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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!

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 royals.com 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!

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Royals blogs, Facebook, and Twitter

Back on February 13, we told you about the Royals page on Facebook.  We had a few hundred Facebook fans at that point.  Needless to say, you found us!  Three months later, we’re at 59,226 fans (and counting!!!)  Way to go, Royals fans!  Many of our ATH readers now see the posts on Facebook first.  That’s great, just remember to stop by and pay us a visit from time to time at http://royals.mlblogs.com/!

In March, ATH joined other MLBlogs on Twitter.  Our ‘tweets’ range from links to our posts to the lineup to the latest Sonic Steal a Slush…check us out at aroundthehornkc!  The Royals marketing department also has a Twitter page at KC_Royals.  They do a great job of keeping everyone updated on the latest promotions and events at the stadium.

Twitter is a random site…you never know who will start following you.  A few days ago, Royals prospect Chris ‘Disco’ Hayes started following us at aroundthehornkc.  We returned the favor (his handle is discohayes).  We interviewed Chris for Royals Gameday Magazine during Spring Training.  He has a great personality, which you can learn more about in the new gameday which goes on sale TONIGHT at the stadium!

Chris is one of our fellow bloggers on mlblogs.com (http://discohayes.mlblogs.com/).  We told him about the MLBlog rankings during our interview.  It seems to have hit a competitive nerve as he has mentioned it in a few recent posts!

Other Royals blogs include:

From the Booth with Steve Stewart (http://stevestewart.mlblogs.com/):  The Royals broadcaster always has interesting stories and photos from road trips.

Royals Beat (http://kaegel.mlblogs.com/):  Dick Kaegel, beat writer for royals.com, keeps fans up to date on the latest news from the clubhouse.

Tim’s Take (http://timstake.mlblogs.com/):  This new blog features Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott.  A recent post tells about how Tim and his daughter Sophia searched to find the best cupcake in Kansas City.

Extra Innings with the K Crew (http://kcrew.mlblogs.com/): Follow the K Crew as they spread cheer around Kauffman Stadium!

Spring Training opens

Well the day we’ve been waiting for since the final game of 2008 has arrived! Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Surprise today, though many of them have been participating in voluntary workouts at the complex. Workouts usually run from about 9:30 to 12:00 or 12:30 and are open to the public. For information on a particular day, contact the staff at Surprise Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Thank you to all of the fans who have visited ATH! February is the shortest month in days, but we are on pace to have our highest number of visitors since we started tracking page loads last July!

We want to let you know about a few new ways to keep up to date on your favorite team. First, royals.com beat writer Dick Kaegel has a new blog entitled Royals Beat. He will share insight from Spring Training, Kauffman Stadium, and Royals road games during the 2009 season. Dick made his first post on Wednesday, so feel free to ask him questions on the Royals.

Another Royals page to surf to is the royals.com Kansas City Royals fan page on Facebook. Several Royals pages have popped up on the popular social networking tool… but this is the official one. It just launched so it isn’t the largest Royals group on Facebook yet, however, we think it is the most informative. Our friends at Major League Baseball Advanced Media have added a RSS feed to ATH, so all of our posts will be displayed on Facebook! Just enter ‘Kansas City Royals’ under ‘Pages’ and find the page that looks like the screen shot below.

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