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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!

Always on My Mind

School is under way.  Every student in Senorita Dyer’s classroom has seen plenty of blue… and I’m not just talking about the blue of the Grain Valley Eagles’ school colors, but also the POWDER blue of my Royals!  The first couple of days I spent some time getting to know the students, as well as letting them get to know me a little better.  I couldn’t help but smile and get pretty excited each hour when a student asked me where I worked this summer.  I think I’ve inspired all 182 of my students to want to be future K Crew members one day!


Tomorrow Homestand #10 continues with the Giant Banner Flag giveaway to the first 20,000 fans presented by Fox Sports Net Kansas City.  I’m thinking that will have a place in my classroom right next to all my other Royals excitement!  Today in class, I was fingerspelling words in American Sign Language for my students to recite to me.  The first word I fingerspelled was R-O-Y-A-L-S, which they all got correctly pretty quickly.  I’m not for sure if it’s because my students are just that intelligent OR because they know me that well already to know that of course I’d be talking about the Royals!


Royals, Ash, School = Fun fun fun 007.jpgI meant to include these pictures from the golf tournament in last week’s blog, but I forgot.  However, I think it’s important enough to go ahead and put up a week late, because it needs to be known how important the “helpers” are for the Hot Dog Derby!  Emily is so kindly helping me here in this picture get my shoes all strapped in before the big race.  Each time we do the Hot Dog Derby, different K Crew members are assigned the role of “helpers.”  This role may sound not that important, but really it’s actually super important, because it is a little more difficult to successfully get in those suits than one might think!  Royals, Ash, School = Fun fun fun 011.jpgIt takes some hard working K Crew members to help get the racers all ready to go… because if those straps aren’t tight or the suit’s not on quite right, victory might be just one fall away for ol’ Ketchup, Mustard or Relish!  This second shot also includes Amy who was also very helpful in getting us all ready to go that morning.  You girls are great!  Thanks for LETTING me run!


A couple of weeks ago, I received a phone call from Community Blood Center thanking me for being a regular blood donor with them and asking me if I wanted to come in and give during “Royals Week.”  I love giving blood, so I said I’d definitely come in, and when I got there I was pretty excited to see what “Royals Week” entailed…  Not only did I get a fun Royals T-shirt, but also two free tickets!Royals, Ash, School = Fun fun fun 002.jpg  I told the lady taking my health information about K Crew and my own involvement with the Royals, and she asked me if I had my uniform with me to take a picture.  I just happened to have my powder blue in the car, and I agreed as long as she promised to be nice with the needle!  She was, and I was able to save three lives while wearing my favorite uniform!


Even when I’m not at the stadium, from my classroom to blood drives, the Royals are always on my mind!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…