July 2011

Wednesday lineup vs. White Sox

(REVISED – The Royals have a new lineup following the trade of Wilson Betemit…it is posted below).

The Royals host the White Sox tonight at 7:10.  Wednesday is INK Student Night – all high school and college students with a valid ID can purchase Rivals Outfield Box or Hy-Vee Infield tickets for just $7.

Here’s the lineup:

(Gordon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Pena – C), (Moustakas), (Escobar – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Chen – P)

Fans vote KC Ribeye Stack as Kauffman Stadium’s favorite signature sandwich

The 2011 MLB season may be only half over, but the KC Ribeye Stack Sandwich is already a winner.
With 63 percent* of votes, fans chose the char-grilled ribeye sandwich, topped with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, sautéed mushrooms, a crispy onion ring, lettuce, tomato and onion with Kansas City smoky and Gold barbecue sauces on a fresh potato bun, over the Royal Pork T, a crispy pork tenderloin, topped with caramelized onions, fried pickle chips and Kansas City barbecue sauce, to become the featured signature sandwich at Hot Corner Grill concession stands throughout Kauffman Stadium.

During the first half of the season, the Royals and ARAMARK – the club’s exclusive food and beverage partner – asked fans to vote for their favorite new sandwich from the two finalists.

The Royal Pork T sandwich, also popular among Royals fans, earned itself a permanent position on the roster and will also remain on the menu through the 2011 season.

Ned Yost media session: July 19

Heading into Tuesday’s 7:10 contest vs. the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, Royals manager Ned Yost commented on rookie right-hander Aaron Crow taking on a possible role in the Royals starting rotation for the 2012 season. Yost explained that he hadn’t spoken with Royals General Manager Dayton Moore about Crow’s possible position for 2012 but that it’s something that the organization was going to take a firm look at. The Royals skipper spoke about the All-Star’s development so far into this, his rookie season.

“He’s [Crow] got a real good fastball, a real good slider,” Yost said. “Being a starter you pretty much have to have three pitches to be successful and he has two real good ones right now.”

Left fielder Alex Gordon will start in the leadoff spot in the Royals lineup for tonight’s game. After experiencing some slight swelling in his right foot from a fouled off ball on Sunday’s contest at Minnesota that caused him to miss last night’s game, Gordon is good to go tonight. Yost shared his enthusiasm about placing Gordon in the leadoff spot.

“Your one, two, three, four, five guys get your most at-bats over the course of the game and I wanted Gordo [Gordon] at the top of that order,” Yost said. “I like what he did before. He’s got a little more pop out of that spot.”

Despite the Royals 5-2 loss against the Chicago White Sox in last night’s game, Yost explains that it’s all about perspective and teamwork for the squad. The skipper commented that the team not only needs to increase run production but use that offense to cover any errors defensively.

Lineup on a T-Shirt Tuesday

Tonight is T-Shirt Tuesday!  The first 10,000 fans for the 7:10 game vs. Chicago will receive this t-shirt from Hy-Vee.

Here’s the lineup:  (G0rdon – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Treanor – C), (Moustakas – 3B), (Escobar – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Duffy – P)

KC Close Up: Nate Adcock

Royals’ right-hander Nate Adcock (Twitter Handle: @NathanAdcock47)comes from a small-town Kentucky upbringing, where he grew to love baseball.  Let’s learn a little more about Nate in this edition of “KC Close Up”.

Nate was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky (http://elizabethtownky.org/), the eleventh largest city in Kentucky with a population of about 28,500. He resides nearby in Vine Grove, which has a population of just over 4,000.  The towns are adjacent to Fort Knox, a military base that is famous for its gold depository. 

Nate was drafted out of high school by the Mariners in 2006.  He was involved in a seven-player trade between the Mariners and Pirates in 2009. In his only full season with Pirates in 2010, he spent the entire year at Advanced-A Bradenton in the Florida State League.  The rookie reliever was acquired by the Royals on December 9, 2010 as a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Pirates.

Adcock made his Major League Debut on Opening Day, 2011, pitching a scoreless eighth inning vs. the Angels.

Let’s learn a little more about Nate and some of his favorites besides America’s great national pastime!

ATH: If you could be on any television show, what would it be and what character would you play?

Adcock: The Bachelor, I would love to be on The Bachelor. That would be pretty neat to go through that, just to be apart of it. It’s a big hit TV show or American Idol. I love to sing, especially when I’m by myself. When I’m in the car I’m jammin’ out.

ATH: Could you sing in front of millions of people though?

Adcock: No, I like to karaoke but that’s about it.

ATH: So if we turned on your iPod, what would your playlist have on it?

Adcock: Brantley Gilbert. Country music…they call me the songbird of my generation. Nah but country music basically, I have a little hip-hop on there.

