The Royals Hot Stove show returns at 7:00 Central time tonight on 610 Sports and royals.com (link – http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp). Hosts Ryan Lefebvre, Denny Matthews and Steve Stewart welcome Manager Ned Yost, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett and left-handed reliever Tim Collins. Kansas City’s game against Seattle follows at 8:05 Central. The Royals are scheduled to face 2010 A.L. Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.
Tonight’s game was added to the radio schedule for 610 Sports. Additional new broadcasts include this Saturday (3:05) and Saturday, March 26 (3:05). We will update you on further additions once KU’s basketball schedule finalizes.
Jeremy is from South Boston, Va., which has a population of about 8,500 and is north of Durham, N.C. on U.S. 501. Jeffress is not the first KC player to be born in the small Virginia town – former Royal Michael Tucker was also born in South Boston.
Jeremy was acquired in the December trade that sent Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee. Jeffress has an “exploding” fastball that has been clocked above 100 MPH! Watch Jeremy pitch on this Twitter video (and turn up the sound!): http://twitvid.com/VHS5M
Jeffress made his Major League debut on September 1, 2010, pitching a scoreless inning against the Reds. Jeffress compiled a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances for the Brewers. After the season, he pitched for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, where he was a teammate of several Kansas City’s top prospects. Jeffress struck out 14 batters in 11.2 innings for Surprise and pitched in the AFL’s Rising Stars Game.
Let’s learn a little more from Jeremy, who is already considered a clubhouse favorite.
ATH: Besides baseball, what is your favorite sport?
ATH: If you weren’t playing baseball, what occupation would you have?
Jeffress: SWAT team leader
ATH: Who was your favorite player while growing up?
ATH: What’s your favorite food?
ATH: What’s your favorite TV show?
Jeffress: The Jamie Foxx Show
ATH: Besides family members, name one person who has influenced your career:
Jeffress: Too many to name and I’d worry about leaving someone out.
Thanks to Jeremy for participating in our “KC Close Up”! Check back on Friday for our next player profile!
Photo credit – Chris Carlson – AP
Previous KC Close Ups: Lucas May – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/beckett-thumb-300×297-27418011.jpgarchives/2011/03/kc_close_up_lucas_may_talks_ab.html
All uniformed personnel, staff members and guests at spring training were in attendance this morning as members of the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Naturals received their rings for winning the 2010 Texas League championship. Let’s take a look:
At left, General Manager Dayton Moore addressed the group.
Below: Director – Minor League Opertions Scott Sharp (left) and Royals’ Assistant GM J.J. Picollo (right) spoke at the ring ceremony.
And here we see left-handed pitchers Mike Montgomery (l) and Will Smith (r) receive their rings from Naturals GM Eric Edelstein as Manager Brian Poldberg looks on.
Congrats to all of the 2010 Naturals!
This year, you’ll get the same great ticket and happy hour specials…plus pregame concerts featuring live local bands each week! INK Student Night tickets are just $7 for Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield sections. Just bring your high school or college ID to the Kauffman Stadium Box Office!
Gate E in the Outfield Experience will open 1.5 hours prior to game time for INK Student Nights. All other gates will open 1 hour prior to game time on Wednesdays.
Once you enter The K, stop by the Crown Classic concession area in the Outfield Experience for the Happy Hour special – which features a hot dog and a 12 ounce beer or 24 ounce soft drink for $7.
The Outfield Experience stage is a short walk from the concessions – and this year, some great local bands will be on hand! First on the list is Sons of Great Dane – the group was selected to perform this week at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas! Here is the full list of bands scheduled to perform during the 2011 season!
INK Student Night page: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ticketing/student_night.jsp
Check out more great deals on the Fan Value Corner at royals.com!
Catch Every Major League Moment at Kauffman Stadium in 2011 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 2011 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.
Royals’ Futures Game: Fans can catch a glimpse of the future as the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals match up for an exhibition game at Kauffman Stadium following the Royals home game on Saturday, April 2. With a Royals game ticket for the 12:10 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Angels, fans are invited to stay for the Minor League action to immediately follow the Major League game. For more information and a special ticket discount, visit www.royals.com/futuresgame .
Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey: Fans can gear up for the 2011 season in style by getting a Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey on Saturday, April 16. The jerseys, presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, will be given away to the first 20,000 fans.
T-Shirt Tuesdays Return: T-Shirt Tuesdays return to Kauffman Stadium in 2011! This season’s series will include unique designs and a long-sleeve t-shirt on Tuesday, September 13. For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesdays .
