May 2011

Mother’s Day lineup, tote bags and Susan G. Komen for the Cure events

Happy Mother’s Day!  The first 10,000 ladies at today’s game (1:10 start) will receive this tote bag from Hy-Vee!  We have several special events today as MLB and the Royals partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to highlight breast cancer awareness efforts throughout the game. 

  • Players across MLB will be using pink bats and other items. 
  • The Royals will recognize Susan Wayne Krigel as the club’s Honorary Bat Girl breast cancer survivor. 
  • Seven other survivors will be introduced with the Royals as part of the Chevy Jr. lineup.
  • A Susan G. Komen for the Cure information booth will be near Rivals in right field.  You can bid on first, second and third base from today’s game at the information area.

Let’s take a look at today’s lineup:

(Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – DH), (Gordon – LF), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Betemit – 3B), (Maier – CF), (Pena – C), (Escobar – SS), (Francis – P)

Photos: Eric Hosmer’s first Major League hit

Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy retired the first 14 batters he faced on Saturday night.  Eric Hosmer stepped up to the plate for his second plate appearance and laced a single into right field for his first Major League hit.  Let’s take a look at the photos:

Ned Yost media session: May 7

Before Saturday’s 6:10 game two against the Oakland A’s, Royals manager Ned Yost praised the recent success of his bullpen and explained the defensive benefit of having a left-handed first basemen such as Eric Hosmer.

KC relievers have not allowed a run in 26.0 consecutive innings dating back to the eighth inning at Cleveland on April 27. Yost said the pitchers in his bullpen have settled into their roles nicely and are supporting each other’s success.

“They’ve all got a lot of confidence in each other out there,” Yost noted.

The skipper also described Friday’s 3-6-3 first-inning double play that was started and finished by Hosmer. He said there is a high degree of difficulty associated with that play and could only have been made by a left-handed thrower.

“A right-hander doesn’t turn that double play,” Yost said. “[Hosmer] turns that play as good as anybody. He has a very short, quick release with a powerful, accurate arm.”

Saturday lineup and a Salute to the Kansas City A’s

Tonight’s game vs. Oakland starts at 6:10.  The first 20,000 fans will receive this retro hat courtesy of Sprint as we salute the Kansas City Athletics.  Be sure to arrive early for the special pregame ceremony!  Several former A’s will be on hand, including Tommy Lasorda.

Let’s take a look at the lineup:  (Getz – 2B), (Cabrera – CF), (Gordon – LF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Aviles – 3B), (Treanor – C), (Escobar – SS), (Hochevar – P)

Royals announce All-Star Game voting campaign: Royal Blue Balloting Days

 The Royals announced today an All-Star Game voting campaign in conjunction with in-stadium balloting for the 2011 All-Star Game hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, July 12.  As part of the promotion, the Royals are hosting ten Royal Blue Balloting Days at Kauffman Stadium, including a special Punch Party during a Royals road game.  Fans are encouraged to vote for Royals players by submitting Firestone All-Star ballots for an opportunity to receive an exclusive All-Star T-shirt and raffle for an exclusive Royals prize.

During Royal Blue Balloting Days, the first 100 fans to turn in 100 completed ballots at the All-Star Ballot Center located at Gate E on each game date will receive a 2011 All-Star T-shirt (photo attached), and all fans who turn in 100 completed ballots will be entered into a raffle to win autographed Royals items on each game date.  Also, fans who turn in 100 completed ballots throughout the promotion will be entered into a raffle for an oversized ballot autographed by select Royals players.

In addition, the Royals will host a Punch Party on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the club’s Open House event.  The same procedures and prizes will be awarded during this special edition balloting night.  During the Open House, which is free to the public, fans will have an opportunity to watch the Royals take on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on CrownVision while trying out some of the best seats still available for pro-rated season ticket plans.  Fans purchasing season tickets for 2011 and 2012 will receive first priority to purchase tickets for the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium.  Also, all fans attending the Open House will receive a Royals tote bag.

Royal Blue Balloting Days are scheduled on the following dates.

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

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

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

        Friday, May 20 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 7:10 p.m.

        Saturday, May 21 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 1:10 p.m.

        Sunday, May 22 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 1:10 p.m.

        Wednesday, May 25 – Royals Punch Party beginning at 5:30 p.m.

        Friday, June 3 vs. Minnesota Twins – 7:10 p.m.

        Saturday, June 4 vs. Minnesota Twins – 6:10 p.m.

        Sunday, June 5 vs. Minnesota Twins – 1:10 p.m.

