May 2012

Homestand Highlights: June 1 – 6

The Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for a  six-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins, June 1-6, that features several special events and promotions.  The homestand begins with the popular Girls Night Out promotion on Friday, followed by Salute to the Kansas City A’s during a special 1:10 p.m. matinee on Saturday.  The Wildcat faithful will be welcomed to The K for K-State Day on Sunday. 

The homestand also features a number of fan favorites, including Fireworks Friday, Student Night and Local Music Showcase, and Family FunDay Sunday.

Friday, June 1 – Oakland Athletics vs. Royals, 7:10 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 sponsor The University of Kansas Hospital.  The event features free chair massages, mini spa services, entertainment from Howl at the Moon dueling piano performers, chocolate fountains and much more!  Girls Night Out VIP ticket packages include a Royals charm necklace, a $5 donation to the American Heart Association’s 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 4:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.royals.com/girlsnightout.

·         Ladies Sun Hat – In celebration of Girls Night Out, the first 10,000 ladies will receive a sun hat presented by the KC Chevy Dealers. 

·         Fireworks Friday – A spectacular fireworks show after every Friday home game, presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – The Royals host a Royal Blue Balloting Day in conjunction with the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  Fans are encouraged to vote for a chance to win great prizes, including the opportunity to represent all Royals fans as the first fan to enter MLB All-Star FanFest on Friday, July 6.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots on Friday receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  Visit the official All-Star Balloting Station located at Gate E.  www.royals.com/vote.  

Saturday, June 2 – Oakland Athletics vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

·         Vintage 1960 KC Cap – The first 20,000 fans will receive a vintage 1960 KC cap courtesy of Taco Bell.  In anticipation of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game this July, the Royals commemorate the year the Athletics and Kansas City hosted the Midsummer Classic. 

·         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 Lew Krausse and Diego Segui and legendary groundskeeper George Toma – during a special pregame ceremony.  In salute to Charlie O., the famous Missouri mule which owner Charlie 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 and music from The Mikey Needleman Band prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  www.royals.com/610saturdays.

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – Fans are encouraged to vote as part of the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  www.royals.com/vote.    

Sunday, June 3 – Oakland Athletics vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m.

K-State Day at The K – Supporters of Kansas State University can join fellow Wildcats for a day of big league action presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Kansas Sampler.  To join fellow Wildcats, fans can visit www.royals.com/kstate for details or to purchase discounted tickets.  The first 750 Wildcat fans who bring their K-State Day discounted ticket to the K-State table located inside Hy-Vee Gate B will receive a limited edition purple and white KC Royals K-State cap.   Gates open at 11:30 a.m.  To reserve a group of 20 or more tickets, call (816) 504-4174.   
·         Family FunDay Sunday – Each Sunday home game features face painters, caricature and balloon artists and live family-friendly entertainment in the Outfield Experience courtesy of Radio Disney.  All-Day Play Passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience are available for just $10.  New for 2012 is the Family FunDay Sunday 4-Packs that include four Hy-Vee Infield tickets, $10 in loaded value per ticket to use for concessions and merchandise, and four All-Day Play Passes for just $80!  www.royals.com/sunday

·         Royal Blue Balloting Day – Fans are encouraged to vote as part of the “Crown a Royal” campaign.  The first 200 fans to complete at least 100 ballots receive an All-Star balloting sticker and royal blue Mardi Gras beads.  www.royals.com/vote.   

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

Monday, June 4 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

·         Value Monday – All Hy-Vee Level tickets (excluding Hy-Vee Box) are just $7.  www.royals.com/fanvalue

Tuesday, June 5 – Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6 – Minnesota Twins 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.  All Student Nights include a $7 hot dog and beverage special at the Boulevard Grill in the Outfield Experience. 
INK Local Music Showcase – Catch a free pregame concert on us.  Every Wednesday INK Student Night also features live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience.  She’s a Keeper will be performing prior to the Twins-Royals game.  For details, visit www.royals.com/studentnight.
·         Youth Night – Hy-Vee Infield tickets are just $7 for youth 14 and under with an adult ticket.  www.royals.com/fanvalue.