ATH: If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would it be and what would you want to do?

Adcock: Barbados, my mom was born there and she lived there for about two or three years. Just to see what it’s like and just experience it.

ATH: What is your favorite home cooked meal and who from your family makes it?

Adcock: Mom, but I can’t choose one… pot roast, of course. Her BBQ, it’s phenomenal and I’d say her breakfast, any kind of breakfast she makes. I couldn’t wait to go home for the All-Star break.

ATH: Besides Kansas City, what’s your favorite stadium you’ve played at so far?

San Diego skyline (Joanne DiBona, San Diego CVB)

Adcock: I’d say I like San Diego a whole lot. The weather is beautiful, I felt like I could sleep on the grass because it was just that nice. Everything about it was pretty, people were friendly, and good fans. It was nice to be out there. I haven’t been to Boston yet, I’m sure I’ll love Fenway.

ATH: What is your most common nickname you go by from your friends and family?

Adcock: Everybody back home calls me Tater. Just because when I was younger I was hitting bombs and everyone started calling me Tater.

Nate has quickly become a clubhouse favorite this season.  We appreciate his participation and hope that you learned a little more about the Royals’ right-hander in this edition of “KC Close Up”!

Ned Yost media session: July 18

As the Royals prepared for a six-game homestand, manager Ned Yost spoke about holding regular left fielder Alex Gordon out of Monday’s lineup and spoke on the team’s confidence in young third basemen Mike Moustakas.

Yost said that Gordon experienced swelling after fouling a ball off of his foot in Sunday’s series finale at Minnesota. The skipper noted that Gordon was in a lot of pain when the club’s charter landed Sunday evening, but that he showed noticeable improvement when he arrived at Kauffman Stadium on Monday.

“He’s much better after a couple rounds of treatment this afternoon and I don’t anticipate him being out for much longer,” Yost explained.

Mitch Maier will make the start in left field on Monday evening and will hit in the leadoff spot. Yost described that the team is still figuring out who fits best at the top of the order. Chris Getz, who had been hitting first, now moves to the No. 9 slot.

When asked about his rookie third baseman, Yost emphasized that Moustakas comes to work focused every day and that as long as his attitude remains positive, results will soon follow despite his recent struggles.

“The first thing we do as a staff is we monitor these young kids – especially in times of adversity – to make sure that they’re not losing confidence in their abilities, that they continue to come out and work and continue to fight every single day,” Yost said. “[Moustakas] has done that to a great degree every single day. As long as he continues that, we know we can work through everything else.”

Yost went on to say that all his young players show up on a daily basis prepared to play the game. He said the coaching staff continues to give the players things to focus on, allowing the squad to continue improving.

Royal Nite lineup vs. White Sox

Monday is Royal Nite!  Hy-Vee Level seats (with the exception of Hy-Vee Reserved Box) are just $5!

Here’s the lineup:  (Maier – LF), (Cabrera – CF), (Butler – DH), (Francoeur – RF), (Hosmer – 1B), (Pena – C), (Moustakas – 3B), (Escobar – SS), (Getz – 2B), (Davies – P)

CrownVision staff takes top honors at industry conference

The CrownVision staff earned these Golden Matrix Awards!

If you’ve been to a game at Kauffman Stadium, you’ve seen the videos and entertainment features on CrownVision.  The Event Presentation & Production team works countless hours throughout the year to produce these features, and this week, they were recognized with several top honors!

Kansas City hosted the Information and Entertainment Association (IDEA) Conference, which brought together approximately 300 people from the large-screen, event and in-game entertainment/presentation industry across MLB, NFL, NBA, NFL, colleges and universities, and minor league organizations.

The push to bring this year’s event to Kansas City started several years ago.  Chris DeRuyscher, the Director of Event Presentation & Production for the Royals, was instrumental in helping to bring the four-day conference to town.

On Wednesday, the Royals received a Golden Matrix Award for Best Show Open (the equivalent of an Oscar in the video board field).  The awards didn’t stop there as the evening’s program progressed…the CrownVision team won Best Video Display/Baseball (they had finished second in each of the previous three years).   At the end of the night, the team won Best Overall Video Display for all of professional sports!

The Hot Dog Derby, a fan favorite, on CrownVision.

DeRuyscher was honored with the President’s Award, which honors an individual whose contributions have made a significant positive impact on IDEA. 

Congratulations to the entire Event Presentation & Production team!  The staff includes Don Costante (Senior Director), DeRuyscher, Ben Mertens (Manager – Event Presentation & Production), Megan Wellborn (Manager – Event Presentation), Todd Kinsey (Coordinator – Production), Katie Orf (Assistant – Event Presentation & Production), Russ Gardner (Audio/Visual Engineer) and the CrownVision gameday team.

