The Kansas City Royals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will team with Royals outfielder David DeJesus and 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke for the sixth annual Royals Baseball Equipment Drive. The drive is set for Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at Kauffman Stadium prior to the first two games of the Royals-Minnesota Twins weekend series. This season’s Baseball Equipment Drive will benefit Della Lamb Youth Baseball.
Collection times will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 23 and 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on April 24. Royals Wives will greet fans and collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Gate C of Kauffman Stadium, while Della Lamb volunteers will be stationed at Hy-Vee Gate B. All types of baseball and softball equipment will be accepted, including gloves, baseballs, bases, batting tees, bats, batting helmets, shoes and uniforms. In addition to the collected items, Della Lamb Youth Baseball will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Della Lamb provides low-income families with an array of services including child care, youth programs and elementary charter school education, adult education, emergency social services and international refugee services. The organization serves over 400 inner city youth in the Kansas City metro area through educational, athletic, recreational and cultural activities. This year, more than 130 kids will participate in youth baseball.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund averages $1.5 million in grants annually.
The Royals begin a series north of the border tonight in Toronto. Game time is 6:07 Central. The game will air on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network.
Here’s your lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Pena – C), (Gordon – 3B), (Maier – LF), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)
Alex Gordon will make his first start of the 2010 season. Here’s your lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Gordon – 3B), (Betancourt – SS), (Hochevar – P)
The Royals and Twins will get underway from Target Field at 12:10 today. The game is on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Meche – P)
Second baseman Chris Getz was placed on the D.L. this morning (retroactive to April 15) with a right oblique strain. Alex Gordon was returned from his rehab assignment and activated from the D.L.
The Royals touched down in the Twin Cities on Wednesday night. Kansas City had an off day today before their first game at the brand-new Target Field on Friday. A game was played at Target Field today – Minnesota hosted Boston in an afternoon matinee. Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations for the Royals, took the opportunity to be a fan for a day as he checked out the new stadium. Dave sent along these photos:
Fans on the main concourse in left-center field can look down on the bullpens. Here Twins’ hurler Francisco Liriano wraps up his warm up before making a start against Boston. Liriano would have a big day as Minnesota won, 8-0.
The Fox Sports North pre and post-game studio is on the concourse in left field.
A view from behind the left-field foul pole.
The Minneapolis light rail system stops just feet from Target Field beyond left field.
A view from the writing press box. The box was open-air on this day, but windows can be closed on cold nights.
A view looking at the scoreboard from the top row of the upper deck in right.
A view looking toward home plate from the upper level in right.
A look toward center high up on the Budweiser Roof Deck, a standing room only section where tickets are $10.
In right center field, near Gate 34, some “wind art” was placed on the outside of a parking garage. When the wind blows, the thousands of small shingles wave back and forth and look like waves in the ocean. At night, this area will light up, adding one light per innings so fans can tell which inning the game is in without even looking at the scoreboard.
Royals Charities is once again partnering with 98.1 KUDL, 99.7 KISS and The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation to host another round of T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes presented by Sunflower Dermatology and Day Spa on the field at Kauffman Stadium in 2010. The classes, which are free-of-charge and open to females ages 12 and older, are scheduled for Saturday, May 1 and Saturday, September 25. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon. More than 2,000 women have been educated in self-defense at Kauffman Stadium since Royals Charities first hosted the program in 2008.
Participants for the 2010 classes must pre-register online at www.royals.com/takedefense. All participants must sign a waiver, which is also available online. Participants under the age of 18 will also need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate.
The T.A.K.E. Defense classes aim to raise safety awareness and give women self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will receive safety awareness tips and hands-on training in basic life-saving self-defense techniques during the class.
The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation was created in honor of the late Ali Kemp, a metro teen who was murdered in 2002. T.A.K.E. Defense serves as a legacy to Ali’s life and has trained more than 36,000 girls and women in basic self-defense skills. T.A.K.E. Defense carries its message and training locally and across the United States each year to communities, colleges, and universities and has been featured on America’s Most Wanted, ABC’s “20/20″ and CBS Prime Time along with numerous local and regional newscasts.
The Royals have introduced a new Green Team initiative in partnership with Allied Waste for the 2010 season. The Royals Green Team presented by Allied Waste consists of volunteer groups and stadium staff that collect recyclable materials from fans during each home game.
As part of the program, the club has introduced the “Green Stretch” during which the Green Team will walk the aisles collecting plastics and aluminum from fans. An accompanying public address announcement and CrownVision signage encourage fans to use one of the more than 150 recycle bins located around Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals and Allied Waste have partnered on the initiative in order to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills per game. By increasing the number of materials recycled, the club is easing the environmental impact created at the facility.
“Allied Waste is thrilled to partner with the Royals organization to help reduce waste and promote recycling in our community,” said Allied Waste’s General Manager Nick Babcock.
Green Teams groups are made up of a maximum of 50 people and must be at least 10 years old (with adult supervision). As a thank you for their support, volunteers will receive an official Green Team t-shirt and be able to enjoy the game both prior to and after the “Green Stretch.” Interested groups may contact Carrie Bligh, Royals Director of Fan Services & Hospitality, at email@example.com.
“The Royals are focused on ‘greening’ Kauffman Stadium in 2010 and beyond,” said Mike Bucek, Royals Vice President-Marketing & Business Development. “We feel that this program with our new partner Allied Waste is a great way to work together with our fans to make recycling at the ballpark easier and more efficient.”
Allied Waste, a division of Republic Services, Inc., is the second largest provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. Allied Waste provides non-hazardous solid waste collection services to approximately 13 million commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers through 376 collection companies in 40 states and Puerto Rico.
The Royals look to make it two in a row today in Detroit. Game time is 12:05 Central, with coverage on Fox Sports Kansas City starting at 11:30 a.m. Here’s your Kansas City lineup:
(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Kendall – C), (Bloomquist – 2B), (Betancourt – SS), (Bannister – P)
Jose Guillen (at left) hit a pair of home runs yesterday. This picture shows his second roundtripper. He’s batting sixth again today. Here’s your lineup:
(DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Callaspo – 3B), (Butler – 1B), (Ankiel – CF), (Guillen – DH), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Hochevar – P)