FOX Sports Kansas City will air two shows centered on the 2014 Royals FanFest, which drew a record-setting crowd to Bartle Hall in the downtown Kansas City Convention Center last weekend.
In the first show FOX Sports Kansas City’s Ryan Lefebvre interviews designated hitter Billy Butler, Joel Goldberg goes one-on-one with general manager Dayton Moore, and infielder Mike Moustakas reflects on his 2013 season and plans to improve in 2014. There’s also a recap of the Royals awards ceremony.
The second show includes an interview with manager Ned Yost, a feature on the Royals’ three Gold Glove winners, a tour of FanFest with Rex Hudler and a look at last week’s Royals Caravan.
The Royals FanFest shows will be available on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest in western and central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. DirecTV subscribers will find them on channel 671 and Dish customers on channel 418.
2014 Royals FanFest shows on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. (episode 2)
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 1)
Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. (episode 1)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 9:30 p.m. (episode 2)
Still riding high from their best season in recent years, the Royals are cranking up the excitement with the introduction of their new advertising campaign and tagline, “Be Royal.”
“Last season, the Royals came to play,” said Michael Bucek, Royals Vice President-Marketing and Business Development. “Our ballclub was exciting and played meaningful games until the end of the season and our fans responded with energy and passion. As a team and a community, we proved to ourselves that we have what it takes to live up to the name on the front of our jerseys.”
Kansas City-based ad agency Walz Tetrick, now in their second year with the club, helped develop a campaign that highlights the leadership, poise and pride the Royals players bring into the clubhouse and onto the field and an unrivaled fan base that is second to none.
“We have a great tradition of baseball here in Kansas City,” said WTA president Charlie Tetrick. “So when you put on a Royals jersey, that means something. It means you’re going to play with confidence. And when fans put on their jerseys, they’re going to come out to The K, make noise, support their team and create a true home field advantage. That’s what baseball in Kansas City is all about. It’s in our blood. That’s what it means to Be Royal.”
The ‘Be Royal’ campaign will be seen throughout the preseason and regular season in TV and radio ads, outdoor boards, newspaper ads, online banners and social media.
Season tickets are currently on sale and available online at royals.com, by phone at 816-504-4040 or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.
The Royals announced today that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen to a one-year contract for the 2014 season, with a mutual option for 2015. In a corresponding roster move, infielder Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment.
Chen, 36, completed his fifth season with the Royals in 2013, going 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA (44 ER in 121.0 IP) in 34 appearances (15 starts). The veteran worked out of the bullpen the first three months of the season, before earning a spot in the rotation on July 12. He posted a 5-0 mark and a 1.62 ERA (13 ER in 72.1 IP) from the start of the year to August 17.
A fan favorite, Chen was introduced to great applause on Saturday at Royals FanFest. He participated in two main stage programs, autograph sessions and a speed pitch activity (the soft-tossing lefty joked a little about his involvement in the speed pitch).
Royals designated hitter Billy Butler and his wife Katie have been involved in work at St. James Place Food Pantry and the Bishop Sullivan Center since 2008. On Thursday, pitcher Aaron Crow joined Billy and Katie at St. James Place, where they packaged and distributed food, including Billy’s barbecue sauce. Billy and Katie’s “Hit-It-A-Ton” program has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to help local families.
Prior to today, this blogger had visited Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri over the last three years on Royals Caravan. Today was my first trek to Nebraska while on Caravan – and what an experience it was! Alex Gordon is the pride of Lincoln Southeast High School and the University of Nebraska. Many fans today knew him personally and many more call him their favorite Royal. Today’s Caravan with Gordon, Dennis Leonard and FSKC’s Joel Goldberg featured a stop at a middle school in Blair, Nebraska. The kids made special posters for Alex, Leo and Joel. They also learned the importance of hard work in the classroom from Gordon and Leonard. The Royals donated seats from Kauffman Stadium to the school (the seats go in the school library as part of a reading promotion). Four lucky students had their picture taken next to the seats with Gordon and later with Leonard.
