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The Last Homestand

The last homestand was every bit as fun as the first.  As I was standing down on the field with the Great Clips VIP Play Ball kid on Sunday afternoon during the National Anthem, I thought back to the first homestand where I was standing down on the field listening to Emerson Drive sing out the National Anthem.  I remember wondering what this job would entail and how I would like all the people…and if coming to about 40 of the home games would be too much or overwhelming.  I also remember thinking all of that while shivering even being bundled in our warm ups, jackets, and stocking caps.  But last Sunday as I stood there in just our shorts and powder blues, I couldn’t help but just smile as I took in the sun and the sights of the ballpark.  Somewhere between March and September, it really had become one of my favorite places. 

I had the pleasure of getting to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that last homestand.  Friday afternoon, I left school and volleyball a lit stressed out from the day and just not in the most chipper mood.  Literally within minutes of being greeted by my long lost K Crew friends in the locker room, coupled with the sounds and smells and atmosphere of being at the ballpark, my stresses and worries were vanished!  I’ve said it so many times in these blog entries, but I just can’t explain how getting to the stadium and doing this job puts me in the best mood ever!!!  I think part of it has to do with the real joy in giving to others… there’s something about giving away free stuff to excited fans–whether it’s a tattoo or a pencil–that just makes you feel pretty great!  Merry Christmas from the Royals 002.jpgThat provided is a most excellent segeway for Saturday night, which was Fan Appreciation Night at the K!  I took some pictures that will help tell the story of this fun night…

Here’s Sean, Emily F., and I in front of the BOXES AND BOXES of free stuff that we gave away every inning!!!  There was SO MUCH EXCITING ROYALS STUFF TO GIVE AWAY!!!!!

Merry Christmas from the Royals 003.jpgEmily F. and I felt like it was Christmas time, so we threw on the Royals Santa hats and headed to the gate to hand out stuff while saying, “Merry Christmas from the Royals!”  Hahahaha.  We truly did feel like Santa’s little–and EARLY–helpers!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from the Royals 004.jpgHere are Jess, Emily P., and I just minutes before the giveaway at this particular inning.  Litearlly in a matter of minutes, all those people you can ese in the stands would be hovering over us screaming and grabbing for their blanket, shirt, stuffed animal…we got to see some very excited fans–people love free stuff!!

 

 

Merry Christmas from the Royals 005.jpgEmily P. and I thought these koalas and bears were just too cute!!  We took several of them to Cade’s birthday party, along with stationery sets, Sluggerrr shirts, and hot dogs!  They were so excited!  Thanks for being so fun, guys–and hope your birthday was super happy, Cade!!!

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Merry Christmas from the Royals 007.jpgThis last picture is of my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, grandma and grandpa!  It was exciting to see so many of my favorite people all in one section at my favorite place!

I’ve said it all season long…but this really has been THE coolest job ever.  I was incredibly sad that it was the last homestand, but the exciting thing about baseball is that we start back up in just about six months!  And this won’t be the last you hear from me, because K Crew is having an end of the season banquet, so stay tuned for details–and of course pictures from that!  Rumor has it that we’ll all be dressed pretty fancy and receiving our very own “Tony Awards,” which will of course be Tony Pena bobbleheads!  It would only make sense for such an awesome group of people to end in a pretty remarkable ceremony!  ChrisSean… do I still have a date for The Tony’s?

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

My Top Ten List

Because of my new busy schedule with school, volleyball and grad school, I haven’t been able to work as many games as I would like lately.  However, I was finally able to get on the schedule for this past Wednesday night.  I was so excited at the thought of being back at the stadium, catching up with my long lost K Crew friends, and just enjoying the fans and everything about being at the game.  After school, I changed into my powder blue uniform so I would be ready to go right after volleyball practice.  All of my players enjoyed the Royals spirit and a couple of them even inquired about how to get on the K Crew.  Needless to say, I was SO excited about the game…and then I got a phone call from Emily as I was almost to the stadium to find out it was cancelled!!  I feel like most people get excited when they find out they don’t have to go in to work…but I was genuinely SAD!

I had planned on writing this blog about my first game back, but instead, I compiled a Top Ten list all about the amazing qualities of being K Crew member!!

