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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???????

Weekend at The K

There weren’t enough wins over the weekend at Kauffman Stadium.  We could have used some balmy weather (which of course we finally got Monday, one day too late).  But it was a fun weekend….so I thought I’d pass along some of the “off-the-field” activities (even though some of them happened “on-the-field”)…
Friday night David Cook, of Blue Springs and American Idol, was on hand.  I’ll admit, I’m one of the six people in America who don’t watch American Idol.  But I admire the talent and the determination of those who compete.  Maybe I don’t watch it because, as a broadcaster, I’ve spent my whole life auditioning for things…and I’m not that excited about watching other people “sing for their supper” since I’ve done it so often…On the other hand, I was a huge fan of “The Gong Show,” back in the 70’s…which gives you a pretty good indication of my appreciation for sophisticated entertainment.  Anyway….
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Here he comes…the girls are swooning.  Many brought signs saying “We love you,” or something similar.helicopter.jpg
A film crew getting shots of David from the air.DC's first pitch.jpg 
David used to be a Stadium Club employee.  Something tells me those days are behind him (that’s not to knock the Stadium Club…Hey a beautiful place…perfect weather…and you can watch the game while you work…can’t beat that!)
Here he is singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  Maybe it’s just me, but it sure seemed like he got a lot more attention for it than I did….Family.jpg
A lot of relatives in town for the weekend.  My son John (more on him later), nephew Charlie, niece Jane, mother Marilyn, father Layton.Target Practice.jpg 
Bob Davis watching the proceedings…from his corner of the radio booth.  We like to think of his area as “target practice.”Duct Tape.jpg
Notice his monitor has been taped up.  A recent foul ball made a direct hit on the TV without knocking over his drink, which sat right in front of it…Hole.jpg
I’m no Abraham Zapruder (filmed Kennedy assassination).  But I would say that hole looks like the ball deflected off the TV, hit the wall, bounced over to Denny, who then threw it to a fan in the stands.  Another recent foul ball missed the TV, hit his drink…but Bob amazingly stayed dry.flags.jpg
Saturday night was very wet and very windy.  Long rain delay, then after we resumed play it got VERY windy…blowing not just the flags, but the flag POLES as well.John.jpg
Sunday was more fun…weather was better and the Royals WON…and my 9-year-old John got to be in the Hot Dog race at the end of the fifth inning.  There’s more to being a hot dog than meets the eye.  Here he puts on his “ketchup” costume pants…there’s also a shirt, with long sleeves.Mustard.jpg
Royals Sr. Vice President of Business Operations Kevin Uhlich had two “dogs” in the race.  Here he helps son Cody put on his “mustard” shoes.  They’re sort of like clown shoes, and make footing a little tricky.relish.jpg
Cody’s twin brother, Chase, getting his hot dog “trunk” on…He was relish. A member of the K Crew gives him a hand.teeny wienies.jpg
Here are all three dogs ready for a press conference.  Can you imagine how much they’d be “grilled” by reporters if they ever took questions?race.jpg
They’re off!  Chase is off to the lead, while John takes a tumble.  He was thrilled, though, that his favorite Royal, Joey Gathright, popped out of the dugout to help him back on his feet.

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Members of the KCrew making sure John stays on his feet.  An hour or so later, the Royals had a victory, and capped off a fun weekend at the K.

For those of you who follow such things, Relish won…Mustard came in second, and Ketchup finished third, but he did finish! (Thanks Joey!)