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…
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!
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!
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…