June 2010

Kids, Fans and the Love of the Royals

Recently, I’ve been asked to chat with some kids as a part of the “Chevy Youth Baseball Moments” feature.  You never know what you’re going to get when you put someone on camera and ask them to speak with you, but kids present an entirely new variable to that equation, uncensored honesty.

“So what’s your record?” I asked.
“We’ve only won one game.  We’re not very good,” the young boy replied.

You hear a lot of things walking around Kauffman Stadium.  Some good, some bad, some funny, some profane, some sweet and some honest.

“Daddy, why did the man throw the bat down?” the little girl asked.
“Well, honey, I guess he wasn’t happy he struck out,” her father replied.

All this interaction with fans and more so with lots of young kids this season, as prompted by the Chevy Youth Baseball promotions, reminds me of the time that I ran into Royals President Dan Glass in the lobby earlier this season.  We exchanged brief hellos and then he reached into his pocket and pulled out four tickets for the very first row of the BATS Crown Seats.

“Do me a favor?” he asked.  “Go out and ask a nice young family in Royals gear if they want to see Greinke pitch up close.”

That wouldn’t be a problem, I thought.

It was in section 412 of the upper deck where I found the perfect “winners” – a young family with an eight-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter.  They told me that they lived about an hour and a half away and came out five or six times a year, but tonight was an impromptu trip because they really wanted to see Greinke pitch and, therefore, couldn’t bring the whole family. 

“The whole family?” I asked.  “What do you mean?”
“We had to leave our other four kids with my folks,” the man replied.

Six kids, I thought.  I have ONE three-year-old daughter and taking her to a public restroom can be a crazy, mad-capped adventure, but taking SIX kids (all under the age of 10, I might add) to a baseball game…I imagine would require some real patience.

“So you and your wife bring your six kids out a half a dozen times a year?” I asked.
“We sure do. The kids love the games, and we love the Royals,” the man gently replied.

I think that pretty much sums it up.

Go Royals.