Although there have only been two “aired” to date this season, the response that I’ve gotten to “High Five Kansas City” has been extraordinary. For those unaware, it is the in-game feature in which I randomly high five players and then we turn and “stare” into the camera.
The genesis of the feature was when Greg Schaum of The Royals Post Game Show on 610 Sports turned me on to a video on funnyordie.com. It was pretty random, but I found it pretty funny. We’re always looking for new ways to integrate players into our in-game features so we thought we’d give it a try.
We caught up with Alex Gordon in Spring Training and spent about 30 minutes going to different locations and high fiving. Alex was great and came up with a lot of what we did on his own. We held off shooting anymore for a bit because we wanted to see how the fans reacted. It was a pretty obvious hit. There is nothing like seeing thousands of fans high five each other after the feature runs so… thanks for doing your part too!
The players seem to really enjoy the feature as well. So much so that on an off day, #24 also known as Mark Teahen, flew back home to AZ and along with getting in some R&R managed to find time to film a “High Five” with his pooch ESPY, which was of course a highlight in his “High Five” montage.
Some of you have issued requests for which Royal you’d like to see next in “High Five Kansas City.” Here are a few updates:
DDJ – Probably not going to happen. One of the key components of HFKC is being able to look into the camera with a “serious” look on your face. When was the last time you saw DDJ WITHOUT a smile on his face for longer than two seconds?
Willie Boom Boom – I’m workin’ on it. He’s not opposed, just need to find the right time/place.
The Skipper – You might see him in a cameo at some point soon.
Rusty Kuntz – Um… Well, I’ll ask. Rusty seems like a good guy, and I’ve actually had more than a few requests about him. Why not?
If you missed HFKC or any other feature you might find entertaining, you should be able to view at least some of them here.
It should be noted that you can only see features that have already played at The K. At present we have two more segments that have yet to be shown, one with Mike Jacobs and another featuring multiple players, including Jose Guillen, Mike Aviles, Joakim Soria and others.
Although you never know exactly when these particular features are going to be shown, I usually give folks a heads up about it on Twitter. Speaking of Twitter, you can follow a few of your favorite boys in blue here too:
and I’m @timscott411
The other night I was wandering around the ballpark when I see a familiar face. I think to myself, certainly that’s not him… What would he being doing in Kansas City… And although his hair stylings are pretty recognizable, I decide to continue on my path and assume it is not he whom I think it might be.
Later in the evening though, I see him again and I figure… Ah, what the heck.
“Richard Blais?” say I.
“Ya buddy, what’s goin’ on?” says Richard Blais.
Now for those of you who might not know, Richard Blais was a finalist on the hit Bravo TV show TOP CHEF. I, being a lover of the food, must at this point also admit to watching an episode or two…or 20.
I must also admit that I had some pretty serious hair envy. I mean look at that thing!
Anyhow, Richard informs me that he was at the game that evening making “Liquid Nitrogen Blue Popcorn Balls” for a Demo in the Outfield Experience.
Of course he was.
So can we expect to see those puppies coming to a concession stand at the ballpark soon? I’m guessing probably not, but speaking of concessions at The K (and in keeping with our food-themed blog entry), I highly recommend the BBQ Burnt End Sandwich for the next time you are trying to satisfy your hunger out at the game. It was very good… It even had pickles on it… And it was only six bucks.
Now if we can only convince them to put Liquid Nitrogen BLUE pickles on there, maybe we could land a spot on TOP CHEF.
Although I’m guessing blue pickles won’t have that same nifty appeal as blue popcorn. In fact, blue pickles sound kinda gross.
Alright, scrap that idea until my pal Richard Blais can find a way to make it work.
I think it might be a safe assessment to say that I don’t know very much about a select few things. But, it’s probably also safe to say that I know something about a great many things. Now this has served me well at public gatherings and other places where I’m forced to “mingle” with people that I don’t really know, and today I thought I’d share some things I know and don’t know that you may find relevant.
WHAT I KNOW
If you want to be picked for a promotion and get put up on CrownVision, come out to the games early. Wear a lot of Royals gear, seek out the K Crew and tell them how wonderful they are. The K Crew is responsible for picking contestants. And they’re pretty swell folks so… find ’em.
Generally, when I “throw it back” to Mike McCartney and he fails to reply to me, it is either because:
a. He is laughing.
b. He isn’t sure how to respond to my extremely clever banter.
c. He has to hurry up and announce the next player up to bat because times almost up.
Inning breaks are 1 minute 40 seconds long. Everything I say or anything else that happens during an inning break has to adhere to that time restriction. Watch the umpires after the 3rd out, they have stop watches.
Zack Greinke is a stud.
WHAT I DON’T KNOW
I have no idea why the person wearing the green shirt has won all but one — count it, one — of the Live John Deere Mow ‘Em Down Races.
I have no clue why there is not a “Mustache Cam.” Although, I’m campaigning hard to make that happen.
I’m clueless as to why some people stand up from their seats behind home plate and wave incessantly hoping that the person on the other end of their cell phone conversation says something like, “ya… ya man… ya I totally see you.”
I’m not sure why there is not an invitation for a community slip-and-slide when the tarp is on the field during a rain delay. I mean, what better way to kill time.
WHERE TO GET A REALLY GOOD CUPCAKE
Finally, I ask that you please indulge me on this one. Over the past few weeks my two-year-old daughter Sophia and I have been on a quest to discover the best cupcake in Kansas City. (That’s what you do when you have a two year old, right?) We have found it, and I think it’s worth sharing. It’s at Cupcake A La Mode on 47th Street just west of the Country Club Plaza. It’s tough to go wrong with the Raspberry Lemonade cupcake. Delicious. I’m sure they’re die-hard Royals fans as well. Does that make it more appropriate? Anyhow, the Royals are in first place in the AL Central. Treat yourself to a cupcake!