In addition to the in-stadium promotion, Royals fans can also cast their votes up to 25 times with the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint.  Online voters are eligible for exclusive Royals ticket discounts and will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a Kauffman Stadium All-Star Suite for 20 guests during a 2011 regular season home game and a jersey signed by the 2011 Royals All-Star representative.

In-stadium balloting has started at Kauffman Stadium and will be held during every Royals home game through Wednesday, June 8.  Online voting is open now until Thursday, June 30.

For details on the Royal Blue Balloting Days or on the 2011 All-Star Game, fans can visit www.royals.com/vote.

Ned Yost media session: Hosmer’s debut

As the Royals prepared for their series opener tonight against the Oakland A’s at Kauffman Stadium, manager Ned Yost shared with the media his excitement about the Royals new first baseman Eric Hosmer. The announcement of the incoming rookie was made known shortly after yesterday’s 9-1 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles. Yost remarked that the decision to call up Hosmer reminds him of the Ryan Braun call up when he was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

“The difference was that Braun was a college player but he was just lighting the world on fire down there and we had a need at third base so we brought him up,” Yost said.
The Royals manager noted that he has experienced first-hand how excited Kansas City has been about the Hosmer buzz.
“I had two people roll their windows down driving in today and say how excited they were about this kid [Hosmer] being here and the way that we’ve played…it’s a fun time for him and it’s a fun time for us but we’ve still got work to do,” Yost comments.

Yost pointed out that Hosmer’s production is far beyond expectation and that was easy to see during Spring Training and with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. Hosmer will start in the sixth spot in the lineup tonight and make his Major League debut with the Kansas City Royals.

Eric Hosmer: Ready to play at The K

After a road trip in the minors, Eric Hosmer would sometimes feel a little tired.  However, when he arrived in Kansas City at about midnight last night, he couldn’t sleep.  The excitement of reaching the Major Leagues carried over to today.  Hosmer had arranged to carpool with teammate Jarrod Dyson.  He was waiting for Dyson well before the two were scheduled to meet!

Hosmer recalled his signing press conference from August, 2008 and the ensuing trip to rookie ball in Idaho Falls like it was yesterday.  Not even three years later, he is in the majors.  He says that the call caught him by surprise and believes that it will all sink in after his first game. 

Hosmer went to his first Major League spring training this year with the idea of learning, having fun and getting ready for an eventual promotion to Kansas City.  Now, less than three months later, he has made it…or rather, as he told his family upon learning the news, “we” made it.  Hosmer is all about the team and the “we”…he is ready to fit in with the Royals, no matter what his role is.  He’s happy that his first chance to play is in front of the home fans and is looking forward to joining a close-knit group in the clubhouse.  Have fun, Eric, we’re looking forward to it!

Tonight at The K: 50/50 Friday, Baseball Equipment Drive

It’s going to be a busy night at Kauffman Stadium!  We’re expecting a big crowd…here’s a reminder about a few community events taking place tonight:

50/50 Friday:  It looks like a big prize will be on the line, so buy your tickets for a chance to win!  Tonight’s designated charity is the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.  Tickets will be sold through the end of the fourth inning.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/5050.

Baseball Equipment Drive:  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 tonight and tomorrow at Kauffman Stadium prior to the first two games of the Royals-Oakland A’s 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 also received a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. 

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.

Friday lineup vs. A’s

The Royals host Oakland tonight at 7:10.  It’s Buck Night and Fireworks Friday!  Eric Hosmer will make his Major League debut from the sixth spot in the lineup.

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

Royals to host viewing party at Power & Light District on May 10

The Kansas City Royals will partner with the Kansas City Power and Light District to host a viewing party as the Royals take on the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, May 10 on FOX Sports Kansas City.  The game-watching party, which will be free for all fans, will be held at KC Live! in the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City with the game displayed on the area’s 192-square foot videoboard.

The party begins at 5:00 p.m. with entertainment and contests with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.  The festivities will feature fun for Royals fans of all ages and great prizes, including Royals gear and autographed items.  Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott, members of the K Crew and Sluggerrr will also be on hand for the family-friendly event.  Please note that all minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, please visit www.royals.com/viewingparty.

KC Live!, located directly across the street from the Sprint Center in the heart of The KC Power and Light District, is the Midwest’s premier dining and entertainment destination.  Featuring world-class restaurants, taverns and night spots, KC Live! is where Kansas City goes to play.  KC Live! features a full-concert stage where the country’s most premiere musicians and bands perform weekly during the summer and for special events throughout the year.  For more information on the Kansas City Power and Light District’s restaurants and entertainment venues, upcoming events and parking availability, visit www.powerandlightdistrict.com.

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