Dear Rookie KCrew,
Welcome to our squad! We are so excited for you to be a part of the best Crew in MLB! There are a few things you need to know before we get the season kicked off:
1. We have the best fans in baseball! Meet as many of them as possible. Get to know their names, and seek them out at as many games as you can. Baseball is even more fun when shared with friends.
2. Your name will be chanted and yelled almost as much as some of our players’ names. Enjoy it, but do not let it get to your head…you’re only a celebrity in the stadium. (People look at you a little oddly if you try to start a slow clap at the grocery store.)
3. Blue is your new favorite color. Get used to it! Whether it’s royal or powder, you’ll notice that your wardrobe will soon be overpowered by those beautiful hues.
4. Wear sunscreen! Those Sunday games in July and August can be brutal! Be kind to your skin.
5. It will take you a few weeks to get used to maneuvering the stadium. Don’t let any of the veterans fool you…at some point, every one of us walked an unnecessary circle around the stadium as we frantically searched for a specific section of the ballpark.
6. Take good care of your radio! We are spread out all over the stadium throughout the game, and our radios are the best way of communicating with each other, our bosses, and the control room.
7. Pack your bag for game days wisely! We live in Kansas City, and that means that it could be beautiful and balmy in the beginning of a game and turn to stormy and frigid by the end of the same game. Be prepared for anything! (And don’t forget pre-game snacks!)
8. You are a role model to thousands of young fans! Make every moment with them special!
9. Start practicing your signature – – – you’ll be writing your name a lot this summer!
10. Lastly, you will learn a lot from the veteran KCrew girls this year, but you will also teach us many things. It is the blend of old and new KCrew that makes us better each season! This is a big year for KC, and a great time to be a part of the Royals organization. Smile lots, have fun, and GO ROYALS!
While spring training has just begun, we on KCrew also prepare before the season starts too. We just recently had our annual Photo Day at the stadium. All eighteen of us gathered (for the first time) to take pictures, video clips, and different fun shots. Yes, I did say eighteen of us! We welcome the rookies: Lauren Rob, Heather, Paige, Lauren Rog, Alexandra, Kayla, Alex, Chloe, Rachel, and Kelsey. We are all looking forward to them joining us as this exciting season approaches.
On Photo Day we were split up into three groups and rotated to three different stations. The first station was individual photos. We took different full length shots for our poster (be watching for that at the games) and also used props. The props included a baseball, glove, bat, signs, and sombrero. Those pictures were fun because it was a chance for us to really be ourselves.
Next we rotated to the “green screen.” There we did a variety of things you may see throughout the season on CrownVision. Those include reciting the Code of Conduct, thanking all of you; our fans, the infamous slow clap, and other surprises.
Finally, we did our video shoot. This was a chance for us to answer silly questions about ourselves. You will be surprised at what questions we were asked, so you will just have to watch for those videos during the games or even online to find out.
We are all very excited for the season to begin but before that can happen, we have more work to do. Be on the lookout for another blog about our upcoming dance practices!
Go Royals! -KCrew Megan
Being a part of KCrew is more than just being present at all of the Royals games. We are lucky enough to get the opportunity to be involved with the community in a variety of ways. We have been a part of birthday parties, golf tournaments, parades, diabetes and heart walks, and our favorite, community charity events.
On August 30th, Sam and I had the chance to be involved with an appearance to support Royals Charities. On that day, the California Pizza Kitchen in Leawood, Kansas gave 20% of each ticket to Royals Charities when the party mentioned their support. We had such a blast with everyone who came out…even Sluggerrr! And the greatest part was the yummy pizza!
Here we are joined with a couple getting ready to order and support Royals Charities!
Royals Charities supports a variety of non-profit organizations in the area including Operation Breakthrough, Special Olympics of the Greater Kansas City Metro, Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, and many more! If you would like more information about Royals Charities or if you would like to donate, please contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the K! – Megan R.
Our lives outside of KCrew involve many things. It’s exciting to share a part of my life with another KCrew member!
Sam and I are both enrolled in nursing school and we had the opportunity to travel to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala in January. We were there for ten days and set up clinics in various villages across the country. Every day we would see and assess 60-100 children. Children and families do not have access to healthcare like we do here in the US. So we basically gave them their “yearly check-up.”
It was hard at first with the language barrier, but overtime we learned simple phrases like “abra su boca” (open your mouth) and “quitate los zapatos” (take off your shoes) which helped us in our assessments. We traveled with translators and physicians which also made our job easier. Who knows how much harder the trip would have been without our wonderful translators!
The kids we saw in Guatemala ranged from needing some vitamins, to receiving visits from the doctor and needing further treatment that we couldn’t provide to them that day. Some of the kids stole our heart and some of the kids broke our hearts, we made an impact on each and every one of them. I don’t think we had one family who didn’t bless us or thank us for taking care of their children.
On our last day we got to tour the city of Antigua. We did lots of shopping and engaging with the culture! After a long and challenging week of working with the children, it was so nice to let loose and have some well needed retail therapy. Experiencing the culture in the market was an awesome experience! Prices are not set down there like they are in America. You have to argue the price with the owner of the stand, sometimes saving 5, 10 or 20 dollars! Much different than shopping here!
The experience was something we will never forget! Those kids relied on us 100% for almost all the healthcare they will receive in a year. It’s amazing to step back for a week and see everything we have in the States and then see what people are missing in other parts of the world. It was truly unforgettable experience and I’m so lucky to have shared it with another KCrew member!
-Megan R. & Sam