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BIG TEAM, LITTLE ME

My hands hurt from clapping.  A small price to pay for such a big victory tonight at The K.

Before I get to the oh-so-exciting bottom of the ninth, let me take you to the K Crew Locker Room at about 5:00 PM for our pre-game meeting.  Upon entering our room, we all grab a schedule of the night’s events to scope out which promotion or pre-game responsibilty was assigned to us for the game.  Now as a reader of the K Crew blog, I’m going to let you in on some insider information here…while we love every fan and every seat in the house, there are some promotions and some responsiblities that are a little more glamorous than others. 

For example, the K Crew T-shirt Launch is always a blast, but there’s something a bit more exciting about being assigned “Royals Dugout.”  And on this very night, as I grabbed my script, I was feeling a little blue…and not just because we were wearing our powder blues.  Not only did I not get to see the top of a dugout all night, but after three games in a row of getting to do Live Shots on microphone for pre-game, I was pretty sad to see there would be no microphone in this K Crew member’s hand for the evening.

Instead I headed up to the View Level to find fans and use this opportunity to see a different perspective of pre-game.  It wasn’t five minutes after I was mingling around section 419 that I met a really special fan.  I found out that Adam was a really big Royals fan, however Adam wasn’t the fan that would be singing the National Anthem or down on the field for a pre-game interview.  You see, Adam couldn’t talk very well.  He also couldn’t walk so great either, but boy was he excited about the 40th Anniversary pin that I had for him.  I sat with him for about ten minutes…not really saying a whole lot, but just soaking in the joy of being at the ballpark.  The nice man that brought him to the game told me later that those ten minutes meant the world to him.  As I walked away from my new friend, I realized that I had just watched the Live Shots air on CrownVision while hanging out with Adam.  I smiled at the way things work sometimes.

Throughout the game, I had even more cool moments like the one with Adam.  I was able to hold an older woman’s purse for her while she fixed her jersey in the bathroom.  Katie and I had a great conversation with the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree. A little girl that I had taught in Vacation Bible School saw me and was so excited to get a high five from a “Royals girl.”  A friend of my dad’s recognized me and told me what a great job this was for me.  None of these moments were captured on screen, yet they were all super exciting to me. 

This job has many facets.  Yes, part of the job is being on camera and smiling while being the center of attention.  But there is more to K Crew than being in front of the fans.  Sometimes, the most important thing we can do is come alongside the fans.  Sit with them.  Talk to them.  Hear about the memories they have from games past.  Hold their purse.  Give them a high five. 

Somewhat parallel to my attitude for my role tonight, the game only got better and better at the end.  After the first home run in the bottom of the ninth, Katie and I exchanged a look that predicted that maybe, just maybe something big was about to happen.  And did it ever!!!!  Two homeruns, a triple and a WIN FOR THE ROYALS!!  As I was jumping up and down, screaming, high fiving and hugging every fan in sight, I caught a glimpse of the quote on the back of the shirts we gave away tonight for T-Shirt Tuesday.  There were 20,000 of them in the stadium, but it wasn’t until that very moment that I REALLY read the profound words: 

“Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.”

As a coach’s daughter, my dad has raised me with this “big team, little me” attitude since I was old enough to throw a ball.  But sometimes we need reminders.  Tonight was my reminder.  As a K Crew TEAM member, there are a lot of roles to fill, but in the end, it’s not about the name on the back of my jersey.  It’s the one on the front that is important.  And you know what?  The name on the front of my jersey isn’t “K Crew.”  It’s ROYALS.  Tonight was a big win… not for me, not for K Crew, but for the ROYALS.  I’m just proud to be a part of this team.

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

 

Opening Week at The New K

You’d think after hearing, “I saw you on CrownVision Saturday night!!!!” from students, teachers, friends, my principal, relatives, friends of relatives, more students and the random QuikTrip worker that potentially I’d get tired of it.  But no.  Not even one bit actually.

