May 2009

Last Day of School

Today is the last day of school.  The last final has been taken.  My last pencil has been borrowed to never be returned.  (Question number one:  Why do students steal my pencils?  Question number two:  Why does this make me so furious?)

On this last day, I wanted to share with you some things heard around the classroom of Miss Dyer that I would have to think are a bit unique to things heard around other teachers’ classrooms…

“Are you working tonight?  I’m going to be there, and I want a t-shirt!”

“Miss Dyer, who is pitching tonight?  Is it Greinke?”

“I saw you on the big screen last night interviewing that cop!  I told my parents- ‘That’s my teacher!'”

“Miss Dyer!  You were on the Royals dugout and didn’t give me a hot dog!!”

“Can I call you Erica this summer at games?”

And my favorite…

“Miss Dyer, was that your boyfriend that rode his motorcycle to school to see you last week?”
“Yeah, it was.”
“Everything about your life is so cool.  The Royals job, you’re pretty and funny, and your boyfriend comes here on a motorcycle.”

So, thank you Kansas City Royals for adding to my cool factor among high school students.  And now for some really cool pictures of some other really cool people…

There were lions everywhere!  Katie and I found Tate and Logan to pose for us with their lions.  As with most boys, we had to bribe them into our photo shoot though.  We promised them some pretty fun tattoos, and Katie even put them on for the guys!liond.JPGalmost done.JPG

 

 

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There was another lion up in the view level helping this cute Royals fan celebrate her birthday!  Lauren, Tetiana, Katie and I had fun spreading some birthday cheer!

 

 

 

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Smile if you love the Royals!

 

 

 

 

 

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For my live shot, I had the awesome opportunity to interview a police officer at the stadium.  It was quite a fun time, and he offered the fans some good advice – “Enjoy the game, and stay off the field!”  Well put!

 

 

 

 

 

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These two handsome Royals fans are pretty special to me – it’s my dad and brother!

 

 

 

Happy last day of school, Grain Valley students.  I hope to see you guys at games all summer long.  And you know what?  I might even give you a Royals pencil.

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

 

BIG TEAM, LITTLE ME

My hands hurt from clapping.  A small price to pay for such a big victory tonight at The K.

Before I get to the oh-so-exciting bottom of the ninth, let me take you to the K Crew Locker Room at about 5:00 PM for our pre-game meeting.  Upon entering our room, we all grab a schedule of the night’s events to scope out which promotion or pre-game responsibilty was assigned to us for the game.  Now as a reader of the K Crew blog, I’m going to let you in on some insider information here…while we love every fan and every seat in the house, there are some promotions and some responsiblities that are a little more glamorous than others. 

For example, the K Crew T-shirt Launch is always a blast, but there’s something a bit more exciting about being assigned “Royals Dugout.”  And on this very night, as I grabbed my script, I was feeling a little blue…and not just because we were wearing our powder blues.  Not only did I not get to see the top of a dugout all night, but after three games in a row of getting to do Live Shots on microphone for pre-game, I was pretty sad to see there would be no microphone in this K Crew member’s hand for the evening.

Instead I headed up to the View Level to find fans and use this opportunity to see a different perspective of pre-game.  It wasn’t five minutes after I was mingling around section 419 that I met a really special fan.  I found out that Adam was a really big Royals fan, however Adam wasn’t the fan that would be singing the National Anthem or down on the field for a pre-game interview.  You see, Adam couldn’t talk very well.  He also couldn’t walk so great either, but boy was he excited about the 40th Anniversary pin that I had for him.  I sat with him for about ten minutes…not really saying a whole lot, but just soaking in the joy of being at the ballpark.  The nice man that brought him to the game told me later that those ten minutes meant the world to him.  As I walked away from my new friend, I realized that I had just watched the Live Shots air on CrownVision while hanging out with Adam.  I smiled at the way things work sometimes.

Throughout the game, I had even more cool moments like the one with Adam.  I was able to hold an older woman’s purse for her while she fixed her jersey in the bathroom.  Katie and I had a great conversation with the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree. A little girl that I had taught in Vacation Bible School saw me and was so excited to get a high five from a “Royals girl.”  A friend of my dad’s recognized me and told me what a great job this was for me.  None of these moments were captured on screen, yet they were all super exciting to me. 

This job has many facets.  Yes, part of the job is being on camera and smiling while being the center of attention.  But there is more to K Crew than being in front of the fans.  Sometimes, the most important thing we can do is come alongside the fans.  Sit with them.  Talk to them.  Hear about the memories they have from games past.  Hold their purse.  Give them a high five. 

