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Come Bobble with Alex…

Gordon Bobble.jpgIn addition to being a standout third baseman and promising young Royals player, Alex Gordon is also a bobblehead this season! 

So, we’ve been doing the Royals Hall of Fame series bobbleheads pretty consistently, but it has been a few seasons since we’ve had a current player as a bobblehead. Well, all that will change on Saturday, June 21 when Gordon is portrayed in classic bobblehead form!

To commemorate the occasion, we are holding a “Bobble with Alex Sweepstakes” on royals.com…and all you have to do is enter for your chance to win!

The prize: you could win four (4) Dugout Plaza tickets to Alex Gordon Bobblehead Night when the Royals host the San Francisco Giants. But, it gets better…

You could also win the opportunity to watch batting practice and enjoy a special meet and greet with the Royals third baseman as well as take home four (4) Alex Gordon bobbleheads!

Enter here now and then a random drawing will be held June 18 to determine the winner. Bottom line, don’t miss out on your chance to “Bobble with Alex!”

Speaking of Bobbleheads: The first bobblehead promotion of the season – one of those great HOF bobbleheads! – is actually coming up sooner than you think! The “Big John” Mayberry bobblehead promotion (presented by Dodge to the first 20,000 fans) is Saturday, May 31 when the Royals play the Cleveland Indians. Do you have your tickets yet?

A.L. Player of the Week: Jose Guillen earned American League Player of the Week honors for May 12-18. The hot-hitting Royals outfielder batted .458 (11-for-24) with four runs, five doubles, two homers and 13 RBI during the week – the team posted a 5-1 record during the span. It’s the second time in his career that Guillen has taken home the honor (May 9, 2004) and the second Royal this season, joining Brian Bannister, who shared the honor with Raul Ibanez in mid-April.

Royals Odds and Ends…

We are only three days into the opening homestand at Kauffman Stadium and so much has already happened, including…
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Yup, we have taken the first two against the Yankees to maintain first place in the standings and will try for the sweep – our second of the young season – Thursday evening when lefty John Bale takes the mound against New York’s Andy Pettitte, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

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Forecast calls for continued rain…but thanks to our amazing grounds crew, maybe we won’t have to worry about the weather holding up the game.

Before the Royals take the field, though, some off-field news and opening homestand highlights for you…


WHL_Outfielders_D2X_9072.jpgLUNCHEON A HIT:
Wednesday’s annual Welcome Home Luncheon had a lot of laughs as the players entertained not only the more than 800 guests in attendance but also themselves!

BREAKFAST WITH BANNY: Brian Bannister had a quick night on Wednesday in order to appear at the 33rd Annual Overland Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday. More than 500 people were in attendance for the 6:45 a.m. breakfast in order to hear from the Royals right-hander. After being introduced, Banny stated that the last speech he gave was in eighth grade English class, however, by the talk he shared you would have never guessed he wasn’t more accustomed to talking in front of large crowds. Discussing his life growing up as a child of a Major League Baseball player (former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister), walking onto the USC baseball team and battling through life in the Minor Leagues, it is clear Brian was determined to make it as a big leaguer. Even with the early (and we mean, early!) wakeup, Brian delighted the guests, which included local mayors, supporters and others whose goal is to encourage spirituality and morality in the lives of every day citizens. 

FRIDAY CONCOURSE AUCTION: During Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins, we will host the first of several Silent Concourse Auctions at Kauffman Stadium this season. Each month, we plan to partner with a different local cause and hold a silent auction featuring Royals memorabilia.

As part of Autism Awareness Month, we are holding the concourse auction for Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City as well as hosting “Autism Awareness Night at The K.” You can start bidding on the auction items (listed below!) as soon as the gates open for the 7:10 p.m. contest. 

  • Billy Butler Autographed Baseball
  • Gil Meche Autographed Baseball
  • Brian Bannister Autographed Baseball
  • Luke Hochevar Autographed Baseball
  • Joey Gathright Game Used Bat
  • Alex Gordon Autographed Bat
  • John Buck Autographed Bat
  • Mark Teahen Autographed Black Jersey
  • Jimmy Gobble Autographed Blue Jersey
  • Joakim Soria Autographed Photo
  • Jose Guillen Autographed Photo
  • Zack Greinke Autographed Photo

MORE ON “AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE K”: The night will also feature several opportunities throughout the evening to raise awareness and support for autism spectrum disorder as well as a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Jason McElwin. McElwin, a former high school basketball student manager with autism spectrum disorder, obtained national attention in 2006 after scoring 20 points in the final four minutes of a high school basketball game. Check out the ESPN story: 

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Great Home Opener!

All weather aside…it was an amazing 2008 home opener!

Just in case you haven’t heard, the Royals defeated the Yankees, 5-2, in front of a sell-out crowd at The K. Some highlights from the day – both on and off the field:

  • Joey Gathright brought his speed home with him and stole three bases. The team stole five total.
  • Brian Bannister allowed just two runs and struck out six. His ERA for the season is a nice 1.50.
  • Sluggerrr_newspapers.JPGAnd, another impressive pitching note: Four Royals relievers combined to toss four scoreless innnings to close out the game (and the win!) for Banny.
  • CrownVision was a HUGE hit! And, we are talking H-U-G-E hit!
  • Joakim Soria = lights out! The closer retired all three batters he faced for save No. 4.
  • Country music sensation (and home opener National Anthem performers) Emerson Drive announced they will return to The K on July 26 for a special on-field concert. Details here.
  • Six Royals players contributed with two-hit performances.
  •  A-Rod struck out four times.
  • Early morning Greater Kansas City Day newspaper selling was cold and wet, but still a great time for everyone…even mascot Sluggerrr.
  • Did we mention? After today’s win over New York, the Royals are 5-2 in 2008!

So, pretty great Opening Day at The K, right?

On Wednesday, we host the Welcome Home Luncheon before heading back to Kauffman for round two with the Yankees. Zack Greinke takes the mound against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. If you aren’t out at The K to catch the game in person, tune in to 610 Sports radio or FSN Kansas City…enjoy!

Tigers BAN-nished in Detroit!

Corny, but true after another great win for the Royals!

Today, Kansas City turned to Brian Bannister and Banny did not disappoint – leading the Royals to a clean 4-0 victory over Detroit! The right-hander threw a gem with seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. Relievers Leo Nunez and Joakim Soria closed the deal for the Royals, who are 2-0 to start the season. Check out the full box score if you haven’t already!

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