September 2009

K Crews Job Never Stops

There comes a point in every K Crew member’s life when they find themselves at an event with lots of people (i.e. the zoo, another sporting event or, in my particular case this past weekend, at the Shanks’ Barnyard Bash 2009), and we just forget that we’re not inside the joy and stardom that is The K where everyone is fascinated by our sweet uniforms and cool bags and eager to high five us, wave at us or yell, “Yeah K Crew!” 

So when we’re at these other events with lots of people and kids around us, we still have this innate expectation for small children to run up to us expecting tattoos or grown men to yell at us, “I WANT A HOT DOG!!”  But these people all around us, well, they don’t know the very fame and prestige that is in their presence.  Such was this past Saturday night when I saw a bunch of little kids running around, and I immediately approached them to start giving out high fives, and then I even began to reach in my bag to grab them some tattoos…only to quickly remember the bag on my right shoulder held lip gloss and my cell phone, not waivers and giveaways.  No, I was not wearing my K Crew bag, nor was it at all normal for me to be high fiving kids and trying to get them to yell, “Let’s go, Royals, let’s go!”

This is the life of a K Crew member.  We eat, sleep and breathe Royals, so when we’re not at the stadium, sometimes we can feel a little lost.  I can remember going to Royals games growing up and thinking the place was so huge and feeling lost, so I find it pretty crazy and exciting that I now feel more lost when I’m not there than when I am at the awesome new stadium.

Here are some snapshots from last homestand.  As always, I had the opportunity to hang out with some pretty great fans!

IMG_6813.JPGBefore I introduce you to some of the awesome FANS that I got to hang out with, allow me to introduce you to these three incredibly good looking and incredibly personable guys that work to make your dreams come true in Guest Services!!!!  For some crazy reason, I hadn’t really had much of a chance to interact with these cool guys until this past homestand, and they were just so much fun!  As we left their room, I said to Brian, “Those guys were just so personable and polite and all had such awesome personalities!”  And then it dawned on me that these qualities are what make them PERFECT for their role in Guest Services!  Keep up the awesome work, guys–you are such an important part of this team!

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This season we’ve started throwing t-shirts from the dugouts during the Royals starting line-up.  This is always a super great time, and it’s especially wonderful when polite fans such as this young lady, come find me to personally say thank you for throwing her a t-shirt!  You’re absolutely welcome!!IMG_6823.JPG

 

 

Well hello to our fans that came all the way from AUSTRALIA!  They were members of the Australian Military making a visit to Ft. Leavenworth.  Thanks for making it out to The K!!!IMG_6817.JPG

 

 

Ah, there is such a special place in my heart for our sweet sign making fans!  I’m all about making signs, so I always love to stop and snap a picture with our creative and colorful designing fans!  Great job, girls!!IMG_6820.JPG 

 

This excited fan is Dave Lamaster!  He makes it out to lots of games, and it an absolute pleasure!  He was REALLY excited about having his picture on the blog!!!  And you know how much I love excited fans, so here you go, Dave, and remember the best place to watch baseball is always at Kauffman Stadium.

IMG_6819.JPGOn this particular night, Brian and I were in charge of Commerce Bank Pinball Shuffle, and Brian found this awesome contestant!  I really did think this guy was so great–he was such a dedicated fan, and he and his son were a complete pleasure to work with the entire time!  Here’s the two of them with their prize pack!  Thanks for being such great fans, guys!  It’s quality people like you two that make my job so much fun!

And last, but certainly not least, were maybe my two very favorite guys from the entire homestand!  Let me introduce you to the handsome, the spirited, the polite, and the excited…Tucker and Layne!!!  These two adorable cousins were here cheering on the Royals with their grandma, who was kind enough to email me the pictures she took of us!  I couldn’t pick between the two pictures, so boys–that’s just how special you guys are–I’m posting them both!!  You can see them with their super cool tattoos and then being such chivalrous gentlemen for sharing their umbrella with me!  Thanks again, guys–and keep on cheering on our Royals!!!!

