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K Crews Job Never Stops

There comes a point in every K Crew member’s life when they find themselves at an event with lots of people (i.e. the zoo, another sporting event or, in my particular case this past weekend, at the Shanks’ Barnyard Bash 2009), and we just forget that we’re not inside the joy and stardom that is The K where everyone is fascinated by our sweet uniforms and cool bags and eager to high five us, wave at us or yell, “Yeah K Crew!” 

So when we’re at these other events with lots of people and kids around us, we still have this innate expectation for small children to run up to us expecting tattoos or grown men to yell at us, “I WANT A HOT DOG!!”  But these people all around us, well, they don’t know the very fame and prestige that is in their presence.  Such was this past Saturday night when I saw a bunch of little kids running around, and I immediately approached them to start giving out high fives, and then I even began to reach in my bag to grab them some tattoos…only to quickly remember the bag on my right shoulder held lip gloss and my cell phone, not waivers and giveaways.  No, I was not wearing my K Crew bag, nor was it at all normal for me to be high fiving kids and trying to get them to yell, “Let’s go, Royals, let’s go!”

This is the life of a K Crew member.  We eat, sleep and breathe Royals, so when we’re not at the stadium, sometimes we can feel a little lost.  I can remember going to Royals games growing up and thinking the place was so huge and feeling lost, so I find it pretty crazy and exciting that I now feel more lost when I’m not there than when I am at the awesome new stadium.

Here are some snapshots from last homestand.  As always, I had the opportunity to hang out with some pretty great fans!

IMG_6813.JPGBefore I introduce you to some of the awesome FANS that I got to hang out with, allow me to introduce you to these three incredibly good looking and incredibly personable guys that work to make your dreams come true in Guest Services!!!!  For some crazy reason, I hadn’t really had much of a chance to interact with these cool guys until this past homestand, and they were just so much fun!  As we left their room, I said to Brian, “Those guys were just so personable and polite and all had such awesome personalities!”  And then it dawned on me that these qualities are what make them PERFECT for their role in Guest Services!  Keep up the awesome work, guys–you are such an important part of this team!

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This season we’ve started throwing t-shirts from the dugouts during the Royals starting line-up.  This is always a super great time, and it’s especially wonderful when polite fans such as this young lady, come find me to personally say thank you for throwing her a t-shirt!  You’re absolutely welcome!!IMG_6823.JPG

 

 

Well hello to our fans that came all the way from AUSTRALIA!  They were members of the Australian Military making a visit to Ft. Leavenworth.  Thanks for making it out to The K!!!IMG_6817.JPG

 

 

Ah, there is such a special place in my heart for our sweet sign making fans!  I’m all about making signs, so I always love to stop and snap a picture with our creative and colorful designing fans!  Great job, girls!!IMG_6820.JPG 

 

This excited fan is Dave Lamaster!  He makes it out to lots of games, and it an absolute pleasure!  He was REALLY excited about having his picture on the blog!!!  And you know how much I love excited fans, so here you go, Dave, and remember the best place to watch baseball is always at Kauffman Stadium.

IMG_6819.JPGOn this particular night, Brian and I were in charge of Commerce Bank Pinball Shuffle, and Brian found this awesome contestant!  I really did think this guy was so great–he was such a dedicated fan, and he and his son were a complete pleasure to work with the entire time!  Here’s the two of them with their prize pack!  Thanks for being such great fans, guys!  It’s quality people like you two that make my job so much fun!

And last, but certainly not least, were maybe my two very favorite guys from the entire homestand!  Let me introduce you to the handsome, the spirited, the polite, and the excited…Tucker and Layne!!!  These two adorable cousins were here cheering on the Royals with their grandma, who was kind enough to email me the pictures she took of us!  I couldn’t pick between the two pictures, so boys–that’s just how special you guys are–I’m posting them both!!  You can see them with their super cool tattoos and then being such chivalrous gentlemen for sharing their umbrella with me!  Thanks again, guys–and keep on cheering on our Royals!!!!

