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Touring Royals Country on Caravan

It has been a busy week at the office!  Last week, ATH joined team representatives on Caravan visits to Cameron, St. Joseph and Maryville, Missouri, then on to Topeka and Wichita, Kansas.  Hopefully you saw some of our pictures on Twitter @aroundthehornkc.  Here’s a recap of the Missouri tour:

Our journey began in Overland Park on the morning of January 15, where ATH met the bus and checked in with Ben Aken, Sr. Director of Community Relations.  Ben thought the players and staff would want a hot breakfast – so off I went to pick something up.  Once back, I took a seat on the bus behind Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and across from broadcaster Steve Stewart, who was joined by his son John (a.k.a. Little John on this trip). 

The bus made a quick stop in downtown Kansas City to pick up designated hitter Billy Butler and pitcher Danny Duffy (pitcher Greg Holland was already aboard).  We made our way through North Kansas City and on to Cameron (one hour north of KC), where our first stop was just off of I-35 at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Steve Stewart introduced Butler, Duffy, Holland and Mayberry to the fine fans of Cameron.  The line weaved its way through the store to the front table, where fans mingled with our Caravan crew and picked up autographs from our foursome.  I visited with several season ticket holders while Aken and Stewart did radio interviews on KKWK, the Royals affiliate in Cameron.   

Ben suggested that I take lunch orders for our traveling party of 10.  One thing that I learned over two days was the easy-going nature of our three current players on the trip.  I’ve known Billy since 2007 but I didn’t spend much time around Danny or Greg last year.  I took Danny’s order and proceeded to Greg, who said he’d take the same.  And for Billy?  Anything…just order what Duffy and Holland were getting.  Easy enough!  The only problem was that the listed phone number for the sandwich shop was for a fax or modem.  Time is critical on Caravan – you want to get to your next stop as a line of fans will be waiting.  Luckily I found a ride to the sandwich shop and started our order. 

The bus pulled up shortly thereafter and we were on our way to St. Joseph, 45 minutes to the west.  I listened to stories from Big John Mayberry and John Stewart pointed out the town of Stewartsville to Steve.  We rolled into St. Joe, where a long line was waiting at Hy-Vee.  Once again, Steve Stewart did the introductions, this time over Hy-Vee’s intercom!  “Attention Hy-Vee shoppers…” 

I handed out schedules to the fans in line before proceeding back to the autograph table.  Our players and alumnus began walking the line in order for all of the fans to get autographs in our allotted time.  I assisted Big John, a natural at these types of events.  Once the autographs were complete, our current players met with the local media. 

We climbed back onto the bus and kept tabs on the NFL playoffs while traveling north to Maryville.  Our stop was at the Nodaway County Senior Center.  Several fans approached me and talked of how much it meant for us to visit.  This hits home with me as I grew up in a small town and usually made it to one big league game a year as a youth.

The sun was setting as we prepared to leave Maryville.  With our stops complete, Billy, Danny, Greg and Big John posed for a picture next to the sign which advertised our stop.  We had visited three different venues with a common theme:  Fans who were very happy to see us and looking forward to the 2012 season.  When I arrived home that night, I could think of only one thing…the thrill of doing it all again the next day!

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 royals.com, 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.

 

Like father, like son

The Royals Radio Network will feature a father and son duo for tonight’s 6:05 Central start in Cleveland.  The radio team of Bob Davis and Steve Stewart will be joined by a second Davis, Bob’s son Steven.  The younger Davis just finished his third season as the voice of the Double-A NW Arkansas Naturals.  Steven Davis spent the previous three seasons calling the action for Kansas City’s rookie affiliate in Idaho Falls.

While Steven will help the radio team throughout the weekend, Thursday will be the only pairing with his father.  Bob will return home to call Saturday’s football game between KU and New Mexico State.

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 royals.com!  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 royals.com, where you can listen to tonight’s show.  Each show will be archived for playback.

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/hotstove.jsp

Royals blogs, Facebook, and Twitter

Back on February 13, we told you about the Royals page on Facebook.  We had a few hundred Facebook fans at that point.  Needless to say, you found us!  Three months later, we’re at 59,226 fans (and counting!!!)  Way to go, Royals fans!  Many of our ATH readers now see the posts on Facebook first.  That’s great, just remember to stop by and pay us a visit from time to time at http://royals.mlblogs.com/!

In March, ATH joined other MLBlogs on Twitter.  Our ‘tweets’ range from links to our posts to the lineup to the latest Sonic Steal a Slush…check us out at aroundthehornkc!  The Royals marketing department also has a Twitter page at KC_Royals.  They do a great job of keeping everyone updated on the latest promotions and events at the stadium.

Twitter is a random site…you never know who will start following you.  A few days ago, Royals prospect Chris ‘Disco’ Hayes started following us at aroundthehornkc.  We returned the favor (his handle is discohayes).  We interviewed Chris for Royals Gameday Magazine during Spring Training.  He has a great personality, which you can learn more about in the new gameday which goes on sale TONIGHT at the stadium!

Chris is one of our fellow bloggers on mlblogs.com (http://discohayes.mlblogs.com/).  We told him about the MLBlog rankings during our interview.  It seems to have hit a competitive nerve as he has mentioned it in a few recent posts!

