April 2011

Royals in the Community: Jackie Robinson Day, YMCA Healthy Kids Day and 50/50 Friday Highlight Homestand

As the Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for an eight-game homestand beginning April 14, the club has a number of community events planned.   Below is a listing of community efforts during the upcoming homestand, highlighted by the annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration and Healthy Kids Day at The K.

Friday, April 15 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

·         Jackie Robinson Day – Major League Baseball and the Royals celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with a special pregame ceremony.  As part of the tribute, the Royals will recognize Frank White, recipient of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Jackie Robinson Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Jackie Robinson Scholar alumni Montoya Lewis prior to the game.

·         50/50 Friday – 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 fifth inning.  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.  The American Diabetes Association will be the designated charity for Friday’s fundraiser.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/5050.

·         Wear Blue for Kids – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Royals are partnering with area child abuse prevention organization for Wear Blue for Kids at The K.  The club encourages fans to wear blue to show support in the fight against child abuse and stop by the Outfield Experience prior to the game to visit with participating organizations.

Sunday, April 17 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         YMCA Healthy Kids Day – The Royals partner with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City for the second annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day at The K.  Special activities and information booths will be set up around Kauffman Stadium to promote an active, healthy lifestyle.  Fans can support the YMCA through a special ticket offer, which includes a donation to the organization, by visiting www.royals.com/ymca.

·         Hochevar to Host Challenger Clinic – Pitcher Luke Hochevar, local spokesperson for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Challenger Division baseball program, will host a private baseball lesson for four Challenger athletes at 9:45 a.m. at the U.S. Toy Little K.  The Challenger Division removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field by featuring a “buddy” system in which each player is paired with an able-bodied peer.

·         Royals Troopers – The Royals Grounds Crew welcomes select children who have a parent deployed through the United States military efforts overseas to join them in game preparations as part of the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere.  The honored kids will help prepare the field prior to the Royals game and will receive game tickets and Royals merchandise.

Wednesday, April 20 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Dream Factory – Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children.  These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout, and enjoy the game and refreshments.  Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

Royals and 610 Sports Radio Team Up for “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly” Radio Show

This Sunday, April 17, marks the debut of a new radio program – “Royals Charities presents Royals Weekly.”  The one-hour program, which is scheduled to air every Sunday at 10 a.m. throughout the season, can be heard on 610 Sports Radio, the flagship station of the Royals.  The show will feature the club’s community and charity efforts, highlight upcoming player appearances and provide a season-long radio tour of the Royals Hall of Fame.

Royals and Twins to be televised on MLB Network: 12:10 start

The Royals play a day game today – if you haven’t made lunch plans, catch up with friends or co-workers and watch KC face Minnesota on MLB Network, starting at 12:10 Central!   Let’s take a look at the lineup:  (Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Francoeur – RF), (Betemit – DH), (Aviles – 3B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Davies – P)

Homestand Highlights: April 14-21

The Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for an eight-game homestand against the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians, April 14-21.  The homestand includes a special Saturday afternoon game set for 12:10 p.m. that features a Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey giveaway presented by FOX Sports Kansas City.  The homestand also features fan favorites such as Buck Night, Fireworks Friday, T-Shirt Tuesday and live entertainment for the entire family. 

Thursday, April 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 7:10 p.m.

·         $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.

Friday, April 15 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 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.

·         Jackie Robinson Day – Major League Baseball and the Royals celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, recognizing the 64th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947.  As part of Major League Baseball’s tribute, all players will wear jerseys featuring Robinson’s No. 42. 

·         Sprint Focus on Driving Night – This April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and the Royals are teaming up with Sprint to provide information and raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving.  The first 20,000 fans will also receive Thumb Bands, which remind fans not to text while behind the wheel, presented by Sprint.

·         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 16 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 12:10 p.m.

·         Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey – Fans can gear up for the 2011 season in style with a Royals Gray Replica Road Jersey.  The jerseys, presented by Fox Sports Kansas City, will be given away to the first 20,000 fans.  (photo at above left)

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities and live music from Jesse Harris & the Gypsy Sparrows prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, April 17 – Seattle Mariners vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 1:10 p.m.

