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An adventure in Tempe

Editor’s note – This entry is by Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations for the Royals.  Follow ‘Holtzy’ on Twitter, ( @HoltzyRoyals ) where he has regular insight on the Royals and the occasional post about his alma mater’s basketball team (clue – Dave’s dog is named Naismith).


This blog is not really baseball related, but hang with me.  I think it’s an entertaining story nonetheless.


I dropped my family off at the airport this morning (one of the worst feelings in the world is walking away from my wife and 2-year old son as they get into that security line), looked at my phone and realized it was just 8 a.m.  Now for those unfamiliar with Phoenix, the airport is only about a five minute drive from Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the Royals will take on the A’s this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. KC time.  Surprise, on the other hand, is about 45 minutes from the airport (in the opposite direction from Phoenix Muni).  So, I had about two or so hours to kill around the Phoenix/Tempe area.


I decided to drive over to downtown Tempe and the Mill Avenue District.  This is a great area right next to the Arizona State campus with restaurants, bars, shops, etc.  Kind of reminds me of wonderful Mass Street in Lawrence, Kan. (Rock chalk!).  After a donut and some decaf coffee, I still had an hour and a half until I needed to be at the ballpark. 


I wandered toward the ASU campus and Sun Devil Stadium, but a large mountain caught my eye.  Those familiar with football invariably has seen this mountain in many aerial shots of Sun Devil Stadium over the years.  I walked up to the base of the mountain and read the sign:


Hayden Butte Preserve
Leonard Monti Trail
Summit 1495′


Something to think about here: I was dressed in work attire.  We are a bit more casual in Spring Training, but not too much.  I had on khaki pants, a black, Royals polo and, thankfully, tennis shoes.  Without the tennis shoes, I wouldn’t even have considered the hike.


So, I began up the dirt and rock trail.  Once I reached a point about two-thirds up, the incline greatly increased and I realized I couldn’t go any further without breaking a serious sweat and stinking up the entire press box the rest of the day.  At this point, I took some photos which you can see here:


IMAGE_034.jpg – A look up at the summit of the mountain with a large “A” in gold and maroon in support of the Sun Devils.







IMAGE_035.jpg– The trail map sign showing where I started from (the circle on the bottom of the photo in the center) and where my climb ended (the big “you are here” arrow).  I am not really sure what those two large circular buildings were to the right on the trail map.



– You get two-thirds of the way up the mountain before they have this nice informational sign about snakes.  If it were me, I might put this sign at the trailhead so people deathly afraid of snakes can make the decision to walk the trail or not.







– Here’s a shot of a cactus right off the trail.  If you use your imagination a bit, the cactus seems to be in the shape of a “KC”.  Or perhaps a “KU”, if you’re so inclined.







– (Left) The view of downtown Tempe and Mill Avenue looking to the south and west







– (Right) The view of a portion of the Arizona State campus, looking to the south








–  And finally, here’s a shot I took looking at the sunrise.  Nice, huh?  (Just kidding!  That’s a file photo from my phone!)






After the hike, I drove to Phoenix Muni and am now settled in for the game.  Kyle Davies is scheduled to take the mound for the Boys in Blue, who are now 5-3-1 this spring after yesterday’s 12-3 win over the Angels, who, coincidentally, train in Tempe.


A behind-the-scenes look at Spring Training

Today we take a look at just a few of the behind-the-scenes details from Spring Training.

12 004.jpgWhen it comes to bats, every player has a preference.  Here, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer speaks with a sporting goods representative about a wide array of options.

12 002.jpgManager Trey Hillman holds regular interview sessions with the media throughout Spring Training.  Next to Trey is Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting (in sunglasses, partially hidden).  Swanee oversees the session while Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations (on the left in the Royals jacket), records footage that you’ll be able to view on

12 006.jpgThe media relations team is also responsible for setting up one-on-one interviews.  This picture shows Joel Goldberg interviewing Hall of Famer George Brett for a feature that will be on the Fox Sports Kansas City website.






12 007.jpgAll of this is happening in close proximity to the practice fields, where Cy Young winner Zack Greinke and his teammates were stretching for the morning workout.

Target Field taking shape

Target Field 1.jpgFor years, Twins fans have traveled south to Kansas City to watch outdoor baseball.  Next year, they will have outdoor baseball in Minnesota at Target Field.  The Twins are working with Kansas City-based Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) on the project.

Last year, members of the Minnesota Twins front office came to Kansas City to see the CrownVision board as they gathered ideas for Target Field.  Today, a contingent that included Royals media relations director Dave Holtzman, everyone’s favorite beat writer Dick Kaegel (pictured below) and a crew from FOX Sports Kansas City got a sneak peek at baseball’s newest stadium.

Special thanks to Dave for sending along these pictures.  It looks like the Twins have a beautiful venue for outdoor baseball!  Watch FSKC’s pregame show on Wednesday for more on the new Target Field!


Target Field Outside.jpg

Target Field 3.jpg

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: May 29

Could have been better

Manager Trey Hillman was still feeling the sting from his one-game suspension, which he served during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.  “I am still a little ticked off, I have a real problem with a game or games being taken away from me,” Hillman said.  He also went on to say he was not a big fan of having his own personal off day, “I absolutely did not enjoy being away from the guys, I did not like my day off,” Trey stated.  He went on to say that he spoke to the appropriate people in charge of his situation, but to this day does not understand how his suspension came to be so, and that he wished he “had his day in court”. 

Behind the Scenes at the “K”

A Royals Insider reporter asked Hillman, “What do we need to know about the amazing front office staff that assists him everyday with his daily routines and schedules?”

  “Well, when you have people like Mike (Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting) and Dave (Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations) it can get real easy around here,” Hillman said.  “The things that I struggle with in my day-to-day operations are made amazingly simple with the help of the front office staff that they have in place, I enjoy being around these people, if I didn’t, it would get real weird around here,” Trey said.  “You have to have a tremendous amount of trust with the individuals you work with everyday, and we have that here, on the field and in the front office,” Trey exclaimed.  Hillman finished by saying, “You have to like being around the same people everyday, and I can genuinely say, I like being around the staff they have assembled here.”  Keep an eye out for a future episode of Royals Insider which features this piece.


Coco Crisp continues to be day-to-day, and is not in the line-up tonight against the Chicago White Sox.  Joakim Soria had terrific velocity Wednesday in his rehab stint down in Arizona, however location was somewhat of a problem for Soria.  He will be monitored and is on schedule to pitch tomorrow with a pitch count not exceeding 25 pitches. 


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