Give me a break
In response to questions regarding the team’s recent time off, Yost said that every team looks forward to the All-Star break — it’s kind of a destination point in the season and allows the players to step back and recharge. Yost doesn’t think the break will have any effect on hot players like David DeJesus. He believes players like DeJesus simply come to play everyday and their success is really due to their mechanics and ability to see the ball well.
Back to the basics
Yost provided a brief update on pitcher Gil Meche who was recently added to the 60-day disabled list. The manager announced that Meche threw about 18 pitches today. According to Yost, Meche’s mechanics were a little jerky, but Yost didn’t show much concern, saying that the pitcher just needs to get back in his rhythm.
Bringin’ the heat
Though others seemed a bit uncomfortable in the summer heat, Yost doesn’t “sweat” it, saying this is exactly what is was like when he coached in Georgia. “You get used to it,” he said.
It’s Buck Night! Hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts, Twinkies, Gameday Magazines and scorecards are $1 all night long! Here’s the lineup for the 7:10 start vs. Oakland:
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Callaspo – 3B), (Aviles – 2B), (Bloomquist – CF), (Betancourt – SS), (Greinke – P)
“Cooperstown Corner” will feature artifacts on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. To coincide with the club’s 25th anniversary of the Royals 1985 World Championship, this first exclusive traveling showcase includes unique World Series items from 100-plus years of baseball’s premier event, including the baseball used to start the very first Fall Classic in 1903.
The “Kansas City Connection” salutes all the National Baseball Hall of Fame Members with a direct tie to Kansas City. The list will grow to 46 later this month when former Royals manager Whitey Herzog is inducted and includes some of the most legendary names in the game. Nearly one of every six Hall of Famers has a direct connection to one of Kansas City’s professional baseball teams.
Also on display is an exhibit exploring the evolution of the bat, the glove and the baseball itself. This hands-on exhibit chronicles the history of equipment essential to the game.
The Royals Hall of Fame gallery also features a special “Fathers and Sons” story highlighting the three family duos that have played for the Royals – the McRaes, the Wathans, and the Bannisters. The Royals welcome submissions of special photos of fathers and their children for a collage that serves as an introduction to the exhibit. For submission information and any other information on the Royals Hall of Fame, visit Royals.com.
The new exhibits further enhance the pre-existing fan-favorites, including the Dugout Theater which showcases the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning film documenting the history of baseball in Kansas City.
Located in Kauffman Stadium’s Outfield Experience, the Royals Hall of Fame features interactive displays and exhibits that chronicle Kansas City’s baseball history from 1884 to the present. The facility is open seven days a week for tours and is free to all fans during every Royals game.
ATH just stopped by the mail room, where we noticed Joakim Soria’s duffle bag had arrived back from the All-Star Game. Soria leads the Majors with 25 saves and has converted 18 straight chances! He has held opponents to three earned runs over his last 22.0 innings for a 1.23 ERA. Kansas City hosts Oakland tonight at 7:10. It’s Buck Night plus Fireworks Friday!
The Royals return from the All-Star break by welcoming the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays to Kauffman Stadium for a six-game homestand. The Royals host the A’s in a three-game weekend series, July 16-18, before the Blue Jays make their only trip of the season to Kansas City for a three-game set, July 19-21.
Friday, July 16 – Oakland A’s vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products, peanuts, Twinkies, Gameday Magazines and scorecards for just $1 each all night long. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
· 50/50 Friday – A new fundraiser from Royals Charities in which a lucky fan can win big! www.royals.com/5050.
· Sheamus Visits The K – Current WWE Champion Sheamus will visit Kauffman Stadium in advance of the WWE’s “Money in the Bank” event at Sprint Center on Sunday, July 18. Sheamus will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and be featured during the game on CrownVision.
· Kansas City A’s Salute – The Royals will salute the Kansas City A’s with a video retrospective throughout the evening. In salute to Charlie O., the famous Missouri mule which Finley anointed as the team mascot while in Kansas City, fans will have an opportunity to take their photo with a Missouri mule behind Rivals Sports Bar. Visit www.royals.com/kcathletics for more information.