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

P.S. I know it’s a day late, but I wanted to wish Mike McCartney–that amazing and oh-so-exciting voice of the Royals–a very happy birthday!!!!  Just yet another perk of being a K Crew member is that–oh yes, Mike McCartney is my Facebook friend.  How cool am I?!

SO MANY INCREDIBLE PEOPLE

As promised, here are some incredible people that I got to hang out with last homestand!!!  One night in particular, I seriously just had the most fun with so many different sets of kiddos that were SO EXCITED to be the stadium watching the Royals!  Their enthusiasm pumped me up to do my job even better, so I told them I would return the favor by putting their pretty faces on my blog!  Enjoy!

IMG_6759.JPGThe first shout goes to Hoops and YoYo!!!  Oh man–and you thought these guys were just available upon opening Hallmark cards, but OH NO, they come to cheer on the Royals!!!!!  Kelly did an awesome job helping them out for the game and was actually just named Homestand MVP!  Congrats, Kelly!!!  Britt is the fine looking guy with us, and he is one of my very favorite people to be partners with on K Crew.  He’s funny and clever, works hard and just really a pleasure of a partner.  Here’s to you, Britt!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it again, but being in charge of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree is so exciting because I get to meet the coolest people.  IMG_6774.JPGThis awesome guy next to me is THE Cullen Jones AKA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST!!!!  I seriously became a little starstruck by Cullen…the most obvious reason would be THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL, which is especially impressive to me because I spent a great deal of my childhood being obsessed with the Olympics.  He was super down-to-earth and told me some cool stories about the Olympics, including a really special moment to him when he saw the USA Mens’ Basketball Team all at their meet cheering for THEM.  He said it was pretty surreal.  IMG_6790.JPGBut there was more than just a gold medal that had me so mesmerized by this superstar.  Cullen has teamed up with USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” program, to promote swimming lessons in order to help reduce drowning instances among minority youth. 

K Crew’s job is to try to interact with as many as fans as possible each night, and Aaron really took the extra effort to not miss ANYONE!  Hahahahaha. This praying mantis was helping us pump up some pretty excited fans in right field.  And a shout out to Aaron, a veteran K Crew member who I had a great time working with as we reminisced about some K Crew from seasons past.  We miss you guys!

And the following pictures are just some of the INCREDIBLE kids that I met and got to cheer on our Royals together!!  I completely adored my time with each of them!!!  Thanks for being so excited about the Royals, guys…I’m thinking there could be a K Crew job in your future!!!!


 
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IMG_6784.JPGIMG_6794.JPGAnd last, but certainly not least in this blog of INCREDIBLE fans that I got to hang out with would be these sweet kids that I spent a couple of innings with–cheering, chatting, and becoming friends.  They’re not from KC, so this was such a meaningful experience to get to see how very excited they were to be here.  I was getting ready to leave the stadium after the game, when I hear someone shout, “ERICA!!!”  I turn around to see my new friends, and their mom runs over to me and says, “They were so sad that they missed you, because they were really wanting to ask you for your autograph!  I know you’re leaving, but could you do that for them?” 
IMG_6796.JPGNote to fans everywhere:  I WILL NEVER SAY NO TO AN AUTOGRAPH.  Among the million things I love about this job would include the pretend fame that comes with being a K Crew girl, but most of all–I love that four kids left the game smiling and so excited because of some time I spent with them. 

