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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!

Zack Greinke named A.L. Player of the Week (again!)


6-25 Greinke.jpgZack Greinke
has been named the American League Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The 25-year-old went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and a Major League-leading 20 strikeouts for the week.

He fanned 15 batters on Tuesday, besting Mark Gubicza’s club record from 1988.  Greinke’s 10th ‘K’ was the 700th of this career.  It marked the eighth time in his career that he has reached 10 or more strikeouts in a game.

Greinke’s encore performance on Sunday was equally impressive.  He became the first Royal since Gubicza in 1995 to record a one-hitter as he limited the Mariners to a walk and a single, both in the second inning.  Greinke followed that by retiring 22 straight batters as he joined Vida Blue, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since 1900 to have a 15-strikeout game followed by a one-hitter.

Congratulations to Zack on another great achievement!

Zack Greinke retires 22 in a row, tosses one-hitter vs. M's

7-29 Greinke.jpgLast Tuesday, Zack Greinke surpassed Mark Gubicza’s club record by recording 15 strikeouts in a game.  Today, Gubie’s name came up again as Zack became the first Royals pitcher to throw a one-hitter since Gubicza in 1995.  Only two Mariners reached base today, both in the second inning (Bill Hall on a walk and Kenji Johjima with a single), as the Royals won, 3-0.

This is the 19th time that a Royals pitcher has thrown a one-hitter (to go along with four no-hitters).  Congratulations to Zack on another amazing outing!

Zack also became the fourth pitcher in Royals history to record 200 or more strikeouts in a season.  He has 202 strikeouts on the year.

August Birthdays

Gubicza.jpgNewcomer Josh Anderson was born on August 10, 1982.  He shares his birthday with Antonio Banderas (49), sausage proprietor Jimmy Dean (81) and former Cleveland slugger and Royals coach Rocky Colavito (76).

Roman Colon turned 30 on August 13.  People born on the same day include Don Ho (79), Fidel Castro (83), Alfred Hitchcock (1899) and Annie Oakley (1860).

Royals Hall of Famer Mark Gubicza turned 47 on August 14.  Yes, the man with 14 strikeouts in a game was born on the 14th!  Fellow birthdays include comedian Steve Martin (64), Magic Johnson (50) and Halle Berry (43).

Last but certainly not least, Royals video coordinator Mark Topping celebrated his birthday on August 21.  Topper shares his birthday with the world’s fastest man, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (23), and singer/gambler Kenny Rogers (71).  The late Wilt Chamberlain, a University of Kansas product, was born on that date as well in 1936.

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