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A sold out crowd witnessed the first game at the “New” Kauffman Stadium today. Several dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony before the game. Royals Chairman/Owner David Glass and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders cut the ribbon as the “New K” was officially dedicated.
On Monday morning, our email inboxes were full of photos from team photographer Chris Vleisides…all from Opening Week at Kauffman Stadium! Of course, there are lots of good photos. However, probably the best shot of the week, which welcomed more than 139,000 fans and two sell-out crowds to The K, was this one of pitcher Brian Bannister.
Bannister tossed a complete game Sunday afternoon to lead the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Twins and a 3-3 mark for the homestand. The Royals are now 7-5 to start the season and are on their way to the West Coast for a seven-game road trip against Seattle (two games), the Los Angeles Angels (two) and the Oakland A’s (three). We are working on several photo galleries highlighting Opening Week at The K that should be posted this afternoon on royals.com. Until then, enjoy a couple of these highlights and feel free to share your thoughts from the Royals first homestand of the season!
WHY SHOULD THE ADULTS HAVE ALL THE “WIENIE” FUN?: For the first time in Kauffman Stadium history, we hosted the “Teenie Wienie” Hot Dog Derby. Soon to be a Kauffman Stadium tradition, the Sunday junior version of the popular in-stadium Hot Dog Derby featured three kids – Adam “Ketchup” Cook (age 10), Molly “Relish” Cook (9) and Logan “Mustard” Darr (8) – who donned mini versions of the costumes and raced down the first base line. The end result: a little win for Ketchup!
FUN RUN FUN FOR ALL: The Royals welcomed back the Sprint Fun Run to Sundays at Kauffman Stadium. For the first one of the season, the fans toughed it out through the cold weather – luckily the game lasted just more than two hours – to run the bases. Although actual numbers have not officially been reported, observers of the Sprint Fun Run noticed several adult Royals fans taking advantage of the opportunity to head down to the field following a Royals win!
AUTISM AWARENESS: The Royals hosted Autism Awareness Night at The K on Friday and, in honor of the evening, had Jason McElwin, a former high school basketball student manager with autism spectrum disorder, throw out the ceremonial first pitch. McElwin obtained national attention in 2006 after scoring 20 points in the final four minutes of a high school basketball game - a story that we found out Royals pitcher Brian Bannister knew pretty well. In fact, as soon as Banny heard that “J-Mac” was throwing out the first pitch he asked to be his catcher…and then asked Jason to send him a copy of his book!
POWDER BLUE MADNESS: The Billy Butler Powder Blue Replica Jerseys – which went to the first 20,000 fans and were presented by FSN Kansas City - were a huge “hit” Saturday. Reports are that fans began lining up - in practically freezing weather – around 11 a.m., and when the gates opened at 4 p.m., the first-time jersey promotion went quick…within 40 minutes, at least 20,000 fans had entered the stadium and many were already sporting the powder blue top. To all those who came out Saturday, did you take the time to notice who might have been handing you your jersey? That’s right, Billy Butler, along with six of his teammates and Manager Hillman, took a break from their pregame routines to greet fans (and thank them for waiting in the cold!) at the entrance gates into The K.
SPEAKING OF COLD…: If you came out to The K at all this past week, we really don’t need to remind you of the cold temperatures, right? Pretty sure most of us here in the front office haven’t warmed up completely yet! Regardless, we made it through and – as we all cross our fingers and toes – hopefully that’s the last frigid homestand of the 2008 season!
CLOSING SHOT: And, as a final note, here is the classic overview shot from the Royals 2008 home opener – enjoy!
Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium is always an exciting and special day for us here at the Royals, but this year, we had even more than a 5-2 victory over the Yankees to cheer about!
Bridget Lynn Burgess!
Kim Burgess, Royals Sr. Director of Marketing, and her husband, Gary, welcomed Baby Bridget at 11:08 a.m. on Tuesday, four hours and two minutes before first pitch! Baby Bridget weighed in at 7 pounds and 1 ounce and 17 1/2 inches long and baby, Mom and Dad are all doing well!
On behalf of the entire Royals Family…congrats to Kim and Gary for their big “hit” on Opening Day – we can’t wait to see Baby Bridget out at The K!
All weather aside…it was an amazing 2008 home opener!
- 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.
- And, 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!
Opening the season on the road does have its benefits as we get an extra week to get ready for the home opener festivities. However, most of us here in the front office would gladly trade in that week in exchange to have the team back in town and a chance to watch LIVE baseball.
Finally, though, the wait for another season of baseball in Kansas City is over and our Royals return to Kauffman Stadium with an impressive 4-2 mark to start the season. Now, our Boys in Blue welcome the New York Yankees to town for a contest in front of the home crowd on our busiest day of the season!
It’s a 3:10 p.m. first pitch (weather permitting!) and, if you can’t make it to The K, you can catch it on 610 Sports and in HD on FSN Kansas City.
Happy Opening Day at The K – enjoy!