2009 FanFest Fun!
Generally, I reserve my Saturday mornings for being that one day in the week that I get to sleep in and not wake up to my annoying alarm. So when the alarm went off early Saturday morning, I wasn’t in the most excited mood as I put on our new uniforms and headed to the Royals 2009 FanFest. Actually to be honest, I was almost dreading this first event with the new K Crew! I just felt like there was no way that this new group could match the endless fun and good times we had last season.
And then it happened.
I pulled up to the Overland Park Convention Center to see a carload of guys jumping out and running to the entrance all decked out in blue from head to toe. This made me smile and remember why I was here. Then I found my parking spot and started to walk toward the entrance myself when some of the F.L. Shlagle High School’s drumline spotted me in my super cool new K Crew warm ups and gave me excited high fives. I had almost forgotten that it was Saturday morning and that I should be sleeping at this point. And then, I didn’t even have to open the door to the Convention Center because a nice girl in a K Crew warm up waited with it open for me.
We had only had a couple of meetings before FanFest, and clearly we had missed each other, so as we walked in, we went over introductions. I found out her name is Katie, and as we waited for our pre-game — or I suppose pre-event — meeting, I also found out our similarities didn’t stop at our wardrobes for the day! After meeting my new K Crew friend, I was not only okay being out of bed on a Saturday morning, I was GLAD to be at such an exciting event!
The rest of the day flew by with all of the excitement of FanFest. K Crew’s responsiblities included greeting fans at the door with programs and bags, running the home run derby field, rolling t-shirts, which of course then leads to dancing on stage and throwing out those t-shirts… We had so much fun throwing everything from blankets and t-shirts to caps and bobbleheads to fans at the Main Stage. I think every single fan left with something!
It’s crazy how I had almost forgotten just how much fun it is to throw t-shirts to such excited and great fans! It’s called FanFest, because it truly is an event that is made just for our fans. Between interviews and autographs and fun booths, there is just so much Royals excitement going on! I had a great time just walking around talking to fans, and then later in the evening thanking the fans for coming as they left. As I was telling them that I would see them in April, I asked several departing fans, “Did you have a good time?” Their responses were absolutely unanimous–literally every single person replied with such enthusiasm that they had a great time!!
And as you can see, I’m working with some pretty great people. I really can’t tell you how serious I was on my drive to FanFest that I really did fear there was no way my new K Crew team members could match those from last year… but as the day progressed, I got more and more excited about this upcoming season with some pretty fantastic new additions to the crew!
The whole weekend made me completely ready for April to get here and for the coolest, most exciting job to begin once more…and I can’t wait to take you along on every fun adventure we have as your 2009 K Crew!!!
Even early on a Saturday morning…
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…