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Crow’s Nest: Royals pitcher visits his elementary school on Caravan

Crow_Auburn1School visits are a big hit on Royals Caravan and mascot Sluggerrr meets with students throughout the year.  However, it isn’t everyday that a player can retrace his roots while on Caravan.  Kansas native and Royals pitcher Aaron Crow had that opportunity on Thursday as the Caravan contingent rolled into Auburn, Kan., population 1,227.  The assembly at Auburn Elementary included a presentation of stadium seats from The K (and the Caravan participants autographed the seats)!  Let’s take a look at photos of Crow along with Eric Hosmer, Everett Teaford, Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre and Sluggerrr:


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Royals Caravan visits KU Med

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A pair of Caravan groups started their two-day treks across Royals Country today with a stop at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.  One Caravan is now moving north to Nebraska, with a return stop in St. Joseph, Mo., tomorrow.  The second Caravan is traveling west with visits in Kansas today and tomorrow.

For a full list of Caravan stops, visit

Above – Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Johnny Giavotella; below – Aaron Crow



Above, Billy Butler and Johnny Giavotella

Mayberry_Lefebvre_Teaford_HollandJohn Mayberry, Ryan Lefebvre, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland; followed by a group photo

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Photos: 2012 Gloves for Kids

Ryan Lefebvre’s Gloves for Kids event was held on Monday at Rally House North in Kansas City.  Nine Royals players and Manager Ned Yost attended the event, which raised more than $6,800.  The donations will go toward baseball equipment for both Kansas City area kids as well as hundreds of kids in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.  Those kids will receive new baseball gloves from Kelvin Herrera, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar who will distribute the items when they return home in the off-season.

Royals Awards Luncheon Photos (1 of 2)

Here are photos from today’s luncheon, beginning with Alex Gordon receiving his 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year honor from Ned Yost
2)  George Brett, Mike Sweeney and Willie Wilson talked baseball with host Ryan Lefebvre.
3) Ned Yost presents Bruce Chen with the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award.
4)  Lois Lakey, known affectionately as “Grandma Lois”, received the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award.   Royals VP Toby Cook and Janie Quisenberry-Stone are with Lois.
5)  Mike Sweeney presented the award that bears his name to Tim Melville.

Royals and 610 Sports Radio announce initial 14-game Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Royals and 610 Sports Radio (KCSP) today announced the first 14 broadcasts of the 2011 Royals Spring Training Radio schedule that will air on 610 AM, the flagship station of the Royals.  All Spring Training contests will be webcast on, including the games not on 610 Sports Radio.  The Royals and 610 Sports Radio will add six more broadcasts once the NCAA Tournament schedule is released due to 610’s commitment to University of Kansas men’s basketball.

The 2011 spring radio broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday, February 27 @ Texas
 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2 @ Los Angeles Dodgers
 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 3  @ Los Angeles Angels
 2:05 p.m.
Friday, March 4  Chicago Cubs
 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 6  @ Chicago White Sox
 2:05 p.m.
Monday, March 7 @ San Diego
 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9 @ Chicago Cubs
 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 Oakland
 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 @ Cincinnati
 9:05 p.m.
Monday, March 21  Cleveland
 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22  Los Angeles Angels
 8:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23 @ Cleveland
 3:05 p.m.
Monday, March 28  Milwaukee
 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29  Chicago White Sox
 2:05 p.m.

 *All Times Central – Game Times Subject to Change


Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews will share Spring Training play-by-play duties with Bob Davis, Steve Stewart, and Ryan Lefebvre.  Stewart will anchor the exhibition webcasts and will be joined periodically throughout the spring by his fellow Royals broadcast partners as well as members of the Royals baseball operations department and various media in attendance on a given day.


Bowlers help out the Salvation Army, children in Haiti

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Local media members and former Royals were among the bowlers on hand last night at the KC Sports Media Challenge.  FOX Sports Kansas City’s Ryan Lefebvre led the effort, which collected money and supplies for the Salvation Army’s Honk ‘n Holler program and for children in Haiti.  It was a fun-filled night at Lucky Strike, even for this blogger who needed a late rally to avoid the “Pin’s Best Friend” trophy! 

Royal alum Jim Eisenreich took home the top individual honor.  The winning team, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, John Goodwin Office, was anchored by alum Mike Boddicker and Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger.  Congrats to Sam on the team honor.  He lost a head-to-head match with Mike Swanson, the club’s VP of Communications and Broadcasting.  Swanee reeled off several strikes at the end of game two to take bragging rights away from Mellinger.


