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FanFest Photos: Fan/Player Interaction

As we wrap up our FanFest photo coverage, we bring you photos of the players and Sluggerrr mingling with the people who make FanFest what it is…you, the fans!

Many fans smiled for the camera while sitting alongside their favorite Royals at the photo stage. Joakim and Kyle, say cheese! 

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The interactive displays were a hit with fans of all ages…current and former Royals were on hand with teaching tips for the next generation of ballplayers. John Buck advised fans on batting stances while Willie Wilson was a speed coach.

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After participating in the activities, some gave Sluggerrr ‘four’ while others grabbed a hot dog and headed for the stadium seats.










Thumbnail image for D20_7472.jpgThe excitement of FanFest can be a bit taxing. Rest up Royals fans, full squad Spring Training workouts begin four weeks from tomorrow!

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Caravan stops in Warrensburg, Jefferson City, and Columbia

On Wednesday, Joakim Soria and Billy Butler joined Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, broadcaster Denny Matthews, and your favorite mascot, Sluggerrr, on a caravan to Central Missouri. Tina Short of the Royals Radio Network snapped pictures along the way. Here’s a sampling:

The first stop was Martin-Warren Elementary in Warrensburg. The Royals will donate a pair of seats from Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 017.jpgKauffman Stadium to each school that is visited during the caravan. Each school will also receive two copies of “H is for Home Run”, a baseball-themed book that teaches the alphabet. The seats, after being autographed by the players/alums on the caravan, will be placed in the school’s library as a reading area for students.

Here, Martin-Warren principal Jim Helmig and Willie Wilson smile for the camera as they sit in the stadium seats.

Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 013.jpgSluggerrr was a popular photo-op in Warrensburg. Here he is with a few of his fans.


Royals Central Caravan Warrensburg 2009 018.jpgBilly Butler, the other slugger on the trip, reads “H is for Home Run” to the kids while the “Voice of the Royals” looks on.


Royals Central Caravan Jeff City Hy-Vee 2009 030.jpgStop number two was Hy-Vee in Jefferson City. Baseball loyalties in the state capital are split with Missouri’s NL team, but the Royals Caravan is always welcomed by a nice contingent of fans. The line stretched all the way to the back of the store when the caravan arrived.


Royals Central Caravan Columbia Hy-Vee 2009 039.jpgThe final stop of the day was Hy-Vee in Columbia. In the picture, Willie Wilson signs a 1980 World Series program for a fan. This begs the question…did this Royals fan buy the program on eBay or has he been waiting 28 years for this moment?


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Riding along on a carousel

One of the major family features at the renovated Kauffman Stadium is an expanded kids’ area. This area will include a Royals-themed carousel. The carousel will feature 15 figures, including large baseball bats, a glove, and Sluggerrr. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the carousel figures that are currently being carved by hand.

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Revisiting David Cook…

 Sluggerrr and RS.jpgWednesday night is another big night for the Blue Springs, Mo., native and “American Idol” finalist David Cook…who happens to also be a pretty big Royals fan!

Cook, who was just at Kauffman Stadium this past Friday, performed his songs Tuesday on the popular show and now finds out whether he makes the cut again.

Yup, while we are all at The K watching Luke Hochevar and the Royals battle the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., Cook will be waiting for votes and watching the footage of his hometown visit to Kansas City including the visit to the stadium – where he threw out a first pitch and sang the seventh-inning stretch – and the pep rally at Blue Springs South High School where he met Royals mascot Sluggerrr (the newest pictures to add to our David Cook collection!).

So, in between innings – if you aren’t at the stadium, of course! – switch over and catch some of the Royals and Cook at The K on “American Idol.” 

Go Royals…and go David Cook!


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