Welcome to the Royals Hall of Fame!: Kevin Appier press conference notes

Before his induction ceremony into the Royals Hall of Fame, former pitcher Kevin Appier reflected on his Kansas City career with the local media. The right-hander became the 24th member of the club’s Hall and was elected by previous inductees, select media, front office staff members and fans via online voting.

Appier described the event as a great honor and noted that 39 family members and friends came to Saturday’s game to share the occasion.

When looking back on his playing career, Appier said that he made a point to demonstrate complete focus each time he toed the rubber.

“I had full concentration and intensity on every pitch,” Appier said. “I take a lot of pride in that.”

Appier noted that his fondest memory was representing the Royals in the 1995 All-Star Game and making a franchise-best seven Opening Day starts.

When asked whether he was more proud of tonight’s induction or his son, Garrett, winning the Kansas state title on the shot put, Appier answered in typical fashion, “Yes,” drawing a laugh from many media members in attendance who covered his career.

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