April 2011

Saturday lineup: 6:10 at Kauffman Stadium

31,407 fans were on hand last night as the Royals rallied for a thrilling 4-3 win.  Sean O’Sullivan is on the mound for tonight’s 6:10 start.  Let’s take a look at the lineup:

(Aviles – 3B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Betemit – DH), (Escobar – SS), (Treanor – C), (Getz – 2B), (O’Sullivan – P)

Royals fan Veatrice Henson celebrates her 100th birthday at The K

 You may have seen Veatrice Henson in Sprint’s current ad campaign.  A resident of Grain Valley, Missouri, Veatrice is celebrating her 100th birthday today!   Kauffman Stadium host Tim Scott led the fans in singing “Happy Birthday” to Veatrice.  Congrats, Veatrice, and thanks for celebrating your big day with us!

Ned Yost media session: April 29

Coming off a disappointing 0-6 road trip, Royals manager Ned Yost said the team is glad to be back playing in front of a home crowd when he met with the media Friday afternoon. Yost expressed that baseball is a game of streaks and that each Major League team will face this sort of adversity at some point during the season. The Royals look to snap the recent skid in Friday’s 7:10 matchup against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium.

“You go through things like that over the course of the year,” Yost said. “The thing that is important is when you’re having your good streaks, you don’t all get fired up, you don’t get all excited. You just stay steady, and [do] the same thing when you’re struggling a little bit. You continue to work your way out of it.”

The skipper noted that it is important for his players to relax, letting their natural ability take over. He expects his squad to battle out of the recent skid and expressed that morale remains high in the clubhouse.

Left-hander Bruce Chen toes the rubber Friday night in search of his team-leading fourth victory of the season. Yost said that Chen brings experience and can help the Royals return to the win column if he keeps the ball down and effectively changes speeds and arm angles.

Friday lineup, Buck Night and Fireworks

The Royals are back in town for a nine-game homestand that begins with a visit from the Minnesota Twins.  Tonight’s game starts at 7:10 – it’s a Buck Night – hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are $1 each all night long!  After the game, check out Fireworks Friday, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.  Here’s tonight’s lineup:

(Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Betemit – 3B), (Ka’aihue – 1B), (Pena – C), (Escobar – SS), (Chen – P)

Chen to chair upcoming Baseball Equipment Drive, set for May 6-7

The Royals will team with pitcher Bruce Chen for the seventh annual Baseball Equipment Drive presented by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Rawlings.  The drive is set for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Kauffman Stadium prior to the first two games of the Royals-Oakland A’s weekend series.  This season’s Baseball Equipment Drive will benefit the Alta Vista Charter School Baseball Program.

Collection times will be from 30 minutes prior to first pitch through the end of the second inning each evening outside of the Diamond Club and Majestic Team Store on the plaza level of Kauffman Stadium.  In addition to collecting new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment, Royals Wives will also be selling special mystery bags for a $20 donation.  Each mystery bag will include a baseball autographed by a Royals player.

In addition to the items and funds collected during the two-day drive, the Alta Vista Baseball Program will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which will be presented during pregame ceremonies on Tuesday, May 3. 

Alta Vista Charter School, located in Kansas City, Mo., serves a number of students of Mexican heritage.  Despite the popularity of soccer in Mexico, many of the school’s students hoped for a chance to begin a baseball program.  With the support of the administration and staff, Alta Vista was able to purchase basic baseball equipment to help get the program running.  In the spring of 2010, Alta Vista fielded a baseball team for the first time in school history and hopes to expand the program moving forward.

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 and partners with teams around the Major Leagues on equipment drives.  In 2010, the Royals ranked fourth among all teams in number of items collected during the annual drive.

Homestand Highlights: April 29 – May 8

Kauffman Stadium will be the site of a number of special events – Faith & Family Day, School Day at The K and a special Salute to the Kansas City A’s – as the Royals return for a nine-game homestand, April 29-May 8.  The upcoming homestand also features fan favorites such as Buck Night, Fireworks Friday and live entertainment for the entire family.  In addition, fans can celebrate Mother’s Day with the Royals by treating mom to a ladies tote bag and afternoon at the ballpark.

Friday, April 29 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.

·         Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $80 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

Saturday, April 30 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including a balloon artist, and live music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, May 1 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Faith & Family Day – The annual Faith & Family Day celebration features “The Rookie” Jim Morris, whose meteoric rise from a 35-year-old high school teacher to a flame-throwing big league pitcher made cinematic history in Disney’s “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid.  Morris now draws on his own life experience to inspire others to become leaders and mentors in life and business.  The event, hosted by KCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Katie Horner, takes place inside Kauffman Stadium following the Twins-Royals game.  A game ticket is required for admittance.  Faith Day fans may purchase a Field Box or Field Plaza ticket for $15 or a Hy-Vee Reserved Box, Hy-Vee Infield or Hy-Vee Box ticket for only $10.  Tickets For details, visit www.royals.com/faith.
·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  Each Sunday home game includes face painters, balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10. www.royals.com/sunday.

