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Opening Day ceremonies: Arrive early!

The Royals today announced details of a special extended Opening Day pregame ceremony, set for Monday, April 6, prior to a 3:10 start vs. the Chicago White Sox.  Pregame events include a ring presentation for members of the 2014 American League Championship team and the raising of the American League pennant flag.  Stadium gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be seated by 2:00 p.m. in order to watch the pregame ceremony.  The following is a timeline of events leading up to the game:

1:00 p.m. – Kauffman Stadium gates open to fans
2:00 p.m. – Fans encouraged to be in their seats for pregame ceremony, which will start at 2:09
2:29 p.m. – 2014 A.L. Championship Ring presentation
2:39 p.m. – Raising of the 2014 A.L. pennant
2:43 p.m. – Introduction of Royals Alumni
2:48 p.m. – Chicago White Sox introduction
2:51 p.m. – 2015 Kansas City Royals introduction
3:03 p.m. – National anthem, performed by the Kansas City Symphony

Enter for your chance to win a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan with a seat to Opening Day!

The Royals have announced a social media campaign that invites fans to submit their most innovative “excuses” to ensure their attendance at Kauffman Stadium for Opening Day on Thursday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels.  One lucky winner will receive a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan, which includes a seat to Opening Day.

Fans are encouraged to submit their most creative excuse by visiting the club’s Facebook fan page (, Twitter account ( or by visiting  Once submitted, fans may share their excuse via Facebook, Twitter or email and invite friends and family members to support their excuse.   Fans will receive one additional sweepstakes entry (up to the maximum of 50) for each “Like” or “Tweet” their excuse receives.  Registration for the Opening Day Excuse Yourself Sweepstakes closes at 4:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 24.

Fans can guarantee their seat to Opening Day by purchasing a Pepsi Max Pick 15 Plan.  Pick 15 Plans with an Opening Day seat will be available until Thursday, March 24 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS and at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.


Where's that Broom…

A sweep…in Detroit…against the Tigers…to open the 2008 season…

Yup, the Royals are off to a perfect 3-0 start after wrapping up the series finale with a 4-1 win over the Tigers. Here’s the box score…enjoy!

HOME OPENER HIGHLIGHTS: With a successful road trip going on now, it’s hard to wish the guys home too soon, but we can’t wait! We are thrilled with the April 8 home opener lineup we announced Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of some of what you can expect…    

VideoBoard_Royals Win.JPG     CROWNVISION DEBUT: Get ready to be larger than life when our in-stadium cameras get a shot of you in the ballpark! The home opener is the debut of CrownVision – that 84 feet by 105 feet, high definition video board you keep hearing about! You know, that one that is the largest HD videoboard in the world!

     BLUE & GOLD FIRST PITCH: Giving a shout out to both sides of the border, we are hosting a gridiron Ceremonial First Pitch to recognize the success of two area college football programs! Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel, who is busy plugging away with Spring Practice, will deliver a special video message to fans before KU’s head football coach Mark Mangino tosses out the first pitch.

BUCK O’NEIL LEGACY SEAT: The “Buck Seat” program is back and getting off to a great start in 2008 with Royals Senior Advisor to GM Dayton Moore, 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most respected guys in baseball, Art Stewart, sitting in “Buck’s Seat” for the home opener. The ironic thing with Art sitting in Buck’s seat, he’s actually moving back a row to accept the honor. As many of you know, Art always sits with his radar gun behind home plate in the first row…Buck’s seat is in the row behind him! Regardless, Art is thrilled to have the honor and we are thrilled to recognize his dedication to the organization and Kansas City!

     NATIONAL ANTHEM GOES COUNTRY: Country music sensation Emerson Drive will be here to perform the National Anthem. The high-energy band, which hit the Country music scene with hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Moments” and “I Should be Sleeping,” recently watched their album COUNTRIFIED climb the Country-music charts.

     A TRIBUTE TO THE RED, WHITE & BLUE: America’s colors will be presented by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. The men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base will also coordinate an A-10 flyover before the Royals take over the field for the first time this season!

Gates open at 1 p.m. and you should try and make sure you are in your seats by 2:30 p.m. so you don’t miss a moment!

2008 Opening Day!

It’s here! The start to the 2008 season for your Kansas City Royals!

2008_Plaza Banners.JPGIt’s been a long, cold winter for those of us in Kansas City, but – even though the temps in Detroit today still aren’t the warmest – the offseason is finished and we are ready to play ball! The Royals launch the 2008 season at 12:05 (CST) Monday against the Detroit Tigers. It’s the first of a three-game set in Detroit that will see some great pitching match ups. But, before we get into that…

ROSTER SET: The Royals set the 2008 Opening Day roster Sunday. Here’s the breakdown:

  • PITCHERS (11) – John Bale (L), Brian Bannister, Jimmy Gobble (L), Zack Greinke, Ron Mahay (L), Gil Meche, Leo Nunez, Ramon Ramirez, Joakim Soria, Brett Tomko and Yasuhiko Yabuta.
  • CATCHERS (3) – John Buck, Miguel Olivo and Matt Tupman.
  • INFIELDERS (7) – Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo, Esteban German, Ross Gload, Alex Gordon, Mark Grudzielanek and Tony Pena, Jr.
  • OUTFIELDERS (4) – David DeJesus, Joey Gathright, Jose Guillen and Mark Teahen.
  • DISABLED LIST (1) – Luke Hudson

AND…THE PROJECTED LINEUP: Manager Trey Hillman’s first official lineup as the Royals skipper…

DeJesus – CF
Grud – 2B
Gordon – 3B
Guillen – RF
Butler – DH
Teahen – LF
Gload – 1B
Buck – C
Pena – SS

The Royals turn to right-hander Gil Meche on the mound. Detroit is also going with a right-hander, turning to Justin Verlander.

OPENING SERIES PITCHING PROBABLES: Here are the rest of your probables for the Royals time in the Motor City…
               Wednesday, April 2 – Brian Bannister vs. Kenny Rogers
               Thursday, April 3 – Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Bonderman.

SOME OPENING DAY CLIPS: Lots of great news to get you ready for Monday’s season opener. In fact, MLB’s Kaegel covers almost every angle leading into today’s game. He talks about the cold temperatures in Detroit, compares the veterans and the rookies and, also, touches on Manager Hillman’s tough intro to the Major Leagues. The KC Star’s Bob Dutton talks with today’s starting pitcher and breaks down Hillman’s first official lineup. The Star also has some video posted courtesy of NBC Action News. And, if you didn’t check it out in the Sunday Star, the 2008 Baseball Section is out and online. You can pretty much spend your entire Monday morning checking it out…just in time for the game!

Thumbnail image for Stadium_offseason.JPGBACK AT THE K:
Kauffman Stadium is getting polished up for next week’s home opener, April 8. We know you’ve heard it a lot this season, but one more time: the renovations will be ongoing throughout the 2008 season, but despite some minor construction here and there, catching a Royals game at The K will still be great in ’08!

PREGAME: FOX Sports Net Kansas City is starting their coverage of the Royals season opener early with a special pre-season pregame show at 11 a.m. Then, they’ll move into what will become their standard pregame coverage at 11:30 p.m. with Joel Goldberg before the Royals and Tigers take the field. Speaking of…

PLAY BALL: So, game time is 12:05 p.m. (CST). You can (a) listen on 610 Sports, (b) watch on FSN Kansas City or (c) listen/watch on Gameday.

Enjoy…and Happy Opening Day, Royals fans!


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