Opening Day Excitement at the K
I wasn’t working the game last night, but I was checking Royals.com every few minutes to check the status of the game. I’m pretty sure I’ve never once wondered what the score was when I wasn’t at a game. It’s official–I AM A ROYALS FAN.
Not the kind I’ve been in the past, where I was more excited about the Kiss Cam than the score, but the kind that reminds me a little bit of my dad. For as long as I can remember, my dad has been a TRUE Royals fan. The kind that loves the Royals in the good seasons, but also the not so good seasons. The kind that gets a little annoyed when people cheer louder for the Hot Dog Derby than for the team. And when I’ve inquired about this constant dedication of his, he always says it all started with the excitement of going to games in the 80s. I’ve never quite got it…until Tuesday night.
As I was looking up at the stadium full of blue screaming fans through the eyes of the Ketchup costume- I felt a little bit of that excitement. As Emily and I walked around the stadium to our next event and people were yelling and cheering as we walked by in our K Crew uniforms, I felt that excitement. Then with two outs at the top of the ninth, as fans started standing to their feet and clapping, again I felt that excitement.
From beginning to end, opening day was such a feel of that kind of excitement that I’d only heard my dad talk about as he reminisced of the 80s. K Crew got to the stadium for our pre-game meeting at noon, and then seven hours later we were in that same room catching our breath from the whirlwind of a day. We assisted with pre-game (i.e. chatted with Emerson Drive on the field), launched t-shirts, ran in hot dog suits, sang to some Garth, threw out Cracker Jacks, helped with all sorts of promos, did some 7th inning stretching on the dugouts, and last but certainly not least–cheered as the Royals beat the Yankees for our very first home game of 2008!
I checked the final score. Another victory for the home team. Come out and feel that excitement from the 80s coming alive… just leave the scrunchies, leg warmers and big hair at home.
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…