Royals front office staffers Ben Aken, Bre Edgley and Keith Kowalski plan the hours of each Caravan day in a meticulous fashion. Workouts for the players are arranged, as are time periods for some meals, though we usually eat on the bus in order to move on to our next destination. Many miles are covered and the days can be quite long. For example, ATH is on the Caravan to Nebraska and plans were made for Terrance Gore and Erik Kratz to work out at 6:45 on Friday morning. We’ll arrive home in KC late on Friday evening!
Below, we see Lane Adams participating in a workout opportunity at Wichita State University. And you never know who you might see in line at Hy-Vee! Terrance and Erik picked up lunch for the road.
Here’s a cool story of a baseball, a Royal (Christian Colon), two baseball fans and a baseball family (the Coleman family) coming full circle: Lorraine Hawkins of Joplin, Mo., is 92 years young and a loyal Royals fan. You may recognize her from local news reports during the 2014 Postseason. She attended SIX of the seven World Series Games last fall, though she was unable to attend Game 7.
A young man named Jonathan saw Lorraine’s picture on Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision and decided to give her a baseball. While we don’t know Jonathan’s last name, this first picture shows him with Lorraine.
The baseball that he gave to Lorraine last fall was thrown to him by Royals infielder Christian Colon, who also happened to be on Thursday’s Caravan visit to Joplin. Here are Christian presenting Lorraine with the signed baseball on Thursday:
Reliever Louis Coleman was on the Caravan with Colon and by coincidence, Lorraine had her picture taken last fall with Louis’ mother and two of his three sisters!
We thank Lorraine for her dedication and for visiting Royals Caravan! GO ROYALS!
The Caravan contingent of Coleman, Colon and Co. headed south and east today, stopping in Jefferson City. Reliever Louis Coleman and infielder Christian Colon are on the trip, along with Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry, broadcaster Steve Physioc, KayCee – The W Guy and a very important piece of hardware. This is KayCee’s first Caravan, and he’s proving to be a popular photo!
Our Gold Caravan stopped in Emporia, Kan., this afternoon. Emporia is the birthplace of Veterans Day. Yes, our national holiday, first known as Armistice Day as it commemorated the end of World War One, was first celebrated in Emporia in 1953 and across the country a year later. We mention this because supporting military members is a key part of Royals Caravan. The Royals and USO chapters of Fort Riley and Missouri will accept washcloth, individually-wrapped toothbrushes, beef jerky, drink packets and pudding cups to be distributed to military members serving overseas and returning from duty. Fans can also bring or make hand-written “Thank You” cards for troops at the Caravan stops. Royals Charities will donate $1 to the USO for every card, up to $10,000!
The 2015 Royals Caravan presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors started today, with the first stop in Ottawa, Kan.
Pitcher Brandon Finnegan and outfielder Lane Adams are on the “Gold” or West Caravan, with six stops in Kansas. The 2014 rookies are joined by Royals Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery, FSKC’s Joel Goldberg and our friend Sluggerrr!
Royals Caravan will visit cities in five states this week! For a full list of stops and participants, go to royals.com/caravan
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Jarrod Dyson for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Dyson, 30, set a career-high with 36 stolen bases last season, batting .269 with four doubles, four triples, a homer and 33 runs scored during the regular season. His 36 steals tied for third in the American League, while his total was the highest by a Royal since Carlos Beltran swiped 41 bags during the 2003 season. The five-year veteran enters the 2015 season tied for ninth in club history with 120 career thefts, matching U.L. Washington’s (1977-84) total.
The signing of Dyson leaves the Royals with six unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
On January 28, the annual Royals Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will launch with three simultaneous trips that will make stops in cities across Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
Beginning in 1968, the Royals have embarked on the annual Royals Caravan to visit fans throughout the Midwest.
This year, several current and former Royals players, broadcasters and front office personnel will join Royals mascot Sluggerrr for Caravan events. In addition, on one leg of the trip fans will have the opportunity to see the 2014 American League Championship trophy as well as meet KayCee, the Kansas City baseball character who hangs the iconic “W” on the Royals Hall of Fame after each Royals home win at Kauffman Stadium.
Three Caravans will trek across the Midwest on separate bus trips including the Blue, White and Gold Caravans. Royals players scheduled to appear include pitchers Louis Coleman and Brandon Finnegan, infielder Christian Colon, outfielders Lane Adams and Terrance Gore, and catcher Erik Kratz. Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry, Jeff Montgomery and Willie Wilson are also scheduled to participate. Joining the trips will be Royals Broadcasting team members including Joel Goldberg, Rex Hudler, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart.
Again this year, the Royals will partner with the USO chapters of Fort Riley and Missouri to collect items for military members. Fans may donate washcloths, individually-wrapped toothbrushes, beef jerky, drink packets and pudding cups, which will be distributed to military members serving overseas and returning from duty. Fans can also bring or make hand-written “Thank You” cards for troops at the Caravan stops. Royals Charities will donate $1 to the USO for every card received (up to $10,000).
Fans attending the Caravan stops can also register to win a weekend in Kansas City, courtesy of Missouri Tourism and Visit KC, with prizes including a hotel stay along with Royals and Kansas City Zoo tickets. At public Royals Caravan events, autographs may be limited to the first 150 people in line. Autograph cards will be distributed starting one hour prior to the appearance start time. Additional autographs will be signed as time allows.
Following the initial trips, the club will host Royals FanFest, presented by Commerce Bank, on January 30 and 31 at Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center. The event will feature appearances by current and former Royals, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage events and more.
A “Salute to the Military” trip will take place on February 2, visiting Fort Riley, Kan. Scheduled participants include Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett and Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard. Details of the trip will be announced soon.
A schedule of Caravan events for January 28, 29 and 30 is available at http://www.royals.com/caravan.