April 2010

Lights, Camera…


Opening Day 2010.jpgHopefully Action…

The lights were on here at Kauffman Stadium at 4:30 am this morning for last minute work to prepare for the big day. Cameras from every Kansas City area television station were here providing live shots from a peaceful empty stadium ready to jump back to life this afternoon.

We did have a significant downpour here at the ballpark around 7:30am, but it seems to be slacking off and the forecast calls for a spectacular afternoon (knock on wood) – perhaps a bit windy come game time.

 

Opening Day Field.jpgKauffman Stadium is as beautiful as ever and everyone here with the Royals is excited to welcome back 40,000 of a closest friends for the start of season 42 of Kansas City Royals Baseball. Gates open at Noon – be sure to join us early and make your way to your seats for pre-game ceremonies featuring some very special guests. Then at 3:10 Zack Greinke – the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner – will take the mound to get the season underway.

There are few days of the year that compare to the anticipation and excitement of Opening Day. If you can’t join us be sure to listen to the Royals Radio Network or watch on FS Kansas City.

Happy Opening Day – Let’s get a win!

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)

Opening Day: T-minus Three

It has been a very good Good Friday here at the ballpark, though the morning was a bit rough. Around 10am a very brief yet strong storm came rubling through the area with wind gusts of at least 50 mph. We had some portsable concessions stands get pushed around along the trash cans and some loose suite furniture – but it looks as if we escaped any real damage.

Opening Day is a sellout, of course – so I hope you have your seats. Here in the Royals Hall of Fame we actually have two new (or should that be old) seats ourselves, though these have been retired from services since 1972. The two Municipal Stadium seats are one of the new addition to the Royals Hall of Fame Gallery this year. You can get a sneak peak in the picture above, as lead carpenter Rick Bobki started the installation this morning.

The following picture doesn’t need much explaination – suffice to say we are ready and excited to have a fourth Cy Young Award:

 

Opening Day 004.jpgBe sure to join us for a special on-field ceremony next Friday (April 9) when Zack will be persented with the 2009 Cy Young Award before the Royals take on the Red Sox at 7:10. The first 35,000 get this T-Shirt celebrating the Royals three Cy Young Award winners (presented by our hometown neighbors at H&R Block).

 

CyYoungHRB_WHITE_Tshirt0021.jpgBoth Bret Saberhagen and David Cone will be here to welcome Zack into their select club. Plus the first Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday spectacular to cap off a special night at the ballpark. Order your tickets now

(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)  

Opening Day: T-minus Four

The hope every Opening Day is to get the new season off to a great start – which is roughly translated as win the game. Probably the best get the season started pitching performance in baseball history would go to National Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

On Opening Day 1940 (April 16), Feller took the mound for his Cleveland Indians at old Comiskey Park and proceded to no-hit the Chicago White Sox. No pitcher had every done that before and none has done so since. ‘Rapid’ Robert was a bit wild, posting five walks, but he did not allow a hit and got Cleveland off to a good start in fine fashion.

What was the best pitch performance on Opening Day in Royals history? It’s debatable, but it might have been a combined effort from Runelvys Hernandez, Jason Grimsley and Mike MacDougal in 2003. Those three joined together to shutout the Chicago White Sox (3-0) here at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, March 31. The good Opening Day would quickly turn into the best start in Royals history when the club rattled off eight more consecutive wins and stood tall at 9-0 – all alone in first place.

Let’s hope Zack has more of that 2009 magic working and the 2010 Royals get a good jump on the season on Monday! 

Did You Know?: The Royals have started the season in the month of March three times in their history:

1998 – March 31 (Camden Yards – Baltimore)

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Orioles

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Jeff King, Dean Palmer and Larry Sutton all have two hits games – Sutton drives in three of the Royals four runs. Tim Belcher started and threw seven shutout innings.
 

2003 – March 31 (Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City)

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Runelvys Hernandez, Jason Grimsley and Mike MacDougal combine for only Opening Day shutout in Royals history.
 
2008 – March 31 (Comerica Park – Detroit)
 

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Tigers

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11 Innings

Tony Pena Jr two-out single scores John Buck with the go-ahead run (which you already knew from yesterday’s entry) 
 
Undefeated!
 
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame) 
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