Click the following link to learn more about CrownVision Productions:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/crownvisionproductions.jsp

Homestand Highlights: July 18 – 24

Kauffman Stadium will be the site of a number of special events – including the hugely popular Girls Night Out event and special Christmas Eve in July festivities – as the Royals return for a six-game homestand, July 18-24.  The upcoming homestand also features fan favorites such as T-Shirt Tuesday, Buck Night, Fireworks Friday, the Sprint Fun Run and live entertainment for the entire family.                                    

Monday, July 18 – Chicago White Sox 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 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Tuesday, July 19 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         T-Shirt Tuesday – The first 10,000 fans receive an exclusive royal blue Royals script T-shirt presented by Hy-Vee.  For details, visit www.royals.com/tshirttuesday.

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

Wednesday, July 20 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals presented by Sprint, 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.  All Student Nights feature live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience and 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 features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  Making Movies will be performing prior to the White Sox-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.   
·         $84 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Thursday, July 21 – Off Day

·         Diamond of Dreams: Taking the Field for Operation Breakthrough – Royals Charities hosts Diamond of Dreams on the field at Kauffman Stadium from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to benefit Operation Breakthrough.  The event, presented by Commerce Bank, features player appearances, live entertainment, fabulous food and drink, silent auction and fireworks.  The Capital Grille VIP Party begins at 5:30 p.m.  For details or to purchase tickets, visit www.royals.com/diamondofdreams.

Friday, July 22 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

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

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

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

Saturday, July 23 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m.

·         Girls Night Out – Calling all ladies!  Join us at The K for Girls Night Out presented by the KC Chevy Dealers and participating sponsors Massage Envy and The University of Kansas Hospital.  The 2011 event features free massages, mini-makeovers, entertainment from Howl at the Moon dueling piano performers, chocolate fountains and much more!  Girls Night Out VIP ticket packages include a Royals acrylic tumbler, a $5 donation to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign and $6 in loaded value for concession or merchandise.  VIP ticket holders may also enter the event one hour early at 3:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/girlsnightout.

·         Ladies Baseball Cap – In conjunction with the Girls Night Out event, the first 10,000 ladies through the gates will receive a special ladies powder blue KC cap courtesy of the KC Chevy Dealers. 

·         610 Saturday – Enjoy great activities, including face painters and music from DJ Kirby, prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  For details, visit www.royals.com/610saturdays.

Sunday, July 24 – Tampa Bay Rays vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         Christmas Eve in July – Celebrate Christmas Eve in July with the Royals!  Enjoy Christmas-themed entertainment and activities prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  The festivities include entertainment by Sock Hop Smiles and appearances by Santa Claus and Chilly the Penguin.   In addition, Toys for Tots will collect new and unwrapped toys at all gate entrances.  Cash donations will also be accepted.

·         Snow Globe – The first 10,000 fans will receive a Royals-inspired snow globe presented by The University of Kansas Hospital. 

·         Family FunDay Sunday – In addition the Christmas in July fun, the festivities also feature face painters and a balloon artist.  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 Summer Play Pack for $25 – www.royals.com/playpack.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Hy-Vee stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office. 

 

Royals seek nominations for military veteran tribute

 The Kansas City Royals are inviting fans to nominate veterans for the honor of sitting in the club’s Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat during the annual Armed Forces Day celebration presented by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.  The military-themed tribute is set for Saturday, August 6 prior to the Detroit Tigers-Royals game at 6:10 p.m. 

Since 2007, the club has paid tribute to the lasting impact O’Neil had on the game of baseball and the Kansas City area by filling “Buck’s seat” with a member of the community who embodies his vibrant spirit.  In conjunction with the Armed Forces Day celebration, the Royals are calling on fans to submit nominations for deserving veterans by visiting www.royals.com/buckseat.  A panel from the National World War I Museum will then select one lucky veteran as the honoree for Armed Forces Day.

The honoree, along with four guests, will enjoy the game from “Buck’s seat” behind home plate of Kauffman Stadium.  In addition, the veteran will be recognized during the Royals pregame ceremony and FOX Sports Kansas City telecast that evening.

The Royals invite fans throughout the Midwest to participate in the nomination process.  Nominations should include a description in 100 words or less of why the nominee should be honored as well as relevant contact information.  All nominations are due by Friday, July 22 at noon.  The winner will be selected the following week.

Nomination forms are available online at www.royals.com/buckseat.  Completed nominations may be submitted online or mailed to: Kansas City Royals, Attn: Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat, One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129.  For more information, fans may call (816) 921-8000.

In addition to saluting a worthy veteran in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat, Armed Forces Day will also include a special video presentation, first pitch, speaker and more to honor our armed forces. 

 

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