·         Family FunDay Sunday – New in 2011!  Each Sunday home game includes face painters, caricature or balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience.  This Sunday will feature a live juggling act.  Fans can also enjoy the All-Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience for just $10. www.royals.com/sunday.

·         Autograph Afternoon – Meet your favorite former Royals during our first Autograph Afternoon event of the season.  The one-hour autograph session will take place at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame from noon to 1 p.m.  Alumni scheduled to appear are Al Fitzmorris, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry and Greg Pryor. Alumni appearances subject to change.

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

·         Frontier Airlines Easter Egg Hunt – Royals fans can visit the Frontier Airlines booths at Hy-Vee Gate B and Gate D for a chance to win “egg-cellent” discounts and prizes from Frontier Airlines.

·         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.

Monday, April 18 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Royal Nite – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

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

Tuesday, April 19 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive “Major League Moments” T-shirt presented by Farmland.  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

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

Wednesday, April 20 – Cleveland Indians 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 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.
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.  Scratch Track will be performing prior to the Indians-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Spring Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, April 21 – Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         All You Can Eat Seats – It’s the first All You Can Eat Seats event of the season!  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.

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

Ballpark Blueprint: .390 Bar and Grill

We continue our look at new ballpark features and promotions today with .390 Bar and Grill.  The Stadium Club, once a membership-only dining space, is now open to the public as the new and improved .390 Bar and Grill.  The new name salutes George Brett’s 1980 season in which he batted .390, still the highest mark for a full season since Ted Williams hit .401 in 1941.  Enjoy dinner with friends or drinks at the bar in a climate controlled environment while watching all of the action on the field.  Located on the Loge Level of The K along the third base line, the .390 Bar & Grill is accessible via the Diamond Club lobby elevators. The new and improved menu includes starters, soups/salads, burgers, sandwiches and entrees for great, affordable prices.  The .390 Bar and Grill is the place to be on game days!  

Features of the .390 Bar & Grill:

-          65- inch HD TVs throughout the restaurant

-          An affordable menu with an array of options ranging from $6- $28. 

-          A renovated bar

-          Spectacular views of the game through floor to ceiling windows

-          The.390 Bar and Grill opens at game time with the bar remaining open until one hour after the game has ended (at the manager’s discretion).

As a Royals Season Ticket Holder there is an opportunity to become a member of the .390 Bar and Grill for $325 per Season Ticket account  

Benefits include:

-          Fourteen- day advanced reservations for .390 Bar and Grill Members which gives the best available dinning locations with advanced reservation system. 

-          Two seating times available

-          15% discount on all adult beverages while dining or at the bar for you and your guests!

Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament set for May 2

Bruce Chen at the Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament.

 

A limited number of spots remain for the fourth annual Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament set for Monday, May 2 at The National Golf Club of Kansas City in Parkville, Mo.  The popular Royals Charities event will match current players and alumni with participants in an 18-hole golf tournament.  Sprint serves as a presenting sponsor of the tournament, and all proceeds will again benefit the Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City Metro.

The Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament will begin with registration, breakfast, silent auction and driving range accessibility at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start.  Lunch will be served on the course by Jose Pepper’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sheridan’s and Jack Gage American Tavern. 

Following the tournament, Royals Charities will host a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, the Lexus Awards Program and the Pepsi Silent Auction.  There will also be a live auction featuring items such as one-hour private hitting lessons with Billy Butler, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Royals home game, and a trip for two to the 2011 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship in Pebble Beach, Calif., scheduled for December 7-11, 2011.

All golf packages include:

·         Celebrity golfer

·         Green fees and cart

·         Breakfast, lunch and cocktail reception after golf

·         Royals gift item

Fans may purchase a foursome that includes four spots plus a celebrity golfer for $2,000.  Individuals not playing golf may purchase a ticket to “Ride with a Royal” for the day for $1,000.  To reserve a spot for the Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament, register online at www.royals.com/golf or by calling (816) 504-4149.

