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Royals Odds and Ends…

We are only three days into the opening homestand at Kauffman Stadium and so much has already happened, including…
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Yup, we have taken the first two against the Yankees to maintain first place in the standings and will try for the sweep – our second of the young season – Thursday evening when lefty John Bale takes the mound against New York’s Andy Pettitte, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.




Forecast calls for continued rain…but thanks to our amazing grounds crew, maybe we won’t have to worry about the weather holding up the game.

Before the Royals take the field, though, some off-field news and opening homestand highlights for you…

WHL_Outfielders_D2X_9072.jpgLUNCHEON A HIT:
Wednesday’s annual Welcome Home Luncheon had a lot of laughs as the players entertained not only the more than 800 guests in attendance but also themselves!

BREAKFAST WITH BANNY: Brian Bannister had a quick night on Wednesday in order to appear at the 33rd Annual Overland Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday. More than 500 people were in attendance for the 6:45 a.m. breakfast in order to hear from the Royals right-hander. After being introduced, Banny stated that the last speech he gave was in eighth grade English class, however, by the talk he shared you would have never guessed he wasn’t more accustomed to talking in front of large crowds. Discussing his life growing up as a child of a Major League Baseball player (former Royals pitcher Floyd Bannister), walking onto the USC baseball team and battling through life in the Minor Leagues, it is clear Brian was determined to make it as a big leaguer. Even with the early (and we mean, early!) wakeup, Brian delighted the guests, which included local mayors, supporters and others whose goal is to encourage spirituality and morality in the lives of every day citizens. 

FRIDAY CONCOURSE AUCTION: During Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins, we will host the first of several Silent Concourse Auctions at Kauffman Stadium this season. Each month, we plan to partner with a different local cause and hold a silent auction featuring Royals memorabilia.

As part of Autism Awareness Month, we are holding the concourse auction for Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City as well as hosting “Autism Awareness Night at The K.” You can start bidding on the auction items (listed below!) as soon as the gates open for the 7:10 p.m. contest. 

  • Billy Butler Autographed Baseball
  • Gil Meche Autographed Baseball
  • Brian Bannister Autographed Baseball
  • Luke Hochevar Autographed Baseball
  • Joey Gathright Game Used Bat
  • Alex Gordon Autographed Bat
  • John Buck Autographed Bat
  • Mark Teahen Autographed Black Jersey
  • Jimmy Gobble Autographed Blue Jersey
  • Joakim Soria Autographed Photo
  • Jose Guillen Autographed Photo
  • Zack Greinke Autographed Photo

MORE ON “AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE K”: The night will also feature several opportunities throughout the evening to raise awareness and support for autism spectrum disorder as well as a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Jason McElwin. McElwin, a former high school basketball student manager with autism spectrum disorder, obtained national attention in 2006 after scoring 20 points in the final four minutes of a high school basketball game. Check out the ESPN story: 


Great Home Opener!

All weather aside…it was an amazing 2008 home opener!

Just in case you haven’t heard, the Royals defeated the Yankees, 5-2, in front of a sell-out crowd at The K. Some highlights from the day – both on and off the field:

  • Joey Gathright brought his speed home with him and stole three bases. The team stole five total.
  • Brian Bannister allowed just two runs and struck out six. His ERA for the season is a nice 1.50.
  • Sluggerrr_newspapers.JPGAnd, another impressive pitching note: Four Royals relievers combined to toss four scoreless innnings to close out the game (and the win!) for Banny.
  • CrownVision was a HUGE hit! And, we are talking H-U-G-E hit!
  • Joakim Soria = lights out! The closer retired all three batters he faced for save No. 4.
  • Country music sensation (and home opener National Anthem performers) Emerson Drive announced they will return to The K on July 26 for a special on-field concert. Details here.
  • Six Royals players contributed with two-hit performances.
  •  A-Rod struck out four times.
  • Early morning Greater Kansas City Day newspaper selling was cold and wet, but still a great time for everyone…even mascot Sluggerrr.
  • Did we mention? After today’s win over New York, the Royals are 5-2 in 2008!

So, pretty great Opening Day at The K, right?

On Wednesday, we host the Welcome Home Luncheon before heading back to Kauffman for round two with the Yankees. Zack Greinke takes the mound against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. If you aren’t out at The K to catch the game in person, tune in to 610 Sports radio or FSN Kansas City…enjoy!

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!

Tigers BAN-nished in Detroit!

Corny, but true after another great win for the Royals!

Today, Kansas City turned to Brian Bannister and Banny did not disappoint – leading the Royals to a clean 4-0 victory over Detroit! The right-hander threw a gem with seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. Relievers Leo Nunez and Joakim Soria closed the deal for the Royals, who are 2-0 to start the season. Check out the full box score if you haven’t already!


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