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Hundreds of Royals fans attended the second annual Diamond of Dreams event on July 23, taking the field to help raise $150,000 for locally-based Operation Breakthrough, a St. Vincent’s Family Service Center.
The sold-out event featured appearances from General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Trey Hillman and several Royals players as well as entertainment from local U2 cover band Rattle and Hum and a Kansas City-inspired food and drink menu.
Mike Jacobs hit a tape-measure home run to center last night…if you haven’t seen it, check it out!
The 440-foot home run results in another $500 donation to Kansas City’s Operation Breakthrough, bringing the season total to $2,500!
Mike recently recorded a public service announcement for Diamond of Dreams, which will take place on July 23 on the field at Kauffman Stadium. Mike was joined by a few of the kids from Operation Breakthrough. Proceeds from the 2009 Diamond of Dreams will benefit Operation Breakthrough.
Look for the public service announcement to be shown during upcoming Royals games…and make plans to come out for a fun evening on Thursday, July 23!
Chat with Trey
On Tuesday, we brought you coverage of Trey Hillman’s press conference. Now it’s your turn to ask the questions. Trey will be the next guest in the Royals Relay Chat Series. Start thinking of your questions now…the chat is next Tuesday, October 7, at 2 p.m. Central time on royals.com. You must be registered with royals.com to participate. It’s free, so if you don’t have an account, sign up now!
Royals in the Community
Royals catcher John Buck and his wife Brooke (pictured at left with Brandon and Janeen Duckworth) are the Ambassadors for the Third Annual March of Dimes Blue Jean Ball. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel (6100 College Blvd., near the Overland Park Convention Center). John and Brooke are the parents of twin sons, born prematurely on May 15. They will donate $5,000 to the March of Dimes. Royals Charities will match John and Brooke’s contribution. Don’t miss this event. Buy your tickets today!
Save the date for another can’t miss event…Diamond of Dreams is set for July 23, 2009. This on-field event is a great way to mingle with some of your favorite Royals while supporting Royals Charities.
The reach a baseball team can have is huge. Of course the team flies all over the country. Tonight we’re looking to take the lead back in the series against Baltimore. But more than that, an entity like the Royals and Major League Baseball can do some good.
What are we talking about? The totals are in from Diamond of Dreams, which was June 26. To get the low down on the Royals biggest charity event so far this season and a look at the next one, plus what the team is up to out East, let’s go Around the Horn…
Diamond of Dreams was a huge success. As we noted over the weekend, A big thank you goes out to all those who helped by volunteering time, sponsoring the event or donating money to support the Dream Factory. About 300 people came out to dine on the infield dirt, play some games and bid on the silent auction items.
In total, the Royals will be presenting a check to the Dream Factory for $125,000 dollars. Since the Dream Factory is 100 percent volunteer, every cent of that money will help go to grant the dreams of children with chronic or critical illnesses.
Among the items up for auction were tickets to the Kansas City Ballet, a Plaza Lighting ceremony experience, an elephant encounter at the Kansas City Zoo, an autographed Tom Watson sand wedge, a signed Chris Paul jersey, stadium seats from Kauffman Stadium, an Elvis Presley Lithograph, a David Cook guitar, a Caribbean Getaway vacation and even a John Deere leaf blower. There was a little something for everyone and much, much more.
Two other special giveaways happened during the night. Tiffany & Co. gave away a diamond and sapphire necklace but with a catch. The necklace was hidden in a mystery box, and participants bought tickets in order to try to find the box. Tivol held a raffle drawing for an 18K white gold Rolex watch.
Videos played all night on CrownVision and Tim Scott interviewed players throughout the night. As the evening started to wind down, the ZEROES kicked it back into gear with a two-hour performance on a stage setup at second base. And no night at the K is complete without some fireworks, so at 10:01, the air crackled with the exploding pyrotechnics.
The Royals next endeavor is during the next home stand. Announced today, we will be donating a portion of the tickets sold to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to support the relief efforts of those two organizations here in the Midwest. Our neighbors to the North (like our farm team in Burlington, IA and the rest of the of the Midwest League) and many of our fans in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska have been affected by severe weather. Over the past few months, severe flooding and tornadoes have damaged property and destroyed homes all over our region.
The Royals are designating “Hats off Weekend” as a chance to help support the relief efforts. Friday fans will receive Cowboy hats courtesy of AT&T, Saturday is MLB 2K8 Santa hats to celebrate Christmas in July and Sunday, we’ll be giving out New. Blue. Tradition. Golf visors. Friday and Saturday are designated relief nights with proceeds from Friday going to the Red Cross and Saturday going to the Salvation Army.
