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FanFest photos: Friday

We had a great time at FanFest on Friday!  Join us today – the doors opened at 9:00 and the event runs until 7:00!  Let’s take a look at a few pictures from yesterday:

 

Alex Gordon had fun on the Royals Diamond…while Mike Moustakas signed autographs. 
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Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies made new friends through the Sprint Phone-a-Friend.  Chen was asking people what they had for dinner…Billy Butler met one of his young fans…and kids of all ages took their swings on the Royals Diamond.

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Calling all Royals bloggers and tweeters for the FanFest Digital Digest contest!

FanFest_2010.jpgDo you blog or tweet about the Royals in a social media setting?  We have an exciting new opportunity for you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2011 Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience!

Through the first-ever FanFest Digital Digest contest, select fans who blog, tweet or produce viral videos will be chosen to report on FanFest, set for January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan., as a social media journalist.

Fans selected for this one-of-a-kind experience will have access to exclusive interviews with General Manager Dayton Moore and select players, a behind-the-scenes tour of FanFest, and the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the event before the general public during a preview event on Thursday, January 20. 

For the opportunity to cover FanFest from a social media perspective, fans may visit www.royals.com/digitaldigest and complete the online application.  Applicants must be available to participate on Thursday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center.  In addition, applicants must agree to post content related to their FanFest experience to their social media accounts within 24 hours of attending the event.  The contest is open to all fans 18 years old or older.

In addition to appearances and autograph sessions featuring current, former and future Royals, fans can also kick off the 2011 season at Royals FanFest with new interactive games for all ages, main stage programs and more.  Royals FanFest is supported in 2011 by WDAF-TV Fox 4.

Tickets for Royals FanFest may be secured by visiting www.royals.com/fanfestTickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).  Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. 

Tickets purchased in advance are available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth.  All kids age five and under will be admitted free.  Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event. 

For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest

 

Royals FanFest shows on Fox Sports Kansas City

Fox Sports Kansas City starts its 2010 coverage of Kansas City Royals baseball with two shows that take fans inside the recent Royals Fanfest and surrounding events.

The shows recap Awards Night, take fans inside the Royals Caravan stop at Fort Riley with George Brett, introduce some new Royals, talk to members of the 1985 World Champion team in the 25th anniversary year of their win and capture the sights and sounds of Fanfest.  Fox Sports Kansas City’s Joel Goldberg will host.

The airdates are below.  Both episodes will be replayed several times.

Air dates for Royals Fanfest specials on Fox Sports Kansas City (times Central)
Royals Fanfest Episode 1
Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Kansas St. basketball viewing areas only)
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.

Royals Fanfest Episode 2
Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 10 p.m.

Details on a special Cy Young autograph session

David Cone, Zack Greinke and Bret Saberhagen will take part in a one-of-a-kind autograph session at FanFest on Friday, January 15 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  The first 4,000 fans entering FanFest each day will receive a commemorative backpack.  Prior to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 250 of the backpacks will contain winning tickets that will allow the holder to enter the Cy Young autograph line.  All fans must present their winning ticket to enter the line, which will begin to form at 2:30 p.m.  Children under 14 who possess a winning ticket may be accompanied by an adult.  No photos with the participants will be allowed at this particular autograph session and only one item will be allowed to be signed per player.

On Thursday, January 14, Cone, Greinke and Saberhagen will each also attend Royals Awards Night presented by James B. Nutter.  The night will begin with the Budweiser Pre-Party at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards show at 7 p.m.  Tables of 10 are available for $750 with individual tickets priced at $75.  Fans may secure Awards Night tickets by visiting www.royals.com/awardsnight.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office  from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees.  Tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva is scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, at the Overland Park Convention Center.  Fans may secure FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).  Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees.  Tickets purchased in advance will be available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth.  All kids age five and under will be admitted free.  In addition, Royals 2010 season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission for Friday’s events.

Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event.  For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest

2010 Royals FanFest tickets on sale now

D20_9110.jpgThe Royals have announced that tickets for the 2010 Royals FanFest presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience are now on sale.  The club’s marquee offseason event is set for Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. 

Fans can kick off the new year in a major league way at Royals FanFest with more player appearances and autograph sessions, a Zack Greinke backpack giveaway, new interactive games for all ages, main stage programs and more. 

Beginning today, fans may secure FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).  Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. 

D20_6634.jpgTickets purchased in advance will be available at discounted prices. Advance two-day passes are $18 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 6-17), while advance single-day tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth.  All kids age five and under will be admitted free.  In addition, Royals 2010 season ticket holders will receive complimentary admission for Friday’s events. 

Tickets will also be available at the Overland Park Convention Center on the days of the event.  For a complete listing of prices and purchase options as well as updated information on players scheduled to appear and event programming, visit www.royals.com/fanfest.  The website currently features a VIP FanFest Sweepstakes, which will run through Wednesday, January 6.  One winner, along with three guests, will be selected to win a Royals prize package and an exclusive meet-and-greet with a Royals player during FanFest.

Since debuting in 2008, the popular two-day event has welcomed nearly 20,000 fans and raised more than $200,000 for Royals Charities.   

In addition to Royals FanFest, the club will also be hosting Royals Awards Night presented by James B. Nutter on Thursday, January 14 at the Overland Park Convention Center.  A select group of honorees, including 2009 A.L. Cy Young Zack Greinke and first baseman Billy Butler, will be recognized for their exceptional contributions both on and off the field in 2009.  A complete listing of award winners and ticket information for Royals Awards Night and the Budweiser Pre-Party will be announced at a later date.

