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Time with the Fans

Between the school year ending (shout out here to my faves from Grain Valley High School), graduations, wedding planning, writing weekly columns for two local papers, seven bridal showers, more wedding planning, engagement pics, and keeping up with the 42 text messages and emails I get daily, I somehow didn’t have time to work last homestand!  So I was especially eager to be heading to the games this past homestand.  With as crazy and busy as my schedule is right now, I almost forgot how much I adore my favorite stadium in the whole world.  While this is officially a “job,” unofficially it’s like a sanctuary for me.  A place of excitement mixed with relaxing and enjoying America’s favorite pasttime.  I was so glad I made time to work this past homestand because being out there singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was a breath of fresh air from the craziness that has become my life lately.

And as always, I had the opportunity to meet some incredibly awesome fans!  As a member of K Crew, our job this year has changed a little bit.  In the past, we were in charge of finding contestants for promotions and running those promotions throughout the game.  This year, Game Crew takes care of all of that, leaving our primary focus being fan interaction.  Yes, that means we get paid to hang out with YOU.  To cheer with you.  To high five everyone in the section when Billy Butler hits a home run.  To throw you hot dogs.  To give you tattoos and pins and most recently the new K Crew autograph card.  That is our job. 

Before I continue, I do want to give such a genuine and sincere shout out here to our awesome Game Crew.  They run the promotions with perfection and find such enthusiastic, great fans.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Matthew and Andrew a little better after I assisted them with DiGiorno Seat Upgrade, and I was so impressed with their execution of their job, but also the upbeat and excited attitude they had toward their role here at The K.  Thanks for all of your help Game Crew–we really appreciate all you guys do!

Because of their awesome work, we really do get to completely direct our energy and attention to you, our awesome and loyal fans.  I feel like it’s always “a great day to be a Royals fan” and be out at the stadium, but there are some nights that I especially feel a special connection with fans.  Last Tuesday night was one of those night.  Let me take you along a pictorial journey of my evening that led to me leaving and texting eight of my best friends, “I just had a really great K Crew night–I had the best talks with so many incredible fans!!” 

SDC12505.JPGMeet Adorable and Precious.  I mean do these two cute little ladies not just scream all that is adorable and precious?  They were so kind to even offer me a lick of one of their suckers.  I am all about fan interaction, but sharing suckers is about where I draw the line.  Thanks for the offer though girls, and most of all thanks for being such a great fans!!!

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And now let me introduce you to more of my new friends, who are actually baseball stars themselves.  These two guys had their gloves ready and that is perhaps my favorite kind of fan.  Love it.

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 This very special lady is Kathleen.  As I was getting ready to get up on the dugout for the Seventh Inning Stretch, I heard a confident voice starting a cheer of, “Let’s go Royals, let’s go!”  I turned around to see Kathleen on her feet completely getting those around her excited for her team!  I was so proud of her enthusiasm and passion for the Royals, that I just knew I had to throw my towel to her from the dugout.  She was so excited and appreciative.  Kathleen, keep up the awesome cheering and in a few years, you might just be taking my job up on the dugout!

SDC12506.JPGTuesday evening we had a request for appearance up in the Hy-Vee Level while we were all down on Field Level.  I heard through our radios that the request was for a 50th wedding anniversary, and as the bride-to-be and hopeless romantic that I am, I was just getting ready to volunteer via our radio for that appearance.  However, our boss knows me well and already was on the radio asking me if I wanted to go up there to do it!  The inning got busy, and as I was literally sprinting up the seven flights of stairs, I almost thought it might not be worth the time it was going to take to get up there and then back down for the next appearance I had.  Boy, was I wrong!  I get up to Norma and Gene’s section to see all of their family surrounding them for such a special celebration of their FIFTY years of marriage!  Kids, grandkids, friends…it was just such a sweet moment.  And THEN I saw Norma and Gene themselves who just couldn’t have looked more in love and sweet on each other as they must have 50 years ago before their “I dos.”  I had to tell them that my own “I dos” were just 20 days away, and they audibly shared their congratulations for me while everything about their body language and non-verbals shared an inspiration for me to achieve the commitment and work of celebrating 50 years with Ryan one day…and where else, but at The K!

In 50 years we shall come back to my favorite stadium to celebrate, but tomorrow we’re going to be out at The K for some engagement pictures!  When we first met with our photographer, we brainstormed special places we loved and naturally Kauffman Stadium was at the top of that list.  Tomorrow I will be at my favorite place in the world, with my favorite guy, taking pictures (for those that know me, you know that is another favorite of mine)…it almost sounds like a favorite movie of mine…Field of Dreams?  I think so!

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Next week will feature a special blog with my new friend Flat Stanley!  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come as you see Flat entering the game with me and my super sweet and amazing fellow K Crew girl, Chelsea!