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

 

P.S.  I almost forgot!!!  This past weekend, I was at a wedding in St. Louis (Don’t worry, I had my Royals bracelet on ALL weekend!).  IMG_6806.JPGMy boyfriend was the DJ and he had me be the MC for the night.  I felt like I was doing Live Shots all night–it was so much fun!!  One fan–I mean GUEST lol, asked me if I had done some MC stuff before, and I told him about my job with K Crew.  He then had to tease me, because he was a Cards fan (otherwise a really nice guy, ha!).  But then he said something pretty exciting.  He told me that he hasn’t been to a stadium that has such cool promotions and fan interaction as the ones at The K.  Even in a city of red, I hear good things about my Royals!!!  Here’s a picture of me down in the bottom right using my Royals experience to get people a dancing!  Congrats, Elisha and Tony!  Come see us at The K, and I’ll see about getting you on Kiss Cam! 

SIGNS of a Great Time at The K

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I could not wait for this past homestand to get here, and oh boy, when it did, it most certainly did not disappoint!  In fact, it might just have been one of my favorite homestands ever.

Let me take you back to last Sunday… I was so excited about being out at the stadium with such awesome weather on a Sunday afternoon.  I especially love working Sundays because of the large amount of sunshine and children at the stadium.  (Sundays are always day games with extra fun activities for kids like the Sprint Fun Run after the game, the kids version of the Live Hot Dog Derby and the Honorary Line-up before the game.)  This particular Sunday, I was also excited when I got to the stadium to see I was doing a Live Shot, because it had been awhile since I’d had the extreme pleasure of holding a handheld mic at my favorite place in the whole world.  However, I received word on my headset that we wouldn’t be doing the Live Shot because of timing during pre-game.

Feeling a bit disappointed, I headed down to the press conference room to see what was going on down there with our pre-game participants.  As I was talking to Katie about pre-game details, I spotted two adorable little boys that I could have sworn I saw… signing?!  I wasn’t for sure if they were just being animated with their hand gestures or if they were indeed using sign language to communicate, so I told the boys and girls in the conference room that I am a teacher, but that I teach big kids sign languageIMG_6757.JPGThe little boys’ mom’s face confirmed my suspicions with an excited look as she exclaimed, “You know sign language?”  As I signed, “Yes- I do!” the two boys came running over to hug this girl that was using their language.  As I sit staring at my computer, I’m almost frustrated that I cannot accurately convey via this keyboard the sheer JOY AND AWESOMENESS that was this next hour of my life after meeting my new friends, Matthew and Nathaniel.  Oh my goodness.  They were incredible.  I have so much fun with deaf children because everything is so animated and exciting with them.

I had the pleasure of being their personal interpreter for all of pre-game.  This meant going out on the field with them, helping them find their player for the Honorary Line-up, which involved several players and coaches in the dugout telling ME how cool what I was doing was…you know, just another day in the life of a K Crew member.  D20_3257.jpgEXCEPT IT ISN’T JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF A K CREW MEMBER!!!  I spend my every minute at games being in awe of THEM and cheering for THEM and being excited about THEM, and here in this very moment of just communicating with two adorable little boys, these guys are impressed with ME?!?  It was so cool.  Matthew and Nathaniel were so much fun, and they signed “I love you” to me several times!  They were just too precious!  The fun didn’t quite end there though, because after the National Anthem, Matthew wasn’t quite ready to leave the field, so OH YES, I got to run almost to third base to help communicate to him that it was time to go AKA THE GAME WAS STARTING! 🙂  Matthew, I’ve always wanted to run on the field, so thank you, my friend.

This experience was unforgettable.  I love the Royals.  I love kids.  I especially love kids that communicate with their little hands.  And in addition to all of this fun, I learned an important lesson too.  Helen Keller once said, “When one door closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”  I was feeling a little frustrated and disappointed when my Live Shot was canceled.  So I had a choice, I could have stayed in the locker room and kind of moped around that my thing got canceled, but instead, I opened another door (the one to the press conference room to be exact) and found an even cooler opportunity just waiting for me!

All of this excitement and fun and that was just ONE of the games from this awesome homestand!  I’ll be writing more very soon and posting pictures of some more pretty INCREDIBLE people I got to hang out with last homestand, so check back soon!

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