New Royals Gameday features Billy Butler

A new issue of Royals Gameday Magazine is now available at Kauffman Stadium.  The cover story features Billy Butler.  Other articles and features include: 

  • In the Spotlight with Chris Getz

  • a list of area students who achieved perfect attendance this year

  • Our Opponent Feature with Odessa, Mo. native Brad Ziegler
  • a preview of Cincinnati as our upcoming Road City
  • a comparison of scorecards with Ryan Lefebvre and Denny Matthews
  • and much more!


Winter Gloves for Kids set for February 11

Royals fans are familiar with Ryan Lefebvre’s Gloves for Kids event that collects baseball gloves.  Now, Lefebvre has a new event that will collect winter clothes and gloves for the Salvation Army.  Royals alumni, front office associates and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in the first-ever Winter Gloves for Kids bowling event on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at Lucky Strike in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. 

Participants include Royals Hall of Fame players Dennis Leonard, Paul Splittorff, Jeff Montgomery, Frank White and Willie Wilson along with former Royals players Mike Boddicker, Al Fitzmorris, Shane Halter, David Howard and Brian McRae.  Sports media personalities include Lefebvre and Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City, as well as Bob Davis, Denny Matthews and Steve Stewart with the Royals Radio Network.

Public admission to the event is free, however guests are encouraged to bring a donation of adult or children-sized winter gloves or make a financial donation.  Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for an assortment of prizes, including an opportunity to visit Lefebvre in the Fox Sports Kansas City television booth for an inning during a 2010 Royals game.  The public is also invited that evening to participate in a silent auction of sports-related memorabilia.

In addition to the Winter Gloves for Kids event, several of Thursday’s participants will also take part in the Honk n’ Holler program on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m., delivering hot food, drinks and warm clothing to the homeless adults and children of Kansas City. 

Proceeds from the February 11th bowling event will benefit The Salvation Army’s Children’s Shelter and the Honk n’ Holler program.  Lefebvre’s Footprints Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged youth in the greater Kansas City area by providing funding for athletic and educational equipment as well as environments for positive social growth.  Since 2001, Lefebvre, the Royals and Dick’s Sporting Goods have teamed up to hold nine Gloves for Kids events, raising well over $70,000.

We hope to see you at Lucky Strike next Thursday!

Ryan Lefebvre speaks out about depression in The Shame of Me

Shame of Me DJ Final cropped.jpgThose of us in media relations at the Royals see Ryan Lefebvre on a regular basis throughout the baseball season.  He’s in the dugout for Trey Hillman’s media session, in the press club for a pregame meal and we pass by the television booth once in a while.  Ryan is always having a great time and is frequently engaged in a conversation – it could be with the visiting broadcasters or someone that he knows through his father’s baseball career.  The guy seems to have everything:  charisma, intelligence, success.  When you see Ryan at Kauffman Stadium, you would never expect that he had a struggle with Major Depressive Disorder in 2005.  

Ryan first spoke out about his depression in an article for the Kansas City Star at the beginning of the 2006 season.  Now, he has detailed his experiences in The Shame of Me:  One Man’s Journey to Depression and Back, which is co-authored by award-winning sports reporter and columnist Jeffrey Flanagan.

Ryan e-mailed us recently and said that there are many books available on MDD, but most are written by medical, psychological and social professionals.  Few have been written from the actual patient’s point of view.  He believes that his story is for “anyone who might suffer from depression, social anxiety disorder, or just trying to figure out why life doesn’t seem to be working out like he or she had planned.”  The Shame of Me is also a resource for someone who has a loved one dealing with the challenges of depression.

We just started reading The Shame of Me.  Not only are we learning more about Ryan and MDD, we’re finding a new perspective on life.  You can find The Shame of Me at fine bookstores throughout the Kansas City area and online at and  Ryan and his wife, Sarah, have decided to donate a majority of their revenue from the book to non-profit organizations. 

Royals Hot Stove show kicks off tonight

Brrr…it’s cold!  Kansas City is blanketed with snow and the temperature continues to drop.  Wherever you are located, warm up with the Royals Hot Stove show, which airs live on KCSP 610 AM and across the web on!  Steve Stewart and Ryan Lefebvre host the program every Thursday through February 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m Central.  The Royals Hot Stove features interviews with players, coaches and the front office.  Tonight’s guest is general manager Dayton Moore.

Here’s the link to the Hot Stove page on, where you can listen to tonight’s show.  Each show will be archived for playback.


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