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 on FSKC: Dish channel numbers through June 3

Sunday, May 27: 443

Monday, May 28: 442

Tuesday, May 29: 440

Wednesday, May 30: no TV

Thursday:  Off day

Friday, June 1: 444

Saturday, June 2: 440

Sunday, June 3: 443

Girls Night Out set for June 1; VIP ticket packages available now

 The Kansas City Royals will host the popular Girls Night Out event on Friday, June 1.  Presented by the KC Chevy Dealers and participating sponsor The University of Kansas Hospital, Girls Night Out festivities precede the Royals 7:10 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics.  Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. 

Girls Night Out media partner 99.7 The Point will be on hand with DJ Kirby, and 41 Action News anchor Christa Dubill is scheduled to emcee the event.  The gates will open early at 4:30 p.m. for fans with Girls Night Out VIP ticket packages.  The first 10,000 ladies through the gates will receive a Royals sun hat.

 

 

 

In addition to a game ticket and early entry to the activities, VIP ticket packages also include a Royals charm necklace  and a $5 donation to the American Heart Association.  Also, each ticket package includes $6 in loaded value for concessions or retail purchases.  Ladies may choose between a Field Box or Field Plaza lower level ticket package for $30 or a $25 package that includes a ticket in the Hy-Vee Infield.

Fans can purchase a Girls Night Out package online at www.royals.com/girlsnightout, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.  Discounted group tickets of 20 or more may be purchased by calling (816) 504-4171.  Season Ticket Holders that already have game tickets may contact the club’s Ticket Service staff at (816) 504-4040, option 3, or ticketservices@royals.com for more information on purchasing package items.

The Spa Briarcliff and Salon De Crist will pamper guests with chair massages and mini spa services in the Outfield Experience.  Ladies will also enjoy chocolate fountains, product sampling from Smallcakes, Zumba demonstrations, and entertainment from Howl at the Moon dueling pianos.  In addition, Macy’s will present a summer fashion show featuring the latest trends. 

Heart disease survivors and American Heart Association volunteers will participate in a special pregame ceremony and be honored throughout the evening’s festivities.

 

Royals to salute the Kansas City A’s on June 2

The Royals will salute the Kansas City A’s by recognizing several former Kansas City A’s players – including pitchers Diego Segui, Lew Krausse and legendary grounds keeper, George Toma – during a special pregame ceremony on June 2.  In salute to Charlie O., the famous Missouri mule which Finley anointed as the team mascot, fans will have an opportunity to take their photo with a Missouri mule outfitted with Charlie O.’s original blanket behind Rivals Sports Bar.  Plus, the first 20,000 fans will receive a 1960 KC Cap courtesy of Taco Bell! 

The following Kansas City A’s alumni are scheduled to participate:

Groundskeeper George Toma

Catcher Joe Azcue  

Pitcher Don Buschhorn 

Pitcher Lew Krausse 

Pitcher Chuck Dobson

Pitcher Diego Segui

Pitcher Rollie Sheldon

Royals select contract of left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Omaha; Getz to D.L.

 The Royals today announced that the club has selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Omaha (AAA) and placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day Disabled List with a left ribcage contusion.  Smith is expected to join the Royals tonight in New York and wear #53.  To clear space on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Blake Wood was transferred to the 60-day Disabled List. 

The 22-year-old Smith was 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in nine starts for the Storm Chasers.  He was 13-9 with a 3.85 ERA in 27 starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011 on his way to being named the Naturals Pitcher of the Year.  Born and raised in Newnan, Ga., Smith was acquired by the Royals along with pitcher Sean O’Sullivan from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Alberto Callaspo on July 22, 2010.  He was originally a seventh-round pick of the Angels in the 2007 Draft.

George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney to participate in 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

From Major League Baseball: 

The 2012 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will feature a roster of Hall of Fame and All-Star talent including former Royals greats George Brett, Bo Jackson and Mike Sweeney at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

For the first time, the softball game will increase to six-innings.  This year the game is scheduled to include: 14-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks; 13-time All-Star, World Series Champion and Hall of Famer George Brett; five-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion Joe Carter; eight-time All-Star and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson; seven-time All-Star, World Series Champion and Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers; 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series Champion and Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson; All-Star outfielder Bo Jackson; 12-time All-Star Mike Piazza; 15-time All-Star, World Series Champion and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith; five-time All-Star and MLB Network analyst Mike Sweeney; 12-time All-Star, World Series Champion and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

Banks, Fingers, Henderson, Piazza and Smith participated in last summer’s Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game with Banks, Piazza and Smith on the winning team. 

The Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game features Major League Baseball legends with celebrities from TV, movies and music, and is the second game of a fun doubleheader of activity at Kauffman Stadium during Taco Bell All-Star Sunday.  Preceding the softball game will be the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, featuring some of MLB’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world.  Current Royals players Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon are among the many young stars in baseball who have played in this game, including Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Joey Votto.  Following the softball game, the skies above Kauffman Stadium will be lit by a spectacular fireworks show to cap off Taco Bell All-Star Sunday.

Tickets for Taco Bell All-Star Sunday can be purchased via 1-888-FanFest, online at www.allstargame.com, the websites of all 30 MLB Clubs, and at the Kauffmann Stadium box office. 

The Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be televised in HD by ESPN at approximately 10:30 p.m. Eastern immediately following the State Farm Home Run Derby which begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, July 9th. The Game will also be available on ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.

Royals on FSKC: Dish Network channel numbers through May 27

Monday, May 21: 440

Tuesday, May 22: 440

Wednesday, May 23: 442

Thursday, May 24:  Off day

Friday, May 25: 441

Saturday, May 26: 443

Sunday, May 27: 443

Royals launch military tribute page on royals.com

As part of an on-going effort to honor active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, the Kansas City Royals have launched www.royals.com/military.  This page, an extension of the Royals official website, offers content dedicated to the club’s extensive military outreach efforts. 

Visitors to the page can read and view military-specific content, including videos and photo galleries.  The page also outlines special offers exclusively for military members, such as the club’s Uniformed Heroes ticket discount program courtesy of the National World War I Museum and information on military group outings and color guard pregame ceremonies.  The site also highlights additional military outreach efforts including Armed Forces Day presented by Budweiser and the National WWI Museum, the Royals Troopers program presented by John Deere, and Royals Charities support of military programs.

Fans can visit www.royals.com/military to learn more about the new Walk-Off A Hero in-game military tribute in which the Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military at each weekend home game throughout the season. 

Military members visiting the site will also find a special discount code to sign up for the All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Nike set for Sunday, July 8 in downtown Kansas City.   Please note that the discount code is valid until June 1.

Ned Yost media session, May 20

Royals manager, Ned Yost, met with the media this morning and the topic of discussion was pitching. “People have to realize that these guys aren’t robots. They are going to have good days and bad days and our guys are going to have a lot more good days than bad days, but they are going to come in and have days when they are going to get hit,” said Yost. Nate Adcock will be the starting pitcher this afternoon in the final game of the Arizona series.  Yost said. “He has great natural movement on his fastball and his slider and changeup have improved from last year. So the key to him is throwing strikes, keeping the ball down and staying ahead in the count and he has been doing that all year.”

Alex Gordon, Jeff Francouer and Eric Hosmer have been struggling at the plate. Yost said “They are just off on their timing and late on fastballs and as soon as they can get themselves back on that fastball that is when they will take off.”  Yost has never worried about Hosmer losing his confidence during his hitting slump. “I don’t think he will ever lose his confidence. He got a little frustrated when we sat him down those two days, but confidence was not an issue,” said Yost. Hosmer just needed to have a two-day rest period where he could catch his breath and clear his mind.

Ned Yost media session: May 19

Salvador Perez was the first topic of discussion when Manager Ned Yost met with the media this afternoon.  Yost said he took batting practice on the field for the first time yesterday, although he had been hitting in the cages for a while.  Sal also caught his first bullpen session yesterday and was doing so during the media meeting as well.  Yost said he is close to being ready to go and when he is they will send him down for a spring training type progression to get him on his way back up to the big league club in K.C.  He said Sal is very ready to get going and it will be nice to have him back.  Yost also said injured infielder Yuniesky Betancourt will most likely be headed out on a rehab assignment following the upcoming series in New York.

The media next brought up the Royals’ bullpen and who would be available tonight.  Yost said that it would be all hands on deck and everyone would be available tonight to go out of the pen.  Everett Teaford, who was originally slated to start tomorrow’s game, was going to also be available out of the pen tonight if absolutely needed.  Both of those plans changed shortly after Yost’s media meeting, however.  The Royals placed Teaford on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 18 with a lower abdominal strain. Therefore, he will not be available tonight or tomorrow and with the move they have recalled right hander Nate Adcock from Omaha to replace the injured Teaford.  Adcock will be the starting pitcher tomorrow in the series finale with the Diamondbacks.

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