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Two fans that make the K Crew smile

One of the main, most important part of our jobs is interacting with anyone and everyone that comes through the gates of Kauffman stadium. We find the little kids that are at the stadium for the very first time, or find the couple celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.  It never ceases to amaze us, each and every game, we meet someone that is truly fascinating. We aim to make each experience at the ‘K’ a memorable one by handing out tattoos and pens or just inquiring about what brought them to the ‘K’. lily novak.JPGEvery game is packed with people with such interesting stories and huge hearts for the Royals.  While we strive to make the experience at the stadium better for our fans, we sometimes find people that make our night at work more memorable. I am here to give a shout-out to two very important people that the K Crew has had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with this season.

Our first shout-out goes to our number one fan, Lily.  Lily is an adorable eight-year-old with so much enthusiasm and excitement.   



 
 We were approached with an email from Lily’s mom explaining how much she loves attending the games and meeting the K Crew. Yes, K Crew. Lily would watch for us and make a point to talk to as many of us as she could each time she visited the ‘K’.  We had the opportunity to show her some behind the scenes that most people don’t see.  Our K Crew meeting room is a simple room, big enough for all of us to gather before the games and prepare.  We took Lily there and I have never seen someone’s eyes become so big.  While we were in the room she passed out pictures she had drawn of all of us! (Which we still have hanging on our K Crew wall.) lily n.JPGShe had looked at our website pictures and drew us a picture based on those! You could sense the sheer joy she was experiencing, so we decided to carry on the tour and have her walk around with us.  If she were a few years older, I would fear losing my job with how great Lily was at our job.  She would talk to the fans, hand out tattoos, and rally with us.  We all know baseball season is a long one, but seeing how much fun Lily was having at our job, she really gave us back some lost energy we may have been experiencing the past couple weeks.  Her last thing she told us that night was her dream job in a couple years is to be on K Crew!  Good luck Lily with your dream!  You will make a great K Crew member one day!

 

The next hello and huge thank you goes out to Chris.  Chris is the ultimate Royal’s SuperFan! I am sure everyone has seen him if you have walked anywhere in the stadium.  He is in the outfield experience, down by the fountains, up in view level, behind home plate, all over, every game. 
Thumbnail image for chris katie megan.JPGChris walks around in his Royals gear proud, cheering on our boys, and happily posing for pictures when approached.  The first time I met Chris was this year when Katie and I were in charge of the Hy-Vee Fan of the Game promotion.
 This prize is given out to one lucky fan that is outrageous and eye-drawing enough to be located by the Royals camera crew.  Chris was the lucky one this game. Katie and I found out his location and walked his prize out to him on the Pepsi Party Porch.  Come to find out, this was Chris’ 500th consecutive home game!  500!! 
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for chris fan.JPGHe has not missed one game since his high school graduation!  On top of 500 straight games, Chris attends 25% of all of the Royals away games, every season.  Talk about a true fan! We are so lucky to continually see Chris out there cheering on our beloved blue and white!

Go Royals!
-Megan

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

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

My Own Field Of Dreams

Last homestand, Katie and I were walking through the stands talking to fans, and I said to her, “No one really ever asks me to go to Royals games!  I want to be a fan at a game–it looks really fun.”  Katie wisely responded to my silly whining that my friends probably always assume if I’m not working that I don’t want to be at the game.  (NOTE TO MY FRIENDS:  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  I love this place so much that I absolutely will say yes to the cool tickets your boss or brother’s girlfriend’s uncle gave you, so invite me already.) 

Obviously, we have the coolest job at the stadium, but with all of the fan interaction sometimes I think each of us K Crew members has this longing to get to BE A FAN at the game!  We want to be the crazy fan shouting for the t-shirt or eating the hot dog instead of throwing them.  So you can imagine my crazy excitement as I jumped off of the Royals dugout to be greeted by my own Santa Claus with not just tickets for Saturday’s game, but CROWN CLUB tickets!!  Okay, so it wasn’t Santa Claus that greeted me, but actually someone way cooler–Mr. Dan Glass!

