The Last Homestand
The last homestand was every bit as fun as the first. As I was standing down on the field with the Great Clips VIP Play Ball kid on Sunday afternoon during the National Anthem, I thought back to the first homestand where I was standing down on the field listening to Emerson Drive sing out the National Anthem. I remember wondering what this job would entail and how I would like all the people…and if coming to about 40 of the home games would be too much or overwhelming. I also remember thinking all of that while shivering even being bundled in our warm ups, jackets, and stocking caps. But last Sunday as I stood there in just our shorts and powder blues, I couldn’t help but just smile as I took in the sun and the sights of the ballpark. Somewhere between March and September, it really had become one of my favorite places.
I had the pleasure of getting to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that last homestand. Friday afternoon, I left school and volleyball a lit stressed out from the day and just not in the most chipper mood. Literally within minutes of being greeted by my long lost K Crew friends in the locker room, coupled with the sounds and smells and atmosphere of being at the ballpark, my stresses and worries were vanished! I’ve said it so many times in these blog entries, but I just can’t explain how getting to the stadium and doing this job puts me in the best mood ever!!! I think part of it has to do with the real joy in giving to others… there’s something about giving away free stuff to excited fans–whether it’s a tattoo or a pencil–that just makes you feel pretty great! That provided is a most excellent segeway for Saturday night, which was Fan Appreciation Night at the K! I took some pictures that will help tell the story of this fun night…
Here’s Sean, Emily F., and I in front of the BOXES AND BOXES of free stuff that we gave away every inning!!! There was SO MUCH EXCITING ROYALS STUFF TO GIVE AWAY!!!!!
Emily F. and I felt like it was Christmas time, so we threw on the Royals Santa hats and headed to the gate to hand out stuff while saying, “Merry Christmas from the Royals!” Hahahaha. We truly did feel like Santa’s little–and EARLY–helpers!
Here are Jess, Emily P., and I just minutes before the giveaway at this particular inning. Litearlly in a matter of minutes, all those people you can ese in the stands would be hovering over us screaming and grabbing for their blanket, shirt, stuffed animal…we got to see some very excited fans–people love free stuff!!
Emily P. and I thought these koalas and bears were just too cute!! We took several of them to Cade’s birthday party, along with stationery sets, Sluggerrr shirts, and hot dogs! They were so excited! Thanks for being so fun, guys–and hope your birthday was super happy, Cade!!!
I’ve said it all season long…but this really has been THE coolest job ever. I was incredibly sad that it was the last homestand, but the exciting thing about baseball is that we start back up in just about six months! And this won’t be the last you hear from me, because K Crew is having an end of the season banquet, so stay tuned for details–and of course pictures from that! Rumor has it that we’ll all be dressed pretty fancy and receiving our very own “Tony Awards,” which will of course be Tony Pena bobbleheads! It would only make sense for such an awesome group of people to end in a pretty remarkable ceremony! Chris… Sean… do I still have a date for The Tony’s?
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…