View Level Infield tickets will be sold for $12 (regularly $15) and $5 from each ticket will go to the relief efforts. You can purchase the special tickets here or by calling 1-800-6ROYALS or by saying the word “relief” at any Kauffman Stadium ticket window.
On the note of giving back, we always like to give some props to our farm clubs as whenever possible, and the Omaha Royals helped raise money for the Little Sioux Scout Ranch which was devastated by a deadly tornado in June.
David DeJesus is back in the lineup tonight after missing two games with bruised ribs…DeJesus is still riding a 13-game hitting streak, his longest of 2008 and the third longest in his career…Gil Meche is on the mound tonight, looking for his seventh win which would tie team leaders Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke…Joey Gathright collected his 15th bunt single last night which is second in the Majors behind the Twin’s Carlos Gomez (18)…Check out the transcript from Deric Ladnier’s chat…All-Star balloting is completed tonight at 10:59 p.m. CT, so get your votes in while you still can.
The DirecTV channel switch is tonight. Royals’ telecast are now on channel 672. with HD broadcasts on 672-1. Your guide should direct you to the right place.
Note: Saturday’s game will be on FSN-KC to makeup for an earlier rainout. Royals Live starts at 5:30 p.m. CT.
For the second day in a row we have a note from FSN-KC’s Goeff Goldman, Director of Media Relations:
FSN KANSAS CITY PRESENTS IN MY OWN WORDS: FRANK WHITE
30-Minute Special Premieres Friday Following the Royals Postgame Show
Kansas City Royals great Frank White shares his story of growing up and winning a World Series in Kansas City in In My Own Words: Frank White, a 30-minute special premiering Friday, July 4 on FSN Kansas City.
FSN Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg conducts the long-form interview, in which White talks about growing up in Kansas City, participating in the Royals Academy, beating the Yankees in the ALCS but losing to the Phillies in the World Series in 1980, the 1985 World Series, the current state of the Royals and more.
White, a Royals Hall of Famer, played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues and currently serves as part of FSN Kansas City’s broadcast team for Royals baseball.
Air dates for In My Own Words: Frank White
Friday, July 4 following the Royals Live postgame show (approx. 7:15 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.
The Royals and the Redbirds. We swept them last week on their side of the state. They were missing a few key players who are back and looking for revenge this week. We’re ramping up to have a huge weekend here at the K. It’s the “Eye”-70 Series 2008 2.0, presented by Silverstein Eye Centers, and to get inside the match up, let’s go around the horn…
Gil Meche is on the hill tonight. Meche leads a Royals team that’s playing some of its best baseball of the season. They are still the hottest team in baseball, winning 10 of their last 11 (along with the Twins). The Royals and their division foes to the far North also share the distinction of the best interleague record in the Majors.
With one of their top twirlers on the mound, the Royals are looking for a season series win over the Cards and the positive end to this homestand. Meche’s strikeout numbers, a key to his success, have seen a jump in the last month. He’s punched out 51 batters in his 49 and two thirds innings, including 10 a few weeks back in Arizona. Over his last 11 starts, he has a 3.69 ERA.
He’s been solid of late and he will look to continue his run of strong starts tonight in his second career appearance against the Cards.
Tomorrow in front of an already sold out crowd, Mitchell Boggs (2-0, 5.40) goes against Kyle Davies (3-0, 3.12). Davies downed St. Louis last week with 7 strong innings of work. As a note to those lucky enough to have tickets, the Royals are asking everyone to be in there seats by 5:45 p.m. for the special pre-game ceremonies of Art Stewart’s Hall of Fame induction. Tomorrow, we’ll talk a little about Art and what he’s meant to this organization and Sunday we’ll have a full recap of the ceremony plus the second installment of Touch ’em All, this time with Hall of Fame portrait artist John Martin.
Then on Sunday for the final game of the series and the nine-game homestand, Braden Looper (9-5, 4.22) draws the Royals daytime dominator, Brian Bannister (7-8, 4.47). Bannister is 5-1 during day games this season and opponents are batting .228 against him under the sun.
The Royals offense is here and in gear. They are hitting .278 over the last 13 games with 30 doubles, 2 triples and 15 home runs. Going homerless on Wednesday, the Royals have still hit 30 in their last 24 games and at least one in 10 of their last 13 contests. The team’s 47 extra-base hits over 13 games are tied for fifth in the Majors over that span.