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

P.S. I know it’s a day late, but I wanted to wish Mike McCartney–that amazing and oh-so-exciting voice of the Royals–a very happy birthday!!!!  Just yet another perk of being a K Crew member is that–oh yes, Mike McCartney is my Facebook friend.  How cool am I?!

Royal Excitement

There was plenty of excitement at The K for this past homestand!  Actually the Royals excitement is not confined to just the stadium.  It’s everywhere.  Last week on my drive to the stadium, I was reminded of the glory days of high school sports.  My friends and I always had pre-game rituals and superstitions that involved listening to certain music, eating certain food, etc.

As I was making the journey from Odessa to the stadium, there were people all along the way that seemed to be my own personal “warm-up music.”  Sometimes I will forget when I have our uniform on, but it never takes long for me to be reminded, as cars and trucks were honking and giving waves of approval along I-70.  When I stopped for gas across the street from the stadium, people were cheering and hollering!  One guy even came over to my pump to give me a high five!  This kind of energy and excitement around the Royals makes the best job in the world EVEN BETTER!  I was so excited to finally get to the stadium and let the fun begin!

During our pre-game meeting, we receive our promotions and jobs for that particular evening.  One of the many awesome attributes of this job is that we do different promotions and events every night.  We’re constantly learning new ways to make our aspect of the game more polished and better for the fans.  On this particular night, I was most excited to see that my pre-game responsibility was live shots with Tim Scott.  This is a new addition to K Crew’s responsibility, and one that I could not be more excited about!!!!  A few games prior had been my first time on microphone in a live interview with Tim Scott.  He asked Amy and I some questions about the selection of fans for our promotions.  It was a blast!  However, this night was a little different because Tim informed me that he and Tetiana would be going over to Sheridan’s for their shot.  At first, I was disappointed thinking this meant maybe I wasn’t doing a live shot after all…until Tim informed me I’d be doing a live interview BY MYSELF!
My major in college was Communications with an emphasis in Public Speaking, and on my Facebook profile, “handheld microphones” is at the top of my list of interests.  Needless to say, I was SUPER excited for this opportunity.  I was on the Bud Light Party Deck and interviewed Netflix employees that were here from all over the country.  We didn’t have a whole lot of prep time, so I was a little bit nervous until I heard Mike McCartney’s voice asking, “Erica- where are you?”  Something about his voice just made me smile and realize the sheer cool factor of what I was getting to do…this calmed any anxious nerves I had and allowed me to really enjoy the time to talk to such excited fans.  It was an absolute blast.

I’ll let these fun snapshots tell the rest of the story from Homestand #3…

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Here are some high school baseball players that were really excited about being on CrownVision for the Commerce Bank Pinball Shuffle.  Congrats on winning, Ryan, and good luck with the rest of your season!IMG_6058.JPG

 

 I was walking around just talking to fans, and this guy stopped me and said, “I’ve got to have a high five from a K Crew girl!”  You know you have a cool job when part of your job description involves giving high fives to excited fans!IMG_6063.JPG

 

 

These fun little guys were very proud of their Royals tattoos!  And look at those muscles!IMG_6061.JPG

 

 

Wednesday night, some of my high school students took advantage of the INK College Night ticket promotion, which offers $7 tickets with a high school or college ID.  Looking good, Grain Valley FCA!

 

 

 On Sunday, I was with my boyfriend’s family for a Mother’s Day lunch.  His family is super nice, but more importanly they’re all really big Royals fans!!  It was so fun getting to talk to them about K Crew and about the Royals in general!  One of his cousins, Nick, mentioned seeing my picture on screen during K Crew’s T-Shirt Launch, and another one of his cousins said he saw me on the dugout during the Hot Dog Launch and was screaming at me for a hot dog!  (I’ll be sure to get you one next time, Josh!)  And oh yes, after lunch we were all watching the game of course!  I told Ryan as we left that I definitely approve of a family full of Royals fans.

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

 

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