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After way too long and COLD of a winter, BASEBALL SEASON IS BACK!!! It was so exciting to be back out at The K seeing so many of you who we had missed all winter long!
I’m going to re-cap our first homestand with some pictures and commentaries of all the fun going on during our first week of baseball for the 2010 season!
Let’s just start off with this picture of Chelsea, Lauren and me…oh yeah and David Cook. No big deal, right? Again, let me just say- we have THE coolest job ever. Here’s where I do need to be honest and confess that I’ve never seen a single episode of American Idol (sorry, David). No worries though, because my new friend Chelsea has FOR SURE made up for my lack of viewing, because this girl was SO EXCITED to see her favorite American Idol!!!
This is where I need to genuinely thank you, my faithful blog readers, because it is because of THIS VERY BLOG that I get to do things such as sit down with David in his suite and ask him some questions. All for you, my awesome readers. David was completely down to earth, playing with his cousins and just hanging out watching the game. I asked him about his favorite Royals memory, and he said it would have to be during the 2003 season when he was working out at the stadium (yep, he spent several seasons working out at The K!). He said that just the spirit and excitement of all of the fans was so enthusiastic and energetic and made for such an awesome season.
David also complimented the people of Kansas City as being “unlike the people anywhere else.” I wasn’t sure what he meant and when I inquired a little further, he explained, “People everywhere else call me Mr. Cook. Everyone here calls me David.” He said it’s so great to be back home and receive such a warm response from the people of KC. We were surely glad to have him singing the anthem for us Opening Day, and I won’t drive past the “Home of David Cook” sign on I-70 ever again without thinking about what a genuinely nice guy David is, not to mention a ROYALS FAN!!!
Now David, take no offense to this, but when I sent a text to my dad to tell him that I had the opportunity to be in charge of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat for Opening Day with John Wathan AND that I would get to meet David Cook, my dad replied, “Who is David Cook? YOU GET TO MEET THE DUKE!!!” My dad was teasing and of course knows who David Cook is, but the super Royals fan in him was even MORE excited about the fact I’d be talking to The Duke! It certainly was my pleasure to get to visit with such an important person in Royals baseball!
And last, but certainly not least, are some pictures of the awesome fans that were out and cheering for their favorite team on Opening Day. I sincerely really do mean it when I say “but certainly not least,” because while hanging out with David Cook and John Wathan was obviously exciting, K Crew’s main focus is YOU. The fan. The guy that comes out night after night to watch the Royals play. The sweet old lady that keeps the score book to be a part of the game. The precious little kid with cotton candy and a tattoo who is SO EXCITED to be here. YOU are who we are here for…to cheer with you, to visit with you, and to make lifetime friendships despite any and all other differences because each of us share the bond as fans of our team–the Kansas City Royals.
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
As promised, here are some incredible people that I got to hang out with last homestand!!! One night in particular, I seriously just had the most fun with so many different sets of kiddos that were SO EXCITED to be the stadium watching the Royals! Their enthusiasm pumped me up to do my job even better, so I told them I would return the favor by putting their pretty faces on my blog! Enjoy!
The first shout goes to Hoops and YoYo!!! Oh man–and you thought these guys were just available upon opening Hallmark cards, but OH NO, they come to cheer on the Royals!!!!! Kelly did an awesome job helping them out for the game and was actually just named Homestand MVP! Congrats, Kelly!!! Britt is the fine looking guy with us, and he is one of my very favorite people to be partners with on K Crew. He’s funny and clever, works hard and just really a pleasure of a partner. Here’s to you, Britt!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it again, but being in charge of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree is so exciting because I get to meet the coolest people. This awesome guy next to me is THE Cullen Jones AKA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST!!!! I seriously became a little starstruck by Cullen…the most obvious reason would be THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL, which is especially impressive to me because I spent a great deal of my childhood being obsessed with the Olympics. He was super down-to-earth and told me some cool stories about the Olympics, including a really special moment to him when he saw the USA Mens’ Basketball Team all at their meet cheering for THEM. He said it was pretty surreal. But there was more than just a gold medal that had me so mesmerized by this superstar. Cullen has teamed up with USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” program, to promote swimming lessons in order to help reduce drowning instances among minority youth.
K Crew’s job is to try to interact with as many as fans as possible each night, and Aaron really took the extra effort to not miss ANYONE! Hahahahaha. This praying mantis was helping us pump up some pretty excited fans in right field. And a shout out to Aaron, a veteran K Crew member who I had a great time working with as we reminisced about some K Crew from seasons past. We miss you guys!
And the following pictures are just some of the INCREDIBLE kids that I met and got to cheer on our Royals together!! I completely adored my time with each of them!!! Thanks for being so excited about the Royals, guys…I’m thinking there could be a K Crew job in your future!!!!
And last, but certainly not least in this blog of INCREDIBLE fans that I got to hang out with would be these sweet kids that I spent a couple of innings with–cheering, chatting, and becoming friends. They’re not from KC, so this was such a meaningful experience to get to see how very excited they were to be here. I was getting ready to leave the stadium after the game, when I hear someone shout, “ERICA!!!” I turn around to see my new friends, and their mom runs over to me and says, “They were so sad that they missed you, because they were really wanting to ask you for your autograph! I know you’re leaving, but could you do that for them?”
Note to fans everywhere: I WILL NEVER SAY NO TO AN AUTOGRAPH. Among the million things I love about this job would include the pretend fame that comes with being a K Crew girl, but most of all–I love that four kids left the game smiling and so excited because of some time I spent with them.
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
P.S. I almost forgot!!! This past weekend, I was at a wedding in St. Louis (Don’t worry, I had my Royals bracelet on ALL weekend!). My boyfriend was the DJ and he had me be the MC for the night. I felt like I was doing Live Shots all night–it was so much fun!! One fan–I mean GUEST lol, asked me if I had done some MC stuff before, and I told him about my job with K Crew. He then had to tease me, because he was a Cards fan (otherwise a really nice guy, ha!). But then he said something pretty exciting. He told me that he hasn’t been to a stadium that has such cool promotions and fan interaction as the ones at The K. Even in a city of red, I hear good things about my Royals!!! Here’s a picture of me down in the bottom right using my Royals experience to get people a dancing! Congrats, Elisha and Tony! Come see us at The K, and I’ll see about getting you on Kiss Cam!
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.
Liz 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…
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…
I 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.
Friday 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!
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…