The Road to the Show

Day one of FanFest is in the books, and it was a success. You could feel a vibe amongst the fans and the players (read more about that in this column by royals.com beat writer Dick Kaegel).

We hope you can head out to the Overland Park Convention Center on Sunday. There are so many features for the kids…batting cages, a fly ball challenge, a home run derby, a speed pitch…the list goes on.

Be sure to check out the “Road to the Show” display, which highlights the minor league affiliates. At scheduled times throughout the day, four of our organizational award winners are on hand to interact with fans and sign autographs. Here are photos of our Road to the Show guys as they picked up honors on Friday at the Royals Awards Night:


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- Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year for the organization’s top pitcher.


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- Frank White Defensive Player of the Year for the organization’s top defensive player.


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– Willie Wilson Base Runner of the Year for the organization’s top base runner.

D20_5734.jpgEverett Teaford - Mike Sweeney Award for a player who best represents the organization on and off the field.

 

Check back on Monday for a complete pictorial wrap up of the weekend!

 

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We appreciate you

It’s fan appreciation night/weekend and we can’t express enough gratitude that the Royals have for all of you out there. We’ve got a lot going on this weekend to show you how much we appreciate you.

Unfortunately last night the team couldn’t keep the roll going, but with the beauty of baseball, they’re back at it tonight. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it and go Around the Horn…

First
Shirts off their backs” Night should be huge. Around the Horn is in fact a little disappointed that we aren’t allowed to win a jersey. They only cost a buck. And you thought Buck Night last night was good deal because you could get a soda, peanuts or a hot dog for a dollar?

Dollar scratch tickets will be on sale throughout the stadium – each one is a chance to win a jersey which will be worn for tonight’s 6:10 game versus Chicago. Just over 40 jerseys will be up for grabs. Each one will be handed out on the field after the game to the lucky winner complete with the autograph of the coach or player who wore the jersey.

All of the proceeds will go to Operation Breakthrough, which helps children who are living in poverty receive a safe, loving and educational environment. The organization has been around since 1972, serving Kansas City faithfully.

If that wasn’t enough, the Royals are also giving out FSN-KC stocking hats to the first 20,000 fans. It’s at this point we’d like to say thanks to the crew here at the Stadium for the wonderful work they’ve done all season long bringing you the games at home. Last night was the last 2008 home telecast, which also signaled the end to Frank White’s FSN season. Around the Horn heard nothing but good things all season long about the Royals Hall of Famer. His work ethic and dedication to his new craft could be seen all summer long.

Second
David DeJesus has the chance to accomplish two milestones in his career that we’ve not seen a lot of around here. Currently he’s hitting .300 and .408 with runners in scoring position. DeJesus hasn’t accomplished either of these achievements during his career. But where he sits at the moment, DeJesus would be one of 10 Royals to hit .300 since 2000 and one of four not named Mike Sweeney (four times) or Carlos Beltran (twice).

His RISP statistics are much more impressive. He went 1-for-1 last night with runners at second or third and raised his average to .408. He’s second in the Majors behind only Ian Kinsler, who’s stuck at .413 because of a season-ending injury. But more importantly, he would be one of three Royals in franchise history to end the season over .400. George Brett hit an amazing .469 in 1980 (the year he challenged a .400 overall average for the season) and Mike Sweeney hit .402 in 2002. For DeJesus to be lumped into such rarified air would be a huge boost to his career.

We’ve talked a bunch about his breakthrough season, in which he’s set career highs in homers, RBI and stolen bases. He’s just six hits shy of another career high (a virtual lock if he ends the season hitting .300). His runs production is down from 101 last year to 66 this season, but that load has been spread out some as his role has changed (Mike Aviles has picked up where DeJesus left off, having scored 64 runs which is three behind Alex Gordon, the team leader).

How’s he do it? Work is what hitting coach Mike Barnett will tell you. But DeJesus says he has changed his thinking at the plate. He doesn’t look at the scoreboard. He just tries to put together one at-bat at a time. Runners on base? No problem. The pressure is on the pitcher not the hitter.

Short
Jose Guillen combined with Alberto Callaspo to nail Alexei Ramirez at the plate last night in the third. It was the 100th outfield assist of Guillen’s career and his 10th this season, his third double-digit season…Mark Teahen went 2-for-2 with a walk against Mark Buehrle, belting his first homer off the Sox starter. Teahen is getting the better end of this lefty-lefty matchup, hitting .419 against Buehrle during his career…Robinson Tejeda exited last night’s game with a left hip flexor strain and will be re-evaluated in the next few days…Callaspo, who again extended his career-high hitting streak, now at 13 straight games, has scored eight runs over his last six games.

Third
The dates for Royals FanFest have been announced. The second annual event will be held Jan. 17-18 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

This is the first of many plugs for the Alumni Fantasy Camp. It’s a great time and a chance to live out those dreams of being a ball player.  Royals Alumni serve as the coaches and managers for the teams. For a week, you will be treated like you are in the Majors. It’ll be at the Royals facility in Surprise, Arizona from February 2-7. Expenses include five days and nights in Surprise, as well as the experience of a lifetime.

We’d also like to mention that the Royals Charities are having a car auction on September 26. And VOTE VOTE VOTE…Mark Teahen for the Roberto Clemente Award and Buddy Blattner among other KC broadcasters like Fred White and Ryan Lefebvre for the Ford C. Frick Award

Today’s lineup:
DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Guillen RF
Shealy 1B
Teahen LF
Olivo C
Gordon 3B
Ka’aihue DH
Callaspo 2B

Davies P

Today’s Official Game Notes.

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