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Around the Horn perspective: “You Don’t Know Bo”

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The newest ESPN “30 for 30” airs tonight (December 8, 8 C.T. on ESPN) after the Heisman Trophy announcement and features a winner of the Heisman – one Bo Jackson. Bo’s story is one that always has sports fans saying…what if? What if his football injury had not happened?

While the injury was devastating, the film has a lot of humor as it traces Bo’s story from Bessemer, Alabama to the current day. We’ll leave most of the details a surprise and just say that this is a MUST SEE for any Royals fan (or sports fan or…anyone, for that matter).

You’ll see interview clips with: George Brett, Mark Gubicza, Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel, Royals Hall of Fame Director Curt Nelson and Royals Senior Advisor Art Stewart.

Below are details on my perspective as to how the “30 for 30” unfolded.

In May, I received a call from Kelsey Field, associate producer of “You Don’t Know Bo” for Radical Media. I helped her with background information and photos. She wanted to get in contact with people who knew Bo during his time in Kansas City. Jackson signed with the Royals in 1986 and many of the people who knew him have moved on. He was signed by Ken Gonzales, who sadly passed away in 1994. I checked with former scouting director and current senior advisor Art Stewart, who is a great baseball storyteller. He knows Bo well and was more than happy to speak with Kelsey by phone.

Fellow media relations staffer Dina Blevins arranged a time for Hall of Famer George Brett to talk with the production staff by phone (so they could get more information for the eventual on-site interview). Kelsey worked with our media relations boss, Mike Swanson, to arrange a date for production in Kansas City. Radical’s staff had several other stops to make – including Jackson’s hometown in Alabama, Auburn, L.A., Chicago and Nike’s headquarters in Oregon. Radical had to match up their schedule with interviewee availability of George Brett, Art Stewart and Dick Kaegel. And don’t forget…we had to work around our own busy schedule with the All-Star Game on July 10!

Radical’s team visited Kansas City on July 17 and 18. They took exterior shots of The K on July 17. The next morning, they interviewed George Brett and spent time with him on the field. Members of the staff had a few minutes between interview segments with Art Stewart and Dick Kaegel. I suggested a trip to the Royals Hall of Fame to get b-roll of Bo Jackson items that were in storage. They met with Royals Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson. Film director Michael Bonfiglio was so impressed with Curt that he asked him to interview for the piece!

When you wake up each day, you never know what may happen. Curt knew that the “30 for 30” crew was coming to Kansas City, but he had no idea that he was going to be interviewed. As you watch the story unfold, you’ll see Curt’s comments were in several parts of the film. Curt hired me in the marketing department nearly seven years ago. He is a good friend and I am happy that he got the opportunity to share his views of Bo’s story.

Enjoy the show!

Renovation photos: Royals Hall of Fame

The Royals Hall of Fame opens on July 17.  Royals photographer Chris Vleisides passed on a few photos as the construction enters the final stages.  Here’s a sneak peek:

The photo below is a protective case that holds a giant number 5.  Construction workers were busy taking this covering off of the case.  We didn’t stick around to see the final product, which is a plexiglass number 5 for George Brett.  It will house 3,154 baseballs, one for every hit in Brett’s career.


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Next you see a panel about Municipal Stadium.  Royals Hall of Fame director Curt Nelson and his team spent many hours researching Kansas City baseball history for the text and graphics that fill these panels.

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Fans of all ages will soon be enjoying the Royals Hall of Fame.  Be sure to stop by on or after July 17, or see the Hall of Fame article in Issue 4 of Royals Gameday Magazine, which goes on sale July 17.


Royals take home an Emmy!

You may have heard that Joakim Soria earned “DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award” honors yesterday. Congratulations to Joakim, who boasted a 0.00 ERA while establishing a Royals record with 9 saves during the month.

 Soria isn’t the only member of the Royals family with new hardware on the mantle…Royals associates Kim Burgess and Curt Nelson have been awarded a regional Emmy in the “Commercial – Single Spot” category. Kim and Curt, along with John Kekeisen of Metro Sports, won for their “2007 Royals Holiday Commercial”. The regional Emmy is from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America chapter. Entries for the regional Emmy are from designated market areas in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Missouri.

Kim, Curt, and John were nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for the “This is Kansas City” television marketing campaign. Congrats!

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The Streak has Ended.

56 consecutive games with a hit:
         Joe DiMaggio, N.Y Yankees (May 15 – July 16, 1941)

84 consecutive games reaching base:
         Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox (July 1 – Sept. 27, 1949)

2,632 consecutive games played: 
         Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles (May 30, 1982-Sept. 19, 1998)

748 consecutive Royals home games attended:
Curt Nelson, Kansas City Royals (April 5, 1999-May 14, 2008)

No, you don’t have a Curt Nelson baseball card. He isn’t a baseball player. He doesn’t wear a traditional Royals uniform nor have you ever seen him on the field or perched on the dugout bench during a game.

But, he’s been here…at Kauffman Stadium…for 748 straight games…until today:
May 15, 2008.

Curt, who joined the Royals front office as the Pre-Game Coordinator/Group Sales Assistant and has since moved up the ranks in the Marketing Department, entered the 2008 season (his 10th) as the Director of Marketing. At this year’s home opener, there was not really any indication that Curt’s streak would be coming to an end until Royals Sr. Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich made the announcement on May 1: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Curt Nelson to the new position of Director, Royals Hall of Fame.”

Yup, a new title and position. And, with that, new responsibilities, including a May 15 day-long Royals Hall of Fame meeting at HOK Sport in downtown Kansas City – during a Royals afternoon game at Kauffman StadiumPress Club.jpg.

The streak has ended on May 15, 2008.

So, on Thursday at The K, Curt was not here…

New Control Room.jpg...he wasn’t sitting here…

Old Control Room_use.jpg…not here either…

Press Box.jpg...nope…

Stadium Seats2.jpg…nada…

Stadium Seats1.jpg..and, we didn’t see him here either!

Needless to say…Curt Nelson, you were missed at The K today.

P.S. We just completed the sweep over the Tigers with an 8-4 win…our second sweep of Detroit this season!


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