If you’ve been reading “Extra Innings with the K Crew” since last season, you’ll remember that I found out last September that the readership of my blog doesn’t just consist of my friends and family, but extends to such distinguished readers such as Mr. Glass.  When he approached me at the game, I was again so very flattered to know he’s been reading again this season.  He offered me his tickets for my family for the Fourth of July and then extended a challenge for me to give a second set of tickets to a most deserving fan or family.

Obviously, I accepted this offer with such gratitude and excitement–not only had my wish of wanting someone to ask me to go to a game came true, but it was the President of the Royals giving me HIS seats!!!!  Our bosses here at the stadium are constantly reminding us that someone is always watching us…whether we’re on the dugout, doing a promotion, talking to a fan or just walking from one location to the next.  Well, after me proclaiming my desire to come to a game as a fan in the 3rd inning and then being handed tickets in the 7th inning, I kind of started to wonder if someone can always hear us, too!  “If you ask for them, they will come…”  This place REALLY is my field of dreams!

Mr. Glass, thank you again for reading and just for taking the time to connect with someone as small as a K Crew member that is just so honored to be a part of your ball club.  My mom, dad, boyfriend, and I were so extremely appreciative  for the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day at my favorite place in all the world–Kauffman Stadium!!!! 

See pictures below of my favorite Fourth of July EVER!!!!!

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It’s fun to know people, because our photographer spotted me as I was walking in the gates and took this great picture of us walking in.IMG_6281.JPG

 

 

Entering the most amazing Crown Club!!!!!!  This place is seriously so nice and amazing and full of DELICIOUS food!

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Prime rib was on the menu for the pre-game meal.  Yum!

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I made sure to save room for all of those amazing ballpark treats, too!  Midwest Airlines chocolate chip cookies and nachos–these are the snacks I always get a little jealous seeing fans eat during the game!

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Chris found us again and snapped a great shot of us in the super comfy cushioned seats!  We were SO CLOSE to the game.  It was INCREDIBLE!!!

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And I saved my favorite picture for last… knowing people is always a good thing, but knowing CAMERA GUYS is the best.  My favorite camera guy, Jordan- made a lifelong dream of mine come true by putting me on KISS CAM!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The seats were unbelievable, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was so much fun, the company was great, Kiss Cam was soooo exciting and WE WON!!!!!  It was seriously the best Fourth of July EVER.

And I couldn’t say this with any more sincerity or excitement–
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals FAN…
-Erica

Picture Proof

Today I had the opportunity to be at Kauffman Stadium on a non-gameday.  When I first got hired a couple of years ago, I can remember walking into the stadium when no one was there and feeling so incredibly cool and important and just in complete awe of the moment.  Well, it’s two years and hundreds of games later, and I still get that excited “oh my goodness, this is so cool” feeling when I get to be at the stadium on a random Wednesday afternoon. 

This particular visit was especially exciting because I was assisting Sluggerrr for one of his appearances.  It was a great time, and I was just super impressed with Sluggerrr’s ability to charm a crowd of people with such enthusiasm and ease…without ever saying a word!  It was also a rather cool and surreal moment when I added “Sluggerrr” to my phone contacts…hands down, my new favorite contact in my phone book.

This past homestand was pretty crazy amazing.  I know I say this all of the time, but I seriously have THE coolest job in all the world.  Here are a few pictures of proof from this past seven-game homestand…

Black Jack.jpgJack was one of the most excited fans I’ve met.  He was not only enthusiastic and cheering for the Royals, but he knows what he is talking about, too!  From the players to the game of baseball, Jack is one knowledgeable fan!!!  Not to mention ADORABLE!  Thanks for dancing with me to Garth, Jack!!  Katie and I were walking down to get on a dugout, when these two awesome Royals fans caught my attention.  I heard little Maili say, “See Dad, it’s Erica and Katie!”  IMG_0251.jpgShe had seen us walking by earlier and remembered our names.  I was pretty impressed with this.  And if I wasn’t already excited about these fans, Aodhan piped up and said to me, “You have pretty hair.”  It had been kind of a stressful night and his sweet comment just really made me smile.  Thanks for not only being so sweet, but also such spirited Royals fans!!!  And Aodhan- I saw you dancing on CrownVision later in the game–nice moves, man!IMG_6279.JPG