Somewhat parallel to my attitude for my role tonight, the game only got better and better at the end.  After the first home run in the bottom of the ninth, Katie and I exchanged a look that predicted that maybe, just maybe something big was about to happen.  And did it ever!!!!  Two homeruns, a triple and a WIN FOR THE ROYALS!!  As I was jumping up and down, screaming, high fiving and hugging every fan in sight, I caught a glimpse of the quote on the back of the shirts we gave away tonight for T-Shirt Tuesday.  There were 20,000 of them in the stadium, but it wasn’t until that very moment that I REALLY read the profound words: 

“Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.”

As a coach’s daughter, my dad has raised me with this “big team, little me” attitude since I was old enough to throw a ball.  But sometimes we need reminders.  Tonight was my reminder.  As a K Crew TEAM member, there are a lot of roles to fill, but in the end, it’s not about the name on the back of my jersey.  It’s the one on the front that is important.  And you know what?  The name on the front of my jersey isn’t “K Crew.”  It’s ROYALS.  Tonight was a big win… not for me, not for K Crew, but for the ROYALS.  I’m just proud to be a part of this team.

It’s a GREAT day to be Royals fan…
-Erica

 

Royal Excitement

There was plenty of excitement at The K for this past homestand!  Actually the Royals excitement is not confined to just the stadium.  It’s everywhere.  Last week on my drive to the stadium, I was reminded of the glory days of high school sports.  My friends and I always had pre-game rituals and superstitions that involved listening to certain music, eating certain food, etc.

As I was making the journey from Odessa to the stadium, there were people all along the way that seemed to be my own personal “warm-up music.”  Sometimes I will forget when I have our uniform on, but it never takes long for me to be reminded, as cars and trucks were honking and giving waves of approval along I-70.  When I stopped for gas across the street from the stadium, people were cheering and hollering!  One guy even came over to my pump to give me a high five!  This kind of energy and excitement around the Royals makes the best job in the world EVEN BETTER!  I was so excited to finally get to the stadium and let the fun begin!

During our pre-game meeting, we receive our promotions and jobs for that particular evening.  One of the many awesome attributes of this job is that we do different promotions and events every night.  We’re constantly learning new ways to make our aspect of the game more polished and better for the fans.  On this particular night, I was most excited to see that my pre-game responsibility was live shots with Tim Scott.  This is a new addition to K Crew’s responsibility, and one that I could not be more excited about!!!!  A few games prior had been my first time on microphone in a live interview with Tim Scott.  He asked Amy and I some questions about the selection of fans for our promotions.  It was a blast!  However, this night was a little different because Tim informed me that he and Tetiana would be going over to Sheridan’s for their shot.  At first, I was disappointed thinking this meant maybe I wasn’t doing a live shot after all…until Tim informed me I’d be doing a live interview BY MYSELF!
My major in college was Communications with an emphasis in Public Speaking, and on my Facebook profile, “handheld microphones” is at the top of my list of interests.  Needless to say, I was SUPER excited for this opportunity.  I was on the Bud Light Party Deck and interviewed Netflix employees that were here from all over the country.  We didn’t have a whole lot of prep time, so I was a little bit nervous until I heard Mike McCartney’s voice asking, “Erica- where are you?”  Something about his voice just made me smile and realize the sheer cool factor of what I was getting to do…this calmed any anxious nerves I had and allowed me to really enjoy the time to talk to such excited fans.  It was an absolute blast.

I’ll let these fun snapshots tell the rest of the story from Homestand #3…

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Here are some high school baseball players that were really excited about being on CrownVision for the Commerce Bank Pinball Shuffle.  Congrats on winning, Ryan, and good luck with the rest of your season!IMG_6058.JPG

 

 I was walking around just talking to fans, and this guy stopped me and said, “I’ve got to have a high five from a K Crew girl!”  You know you have a cool job when part of your job description involves giving high fives to excited fans!IMG_6063.JPG

 

 

These fun little guys were very proud of their Royals tattoos!  And look at those muscles!IMG_6061.JPG

 

 

Wednesday night, some of my high school students took advantage of the INK College Night ticket promotion, which offers $7 tickets with a high school or college ID.  Looking good, Grain Valley FCA!

 

 

 On Sunday, I was with my boyfriend’s family for a Mother’s Day lunch.  His family is super nice, but more importanly they’re all really big Royals fans!!  It was so fun getting to talk to them about K Crew and about the Royals in general!  One of his cousins, Nick, mentioned seeing my picture on screen during K Crew’s T-Shirt Launch, and another one of his cousins said he saw me on the dugout during the Hot Dog Launch and was screaming at me for a hot dog!  (I’ll be sure to get you one next time, Josh!)  And oh yes, after lunch we were all watching the game of course!  I told Ryan as we left that I definitely approve of a family full of Royals fans.

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica