Friday Night Excitement
Written by K Crew’s Megan.
Bright lights. Enthusiastic fans. Fireworks. There is something so euphoric about Friday Night games at The K. Last Friday was no different. Whether you are there for work or to enjoy a baseball game, walking in to the stadium on a Friday night has a way of putting a smile on just about anyone’s face.
With smiles already on, an extra boost of excitement was added upon hearing who would be gracing Royals fans with their presence. While we love all of our Royals fans and think they are all beyond amazing, it is not every day big-time celebrities attend a baseball game at The K. Many whispers and questions were asked by fans wondering if Will Ferrell was really in the third base dugout suite. It was so fun to say, “Yes! He actually is here tonight!”
Along with the beloved Will Ferrell was Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Horatio Sanz and Rob Riggle. With these great guys being in the dugout suite, seeing them from afar was our only real option. During the 8th inning, Sandy, Kelly, Kristina, Taylor and I all got the opportunity to change that. Walking excitedly to the dugout suite with camera in hand, we were all ready for our celebrity encounter. Between the five guys, they made us feel like we were the celebrities, yelling “Hey, it’s the K Crew!!!”
Cheering as we walked in, they were no different than the awesome fans sitting up in the view level. They were courteous to take pictures with us, letting us know that it would look best with one K Crew member between each of them!
Everyone eagerly accepted tattoos and pins, especially Paul Rudd’s four-year-old son, Jack. He was SO excited to be at the baseball game, exclaiming that Sluggerrr came down and even gave him an autograph just for him. Jack was beyond adorable and even more lovable when he admitted, “Sluggerrr and the Royals are the greatest and bestest in baseball.” While hanging out with Paul Rudd’s little boy I had to drop in that myself and one other K Crew girl went to the same high school as he and Jason (Go Vikings!), telling him that’s my claim to fame! They were overzealous talking about the ‘”good ol’ days from high school”!
All of these men have made appearances on Saturday Night Live, blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. While they are all funny business most of the time, that was not the case on Friday night. With three of the five hailing from the Overland Park area, Royals baseball and Kansas City is home to them. Coming back to help out and give back to the community was not only an option but also a necessity. They all participated in the Big Slick Poker Tournament on Saturday to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
While the opportunity to throw the first pitch(s) and sing the Seventh Inning Stretch was enticing, coming back to Kansas City was important to them for more reasons then soaking up a Friday night game. Showing the support and love for this great town, which holds many memories for them, was just one of the things these men do for others.