In addition to Sprint, additional event sponsors also include Pepsi, Lexus, C&C Produce, The University of Kansas Hospital, Jack Gage American Tavern, Jose Pepper’s, Sheridan’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Budweiser, Miller Lite and Fox Sports Kansas City.

Special Olympics Kansas City Metro is a joint effort of the Missouri and Kansas chapters of Special Olympics.  Combined, the two chapters serve more than 3,200 athletes in a 10-county region, providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  The organization gives athletes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, fellow Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Around the World with ATH: Morocco, South Africa and Israel

Here's Jodee wearing one of her favorite Royals shirts while on a camel ride in the Sahara near Merzouga, Morocco.

We continue to hear from fans all over the world…let’s meet some more Royals fans!

From Jodee in Morocco:  “I’m an avid Royals fan, currently living in Casablanca, Morocco – Northwest Africa. I visit the Royals website regularly, and just stumbled upon the ‘Around the Horn in KC’ page featuring the couple who is living in South Africa.

Jodee recently completed a half-marathon in Marrakesh, Morocco and was wearing her Royals hat while displaying her medal!

I moved here to Casablanca this past August, as I am teaching internationally at the Casablanca American School. I’ll be here for another year and a half, but will be heading back to the Midwest and Kansas City in June for summer break. I can’t WAIT to get out to the K for some games while I’m back.  I’ve been a Royals fan since 1980, when George Brett became my hero as I watched him flirt with .400.  I grew up in Iowa, and used to listen to the Royals on the radio when I was a kid. Moving to Kansas City in

Jodee's family visited from Iowa...here they are on a camel caravan!

2000 made it much easier to watch my ‘Boys in Blue’. Through thick and (very) thin, I’ve remained a loyal fan. I truly LOVE my Royals. 

I will keep up with the Royals this year via the internet (7:05 games will start at midnight here), and possibly recording games via my Slingbox.

Go Royals!!”

 

 

From Josh in Israel:  “I recently moved to Israel where I visited Kibbutz Gezer (Kansas City’s sister city and kibbutz) in the fabulous land of Israel. A la Field of Dreams, out in the middle of nowhere, George Toma (former Royals groundskeeper) designed a state of the art baseball field. There are several signs on the field connecting the Kansas City and Israeli communities, including George Toma’s name.  I am standing next to Naftali Schwartz, Yoni Schwartz, & Akiva Schwartz who all grew up in Kansas City, but relocated to Israel 10 years ago. Naftali, just recently finished his Army duty. We are happy to have him back. All of us listen and watch Denny and Ryan all the way in the Middle-East.

Go Royals!

And from Michael, who works seasonally at Kauffman Stadium:  My name is Michael Ward and I’m a seasonal worker with the Royals and originally from South Africa. I read the blog on South Africa with pride and great interest.

This is my second year with the Royals and work in Special Events. In December 2010 I was invited to attend a sporting awards function in Cape Town hosted by the Minister of Sport in the Western Cape Government in South Africa. The awards function is to honor sportsman for service rendered to their sporting communities over the last 40 years…baseball had not received or been recognized before and was included for the first time. I was honored to receive the prestigious honor and highest award of “Baseball Legend” with four other baseball players.

My first introduction to baseball was as a spectator in 1958 at the age of 8. I started Battswood Baseball Club in 1968 with other soccer players and still an active playing member. Unification of baseball took place in 1992. I represented the National body as technical Director for all tournaments held in South Africa and later serviced as National Coaching Director and  privileged to manage the first unified team on a goodwill tour of Europe in 1992 and technical advisor to the Olympic bid committee in 1996. I had the honor of meeting the great Japanese home run king Mr. Oh at the Barcelona Olympics. I met with the architects of the Olympic Stadiums in Barcelona and initiated a project with the University of Cape Town on stadium for baseball in Cape Town as my interest and vocation were construction and project management.

New Royals Hall of Fame member Kevin Appier enjoying time on the farm

Kevin Appier feels very privileged to be elected to the Royals Hall of Fame, saying that it is a tremendous honor.  He has a ton of memories from his time with the Royals and in baseball.  Appier remembers both of his complete game one-hitters with KC, including a tough 1-0 loss to the Rangers in 1993 when his lone hit allowed was a home run to Rafael Palmeiro.

