an opportunity to visit Lefebvre in the Fox Sports Kansas City television booth for an inning during a 2010 Royals game.  The public is also invited that evening to participate in a silent auction of sports-related memorabilia.

In addition to the Winter Gloves for Kids event, several of Thursday’s participants will also take part in the Honk n’ Holler program on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m., delivering hot food, drinks and warm clothing to the homeless adults and children of Kansas City. 

Proceeds from the February 11th bowling event will benefit The Salvation Army’s Children’s Shelter and the Honk n’ Holler program.  Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged youth in the greater Kansas City area by providing funding for athletic and educational equipment as well as environments for positive social growth.  Since 2001, Lefebvre, the Royals and Dick’s Sporting Goods have teamed up to hold nine Gloves for Kids events, raising well over $70,000.

We hope to see you at Lucky Strike next Thursday!

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