Buck O’Neil Centennial Celebration: The Royals will join the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the O’Neil family for a celebration of Buck O’Neil’s 100th birthday. Scheduled for Saturday, July 9, the event will include a pre-game ceremony and first pitch as well as in-game video recognitions on CrownVision. In addition, a special Kansas City Monarchs pennant presented by Sprint featuring a commemorate Buck O’Neil logo will be given to the first 20,000 fans as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers.
The Border Showdown Heads to Kauffman Stadium: Kauffman Stadium will again be the site of a Big 12 Conference baseball showdown between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Missouri Tigers on Wednesday, April 6. With a Royals game ticket for the homestand finale against the Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m., fans are invited to stay for the college game to immediately follow.
School Day at The K: The Royals and WDAF-TV Fox 4 welcome more than 20,000 students, teachers and parents to the 13th annual School Day at The K on Thursday, May 5. Following an on-field weather presentation prior to the game featuring the Fox 4 Weather Team and meteorology assistant Sluggerrr, participants will enjoy the Orioles-Royals game at 1:10 p.m. For more details, visit www.royals.com/schoolday .
Buck Nights: Buck Nights are back and better than ever! For eight select Friday dates throughout the season, fans can purchase hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts for just $1 each. The fan-favorite is scheduled for April 15, April 29, May 6, June 3, July 8, July 22, August 5 and September 2.
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.
Girls Night Out: Back by popular demand, ladies will again receive the Royal treatment at The K in 2011. The event, which is presented by KC Chevy Dealers and benefits the American Heart Association, is slated for Saturday, July 23. In addition to all of the great activities and food, the first 10,000 females through the gates will receive a ladies’ Royals baseball cap presented by KC Chevy Dealers.
Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day: The annual Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day celebration begins with a pregame party in the Outfield Experience. The festivities will include Irish-inspired music and an exclusive Royals green cap for the first 20,000 fans. It’s also Fan Appreciation Night, so the Royals will reward fans for their tremendous support with prize giveaways throughout the game.
All You Can Eat Seats: For six select Thursday home games, fans can purchase All You Can Eat Seats located in the Loge Level (Sec. 318 – 325) 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 www.royals.com/allyoucaneat.
Single Game: $35
Any groups of 20 or more: $28
Hy-Vee Royal Nites: Get $5 Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) for all Monday home games (excluding 8/15 vs. NYY).
INK Student Nights: Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets are available for all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $7. Seating is subject to availability. New in 2011, all Student Nights will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. All Student Nights include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight .
610 Saturdays: The Royals will once again team up with 610 Sports Radio and the Entercom Radio family – including stations such as 96.5 The Buzz, 106.5 The Wolf and 98.9 The Rock – to bring live music and great activities to Saturday pregame festivities. Events will take place in the Outfield Experience. For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturday .
Sprint Fun Run: All fans can run the bases after every Sunday home game (conditions permitting).
Sonic Slam Seats: Back in 2011, 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.
NEW FOR 2011
Family FunDay Sundays: Kauffman Stadium is the place for families on Sundays in 2011. Every Sunday home game will feature special family entertainment and activities in the Outfield Experience. Select Sundays will also feature autograph sessions with Royals alumni. For details, visit www.royals.com/Sundays .
INK Local Music Showcase: Catch a free concert on us. Every Wednesday Student Night will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. And you can satisfy your appetite with a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience. For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight .
KidsFest: On Sunday, July 10, the Royals celebrate young baseball fans with a special event dedicated to kids! With pregame activities, entertainment and lots of fun in the Outfield Experience, kids will rule the day at The K. The first 8,000 kids 14 and under will also receive a Royals Superhero Cape.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SAVE
Fountain Seats: For just $10 on game days, fans can purchase Fountain Seats located on the lower level in left field.
Bases Loaded 4-Packs: A great value back for 2011! For more information, please visit www.royals.com/basesloaded.
$108 Value for $60: Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise for just $60 for all Sunday games (excluding 5/22 and 6/26).
$108 Value for $80: Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise for just $80 for all Friday games (excluding 5/20, 6/24, 8/19).
$84 Spring Play Pack for $25: Purchase a Spring Play Pack for any Sunday-Thursday game from April 3 to June 2 (excluding 5/22) 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! For details, visit www.royals.com/playpack .
