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K Crew in the Community

This week is a special treat for all of our K Crew blog readers – a guest blog entry from Megan!  Enjoy!

 

DSCF1648.JPGWhen people say there is no greater joy than kids, they were totally correct.  This past weekend Sandy, Danaya, Sam and I got the opportunity to do an appearance at the March of Dimes’ annual event March for Babies.  When we arrived at 8am at the Power and Light District, ready to hand out tattoos and pins, we were blown away with the amount of joy and enthusiasm that filled this Saturday morning event.

March for Babies is an event that raises money to help families with premature babies.  A mile long walk was set up for all participants downtown.  We came across 8,000 people excited to walk for these little faces, and it did not take long to realize what a great day this would be.

DSCF1638.JPGOne of the first people we came across was this adorable man, Don Post.  After talking to Don, we came to realize that there were so many special people that surrounded this event.  Each year Don is in charge of all volunteers for March for Babies and Bikers for Babies, both events needing 300+ volunteers.  Dubbed the “Volunteer Extraordinaire,” Don is amazing at rallying his troops.  Even though he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1980, he still puts his heart and soul into these events. Every year he is out there supporting this foundation and helping in any and every way he can.

DSCF1643.JPGWhile we were walking around, spreading Royals cheer, we came across so many families with such amazing stories.  Hearing what these families went through for their little babies is amazing.  Another great person we met was Cameron, also known as “The One Pound Miracle,” and his parents.  Cameron’s parents told us about the hoops that preemies and their parents have to jump through to make it just one more day.  In Cameron’s case, 104 days in the NICU – 104 days of anticipating what it was going to be like to take Baby Cameron home.  It was amazing to see the love that everyone had for these preemie babies, and also the people walking in support of the babies they had lost.  

The Kansas City March for Babies has always been successful, and this year was no different. On a gloomy Saturday morning 8,000 people came out to support this amazing cause, and they raised $850,000.  While the potential for rain may have been looming over our heads, it was a beautiful day filled with hope and gracious hearts.  The K Crew is so blessed to have opportunities such as this to get out into the community and meet more amazing people and Royals fans!

– Megan

Baseball is back in KC

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!

SDC11647 2.jpgLet’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!!!

SDC11650 2.jpgNow 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!

SDC11649 2.jpgAnd 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.

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

2010 K Crew Auditions

2009 K Crew Group.JPG It really doesn’t sound like that long ago when we were getting ready for 2009 K Crew auditions and announcing the new team, but now it’s already time for 2010 K Crew auditions!  Here’s the scoop…

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: Registration/Check-in: 9:30 am, Auditions: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Kauffman Stadium – One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129 (Park in Lot M and enter the stadium at Gate C)

300_3366.jpgJob Description: The Kansas City Royals K Crew is a fan-interactive team that will perform at all 2010 Kansas City Royals home games at Kauffman Stadium. The K Crew will be the face of the Royals gameday experience and act as Royals fan ambassadors both at Kauffman Stadium and at outside appearances as assigned.  K Crew duties include fan interaction throughout stadium (meet and greets, autograph sessions, etc.), facilitating entertainment utilizing special skills/talents, game operations responsibilities such as in-game promotions, T-shirt launches and crowd rallies, and other duties as assigned by the Kansas City Royals. 

 Audition Requirements:
1. 18+ and a high school graduate by January 1, 2010 (valid photo I.D. required)
2. Candidates must be willing to devote a large percentage of time to the K Crew program, including attendance at rehearsals, all designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances in and around the Kansas City area.  Must have flexible schedule for nights, weekends and holidays.
300_7327.jpg3. Candidates must have reliable transportation and live in or close to the Kansas City area.
4. Candidates must have the stamina and fitness level to perform athletic activities in conditions of summer heat.
5. Candidates must demonstrate good moral character and be drug free.
6. Candidates must be able to perform activities and interact with fans on camera in front of large crowds. Prior performance, entertainment, public relations, and/or broadcasting experience preferred.
7. Candidates must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a positive, energetic personality.  Must be able to handle situations with a quick and professional response.
8. Candidates must be reliable, punctual, and courteous. Should have good listening skills and an ability to work with brief instruction as part of a team.
9. Knowledge of the game of baseball is preferred.
10. No candidate may presently be affiliated with or be a representative of any other semi-professional or professional athletic franchise.