Ross Gload, David DeJesus and John Buck all have longer hitting streaks coming into tonight’s game with DeJesus looking add on to his Major League leading .451 average with runners in scoring position. Only one other player (Cleveland’s Casey Blake at .415) in either league is hitting over .400 in that situation right now.
As we mentioned with the Rockies in town earlier this week, Hal McRae, a Royals Hall of Famer, is the Cards hitting coach (McRae wears No. 8 for the Cards but wore No. 11 here in KC)…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Mark Grudzielanek is making a return to the lineup after missing a few games with a sore lower back…Also of note: Jose Guillen is at DH tonight because of some leg trouble which has been bothering him off and on for a while…The Royals on-going chat series will have another installment on Tuesday. Royals’ Senior Director of Scouting, Deric Ladnier, will be online at 3 p.m. CT to take questions from fans.
Our Diamond of Dreams charity event took place last night. We’ll have specific figures as soon as we can about the attendance and the money that was raised for the Dream Factory, but we’d like to thank Dodge, the event’s primary sponsor along with Teva Neuroscience, Sliverstein Eye Centers, VML, Tiffany & Co., Sprint, Swiss Re, Fox Sports Net, HOK, Aramark, Better Ideas, Budweiser, C&C Produce, Glazer’s, Hitchin Post, Larry Moore, Miller Brewing Co., Pepsi, Shotbee Photography, Sysco Foods, The ZEROS, US Food Service, Village Gardens and all of the volunteers who helped. We’ll have a full report and pics up soon, so please check back.
Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.
Sorry for the late post, but time slipped away. As it is, the Royals are leading 4-0 thanks to a David DeJesus triple, a Mike Aviles double and a Mark Teahen homer. Which flows perfectly into what we want to talk about tonight.
The Royals are playing some good baseball right now. They’ve won eight of their last ten and picked up three straight series wins in the process, including the sweep in St. Louis. The Royals are 9-3 against the National League this season after going 10-8 the last two seasons. We still have six games against the Senior Circuit.
Over this hot stretch the Royals have cut 4 games off their division deficit and with that we’re going to go around the horn…
Yesterday was a wild one. As we noted in this space, the Royals came back from a seven-run deficit. Only seven other times in team history have they been able to do that (six seven-run comebacks and a nine-run revival back in 1979).
On the other end of that stick, the Giants suffered their first seven-run collapse in eight years. The only reason, we even bring this up is because of the interesting coincidence involved here. In 2000, the Giants blew a pair of seven-run leads during the same week. One on June 28, a 17-13 final, and one on June 22, an 11-10 final. Yesterday’s date was, in fact, June 22, 2008. And the score, 11-10. Keep your eyes on the score tickers this weekend, the Giants play in Oakland on June 28, 2008.
Let’s talk about Joakim Soria. The kid is lights out. He’s picked up five saves during the Royals hot stretch.
He’s 20-of-21 in save situations and has a 1.32 ERA in 34 innings. That means only 5 runs have crossed the plate with Soria on the mound. That’s crazy-good. He’s got 35 punch outs. Normally strikeouts are compared to walks (Soria has walked only nine). Let’s try hits. Soria has allowed 18 hits. Opponents are hitting just .154 against him.
The San Francisco Chronicle had a story today about how they are happy the Padres left Soria off their 40-man roster before last season’s Rule 5 Draft. Well, so are we. Yesterday he became the ninth pitcher in team history to have a season with 20 or more saves (the 22nd time). And the last Royal to have 20 or more saves before the All-Star break? 2003 All-Star Mike MacDougal had 24. The Royals pre-All-Star record is 25 by Jeff Montgomery in 1993. We’ll say this, Soria’s got more than a chance to break it.
We’re welcoming two Royals’ alumni back during this series with Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle and Bench Coach Jamie Quirk in the visiting dugout this week in Kansas City…Notes from Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Mark Grudzielanek is out tonight with a sore back and may be ready to go tomorrow…Also of note: Joel Peralta is back up from Omaha and Jeff Fulchino has been optioned…Hillman said: Fulchino did his job and he was not optioned because of poor performance, but after using so many pitchers in yesterday’s wild win, the bullpen was a little thin and needed help…Peralta is 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA (18.2 scoreless innings, 9 hits, 6 walks and 19 K’s) in 10 games over his two stints with Omaha .
The Community Relations department has been busy. Today they hosted a PLAY Clinic on the field here at “the K”. The event was co-hosted by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society. With a goal of promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle, members of the Royals Sports Medicine staff led the event, focusing on baseball fundamentals. They were joined by David DeJesus, Jose Guillen, Jimmy Gobble and Trey Hillman.
