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As we wrap up our FanFest photo coverage, we bring you photos of the players and Sluggerrr mingling with the people who make FanFest what it is…you, the fans!
Many fans smiled for the camera while sitting alongside their favorite Royals at the photo stage. Joakim and Kyle, say cheese!
The interactive displays were a hit with fans of all ages…current and former Royals were on hand with teaching tips for the next generation of ballplayers. John Buck advised fans on batting stances while Willie Wilson was a speed coach.
After participating in the activities, some gave Sluggerrr ‘four’ while others grabbed a hot dog and headed for the stadium seats.
The excitement of FanFest can be a bit taxing. Rest up Royals fans, full squad Spring Training workouts begin four weeks from tomorrow!
Fans bring a variety of items through the autograph lines. We saw one woman with a bowling ball (try carrying that around FanFest for a few hours!)…Royals players have been signing the ball for the last five years! Some items are easy to sign, while David DeJesus found out that a little more precision was needed to inscribe this stuffed animal.
Here’s Joakim Soria penning his John Hancock on a green and white Royals Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day hat. Maybe this fan is hoping that Joakim’s signature will bring them a little luck.
Sometimes fans cherish the chance to welcome the newest players to Kansas City just as much as the signature.
9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:
General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)
The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.
One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.
Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.
FanFest is just four days away, and we have big news to report! You can meet the newest members of the team this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. It was just announced that Willie Bloomquist, Coco Crisp, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mike Jacobs will all be in attendance!
Visit the FanFest page on royals.com where you can purchase tickets and read about all of the activities.
Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP
The Royals have signed right-handed pitcher Luke Hudson to a minor league contract for the 2009 season. Hudson has been extended an invitation to the Royals Major League Spring Training camp in Surprise, Ariz.
Luke missed the 2008 season while recovering from right shoulder surgery. He made just one big league start in 2007 due to his shoulder issues. Hudson was 7-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 26 games (15 starts) for Kansas City in 2006. He is 17-18 with a 5.11 ERA in a five-year big league career for the Reds (2002, 2004-05) and Royals (2006-07). Hudson was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 14.
FanFest tickets on sale
Royals FanFest returns for a second year on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. Tickets to the 2009 Royals FanFest went on sale today. Tickets are available at royals.com or by calling (816) 504-4040.
New for the 2009 FanFest, the Royals are offering two-day passes at a 25-percent savings from the one-day advance ticket prices. Two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 6-17, while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-17. Fans ages five and under will be admitted free. Royals 2009 season ticket holders will receive complimentary two-day passes to attend the event.
Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the FanFest event. Ticket prices at the door are $14 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-17.
A preliminary list of the players and coaches scheduled to appear has been released. Players and coaches scheduled to attend include: Mike Aviles, John Buck, Shane Costa, Kyle Davies, David DeJesus, Brandon Duckworth, John Gibbons, Alex Gordon, Zack Greinke, Trey Hillman, Luke Hochevar, Kila Ka’aihue, Devon Lowery, Ron Mahay, Dave Owen, Kevin Seitzer, Ryan Shealy, Joakim Soria and Mark Teahen. Check back for updates on player appearances or visit the FanFest page on royals.com.