300_3219.jpgVisit the official K Crew Web page for more information and to get your application!  Deadline for Pre-Registration is Monday, November 9, 2009.  If you have any questions, call 816-504-4433 or email kcrew@royals.com.  I’ll see you at auditions!  Good luck!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

-Erica

Far Away…and Missing The K!

Driving home from church, I look down at my phone to see “Brother” flashing across the screen.  My heart skipped a beat, as it had been quite some time since I had seen my brother calling me.  Atticus left Kansas City in June and headed off to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  He’d been without any form of communication except handwritten letters until Sunday when they had their phones for a brief period.  During our conversation, Atticus had many stories to tell–some good and some tough.  He shared stories of getting an expert badge with his shooting skills, being named leader of his platoon and having to eat meals in just six minutes, but then he shared something I think will be of special interest to you, my favorite Royals fans…

brother, last year.jpgHe told me that not too long ago the guys were at a barber shop where they saw a baseball game on the television.  He said seeing that game made him want nothing more than to be out at The K.  His voice held such sincerity and a genuine longing to be enjoying a game at our stadium, watching our guys, eating one of our hot dogs…and of course, seeing his favorite K Crew member cheering on our Royals!  Here is a picture of Atticus at The K last season.  He’s the good looking guy in the front row!

In all seriousness though, it was incredibly touching for me to hear how much he wanted to attend a Royals game.  I’ve said this so many times, but I honestly just adore our stadium.  And I said it last year, before all of the amazing renovations…so while the actual stadium itself is so awesome, that’s not what I’m referring to with my adoration.  What I’m talking about is the parking attendants that greet you with such a big smile and wave.  Or the ushers that smile and ask, “Ready for another big game tonight?”  Or the cool music that plays when Billy Butler hits a home run and fireworks go off and everyone is on their feet cheering and high fiving.  Even the smell of summer and hot dogs and cotton candy…all of it is what makes up my favorite place in the whole world…and that’s The K.

The builders and engineers that constructed all of the new features and improvements did such a great job, and I look around at the games still in awe of how great the place looks.  But that’s really not what I think of when I say how it’s my favorite place in the whole world.  And I don’t think that is what Atticus was talking about when he was a thousand miles away wanting nothing more than to be out at a game.  It’s the team.  The fans.  The whole Royals experience.

We come back into town this Friday night for a six game homestand.  And ever since I got off the phone with Atticus, I’ve had a little more anticipation than normal for the guys to get back to KC so I can enjoy the game that truly is America’s favorite pastime.  I encourage you to come out to cheer and support the team, but most of all–savor the experience that is Royals baseball.  Because somewhere in a barrack in South Carolina there is a soldier that wants nothing more than to be in your seat.

It’s a GREAT day to be a 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

2009 K Crew Auditions

As promised, here is the information on 2009 K Crew Auditions…

 

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008

Time: Registration/Check-in: 9:30 am, Auditions: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211)

 

KCrew Group.jpgJob Description: The Kansas City Royals K Crew is a coed fan-interactive team that will perform at all 2009 Kansas City Royals home games at Kauffman Stadium. The “K Crew” will be the face of the Royals gameday experience and act as Royals fan ambassadors both at Kauffman Stadium and at outside appearances as assigned.  K Crew duties include: fan interaction throughout stadium (meet and greets, autograph sessions, etc.), facilitating entertainment utilizing special skills/talents, game operations responsibilities such as in-game promotions, T-shirt launches and crowd rallies, and other duties as assigned by the Kansas City Royals.