A coach just stopped me in the teacher’s lounge to ask me how the season was going so far and if I enjoyed it as much as I did last year.  I gave him such an earnest and sincere, “YES! It’s actually even MORE fun!”  Homestand #1 was nothing short of incredible.

Let me take you back to before the gates opened on Friday to the rehearsals.  Here’s where I must admit that all last week I really enjoyed when someone asked, “Erica, what are you doing tonight?”  Then I got to answer (casually and non-chalant, of course), “Oh, you know, I’ve just got rehearsals at the stadium, no big deal.”  When really I think it IS a really big deal!!  Ah, I loved every minute (and there were quite a few minutes, as we were there until almost 11:00PM a couple of nights) of being out on the field getting everything perfect and polished for Opening Day! 

IMG_5937.JPGIn addition to learning about the new stadium and reviewing promotions, this was also some quality bonding time for the new K Crew.  I can barely articulate via this keyboard how much I adore the people I will be spending this season working alongside!  It is such an excited, fun, talented, hilarious group of people.  At this point I would normally give individual shout outs to cool people I like, except that it’s everyone!  Oh wait – I do need to give a shout out to the brilliant wardrobe selection of Mallary for our rehearsal Wednesday night.

I’m going to let the pictures (along with my fun little captions) tell you the story that was Homestand #1 in the new and improved Kauffman Stadium… 

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Here are us ladies having some pre-rehearsal dinner!  We’re a little more lady-like out on the job than we are eating our sandwiches…DSC06331[1].JPG

 

 

 

Here is my most lovely partner for Opening Day – Miss Lauren and I had so much fun with our Season Ticket Holders!

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Katie, Lauren, Megan Q and I are showing off our K Crew Seventh Inning Stretch towels!  I love these girls!

 

 

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Katie and I taking a time out on Opening Day for one fun photo op!

 

 

 

 And here’s a look inside K Crew’s pre-game activities…

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We study our scripts.

 

 

 

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We eat some yummy food.  (Sometimes people get Amy and I confused!)

 

 

 

 Back to the real action…

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Look at these very spirited girls that are all decked out for the Royals!!!

 

 

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I had the opportunity to meet the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat Honoree.

 

 

 

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Megan Q. and I had the pleasure of dancing with this cute cowboy during the Garth Brooks sing along…

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Just last night, I was at dinner with five guys who were all SUPER excited about the Royals.  I mean they knew statistics, batting averages, personal information…one of them even knew how to correctly spell Sluggerrr with three Rs and all (I’m still impressed, Devan).  Being around these guys and answering all of their questions about players, the stadium and my job just really made me appreciate all over again what an incredible opportunity I have to be a part of such an exciting organization as the Kansas City Royals.  I’ve said it before, and you can bet I’ll say it again…

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

What a Small World

I know I’ve said it before, but I really do just get to meet the most wonderful people that we honor with the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.  Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Liz Arnold who has volunteered for more than 15 years for Dream Factory.  This organization is completely volunteer based and helps makes dreams come true for children that are very ill.

Yeah John Deere Mow Em Down Race 013.jpgLiz brought her husband and two friends along, and as I first met her friend Edna, I thought she looked familiar.  As we began talking, Liz mentioned how Edna’s son is a quadriplegic.  I told her that was interesting because I had just got back from seeing my boyfriend who is riding his bike across the country to raise awareness for people with disabilities. 

As I started to tell her more about PUSH America and Journey of Hope, Liz excitedly pointed out that she knew all about Journey of Hope because Edna’s son, Mark, was the host in Olathe!  Not only had I just met Mark the day before, but I had even toured his home and learned all about how he lives all on his own.  I left Mark’s house completely inspired by his motivation and desire to accomplish so many things when it would be so much easier to just allow someone else to do them for you.

Edna told me she thought she recognized me when I first came over to talk to them about the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.  It was such an exciting realization of what a small world it is, and yet another example of the incredible people I get to meet as a member of K Crew

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

The Best Place in the World

Game three of a short homestand with the Texas Rangers proved to be victorious!  It was a short but sweet three game homestand here at the K

Aaron and I were just talking Tuesday evening how coming to the stadium is almost an escape from everything else going on in life.  Whether it’s work or relationships or whatever else is a little stressful in life, it’s almost as if when you walk in the gates of the stadium, life just slows down a little bit in a really great way.  There are so many things I love about being at the K… the smell of ballpark hotdogs, the fun music, the nice weather, but most of all are all the incredibly friendly and great people.

I feel like everyone is always in a good mood… from the nice lady that scans my parking pass to the optimistic guy that always says, “Going to be a good game today” as I walk in Gate B to the sweet lady that makes the bathroom so nice and pretty to the courteous event staff men who open the doors for me. 

You might think I’m making this up, but these are seriously the people that I encounter every single game as I’m walking to the K Crew Locker Room!  That is not even to mention the amazing people I am greeted by upon walking into our room… just today, I walked in a little bit late to find Tyler had rolled some extra t-shirts that he shared with me.

DSC02203.JPGThat also doesn’t go to mention the incredible quality people I’ve had the opportunity to meet while assisting with the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat.  Every single game, I have the most inspiring and heartfelt conversations with such impressive servants of our community.

These adorable girls with their super sparkly homemade signs are yet another example of the excited and enthusiastic fans that make life better at the K.  They did a great job of cheering throughout the entire game!  Future K Crew girls… I think so!

I think some people get stressed out going to work.  Not me.  Come to the K.  Watch the best game in the world, baseball, with the best people in the world, Kansas Citians, on the largest HD video board in the world, CrownVision.  It’s got to be the best place in the world. 

Leave it to the Royals to bring the team to you even when the Boys in Blue are playing in St. Louis.  Come down to the Power and Light District in Downtown Kansas City on Tuesday, June 17, for a Royals Watch Party.  We’ll have all kinds of entertainment (including the K Crew, of course), and you can watch the game on the video board above the KC Live! stage.  It will be a fabulously good time for Royals fans of all ages!  See you there!

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

One Fun Week

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to let these pictures do some of the talking with just some brief captions from me to explain all of the K Crew fun that is going on in each photo…

 

With Trey.jpgI had the pleasure of hearing Trey Hillman and Dayton Moore share their testimonies at my brother’s school (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) last Thursday.  As an area representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I left EXTREMELY impressed with these two men that are in such prestigious positions in the Royals’ organization and using their influence to share about the most important thing in their lives–not baseball, but God.  As I left the service, I told my brother I’d never been more proud to be part of this organization than I was upon hearing the leadership has such solid beliefs.

 

Fern Tipton.JPGFriday evening, I was in charge of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat, which is awarded every home game to a member of the community who embodies an aspect of Buck’s spirit through generosity and kindness towards others. This was my first time working with this particular facet of our pre-game ceremonies, but I cannot imagine a more a deserving person for this honor.  I enjoyed every minute of getting to speak with Fern before the game.  Her compassion for others radiated throughtout her every word and gesture.  Fern, who turns 85 this September, has spent 17 years dedicating her time and talents to the Raytown Shepherd Center’s Meals on Wheels program, and she also actively volunteers with several other Raytown organizations and causes.  I am so glad that part of my job that evening was to meet such a fantastic person!

 

Cousins.jpgThis last picture is of me and my two adorable little cousins, Keagan and Logan, who were braving the unseasonable cold for our victory against the Blue Jays Friday night. 

I wasn’t able to be at the game Saturday night, but a friend of mine was sending me text messages with score updates all evening.  I was in Wal-Mart when I heard the final score that we had won, and I decided my role as a K Crew member really shouldn’t be confined to the stadium, so I took it upon myself to announce to everyone in Wal-Mart that we won!!!  My favorite quote of the night was when I started yelling, “Royals…in aisle WONNN!!”

From the inspiring words of Trey Hillman and Dayton Moore to the sweet sincerity of Fern to the sillyness of my own public service annoucement at Wal-Mart, it was one fun week to be K Crew member.

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