Other Royals blogs include:

From the Booth with Steve Stewart (http://stevestewart.mlblogs.com/):  The Royals broadcaster always has interesting stories and photos from road trips.

Royals Beat (http://kaegel.mlblogs.com/):  Dick Kaegel, beat writer for royals.com, keeps fans up to date on the latest news from the clubhouse.

Tim’s Take (http://timstake.mlblogs.com/):  This new blog features Kauffman Stadium in-game host Tim Scott.  A recent post tells about how Tim and his daughter Sophia searched to find the best cupcake in Kansas City.

Extra Innings with the K Crew (http://kcrew.mlblogs.com/): Follow the K Crew as they spread cheer around Kauffman Stadium!

Saturday Lineup, Friday Recap, Promotions Lineup

Greetings Royals fans! Hopefully a few of you are reading this from sunny Surprise, Arizona, where the temperature is expected to top 80 today. What a crazy week in Kansas City…70+ degrees for our stadium tour on Wednesday (check out the pictures), and now, we have one of our larger snowfalls of the winter!

Lefebvre Stewart Free.jpgKansas City hosts San Diego at Surprise Stadium today (2:05 Central, 1:05 local). Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on royals.com with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Steve Stewart and Ryan Lefebvre will call the action while Don Free runs the controls. Brian Bannister makes his spring debut on his 28th birthday. Here’s the lineup:

  

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Crisp – CF
Aviles – SS
DeJesus – LF
Guillen – DH
Jacobs – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Teahen – 2B
Buck – C
Duarte – RF
Bannister – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Hochevar – RHP
Gobble – LHP
DiNardo – LHP
Cortes – RHP
Waechter – RHP
Colon – RHP

Yesterday, Zack Greinke (above right) pitched two perfect innings as KC beat the Giants 6-1.

 


Shealy HR Celebration 2.27.jpgRyan Shealy is starting 2009 the way he finished 2008…on a power surge! He clubbed a 3-run home run for the Blue Crew. 

 

We also want to point out the 2009 promotions, special events, and ticket initiatives. Fan favorites such as Buck Night and Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Fridays are back. In addition, the Royals will have two Girls’ Night Out events and plenty of great giveaways! Single game tickets go on sale to the general public next Saturday, so scope the promotions list and mark your top events now! Click here for the complete list that was released today!

 

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Royals Caravan heads west

Right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister and Kyle Davies, broadcaster Steve Stewart, and Royals Hall of Famers Frank White and John Mayberry are touring western Kansas this week. Senior Director of Community Relations Ben Aken and Senior Director of Publicity Lora Grosshans (a Minneapolis, Kan. native) are traveling with the group. They sent us these photos.

IMG_5158.JPGDay one featured stops in Emporia, Topeka, and Lawrence. A family in Emporia wanted to have their baby signed. Here, Big John Mayberry places his autograph on the little one.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5178 smaller 2.jpgThe day ended with a special visit to the KU-Texas A&M game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Brian Bannister caught up with a familiar face, Bob Davis, the voice of the Jayhawks and Royals baseball on the Royals Radio Network. Brian attended USC and loves his cardinal and gold, but he proudly sported KU blue as the Jayhawks cruised to a 20-point victory.

D20_9607.jpgOn Tuesday, the caravan rolled into Fort Riley, home of the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One. Our crew demonstrated a tough guy pose as they stepped off the bus.

D20_9635.jpgInside the Post Exchange, it was all smiles as the Fort Riley FRG (Family Readiness Group) was presented a $25,000 check from Royals Charities. The donation to the Fort Riley Family Readiness Group will support the families of the 4,000 men and women from Fort Riley that were deployed to Iraq in October. Family Readiness Groups are organized to serve as an important source of inspiration, training and support for a unit’s family members during deployment.

Then, our group met with the troops and their families. RSS Feed (Subscribe to this blog)

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On the left: Back row:  Spc. Hernandez, Spc. Knox, Frank White, Cpt. Fultcher, Master Sgt. Sellers, John Mayberry, Sgt. Lee, Staff Sgt.
Schieble, Pvt. Doss, Sgt. Chisholm, Staff Sgt. Brooks, Kyle Davies.

Front Row:  Maj. Hogan, Sgt. Castro, 1st Lt. Roshak, Spc. Henneberque, Spc. Nelson, Brian Bannister

FanFest Photos: Main Stage

9,500 fans flocked to the Overland Park Convention Center for the 2009 Royals FanFest. The main stage was home to a variety of question and answer sessions. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights:

General Manager Dayton Moore explains his thoughts on the 2009 Royals to Ryan Lefebvre and Tim Scott. At right, Ryan interviews the newest Royals. (Left to right – Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Jacobs, Coco Crisp, Willie Bloomquist)

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The broadcasters held court on Saturday for some unscripted banter. Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Royals, chats with Denny Matthews as Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Stewart, and Joel Goldberg look on.

One of Sunday’s most popular events was the Kids Only Press Conference. David DeJesus, Alex Gordon, and Willie Bloomquist took some tough questions from the youngsters in the crowd.

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Fans at the main stage took home some new Royals gear as members of the K Crew tossed items to the crowd before and after each event.

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