One of the main, most important part of our jobs is interacting with anyone and everyone that comes through the gates of Kauffman stadium. We find the little kids that are at the stadium for the very first time, or find the couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. It never ceases to amaze us, each and every game, we meet someone that is truly fascinating. We aim to make each experience at the ‘K’ a memorable one by handing out tattoos and pens or just inquiring about what brought them to the ‘K’. Every game is packed with people with such interesting stories and huge hearts for the Royals. While we strive to make the experience at the stadium better for our fans, we sometimes find people that make our night at work more memorable. I am here to give a shout-out to two very important people that the K Crew has had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with this season.
Our first shout-out goes to our number one fan, Lily. Lily is an adorable eight-year-old with so much enthusiasm and excitement.
We were approached with an email from Lily’s mom explaining how much she loves attending the games and meeting the K Crew. Yes, K Crew. Lily would watch for us and make a point to talk to as many of us as she could each time she visited the ‘K’. We had the opportunity to show her some behind the scenes that most people don’t see. Our K Crew meeting room is a simple room, big enough for all of us to gather before the games and prepare. We took Lily there and I have never seen someone’s eyes become so big. While we were in the room she passed out pictures she had drawn of all of us! (Which we still have hanging on our K Crew wall.) She had looked at our website pictures and drew us a picture based on those! You could sense the sheer joy she was experiencing, so we decided to carry on the tour and have her walk around with us. If she were a few years older, I would fear losing my job with how great Lily was at our job. She would talk to the fans, hand out tattoos, and rally with us. We all know baseball season is a long one, but seeing how much fun Lily was having at our job, she really gave us back some lost energy we may have been experiencing the past couple weeks. Her last thing she told us that night was her dream job in a couple years is to be on K Crew! Good luck Lily with your dream! You will make a great K Crew member one day!
The next hello and huge thank you goes out to Chris. Chris is the ultimate Royal’s SuperFan! I am sure everyone has seen him if you have walked anywhere in the stadium. He is in the outfield experience, down by the fountains, up in view level, behind home plate, all over, every game.
Chris walks around in his Royals gear proud, cheering on our boys, and happily posing for pictures when approached. The first time I met Chris was this year when Katie and I were in charge of the Hy-Vee Fan of the Game promotion.
This prize is given out to one lucky fan that is outrageous and eye-drawing enough to be located by the Royals camera crew. Chris was the lucky one this game. Katie and I found out his location and walked his prize out to him on the Pepsi Party Porch. Come to find out, this was Chris’ 500th consecutive home game! 500!!
He has not missed one game since his high school graduation! On top of 500 straight games, Chris attends 25% of all of the Royals away games, every season. Talk about a true fan! We are so lucky to continually see Chris out there cheering on our beloved blue and white!