Military Heroes Discount Program Presented by the National World War I Museum: Active-duty and retired military may purchase up to four half-price Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield, Hy-Vee Box, Hy-Vee View and Rivals Outfield Box tickets for all regular season Sunday-Friday home games, excluding premium dates in select seating categories. Present valid military identification at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. For details, visit www.royals.com/heroes .
Senior Discount (65+): Senior citizens can enjoy half-price tickets in the Loge 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, Hy-Vee Infield seats are just $5 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 (excluding 3/31 and 8/18).
Jackson County Days: All residents of Jackson County will be able to receive 50 percent off Field Plaza, Hy-Vee Reserved Box or Rivals Outfield Box tickets to 15 select home games. For details, visit www.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 www.royals.com/register.
Sluggerrr’s Blue Crew Youth Fan Club Presented by U.S. Toy: Membership includes a Royals powder blue 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, 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 www.royals.com/bluecrew .
SEASON TICKET PACKAGES
Fans can take advantage of all the great promotions and special events planned for 2011 by becoming a Royals Season Ticket Holder. Starting at just $65 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, exclusive events and more. Secure your 2012 All-Star Game priority by purchasing a half-season or full-season plan today! Packages are available online at royals.com or by calling (816) 504-4040.
2011 Special Events and Promotions
31 Opening Day presented by Sprint
1 Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
2 610 Saturday, Magnetic Schedule presented by Sprint (All Fans), Royals’ Futures Game: Omaha vs. Northwest Arkansas
3 Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
5 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Pepsi (First 10,000 Fans)
6 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK, KU/MU Baseball Game
15 Jackie Robinson Day, Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
16 610 Saturday, Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey presented by Fox Sports Kansas City (First 20,000 Fans)
17 Family FunDay Sunday, Autograph Afternoon, Fun Run presented by Sprint
18 Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
19 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Farmland (First 10,000 Fans)
20 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
21 All You Can Eat Seats
29 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
30 610 Saturday
1 Faith & Family Day, Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
4 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
5 School Day at The K presented by Fox 4
6 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
7 610 Saturday, Salute to the Kansas City A’s, Retro KC Cap presented by Sprint (First 20,000 Fans – photo above)
8 Mother’s Day, Family FunDay Sunday, Ladies Tote Bag presented by Hy-Vee (First 10,000 Ladies – photo above), Fun Run presented by Sprint
16 Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
17 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Teva Neuroscience (First 10,000 Fans)
18 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
19 All You Can Eat Seats
20 Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
21 610 Saturday
22 Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
30 Memorial Day, Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
1 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
3 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
4 610 Saturday, Willie Wilson Bobblehead presented by Farmland (First 20,000 Fans)
5 Family FunDay Sunday, Autograph Afternoon, Kids Pillow Case presented by
FSKC (First 8,000 Kids 14 & Under), Fun Run presented by Sprint
6 Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
8 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
9 All You Can Eat Seats
21 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Pepsi (First 10,000 Fans)
22 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
24 Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
25 610 Saturday
26 Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
7 All You Can Eat Seats
8 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
9 610 Saturday, Buck O’Neil Centennial Celebration, Monarchs Pennant presented by Sprint (First 20,000 Fans)
10 KidsFest, Family FunDay Sunday, Autograph Afternoon, Kids Superhero Cape presented by U.S. Toy (First 8,000 Kids 14 & Under), Fun Run presented by Sprint
18 Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
19 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Hy-Vee (First 10,000 Fans)
20 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
22 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
23 610 Saturday, Girls Night Out presented by KC Chevy Dealers, Ladies Baseball Cap presented by KC Chevy Dealers (First 10,000 Ladies)
24 Christmas Eve in July, Family FunDay Sunday, Royals Snow Globe presented by The University of Kansas Hospital (First 10,000 Fans), Fun Run presented by Sprint
2 T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Sprint (First 10,000 Fans)
3 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
5 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
6 610 Saturday, Armed Forces Day presented by the National World War I Museum
7 Family FunDay Sunday, Kids Batting Helmet (First 8,000 Kids 14 & Under), Fun Run presented by Sprint
15 Royal Nite presented by Hy-Vee
17 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
18 All You Can Eat Seats
19 Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
20 610 Saturday
21 Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
2 Buck Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
3 610 Saturday, Viva Los Royals presented by Sprint, Bobblehead (First 20,000 Fans)
4 Family FunDay Sunday, Autograph Afternoon, Fun Run presented by Sprint
13 Long-Sleeve T-Shirt Tuesday (First 10,000 Fans)
14 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
15 All You Can Eat Seats
16 Futures Night, Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee/Pepsi
17 610 Saturday, Fan Appreciation Day presented by Sprint, Shirts Off Their Backs, Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day, Royals Green Cap (First 20,000 Fans)
18 Bark at The K, Family FunDay Sunday, Fun Run presented by Sprint
21 Student Night, Local Music Showcase presented by INK
*Promotions and special events are subject to change. Visit royals.com for complete up-to-date details. http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&y=2011
The Royals Hot Stove show will be held tonight on 610 Sports at 6:00 p.m. Central. Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Stewart will be the hosts, with Chicago White Sox announcer Darrin Jackson and pitcher Kyle Davies as the guests.