· Retro KC Cap – The first 20,000 fans will receive a royal blue retro KC cap courtesy of Hy-Vee. The cap features in interlocking KC logo that was used by the A’s in Kansas City prior to moving to Oakland with the Royals color scheme.
· 610 Saturday – Enjoy great food, live music from County Road 5, courtesy of 106.5 The Wolf, and activities for fans of all ages prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. www.royals.com/610saturday.
· Ride to The K – The Harley-Davidson Employee Rider Association and the Royals welcome all riders, riding clubs and motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in Ride to The K and help support those in need. All ticket purchases, which must be made in advance, include a commemorative Ride to The K patch, donation to City Union Mission, and access to a pregame tailgate beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Lot L. All motorcycles can enter and park for FREE through Gate 3 (on the southeast side of the Stadium) off of Blue Ridge Cutoff. www.royals.com/ride.
· Billy Butler Youth Replica Bat presented by Fox Sports Kansas City to the first 8,000 fans 14 and under.
· Fun Run presented by Sprint. All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).
· Bases Loaded 4-Pack – www.royals.com/basesloaded.
Monday, July 19 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.
· Hy-Vee Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5. www.royals.com/fanvalue.
· Hot Dog Derby T-Shirt Tuesday – Everyone wins with the Hot Dog Derby T-Shirt! The first 20,000 fans receive a t-shirt celebrating a Kauffman Stadium tradition courtesy of Farmland Foods. www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.
Wednesday, July 21 – Toronto Blue Jays vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.
· INK College “Night” – www.royals.com/college.
· All You Can Eat Seats – www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
TRAFFIC REMINDER: The Royals would like to remind fans that Stadium Drive is currently closed at Raytown Road. To access parking on the west side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may proceed on Raytown Road past Stadium Drive and will be able to enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 5. To access parking on the east side of Kauffman Stadium, fans may continue on Raytown Road approximately one mile past Gate 5 and enter the complex through Gate 4.
Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
Congrats to third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was promoted to Triple-A Omaha earlier today. “Moose” leaves Double-A Northwest Arkansas as the Texas League leader in batting average (.347), home runs (21) and RBI (76). The O-Royals start the second half on the road before returning to Rosenblatt Stadium on July 23.
(Podsednik – LF), (Kendall – C), (DeJesus – RF), (Butler – 1B), (Callaspo – 3B), (Betemit – DH), (Maier – CF), (Betancourt- SS), (Getz – 2B), (Davies – P)
The Royals and Chiefs are partnering on a special two-pack ticket and parking package for the Major League Baseball-Monday Night Football doubleheader at the Truman Sports Complex on Monday, September 13. Fans may take advantage of this special offer at www.kc2pack.com or by visiting the Chiefs Ticket Office during regular business hours (Monday- Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM).
Fans are encouraged to be a part of one of the most eagerly-anticipated single-day sporting events in recent Kansas City history. Jackson County residents can purchase tickets beginning tomorrow, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chiefs ticket box office window with a personal tax receipt. Tickets will go on sale to the Royals and Chiefs season-tickets holders on July 9 at 10:00 am. The general public will then be able to purchase tickets beginning at 1:00 p.m. on July 9.
Fans can purchase this special two-pack to the MLB-NFL doubleheader on September 13 for as little as $68 per package (one seat for both games). The Royals will offer tickets in the Dugout Plaza, Field Box, Field Plaza and Hy-Vee Reserve Box sections. The Chiefs will have tickets available in the following sections: Lower Level Red Zone, Upper Level Red Select, Upper Level TD Zone and Upper Level Red Reserve.
The action begins at 2:10 p.m. (CDT) when the Royals host the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Fans purchasing the special two-pack discounted parking option for $25 (savings of $7) will be able to remain parked and begin tailgating in preparation for the grand opening of the New Arrowhead. The evening will conclude when the Chiefs face the San Diego Chargers at 9:15 p.m. (CDT) as Monday Night Football makes its long-awaited return to Kansas City.
For more information fans can contact the Royals at (816) 504-4040 (Option 3) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.