 

 

Amy and I were relaxing before the big race.  I’m sure John Deere will be calling soon to have us be their new models with our color coordination going on.6133_513510684564_125300196_30656730_6447769_n.jpg
  

 

 

 

 

Much thanks to my good friend, Jennifer, who captured this action shot of the Hot Dog Derby!  I love it when my friends are at games, and on this particular night there were lots of my favorite people all over the sold-out stadium!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty cool that literally one of my favorite places in all the world is also where I work.  I just love being at the stadium so much…sold out on a Friday night with fireworks or empty and quiet on Wednesday afternoon assisting Sluggerrr.

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

PS:  Coming soon–pictures and details from a very special game where I had the incredible opportunity to be at the stadium… as a fan!!!

 

 

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

Gettin Glam

Monday night was the K Crew photo shoot at the stadium.  As I was driving into Kauffman Stadium, I could almost hear “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and feel the excitement of being up on the dugout in front of thousands of excited fans.  Every memory from last season came rushing back, and as I pulled into the parking lot to see new additions everywhere, I just could hardly contain my excitement that the season is less than a month away!!!

Before I tell you all about the glam and excitement of our photo shoot, I need to fill you in on some exciting events leading up to the photo shoot.

I want to share an excerpt from an email our boss sent out last week reminding us about the details for our photo shoot…

“Again, please wear your baseball tee and warm-up pants, and look awesome.”

I love that is my JOB to “look awesome.”   While I was preparing to “look awesome” on Monday afternoon with lots of mascara and hair spray, I was also Facebook chatting with Chris, a former K Crew member.  Talking to Chris made me remember just how very close I became with my teammates last season, and it made me wonder how it would be the same without some of my favorite people not able to return this year… Chris, Sean, Adam–you guys will absolutely be missed, and it will be so much harder to earn the title of “Biggest Flirt” without you boys.

7663.JPGLike I said before FanFest, last season just was so perfect, that I had this tiny fear that it just couldn’t be as amazing…but again, like at Fan Fest, my worries were put to rest the minute I walked into the lobby!  The girls were greeted with our brand new shoes, which are actually a whole lot cooler than the shoes from last year!  They’re cheerleading shoes, which I anticipate will give us a significant increase in our vertical while jumping up and down with the rally signs (as you can see by this picture of Tetiana showing off her cheerleader jumping skills).  Get excited, Royals fans.

After meeting our very impressive new additions to the team–Brian E, Tara, Jennifer, Kelly and Mallary–we headed downstairs for the glam of having our picture taken over and over and over again.  The girls realized that picture taking is a little more challenging for the boys, as they had to be corrected quite a few more times than we did!  Hahahaha, just teasing guys.  But seriously, special props to Megan W, Katie, Kirby, and Amy who joined me in the row that allowed us to get to be on our knees the entire time.  We realized after the 30th shot or so, that we picked the wrong row!

7161.JPGAll in all, it was a blast.  Everyone looked awesome (as instructed), and it was just exciting to get together once again.  After taking our individual shots, we also did a video shoot for CrownVision and all of the new LED boards around the K!  Basically we were standing in front of a camera smiling, waving, being excited at no one…except for the 20 other K Crew members standing in the background laughing at us.

I drove out of the stadium SO pumped and excited for this season.  I cannot wait to be out at the stadium throwing t-shirts, yelling/clapping “Let’s go Royals, let’s go!”, running in the hot dog race, watching the Royals WIN and, of course, hanging out with all of our crazy amazing fans!!!!

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

 

2009 K Crew Announced!

Our K Crew auditions on Saturday were very successful!  Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the 2009 team! 

Our new team has just been announced!  Returning will be myself, Aaron, Amy, Brian, Kirby and Kristin.  Our rookies for the 2009 season are Alyssa, Britt, Katie, Keith, Kristen K., Lauren, Max, Megan Q., Megan W., Tetiana and Tim.

Congrats to everyone!  It’s going to be a fun season at the new K!

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

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