Our first “Ballpark Blueprint” is about “Family FunDay Sundays”. Sunday home games in 2011 will feature live entertainment and family-focused activities in the Outfield Experience!
Autograph Afternoons: Royals Alumni will sign autographs on April 17, June 5, July 10 and September 4.
Entertainment on the All-Star Barbeque Stage: Have some pre-game barbeque while watching a great show! Scheduled acts include “In the Air”, a juggling group on April 17 and “Spaghetti Eddie” on July 10.
KidsFest (July 10 vs. Detroit): Ok, kids, it’s time to test out your cosmic powers! The first 8,000 kids, 14 and under, will receive a Royals Superhero Cape at the gate from U.S. Toys. Once you have your cape on, walk on over to the Outfield Experience and add to your superhero look by visiting one of the face painters that will be on hand! Balloon artists and a juggling stilt walker will also add to the fun of KidsFest.
Christmas Eve in July (July 24 vs. Tampa Bay): Cool off from the hot summer weather with Christmas Eve in July! Santa and Chilly the Penguin will be on hand. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Royals Snow Globe, presented by the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Promotional Giveaways: In addition to the superhero cape and the snow globe, three other Family FunDay Sundays include a great giveaway! On Mother’s Day (May 8 vs. Oakland), the first 10,000 ladies will receive a tote bag from Hy-Vee. On June 5, K.C. welcomes the Minnesota Twins. The first 8,000 kids, 14 and under, will receive a Royals pillow case! And on August 7, the first 8,000 kids will take home a batting helmet.
All Day Play Pass: For just $10, you can have unlimited access to Outfield Experience activities! Take your swings at the U.S Toy Little K or the batting cages, test your speed at the base run or speed pitch and enjoy unlimited rounds of mini-golf! And once you need to sit down and rest, you can take a few rides on the Kauffman Stadium Carousel!
We look forward to seeing your family at our Family FunDay Sundays in 2011! For a full listing of 2011 promotions, visit http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&y=2011
and to learn more about Family FunDay Sundays, visit
The Royals won one and lost one in split-squad play on Monday. Several top prospects from minor league camp joined the major league squads for the games. Christian Colon, KC’s first round pick in 2010, played shortstop and 2009 third-rounder Wil Myers entered the afternoon contest as a pinch hitter (notice that Wil doesn’t wear batting gloves!).
Today’s game, which is underway, is an audio webcast on royals.com.
Many details and logistics go in to each day of Spring Training. Take today, for instance – the Royals have a home game at 2:05 Central (listen on royals.com) and a road game at 8:05 Central (listen on 610 Sports). The clubhouse team will have the jerseys and equipment ready for both games. Let’s take a look at one of the many behind-the-scenes details, a spring bus trip.
Starting pitcher Luke Hochevar loads his bag onto the bus.
Mike Moustakas had his glove and hat in hand and his stirrups up high.
Here’s a look at the nearly-full bus, which is almost ready to depart. The team is in uniform as they’ll be taking the field for warmups and batting practice shortly upon arrival at Camelback Ranch.
Bus driver Jim White has been transporting the Royals to spring road contests since 2004.
Jim is at the wheel and ready to roll, with manager Ned Yost in the first passenger seat.
And the Boys in Blue are on their way to Glendale for a matchup with the White Sox!
The Royals broke a 5-5 tie with four in the eighth, then added a pair in the ninth as they defeated the Dodgers 11-5 on Wednesday.
Sean O’Sullivan was solid as he threw two scoreless innings.
John Lamb allowed one hit while striking out the other three batters he faced in his Cactus League debut.
Lucas May faced his former organization for the first time. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 2003.
Here’s a look at Greg Holland’s delivery:
Mitch Maier went 2-for-2 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base.