Also this week, the Royals will host a few baseball clinics and has big plans for the Royals off day.
Thursday will be the Diamond of Dreams event, which will be held on the field at Kauffman. Royals Charities will be raising money for The Dream Factory. Drinks, appetizers, player appearances, memorabilia auctions and a live band playing at second base are among the many events planned.
We’ll definitely have more on this event as the week progresses. And don’t forget about the Cardinals series this week. (How could you?) Plenty will be going on this weekend with giveaways, more silent auctions and Art Stewart’s Hall-of-Fame induction. Around the Horn will have an interview with the man behind all of the portraits you see in the Hall-of-Fame.
David DeJesus and Jose Guillen look on during a hitting drill.
Royals Charities donated more than $230,000 to 14 area non-profit organizations during the Spring cycle of its Royals Charities Grant Program.
That amount means the charitable arm of the Royals has donated more than $3 million since 2001…all to local charities! That’s a pretty substantial amount of money and we’re just getting started…
This season, Royals Charities is hosting several new events as well as revamping many of its existing programs – all in an effort to help out our community in as many ways as possible. So, here’s a quick rundown of what the Royals Charities factory is cranking out in 2008:
June 26 – Diamond of Dreams: It’s Royals Charities first on-field event and we aren’t holding anything back! Diamond of Dreams: Taking the Field for The Dream Factory is Thursday, June 26 – a Royals off day – on the field at The K with all proceeds benefiting The Dream Factory. Since our Boys in Blue will be in town, several of the players as well as GM Dayton Moore and Manager Trey Hillman will be in attendance to mingle with guests, who are encouraged to dress in their most creative Royals attire. Local 80s band favorite The Zeros will entertain from second base, while guests enjoy a Kansas City-inspired food and drink menu. Individual tickets for this event are going fast, so purchase your Diamond of Dreams tickets now…
May 17 and August 16 – T.A.K.E. Defense: We are inviting all our female fans out to The K to participate in one (or both!) of our T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes. The classes are FREE, open only to females and are taking place on the field! The T.A.K.E. Defense program represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood, Kan., resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and to give women ages 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. All you have to do is register for a class and meet us at The K!
More with T.A.K.E. Defense – Royals Calendars: Sure, April is over, but you can still buy an April-March Royals Players calendar (only $10) to benefit The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation. We are selling them at The K when the guys are in town, but you can also buy them online here. Something we noticed at the last Autograph Afternoon at The K (next one: Sunday, May 11) is that the calendars are great for signing!
Royals Legacy Brick Program: Have you bought your Legacy Brick yet? If not, here’s your chance. The Royals Legacy Brick Program, which benefits Royals Charities (which benefits our community), is giving fans the opportunity to be a part of the tradition of our franchise and leave their marks on Kauffman Stadium. You can order your personalized bricks here.
Royalty Fields: If your baseball/softball fields are in need of repair or revamping, keep sending in those applications for grants through the Royalty Fields Grant Program, which just rewarded these three programs with $5,000 grants:
- Southern Youth Sports, Nebraska
- Lone Jack Athletic Club, Missouri
- Kearney County Community Foundation, Nebraska
Find the Royalty Fields Grant Application here.
Thursday, Aug. 7 – Kansas City Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament: Okay, the details haven’t been officially released on this one, so we’ll keep it to “save this date on the calendar.” Basically, Royals Charities is hosting its first Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament at The National. We all know how baseball players love to golf, so expect the event to involve hitting the links with current and former Royals all raising money for charity. Again, details haven’t been released, but you can call (816) 921-8000 to reserve your spot…
Diamond of Dreams: Taking the field for The Dream Factory will be Thursday, June 26 on the field at Kauffman Stadium. The fundraiser, which is presented by the Kansas City Zone Dodge Dealers, will benefit the local chapter of The Dream Factory and will feature appearances from General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Trey Hillman and all your favorite Royals players. In addition, the great local 80s band The Zeros will be in attendance and rockin’ it out on second base. Guests, who are encouraged to don creative Royals attire for the event, will be treated to Kansas City-inspired food and drink menus as well as a silent auction with one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
Like all good things, there are only a limited number of tickets available and you can purchase yours starting today by calling 816.504.4430 or online here at royals.com/diamondofdreams. For those corporations out there, sponsorship opportunities and corporate packages are available (again, call 816.504.4430) and include a private party tent, event tickets and recognition throughout the festivities, as well as a private meet and greet with a member of the team.
All in all, expect a fun, unique night of dreaming on the diamond with the Royals at Diamond of Dreams: Taking the Field for The Dream Factory!