Billy Butler, Aaron Crow, Brian McRae, Steve Physioc and Sluggerrr toured Kansas on Wednesday. It was a homecoming in Topeka, where Physioc worked at WIBW and where Crow was born.
Aaron Crow signs for a young fan in Emporia.
Billy Butler in Topeka
Sluggerrr made new friends in the kitchen at our Lawrence stop!
We are currently on Caravan and posting during our bus trip. We will add more Caravan and FanFest pictures over the weekend!
The 2014 Royals Caravan, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, will kick off this Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 and 30.
Please check the link below for Caravan stops and participants. Around the Horn will be traveling north on the Blue Caravan. We hope to see you and we plan to post reports from the various Caravans.
The Royals today named their Player and Pitcher of the Year awards for 2013. Outfielder Lane Adams was tabbed the George Brett Hitter of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Yordano Ventura was named the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year. Both award winners will be recognized during spring training.
Adams, 24, was previously named the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Player of the Year. He played at three levels during the 2013 season, seeing time at Wilmington, Northwest Arkansas (AA) and with Omaha (AAA) during the postseason. He hit .276 in 87 games for the Blue Rocks, collecting 23 doubles, seven homers and 39 RBI. He ranked ninth in the Carolina League with 23 stolen bases. The 6-foot-4 outfielder tied Naturals’ club records in an August 13 game against Corpus Christi, slugging three homers and collecting seven RBI.
Ventura, 22, made his Major League debut with the Royals on September 17 of this year, but split most of the season between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. He opened the year with the Naturals before being promoted to Triple-A on his 22nd birthday, June 3. The right-handed pitcher recorded 155 strikeouts in 132.2 innings between the two levels, while he was 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA for the Storm Chasers after the All-Star break. He made three starts with Kansas City in September, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. His debut against Cleveland made national headlines when he clocked a pitch at 102.8 mph, the fastest recorded by an MLB starting pitcher in 2013. Ventura was recently named the second-best prospect in the Royals’ organization by Baseball America.
The Royals and 610 Sports Radio today announced the first 18 broadcasts of the 2014 Royals Spring Training Radio schedule that will air on KCSP-AM. All Spring Training contests will be webcast on royals.com, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio. Two more broadcasts will be finalized once the NCAA Tournament schedule is released due to 610’s commitment to University of Kansas basketball.
The 2014 spring radio broadcast schedule is as follows:
Thursday February 27 vs. Texas 2:05 p.m.
Friday February 28 @ Texas 2:05 p.m.
Saturday March 1 vs. San Diego 2:05 p.m.
Sunday March 2 @ Chicago Cubs 2:05 p.m.
Monday March 3 @ Chicago White Sox 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday March 4 vs. Cincinnati 2:05 p.m.
Thursday March 6 vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) 2:05 p.m.
Friday March 7 vs. San Francisco 2:05 p.m.
Sunday March 9 vs. Colorado 3:05 p.m.
Monday March 10 @ Seattle (ss) 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday March 11 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday March 12 @ Oakland 3:05 p.m.
Sunday March 16 @ San Diego 3:05 p.m.
Monday March 17 vs. Texas 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday March 19 vs. Cincinnati 8:05 p.m.
Saturday or March 22 or vs. Texas* 3:05 p.m.
Sunday March 23 @ San Francisco* 3:05 p.m.
Monday March 24 @ Colorado 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday March 25 vs. Seattle 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday March 26 @ San Diego 2:05 p.m.
Friday or March 28 or @ Milwaukee** 7:10 p.m.
Saturday March 29 @ Milwaukee** 1:10 p.m.
*Either the March 22 or 23 game will air, to be determined by NCAA Tournament schedule
**Either the March 28 or 29 game will air, to be determined by NCAA Tournament schedule
All Times Central – Game Times Subject to Change
For the 46th year, Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews will call Spring Training play-by-play action. Matthews will be joined by Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart. The exhibition webcasts will be anchored by Stewart.