As the weather turns colder and baseball season has officially come to a close, I’m often asked if I’m enjoying my break. I suppose it’s natural to think that once the Royals stop playing my work is done, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The people in charge are always working on something.
First off, those with the power have already been working long and hard to put together some incredible things for Royals fans to enjoy in the off-season. On January 14th, I will once again be hosting the Royals Awards Night, which is an incredible banquet honoring those players that did outstanding work in the organization during the 2009 season. I don’t want to give too much away about the event that’s being planned, but let’s just say it will indeed be an event.
Awards Night is just a perfect way to kick off a busy Royals weekend. On Friday and Saturday, January 15th and 16th, we officially kick off our 3rd annual FanFest. I’ve sat in on a few meetings and FanFest 2010 is going to blow last year out of the water. Activities, players to meet, autographs to get and oh yeah, tons of FREE STUFF! So make sure you join us at the Overland Park Convention Center. As always, all ticket proceeds benefit Royals Charities, so you’re getting your baseball fix and doing a good deed at the same time. When was the last time you could say that?
Also, some of you may know that in addition to being the Royals Emcee, I’m actually an actor by profession and my work with the Royals is just a fraction of all the work that I’ve been fortunate enough to do. It’s always a good idea to stay sharp in front of a live crowd and the good folks at the American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center are helping me out with that one. I am currently starring in their adaptation of the classic drama “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” running 8 times a week through December 27th. I feel so lucky to have rediscovered that great story with such a wonderful ensemble of the finest talent in Kansas City. What more could you want for the holidays?
Well, I suppose that’s that’s it for now. Keep an eye on Royals.com for more info about FanFest and Awards Night. And be sure to get your tickets to the American Heartland Theatre’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life. Pitchers and Catchers report on February 17th. Hey, that’s just three months away… Go Royals!
(Photo above by Shane Rowse)