May 2009

COLBY IN COLBY

During a recent broadcast Bob Davis was saluting one of our fine Royals Radio Network affiliates:  KXXX AM 790 in Colby, Kansas.  So I said to Bob “I wonder if Colby Curry has ever been to Colby, Kansas?”

Colby is a vital part of the Royals outstanding media relations team.  His title is Coordinator-Communications and Broadcasting.

So here is visual proof that our man Colby has, in fact, been to Colby….followed by his explanation:

 

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Colby 054.jpgFrom 2003 to 2005, I lived in Oregon while completing my MBA at Willamette University .  I loved Oregon and had some work opportunities there but couldn’t find my dream job in sports.  I made the decision to move back to Illinois and pursue the dream job from there. 

On my way back, I stopped in Logan , Utah for a few days to see friends from grad school (hence the Utah State Aggies shirt, which I received from them).  I drove on to Denver , where I looked around for a few hours and thought of it as a possible career destination.  I left Denver and proceeded along I-70 to Colby.  I hadn’t stopped in Colby for many years so I took the opportunity to check out the visitor’s center.   The volunteer asked what brought me to Colby and so I proceeded to sign my name on their visitor’s log.  He saw my name and insisted on taking a few pictures.  I thanked him and drove around the town, making one stop to buy Colby postcards.  I proceeded on east to through Kansas City and on to Illinois . A short time later, I started my dream job in sports with the Royals!

(I will post in a similar manner if we ever hire anybody named Emporia, Omaha, Des Moines or Springfield….)

 

ESCAPISM

The Royals had a recent off day in the Bay Area (ever notice that for everybody else in the world an off day is a bad day?  But in baseball an off day means a day off…meaning a good day?…In the rest of the world an off day is a bad day…and a day off is a good day…but I digress….as usual…..)
 
So after many trips to San Francisco, I finally made it to…and escaped from….ALCATRAZ!!

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The boat ride over from Fisherman’s Wharf is a nice little excursion…although it was a bit chilly.  The official place to make reservations fyi is alcatrazcruises.com.
 

 

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Alcatraz was a lighthouse..then a longtime military base, before it became a maximum security penitentiary in 1933.  Al Capone was among the infamous who did time here.  This is the “block house” at “The Rock” as Alcatraz was known.Prison Cell.jpg
 

 

 

Pretty spartan accomodations.  The famous “escape” from alcatraz happened when prisoners apparently used spoons stolen from the dining hall to methodically chip away at the concrete heating duct under the sink.  No one is known to have successfully escaped from “The Rock.”

 

 

 

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OK…I escaped…but I had a lot of help! 
 
 

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I doubt the games were broadcast on the radio…but this was the recreation yard…and that area farthest away in this photograph served as the infield for the prison baseball league.  Inmate/spectators would sit on those steps and cheer…or boo.  Talk about a tough crowd!!
 

 

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This is the dining hall at Alcatraz.  The knives in the kitchen were all different shapes that hung in specific “slots” which allowed guards in the kitchen to know that all cutlery was accounted for each day.  Even using this logical system, knives did occasionally “walk away” from the kitchen.
 
View from Alcatraz.jpgJust a mile or so away from this formerly dark, depressing prison is beautiful San Francisco.  Beauty so close and yet so far.  One other note about Alcatraz…many of the prison employees and their families…and yes, their children, lived there.  Kids would ride a boat to their school on the mainland each day and return home in the evening.  Sounds strange, but those who lived there said it was like living in a small, friendly town….
 

ROYAL IMAGES

A successful trip to Minneapolis, where the Twins are playing their 28th and last season of indoor baseball, followed by a brief, but fun, homestand…
 
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While the Royals were taking 2 of three from the Twins inside the Metrodome, construction crews were hard at work making outdoor baseball “the thing” again in the Twin Cities.  This is the view as you walk down the street from the first base side of new “Target Field.”  It will open next season.MN rendering.jpg
 

 

Here’s an artist rendering of the view inside the new ballpark.  Looks a little like Progressive Field in Cleveland from this angle, with those bleachers high in left field.MN Train Station.jpg
 

Here’s a shot from across the street looking at what will be the left field corner of Target Field.  On the far left you can see what will be their giant center field scoreboard.  In the foreground you may see the train station that will allow fans easy access via mass transit.Zack Pitching Monday.jpg
 
 

 

After the successful weekend in Minnesota, Zack Greinke electrified the house, with a complete-game masterpiece versus the White Sox.  Here he induces Jim Thome into a game-ending popup.Crown Club talk.jpg
 
During the White Sox-Mariners homestand, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters spent an entire  day at the New Kauffman Stadium.  Here Manager Trey Hillman addresses the crowd in the beautifully renovated Crown Club, right after GM Dayton Moore…and before the 3 amigos (Denny, Bob and me).  A GREAT group of professionals.BB & Hot Dogs.jpg
The finale of the homestand featured the annual “School Day at the K.”  Fox 4 in Kansas City had many of their personalities on hand.  Billy Butler, Willie Bloomquist and first base coach Rusty Kuntz lent a hand during the proceedings.  So did the hot dogs (I told ketchup she was getting a little red in the sun…the relish he was looking a little green around the gills….and the mustard she shouldn’t be scared…I won’t tell you what they said back to me…)School Day 2009.jpg
 

 

School Day at the K produced a Thursday afternoon crowd of close to 33,000.  The 20,000 kids had a great time and definitely added a LOT of energy to the event.  Why didn’t they do stuff like this when I was a kid???????

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