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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

19 Days

With Opening Day less than a month away, I had to share this awesome conversation that I had last night with my soon-to-be little sister-in-law as we were looking at Facebook together.  (Reagan is seven years old, all that is adorable, and already quite the Royals fan herself.)
 
Me:  “I have a friend request from this person that I don’t even know…”
 
Reagan:   “Probably because they think you’re cool.  You know, because you work for the Royals.”
 
Reagan said it best.  19 days, people.  Get excited.
 
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

Royals Fever Sweeps Through KC

I logged into Facebook this afternoon to find the following three status updates in my newsfeed…

Jackie Kitterman…ROYALS!! :)…that’s a sweep!

Jimmy Peddicord…Royals are 3 and 0!

Brady Madsen predicts 162-0. Just 159 to go.

Brigade Game.jpgRoyals fever is in the air, and I could not be more excited about having the opportunity to be part of this team.  The fever was evident last weekend when the K Crew visited a Brigade game at the Sprint Center.  Fans went crazy when they saw the K Crew armed with royals.com T-Shirts.  Even the fans at the Brigade game knew it was time for baseball season and the K Crew T-Shirt Launch.

Just Tuesday night, we had our walk-through before the big home opener, which is just FIVE days away.  We had another photo shoot before learning everything you can imagine about Kauffman Stadium.  I’m not going to lie–it was a tiny bit overwhelming, but there was something extremely exciting about walking up onto the field that night.  The lights were on, CrownVision was looking incredible, the grass was freshly cut…  As I looked around at everyone stepping onto the field, I think we were all feeling the excitement and honor of being a K Crew member.

Beachamps.JPGNot only does the K Crew bring excitement and honor, but also celebrity.  To benefit the Autism Alliance, Jacqueline and Kristin were celebrity servers tonight at Beauchamp’s on the Rail in Lee’s Summit.  Other celebrity servers included Kansas City Chiefs players.  The news and excitement of the Royals’ sweep over Detroit filled the restaurant. 

After the game today, I text messaged a friend of mine all excited about the sweep.  He first wrote back, “Haha yes, I’m proud you heard!”  This was him thinking he’s funny because in the past, I haven’t always been as up to date with Royals knowledge as I’m certainly going to be this year!  He then went on to write, “I know, I’m definitely excited about their season. What a good year to be a K Crew member!”

With everyone around me so excited about the team, it makes everything I’m getting to do that much more exciting–from putting on our jerseys to having the opportunity to spend these “extra innings” with you!

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

 

 

Welcome!

I just left an event for my “day job,” and as I was leaving, I mentioned I needed to write my first blog for the K Crew.  One of my coaches inquired about the K Crew, and then we went on to talk about the Royals for the next thirty minutes.  Maybe it’s because I work with a lot of coaches, but I feel like anytime I mention my job with the Royals, people are instantly excited and impressed.  This excitement and enthusiasm is instantly contagious and reminds me how very excited I am to be a part of this organization.

Since I am the lucky girl that gets to spend these extra innings with you, it seems appropriate to tell you a little bit about myself.  First, let me send you to the K Crew Web site to view all of our pictures and bios.  You will notice that I get to work with some seriously good-looking people.  Take a minute to look at their bios–they’re not just attractive but clever with their answers as well.   

We filled out a profile sheet with several questions, so since we’re spending these extra innings together, I’ll fill you in on some questions that didn’t quite make the cut for the bio, but I still thought were fun so you can get to know me a little better…

Web site you’re always on:  Ask Jeeves to ask him all kinds of important questions.
Favorite TV Show:  Grey’s Anatomy, two words- McDreamy and McSteamy.
Words to live by/Favorite Quote:  “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.”  -Adlai Stevnson, about Eleanor Roosevelt
Profession:   High school Spanish teacher
Dream job:  The First Lady
Thing that always makes me laugh:  My dad – he’s hilarious in a clever sort of way.
What do you do in your spare time?  I adore reading.
If you had more spare time, what would you like to do?  Conduct spelling and grammar seminars across the country, to inform people when to use the correct to, too, two or when to use your/you’re.

I’d say we’re well acquainted now.  Wait, one more thing–I’m an extremely goal-oriented person, and my goal for March was to learn to juggle.  And oh yes, I’ll be juggling those hot dogs before we shoot them out to you this summer, because I officially can juggle now!

1group_2Now since the blog is starting just a few innings late, I’m going to catch you up on what you’ve missed…

*The Photo Shoot-  Basically I just like pretending I’m cooler than I am for being part of a “photo shoot,” but it was such a great time.  We all had the opportunity to meet each other for the first time and learn a little more about our role at the games.  We also received a whole bunch of crazy cool uniforms!  It felt like a blue – powder blue to be exact – Christmas!

What_a_weekend_010_1*Fan Fest-  This was a fantastic time for a whole bunch of our excited and loyal fans to come out and meet the players, get some autographs, have some ballpark food, and play some whiffle ball.  We got to hand out programs and free goodies, explain the craziness of the autograph lines to anxious fans, and my personal favorite–play some pretty fun whiffle ball with the kiddos.  Ah, and how could I forget the excitement of the sweet (and maybe a little confused) kids asking US for our autographs! What_a_weekend_012_1This adorable young fan made me feel pretty special to be part of the team!

Can you say PRECIOUS?!  Twice!

 

 

P1311891_1*Make-A-Wish Foundation Casino Night-  Jacqueline, Kristin, Sean and Aaron made the appearance on January 31st to help CARSTAR with the Casino Night fundraiser. The benefit raised more than $2500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which will help grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness.

*St. Paddy’s Event at Children’s Mercy-  Tuyhong and I joined Sluggerrr for a super fun start to our St. Patrick’s Day with some very excited patients at Children’s Mercy.  We had a leprechaun, some Irish dancers, and we handed out green Royals hats, powder blue bracelets and pencils.  It was a really neat time to get to hang out with the kids that were unable to make it to the parade.  They were so appreciative and sweet to us.

We have some other great events coming up on our schedule.  For Lee’s Summit Autism Awareness Night, Jacqueline and Kristin will be among the celebrity servers at Beauchamp’s On The Rail Restaurant in Lee’s Summit on April 3rd from 6:30-8:30 PM.  Beauchamp’s will be DONATING proceeds of that night to the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City.  Also coming up is the Perfect Wedding Guide’s Wedding Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center on April 6th.  The Royals will be sponsoring the Groom’s Room at the Expo.

Whew, I’m excited to keep you up-to-date a little more regularly now, so I won’t have so much to tell you in one blog!  Clearly we’ve been pretty busy, but the excitement is only beginning as our HOME OPENER is just 12 days away!  On Tuesday, April 8th at 3:10 PM there is only one place to be in Kansas City, and that is Kauffman Stadium cheering on your very own Royals as they start the season off with a victory against the Yankees.  Can’t wait to see you there!

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