 

Qualifications:
? 18+ and a high school graduate by April 10, 2009 (valid photo I.D. required)
? Candidates must be willing to devote a large percentage of time to the K Crew program, including attendance at rehearsals, all designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances in and around the Kansas City area.  Must have flexible schedule for nights, weekends and holidays.
? Candidates must have reliable transportation and live in or close to the Kansas City area.
? Candidates must have the stamina and fitness level to perform athletic activities in conditions of summer heat.
? Candidates must demonstrate good moral character and be drug free.
? Candidates must be able to perform activities and interact with fans on camera in front of large crowds. Prior performance, entertainment, public relations, and/or broadcasting experience preferred.
? Candidates must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a positive, energetic personality.  Must be able to handle situations with a quick and professional response.
? Candidates must be reliable, punctual, and courteous. Should have good listening skills and an ability to work with brief instruction as part of a team.
? Knowledge of the game of baseball is preferred.
? No candidate may presently be affiliated with or be a representative of any other semi-professional or professional athletic franchise.

Visit the official K Crew Web page for more information and to get your application!  Deadline for Pre-Registration is Monday, December 1, 2008.  If you have any questions, call 816-504-4433 or email kcrew@royals.com.

I’ll see you at auditions!  Good luck!

 

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

-Erica

Its Good to Be Back

I worked Friday night’s game after being out of town for the past couple of weeks, and it was so good to be back at the stadium!  And very exciting to be back on a victorious night against the Mariners with tons of fans in their Royals’ Cowboy Hats

DSC00811.JPGEven as I was out of town, I certainly didn’t forget about my boys in blue back home in Kansas City.  I feel like my K Crew duties shouldn’t be limited to the confinements of the ballpark, so I was busy spreading Royals cheer all over the past couple of weeks…

I’m always thinking of the Royals… even on the beach of Tybee Island!

And then I wore my Royals shirt proudly at church camp!  So many of my campers were so excited to hear about the incredible opportunity I’ve had this summer with K Crew.  It is probably one of the coolest jobs to get to tell people about… because everyone is always so excited!  And who doesn’t like getting to tell people they get to run in a hot dog suit??

family picture.jpgHere’s a picture of my camp “family” where I certainly wasn’t the only Royals fan!

And church camp is about the only place I’d be standing this close to a crazy Cardinals fan!  We are actually all pretending to be excited in this picture about a fake proposal I received earlier that night from a camper, but later I told Hannah (the silly Cardinals fan) that really we’re all admiring my super cool ROYALS bracelets! 
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While I’ve loved spreading the excitement of my favorite baseball team from Tybee to Camp Bobwhite, it was great to be back at the stadium Friday night! 

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

A Fun Week for Royals Fans

Just this afternoon, my dad came in the house disgusted that he had just heard on the radio how excited people were for tomorrow night’s game because of the “biggest fireworks display ever in Kansas City.”  In a tone that could only be one of a true Royals fan, he said, “We wouldn’t want to be excited because we’re coming home after winning four games in a row- potentially five- but no- we’re excited because of the fireworks!”  He went on to talk about the successful last few games, and somewhere amidst the stats and such, my listening became a little less attentive.  But it wasn’t even just minutes later when my mom walks in the door all excited asking if I could get tickets for her and my dad to go to tomorrow night’s game… because you guessed it-  she had just heard about “biggest fireworks display ever” on the radio!  My dad and I exchanged a look that was priceless.  Whether you’re coming out tomorrow night because (like my dad) you’re a huge Royals fan and you’re excited to see the guys get their sixth consecutive win or because (like my mom) you’re excited to see those fireworks everyone is talking about… either way, I cannot wait to see you there! 

And a special thanks goes out to Kirby this afternoon, because I had already used my tickets for tomorrow night’s game, and she so kindly helped me out so that my parents can see the game… and Sky Show!  Kirby is the K Crew member whose talents don’t just stop at throwing hot dogs or launching t-shirts, but this girl can SING!  Each time she sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Seventh Inning Stretch, I can’t even count the number of fans that come up to me asking about her and complimenting her talented voice!  Thanks so much, Kirby!

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And check out all these great pictures from the watch party we had Tuesday night down at the Power and Light District as we cheered on the Royals to beat the Cardinals!!!

 

 

 

DSC02229.JPGIt was such a great time, with tons of giveaways and special promotions and fun for everyone in attendance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KCRoyals_Watch Party.JPGIt’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