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Royals fan Tim and his wife BJ currently live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tim is on a job assignment with Black & Veatch of Overland Park. The picture at left shows the couple at Pilanesberg National Park, in Northwest Province, South Africa.
Tim has been a Royals fan since graduating from college and moving to the KC metro area in 1983. Tim and BJ will be living in South Africa for the next two to three years. They missed the end of the baseball 2010 season and will likely miss all of the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Tim likes the fact that he can get the radio broadcasts over the internet. The only downside is that they are seven hours ahead of Kansas City, so most games start at 2:00 AM! He is a big fan of day games!
Tim has been following Spring Training through Facebook and is looking forward to the 2011 season.
Thank you for sending in the photos and sharing your story!
At right, BJ and Tim are up close with lion cubs at the Lion Park Game Reserve, near Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
At left, Tim and BJ with daughter Tasia (who was visiting for Christmas) spending Christmas Eve at Cape Point, on the southwest tip of the African continent, south of Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
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Mike, Sara and their daughter Elica are a military family stationed in Turkey. They sent us pictures of a recent trip in which they visited seven ancient cities in Western Turkey.
Mike and Sara are originally from Springfield, Mo., and Mike is a long-time Royals fan. Their assignment in Turkey ends just in time for them to catch a home game this spring. They’ll then be moving to a new assignment near Los Angeles, where they plan to watch the Royals and Angels later this year.
Jeremy, originally from K.C., moved to Chicago in 2005. He wore his Alex Gordon jersey as he checked out the view from the top of Masada, a mountain fortress in Israel. The Negev Desert is behind Jeremy in the photo.
Thank you to Mike and Jeremy for sending in photos!
Here are the links to previous Around the World posts:
Billy and Kenley Butler at Spring Training – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/100_0297-thumb-350×262-27083911.jpgarchives/2011/02/around_the_world_with_ath_in_k_1.html
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Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures this week!
First up, we meet Maria and her family from Pennsylvania. This family loves to see the Royals! Each year, they try to see a series in a different city and they’ve been to Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Next is Maggie…originally from Kansas City, she now lives in Denver, where she met John, who is the “biggest Rockies fan ever”. Maggie and John go every Rockies vs. Royals game, no matter where it’s at…so expect to see them at Coors Field on July 1, 2 and 3! It’s a “bragging rights” relationship as they give one another a rough time, depending on the outcome. For instance, John received the broom treatment from local Royals fans in 2008.
We’ve heard from fans near and far…today we’ll meet fans from Alabama, Washington, Texas and Wyoming:
Joseph and Kristie are from Gadsden, Alabama. Joseph is a big fan of the Royals but he hasn’t had the chance to visit Kauffman Stadium. He was thrilled when he learned that the Royals would play in Atlanta in 2010. This picture is from their first Royals game on June 19, 2010 at Turner Field. We hope you can make it to Kansas City soon!
Abigail recently moved to the Seattle-Tacoma area (look for her at Safeco when the Boys in Blue visit September 8-11). Her Dad took her to her first Royals game in 1993 and she saw George Brett tie the game with a home run. Her room is decorated with autographed memorabilia, World Series souvenirs, bobbleheads and baseball cards.
Next is Jason with his son Jeff and daughter Elyse. The family from Round Rock, Texas recently took in a game while visiting family in Kansas City. They also watch the Royals when the team is in Texas to play the Rangers. Jason, born in Kansas City, remembers watching the 1976 ALCS when he was a resident of Roswell, New Mexico. In 1985, he lived in Midland, Texas. He discovered that he could pick up the Royals Radio Network affiliate from distant Coffeyville, Kansas after 9 p.m. We’ve researched this and that’s 506 miles as the crow flies! Jason says that Denny Matthews sounded great through the heavy static as he listened to his beloved Royals.
Finally, we heard from Matt in Laramie, Wyoming, who didn’t have a picture to send. The lifelong Royals fan remembers baseball trips to Kansas City as his favorite vacations. He’s been away from the area for some time – though he keeps up on radio from Wyoming. He spent some time in Louisville, Kentucky, where he cheered on the Triple-A Omaha club from behind the visiting dugout.
Thanks to these great fans who cheer on the Royals while living hundreds of miles from Kansas City!
In case you missed it, here are links to our previous Around the World posts: Billy and Kenley Butler at Spring Training – http://mlblogsroyals.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/jason-thumb-260×195-2648981.jpgarchives/2011/02/around_the_world_with_ath_in_k_1.html
Today on Around the World with Around the Horn, we travel abroad with a Royals fan from Australia and meet a fan who visited Greece!
First, meet Jason from Sydney, Australia, who became a Royals fan when he watched Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. It was a replay at 3 a.m. in Australia! He has since become a regular at Royals Fantasy Camp in Arizona, where he met childhood heroes, including George Brett, Frank White and Willie Wilson. The first photo is Jason at Fitzroy Falls, which is about two hours south of Sydney.
Jason also mentioned that his thoughts are with all of the people that have been impacted by the flooding in Queensland. He recently attended an Australian Baseball League game and won a raffle that supported the flood victims. The prize for this Kansas City fan – a jersey signed by former Royal and fellow Australian Justin Huber!
Next, meet Robbie, who traveled to Athens, Greece in March, 2010. He visited the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis in Athens. He also sported his KC hat as he checked out Filopappos Hill in Athens (below). The Aegean Sea is in the distance – what a view!
Please keep sharing your Royals-related travel stories and pictures from spring training, road games and places around the world…you can e-mail us at email@example.com. Again, your chances of making the blog are significantly higher if you’re sporting team gear!
Fans from all over the world visit Around the Horn in KC on the web and through Facebook. Here’s our visitor map from the last few hours. It changes constantly - you can see recent visitors from all over the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, plus places like Australia, Germany, Greece and Japan. As we all embark on the 2011 season, we think it would be fun to share your stories here on the blog. Here is what we’re proposing:
1. E-mail us a picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with a paragraph or two about you and your family (where you are from, your interest in the Royals). From time to time, we’ll post pictures and an update on where our fans are located. (Tip – your odds of making the blog improve SIGNIFICANTLY if you are wearing Royals gear in the photo)!
2. We’re looking for photos from all over the United States and, if possible, all over the world. If you live in the six-state region around Kansas City (Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma), then please send a photo from a vacation or work trip outside of the region (a famous place you visited, an away game that you attended, spring training, etc.).
3. If you can’t send a picture, we would still like to hear from you with your location (email@example.com).