June 2009

Running Our Buns Off

I’ve had the privilege to be the American Sign Language interpreter for two of the most adorable six-year-old deaf boys during summer school at McQuerry Elementary.  As their interpreter, I follow them to all of their classes from 8:00am-3:00pm Monday through Friday.  I sit right by them at their little table, so I’ve had a lot of interaction with six year olds lately.  It’s been really fun after games to hear kids say how they saw me on the dugout or the “giant awesome screen!”  This afternoon as we were finishing our rockets in Space Class, one of the biggest Royals fans in the class says, “Erica, did you see the game last night!  It was 11 innings, and we got the win!!!”  Brett’s talk of the extra innings reminded me it was time to write a blog!  Thanks for the reminder, Brett, and thanks for being such an excited Royals fan!!!!!!

As I’ve mentioned before, when we first get to the game, we report to our room to find out our responsibilities for the game.  Friday night was a big night for me.  My responsibilities included THE LIVE HOT DOG DERBY!!!  Despite the extreme heat and humidity, I could not wait to get in that hot dog suit! 

IMG_6245.JPGNow, normally I’m a Ketchup girl, however I just could not justify putting on ANY red in night one of our series with the Cardinals!!  Along with this thought in mind was the fact that my boyfriend LOVES Relish.  I mean, we all have our hot dog that we root for, but Ryan takes it to another level with his intense and passionate enthusiasm for Relish.  He screams for Relish at a volume that I’ve literally seen scare small children at games.  So with putting on the Relish suit, I wasn’t thinking that he’d be excited that I’d be running in the green for once, but rather, I knew I HAD to win.  I actually sent him a text that said, “I’m afraid that if I lose, you might break up with me.”  He wrote back, “Don’t make me make that decision.”

IMG_6249.JPGSo, I tried explaining the high stakes to my opponents, Ketchup and Mustard, aka Lauren and Megan Q., but neither of them had much concern with the fact that the future of my relationship was potentially pending upon the outcome of this Hot Dog Derby.  Lauren and Megan Q. were both also in this race to win it for their respective condiment!!  As we got ready, which was only successful with the awesome and dedicated help from Aaron, we were all talking a little hot dog smack.

IMG_6252.JPGThe photo to the left was obviously taken post-race.  We were all three dripping wet with sweat, and not just because it felt like a hundred degrees outside or because we were in giant hot dog suits, but because we literally ran as hard as we could and with some incredible intensity!!!!!!   I don’t know that there has ever been a race that all three hot dogs wanted to win so bad! 

And you will also notice that we’re all holding up a number one, because it was so close that no winner was determined!!!!  Ketchup, Mustard or Relish…no matter who you were rooting for Friday night, you can know that we gave it 100% and literally ran our buns off!!!!!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

PS:  While no real winner was determined, Ryan later said, “I can’t believe my girlfriend just really ran incredibly hard in a hot dog race for me.  That’s awesome!”  So even though it wasn’t exactly a victory, I think he was able to RELISH in my extreme effort!

Summer of 69 Retro Night at The K

On Wednesday night, Royals fans celebrated 40 years of Royals baseball by going back in time for a Summer of ’69 Retro Night at The K.  The Outfield Experience was packed with fun activities, and Beatles cover band Liverpool played on the stage during the pre-game party.  I’ll let these pictures tell the story of the groovy time…




Lauren and Mallary showed off their hula-hooping skills with these spirited fans.








Mallary actually got really good at it…keep it going!!!








Lauren played Twister with this young fan.  I don’t think she lasted very long.







Amy showed off her tie-dyed Royals tee.  Very cute!








Tara and Kristin showed their ’60s spirit on top of the dugout.  Clap if you love tube socks!





Be sure to catch ’70s Retro Night on July 22nd and ’80s Retro Night on August 5th!!!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

Sundays at The K

Sunday games are my favorites.  I love being outside at the stadium on a sunny afternoon with all of my favorite Royals fans!  Last Sunday was especially full of fun and excited fans, new accessories for the K Crew, an awesome post-game concert and, most importantly, a SWEEP of the Reds!!

Let me take you through this particular awesome Sunday at the stadium…

and I both realized we had forgotten socks for the game, so we asked Kasey if we could bust out the new tube socks a few games early!!  Here are some of us girls modeling the new look in the locker room before the game…

If I had a penny for everytime I heard, “Nice socks!” I’d be one rich lady.IMG_6203.JPG



There were tons of groups here for Family and Faith Day at the K, and I spotted Derek amidst his church group!  Katie and I loved the spirit, Derek!IMG_6205.JPG





When I saw this adorable little boy, he looked at me and said, “I love the Royals!”  It was adorable!!!  I love our fans of all ages!!!!!  Thanks for the high five, Peyton!IMG_6207.JPG



Katie and I were getting ready to run out on the field to hold the finish line for the Teenie Wienie Race!  Relish took off with a huge lead and greeted us at the finish line with a smile!!



One of the things I love most about this job is all of the people I get to see all of the time!!!  Every game there are always friends or family or even an old teacher that I get to spread some Royals cheer to!!  IMG_6209.JPGI’m always still surprised by how many people that I know that I see at the games, but clearly it’s because I’ve always surrounded myself with only the best company…Royals fans, of course!!!

This particular very special fan is my former teacher, Coach Hopkins!  I was SO EXCITED when he yelled out my name as I was climbing the stairs in the view level.  Coach Hopkins taught me a wealth of knowledge about history and geography.  His passion for history made his class such an exciting and fun place to be 5th hour my freshman year of high school!  So great to see you, Coach Hopkins!!!!

To conclude such a perfect Sunday at the K, I stayed with my parents for the MercyMe concert!  It was such a great concert with two really awesome testimonies from Trey Hillman and Brian Bannister.  I’m so proud to be a part of an organization with such respectable and solid individuals such as Hillman and Bannister!

IMG_6211.JPGIt’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…