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

K Crew Off-season Update

I’ve been meaning to get a new blog up, but between winning volleyball games (yeah GVHS Lady Eagles!!!), grading papers, and doing my own homework, I’ve been a little busy!  As I was driving home from class this evening, Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” came on the radio and, of course, MADE ME MISS K CREW SO MUCH!!!  It also served as a reminder to get all of you caught up on some off-season K Crew action…

A few of us lucky K Crew members were in a little different setting a couple of weeks ago.  Instead of being outside and on dugouts, ocho de octubre 019.jpgwe were courtside and running to halfcourt at the NBA exhibition game at Sprint Center.  Amy, Emily, Jacqueline, and I were very excited to be part of the game crew for the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Atlanta Hawks game.  Here are some pictures of our night…

Jacq was in charge for the night and did a great job!  Here’s a little glimpse of the pre-game “action”…

 

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And now us posing…   oh yes, we get to hang out with THE Tim Scott!ocho de octubre 021.jpg

 

 

These guys shot A LOT of free throws!!!!  Way to go guys!

 

 

 

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Some pretty sweet dancers for our Dance Off!  Emily did a great job picking out these guys!ocho de octubre 025.jpg 

 

 

 

K Crew with Kasey!!!!!! 

 

 

 

 

Being a basketball coach’s daughter, I was raised on the hardwood floor and have played basketball since before I could walk, so it was pretty cool to get to be ON THE COURT with some professional basketball players and work in a setting with my other favorite sport.  Not only was the experience pretty neat, but it was also really great to see my old K Crew friends again!  It was one sweet night at Sprint Center!

A week later, K Crew had our end of season party, which I was VERY sad to miss because I couldn’t miss my grad school class!   And then here’s a picture I found from the last game that I had meant to include in the last blog but hadn’t loaded on my computer yet.  I felt like it was still pertinent to post this picture though, because at the party, Tony Awards were presented and I received “Biggest Flirt,” which just would not have been possible without the good-looking charm and encouragement from these two guys… hahahaha, miss you boys!

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PA122556.JPGThe K Crew has also been involved in a few charity events since the season ended.  A couple weeks ago Jacq, Amy and Aaron helped out at the Whitetail Pumpkin Farm Hayride for Special Needs Children, and Sean, Shaun, Sarah and Kirby attended the First Downs for Down Syndrome Buddy Walk at Arrowhead Stadium last weekend.  It’s great to get out into the community and work with other organizations!

 

 

Just a heads up, my next blog will include information on 2009 K Crew Auditions, so be sure to check in next week for that exciting info!

 

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

-Erica

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…
-Erica

Spreading My Royals Cheer

This entry is a little late getting to you, as I’ve started my first week of teaching and coaching at Grain Valley High School.  As I sat in meetings ALL day, there were several times that I would glance out the window and see the sun shining, and I seriously longed to be outside at The K launching T-shirts or even running in the Ketchup suit!  Being inside all day (and in long meetings, nonetheless) perhaps gave me yet another appreciation for just how amazing life as a K Crew member really is!

Last homestand, we had a lot of exciting things going on.  Since I didn’t have any pictures last entry, I made sure to get several for this blog!  I will let the pictures tell the story of Homestand #9 with just some words from me explaining all the fun that is going on…

DSC02565.JPGI’ve talked all season long about the great people I have the opportunity to work with game after game… I feel like a broken record, but these people just really are pretty fantastic!  I couldn’t ask for better co-workers.  In this picture, Chris is giving me a REALLY great present he brought me back from his trip to Chicago where he got to visit Wrigley Field.  And oh yes, he wore a Royals hat to the game!

 

 

DSC02567.JPGWhen selecting people for our promotions, we have a couple of guidelines we go by…you’ve got to be at the game early when we’re looking for contestants, and it’s a must that you have Royals apparel on!  On this particular night, I spotted this young Royals fan, and just knew he would be PERFECT!  Not only was he wearing a Royals t-shirt, but a hat and tattoos as well!  But little did I know that he would be such an expert about the Royals!  The inning before the Commerce Bank Hard Hat Shuffle while I sat with him, he was explaining more to me than I can even tell you!  Players’ statistics, pitching strategies…this guy knew it all!  And he, of course, also won the prize for knowing the ball was under hat number 3!


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and I had the pleasure of hanging out with these good looking guys during pre-game in the press conference room.  I later got to see Nick and Jake several times during the game, and I’m pretty sure they even caught some launched hot dogs too!  Jake had one of the best first pitches I’ve seen all year!!  I’m pretty sure Trey Hillman will be giving you a call in a few years, Jake!

 

 

celebrity_golf_0273.jpgK Crew helped out at the Royals Charities Golf Tournament, which benefitted the Special OlympicsSean and Sarah took care of the T-shirt gun, while Emily, Amy, I participated in the Hot Dog Derby to start off the tournament.  There’s nothing like starting your day off at 8 AM with a little jog in the Ketchup suit! 

celebrity_golf_0111.jpgAs excited as I am about my new career as a teacher and coach, even writing this blog just reminds me how incredible of a job I have with the Royals where “work” is defined as being at the stadium, getting fans excited, and launching hot dogs.  Oh, and I found out this past week that in the foreign language department, I am working with a White Sox and a Cardinals fan!!!!  But don’t you worry, my classroom is already well represented with every bobblehead we’ve given away this season!  I will certainly share my enthusiam for the Royals with all 182 of my students!

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