Drumroll please…

Top Ten Reasons it’s a GREAT day to be a KCrew Member:

  1. We get to be at the stadium all the time.  I seriously just love being there so much!!
  2. All kinds of cool uniforms.
  3. We get paid to do things we’d do for free, i.e. cheer on the Royals, run in hot dog suits, etc…
  4. We get to meet all kinds of amazing exciting people, which this season has included David Cook, Emerson Drive and, of course, your Kansas City Royals!
  5. We get to hang out with Tim Scott.
  6. Tim Scott.jpgWe get to be on CrownVision, the world’s largest high definition video board! And occasionally on FSN!
  7. We get to launch t-shirts and hot dogs from the dugout!  There’s just something really exciting about hopping up onto those dugouts between innings!
  8. Tickets to the games.  (This should actually be on a separate list entitled, “Top Ten Reasons It’s GREAT to be friends/family with a K Crew Member.”)
  9. The opportunity to work with such exciting, talented people!  (I started to give a shout out here to some of my favorite people on K Crew but the list was basically THE ENTIRE GROUP!!! I LOVE MY FELLOW K CREW MEMBERS!!!)
  10. Just the feeling of being a part of such an exciting organization as the ROYALS!!!  There’s just a certain excitement and pride that comes with saying, “Yeah, I work for the Royals.”

Now after making this list, I’m really missing the best job ever, so there better be no rain in the forecast for Saturday or Sunday, because rain or shine, I’m going to The K!!!

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

Gearing Up for a Great Week

The Boys in Blue are back at the K tonight to begin a very fun and exciting homestand!  After a three-game series with the Tigers, we’ll be taking on Tampa Bay in a four-game series.  Of course, the guys will be bringing all sorts of excitement and entertainment on the field, but the excitement certainly isn’t limited to the pitching and bat speed of the team.  We have a ton of really exciting promotions and fun stuff going on in this week!  

Generally, I wait and tell you all about everything we’ve had going on after we’ve completed a homestand, but there were just too many great giveaways and events, that I wanted to give you the heads up before they happen! 

Don’t miss any of these awesome nights at the K… 

  • Tuesday:  T-shirt Tuesday!  Get your Frank White Powder Blue T-shirt!
  • WednesdayInk College Day…Show a High School or College ID at the Royals Ticket Window starting 1.5 hours before game time and receive an Outfield Plaza or View Level Box ticket for just $7 each.
  • ThursdayGirls Night Out!  Bring all of your girlfriends out to the K!  The party starts at 5:30 PM in Lot H.  The first 20,000 ladies will receive Pink and White Rhinestone cap presented by Meierotto Midwest Jewelers. 
  • Friday: A night of fan favorites…Dodge Buck Night and Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi.
  • Saturday: The 610 Saturday Party presented by Miller Lite begins at 4:00 PM at Gate A.  Plus the first 20,000 fans will receive a Dan Quisenberry HOF Bobblehead presented by Dodge.  You won’t want to leave this game early either…Emerson Drive will be performing a concert from the field after the game!
  • Sunday: A great day to bring your family out to a ballgame.  It’s Friends and Family Day presented by Bob Evans, and kids can run the bases after the game during the Sprint Fun Run.  This Sunday is also an Autograph Afternoon!

After being out of town for a large portion of the previous homestand, I was just telling a friend that I get to work five of the seven games this week.  Catharine then pointed out that not every one says “I GET to work” when talking about their job…  but it really is the truth when you’re on the K Crew!  See you out at the ballpark this week! 

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

Opening Day Excitement at the K

I wasn’t working the game last night, but I was checking Royals.com every few minutes to check the status of the game.  I’m pretty sure I’ve never once wondered what the score was when I wasn’t at a game.  It’s official–I AM A ROYALS FAN. 

Hot dogs.jpgNot the kind I’ve been in the past, where I was more excited about the Kiss Cam than the score, but the kind that reminds me a little bit of my dad.  For as long as I can remember, my dad has been a TRUE Royals fan.  The kind that loves the Royals in the good seasons, but also the not so good seasons.  The kind that gets a little annoyed when people cheer louder for the Hot Dog Derby than for the team.  And when I’ve inquired about this constant dedication of his, he always says it all started with the excitement of going to games in the 80s.  I’ve never quite got it…until Tuesday night.

As I was looking up at the stadium full of blue screaming fans through the eyes of the Ketchup costume- I felt a little bit of that excitement.  As Emily and I walked around the stadium to our next event and people were yelling and cheering as we walked by in our K Crew uniforms, I felt that excitement.  Then with two outs at the top of the ninth, as fans started standing to their feet and clapping, again I felt that excitement.

Emerson Drive.jpgFrom beginning to end, opening day was such a feel of that kind of excitement that I’d only heard my dad talk about as he reminisced of the 80s.  K Crew got to the stadium for our pre-game meeting at noon, and then seven hours later we were in that same room catching our breath from the whirlwind of a day.  We assisted with pre-game (i.e. chatted with Emerson Drive on the field), launched t-shirts, ran in hot dog suits, sang to some Garth, threw out Cracker Jacks, helped with all sorts of promos, did some 7th inning stretching on the dugouts, and last but certainly not least–cheered as the Royals beat the Yankees for our very first home game of 2008!

I checked the final score.  Another victory for the home team.  Come out and feel that excitement from the 80s coming alive… just leave the scrunchies, leg warmers and big hair at home. 

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