·         Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases following the Faith & Family Day festivities (conditions permitting).  Please note that fans who prefer not to wait until the conclusion of Faith & Family Day may run the bases immediately after the game at the U.S. Toy Little K. 

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $60 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Tuesday, May 3 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Wednesday, May 4 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

INK Student Night – 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 also include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Crown Classic concession stand in the Outfield Experience prior to the game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.

INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  With support from 96.5 The Buzz, every Wednesday INK Student Night will feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Queens Club will be performing prior to the Orioles-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, May 5 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         School Day at The K presented by Fox 4 – The Royals and FOX 4 WDAF-TV welcome more than 20,000 students to the 13th Annual School Day at The K.  www.royals.com/schoolday.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Friday, May 6 – Oakland A’s vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game.

·         Buck Night – Hot dogs, small Pepsi products and peanuts are just $1 each all night long.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $80 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

Saturday, May 7 – Oakland A’s vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 6:10 p.m.

·         Retro KC Cap – The first 20,000 fans will receive a red, white and blue retro KC cap courtesy of Sprint.  The cap features in interlocking KC logo that was used by the A’s in Kansas City prior to moving to Oakland. 

·         Salute to the Kansas City A’s – The Royals will salute the Kansas City A’s by recognizing several former Kansas City A’s players – including pitchers Bill Fischer, Lew Krausse and Diego Segui – during a special pregame ceremony.  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 outfitted with Charlie O.’s original blanket behind Rivals Sports Bar. 

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including a caricature artist, and live music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, May 8 – Oakland A’s vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

Ladies’ Tote Bag – Celebrate Mother’s Day at the ballpark!  The first 10,000 women will receive a ladies tote bag courtesy of Hy-Vee. 
·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  Each Sunday home game includes face painters, a caricature artist and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  April 8 will also feature a live magic act.  Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10. www.royals.com/sunday.

·         Fun Run presented by Sprint – All fans can run the bases after the game (conditions permitting).

·         Bases Loaded 4-Pack for $60 – Get four Hy-Vee Infield tickets and $10 in loaded value per ticket.  www.royals.com/basesloaded.

·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Royals Charities…reaching globally as well as locally

Here’s a photo that we received from Toby Cook, Vice President – Community Affairs.

Announcer Ryan Lefebvre and his wife Sarah knew of a group of Kansas City residents who were participating in The Global Orphan Project.  The group visited Uganda and provided help to children there, most of who have been orphaned by AIDS.   These drawstring bags were one of the items donated, and you can see that the kids were pleased to have a new book bag.

To learn more about The Global Orphan Project, which is based in Parkville, visit https://theglobalorphanproject.org/

Ballpark Blueprint: Win big with 50/50 Fridays!

50/50 Fridays return in 2011!  For every Friday home game, volunteers will sell raffle tickets from the time gates open until the end of the fourth inning.  You can purchase raffle tickets priced at 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.   One winning ticket will be selected with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds.  The other half will be divided between Royals Charities and a local Kansas City charity.  This Friday, the Royals take on Minnesota at 7:10.  The American Diabetes Association will be the designated charity for the 50/50 fundraiser.  For more information on how your charity can take part in an upcoming 50/50 Friday, visit www.royals.com/5050.

Royals introduce Fan Family of the Week promotion

The Royals have announced details of its new Royals Fan Family of the Week promotion.  In conjunction with the club’s Family FunDay Sundays, fans are encouraged to submit a family photo taken at Kauffman Stadium for a chance to become the Royals Fan Family of the Week.  Each week’s winning photo will be featured on www.royals.com/fanfamily.

Fans who submit a photo at www.royals.com/fanfamily may share the Fan Family gallery and will receive a 50 percent discount offer to attend the next Family FunDay Sunday game at The K.  Fans will also have the opportunity to share their photo with friends and family through Facebook and Twitter. 

Fans looking for some inspiration for the Fan Family of the Week promotion can find the perfect setting during the Family FunDay Sunday festivities.  New in 2011, Family FunDay Sundays feature face painters, caricature and balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  Fans can also run the bases following the game during the Sprint Fun Run (conditions permitting).  To add to the fun, fans may purchase an All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10.  For details, visit www.royals.com/sunday.

Royals announce new 8-Game Value Pack

The Royals have introduced the 8-Game Value Pack, a new ticket package that gives fans a chance to purchase tickets for eight Royals games for as low as $40.  Royals fans may build their ticket plan around exciting Interleague match-ups or fan-favorite promotions such as T-Shirt Tuesdays and Family FunDay Sundays.

Through the Value Pack offer, fans may select a minimum of eight Royals games from all remaining Sunday-Thursday, non-premium home games in 2011.  Value Packs are available in the Field Box or Hy-Vee View seating sections and represent a savings of 50 percent over regular gate prices.  As an added bonus, additional games may be added to the plan at the discounted per game price.

Value Packs are available online at www.royals.com/valuepack or by calling the Royals Sales Department at (816) 504-4040, option 2.  For details on the Royals 2011 special events and promotions schedule, visit www.royals.com/promotions.

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