Spreading My Royals Cheer
This entry is a little late getting to you, as I’ve started my first week of teaching and coaching at Grain Valley High School. As I sat in meetings ALL day, there were several times that I would glance out the window and see the sun shining, and I seriously longed to be outside at The K launching T-shirts or even running in the Ketchup suit! Being inside all day (and in long meetings, nonetheless) perhaps gave me yet another appreciation for just how amazing life as a K Crew member really is!
Last homestand, we had a lot of exciting things going on. Since I didn’t have any pictures last entry, I made sure to get several for this blog! I will let the pictures tell the story of Homestand #9 with just some words from me explaining all the fun that is going on…
I’ve talked all season long about the great people I have the opportunity to work with game after game… I feel like a broken record, but these people just really are pretty fantastic! I couldn’t ask for better co-workers. In this picture, Chris is giving me a REALLY great present he brought me back from his trip to Chicago where he got to visit Wrigley Field. And oh yes, he wore a Royals hat to the game!
When selecting people for our promotions, we have a couple of guidelines we go by…you’ve got to be at the game early when we’re looking for contestants, and it’s a must that you have Royals apparel on! On this particular night, I spotted this young Royals fan, and just knew he would be PERFECT! Not only was he wearing a Royals t-shirt, but a hat and tattoos as well! But little did I know that he would be such an expert about the Royals! The inning before the Commerce Bank Hard Hat Shuffle while I sat with him, he was explaining more to me than I can even tell you! Players’ statistics, pitching strategies…this guy knew it all! And he, of course, also won the prize for knowing the ball was under hat number 3!
Kirby and I had the pleasure of hanging out with these good looking guys during pre-game in the press conference room. I later got to see Nick and Jake several times during the game, and I’m pretty sure they even caught some launched hot dogs too! Jake had one of the best first pitches I’ve seen all year!! I’m pretty sure Trey Hillman will be giving you a call in a few years, Jake!
K Crew helped out at the Royals Charities Golf Tournament, which benefitted the Special Olympics. Sean and Sarah took care of the T-shirt gun, while Emily, Amy, I participated in the Hot Dog Derby to start off the tournament. There’s nothing like starting your day off at 8 AM with a little jog in the Ketchup suit!
As excited as I am about my new career as a teacher and coach, even writing this blog just reminds me how incredible of a job I have with the Royals where “work” is defined as being at the stadium, getting fans excited, and launching hot dogs. Oh, and I found out this past week that in the foreign language department, I am working with a White Sox and a Cardinals fan!!!! But don’t you worry, my classroom is already well represented with every bobblehead we’ve given away this season! I will certainly share my enthusiam for the Royals with all 182 of my students!
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…