These days, Appier enjoys time with his family on their farm near Paola, Kan.  A reporter asked if Appier still had “exotic” animals on the farm.  While his wife Laurie once had llamas and now has camels, Kevin is content tending to his herd of cattle.  Appier has had only limited involvement in baseball since his 2005 retirement – he has helped on occasion with the high school team in Paola.

MLB.com reporter Dick Kaegel reminded Appier that he once came to the press box after the game to make sure that the reporters had his quotes correct!  We hope that Kevin will stop by the press box again soon – either on his June 25 induction date or before!

Kevin Appier elected to Royals Hall of Fame

The Royals have announced that right-handed pitcher Kevin Appier has been voted into the Royals Hall of Fame.  He will become the elite group’s 24th inductee during on-field ceremonies prior to the Chicago Cubs versus Royals game at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, June 25.

Appier was elected in his first ballot appearance in a vote of living Royals Hall of Fame Members, select media members, select Royals Front Office staff and Royals fans via on-line voting.  To be eligible players must have spent a minimum of three seasons with the club and ceased to be an active on-field member of the Royals (or for any other Major League Organization) for at least three (3) calendar years.  Candidates must be named on at least seventy-five percent (75%) of all ballots cast to be elected – Appier received 82.5% support.

Selected in the First Round (9th Overall) of the 1987 June Free Agent Draft by the Royals out of Antelope Valley College (Lancaster, Calif.), Appier made his Major League debut on June 4, 1989 against the California Angels in Anaheim. He collected his first win on June 13, 1989 against the Oakland Athletics at Royals Stadium.
The three-time Royals Pitcher of the Year (1992, 1993 & 1995) was one of the American League’s most dominant starters during the 1990s.  He was third in the 1990 Rookie of the Year vote and third in the 1993 Cy Young Award vote when he led the league with a 2.56 earned run average.  He was also named to the 1995 All-Star team.

In addition to being the Royals’ all-time strikeouts leader with 1,458, Appier ranks among the club’s Top 10 in several career categories, including fourth in wins (115), games started (275) and innings pitched (1843.2); and seventh in ERA (3.49) and shutouts (10).  He also ranks ninth in appearances (287) and tenth with 32 complete games.  Appier threw a pair of one-hit games with the Royals – one of only two Royals to accomplish the feat more than once joining fellow Royals Hall of Famer Member Paul Splittorff (3).

Appier pitched for sixteen major league seasons – thirteen with the Royals (1989-99 & 2003-04).  He also pitched for the Oakland A’s (1999-2000), New York Mets (2001) and Anaheim Angels (2002-03).

Appier will be participating in a media conference call shortly.  We’ll bring you notes from the call later on.  Congratulations to Kevin!

Photos from Tuesday’s 12th inning walk-off

We had another exciting finish on Tuesday night as the Royals had their third walk-off win on the young season!  Today’s game starts at 1:10 p.m.   This is a special “Royal Nite”, with tickets in the Hy-Vee View sections just $5!

Ned Yost media session: April 5

Before the Royals’ American League Central Division opener against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, manager Ned Yost spoke about the importance of starting pitching and the pitch count expectations for rotation members early in the season. Yost said that he expects all starters to effectively throw around 100 pitches and noted that command of the strike zone is imperative to keep pitch counts low in the early innings.

As for the bullpen, Yost has not set a timeframe to establish specific roles, saying that the process will take care of itself over time. Relievers Aaron Crow and Tim Collins each recorded their first Major League victories in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. Yost emphasized that he will continue to place his young arms in tough situations to accelerate the learning curve.

First basemen Kila Ka’aihue made his first Opening Day roster at age 27 and excited the Royals faithful with a walk-off solo home run on Friday night. Yost attributed a more relaxed and patient approach by Ka’aihue that has allowed him to adjust to big league pitching. The skipper has also been impressed with the Ka’aihue’s defensive presence on the infield.

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