We’re glad to announce that our search for additional writers has led us to two contributors that we’re very excited to bring aboard. Before they make their first posts, I want to let you know more about them and their background, and, as has become tradition here at Kings of Kauffman, I’ll let them tell you in their own words:
Mike Vamosi (@TweetsByVamosi on Twitter)
Born and raised in Omaha, NE in the southwest suburb of Millard, I attended THE University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated in May of 2008 with a degree in Sports Administration and Sports Communication minor. Following college I did internships at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their athletic media relations department. I’ve been a long suffering Royals fan having grown up going to Omaha Royals/Golden Spikes/Storm Chasers games both at Rosenblatt Stadium and now Werner Park. Living 180 miles from Kansas City meant that my dad and I go to several Omaha games a year. Being only two years old in 1985 I’m waiting for the payoff of being a Royals fan when they end the playoff drought that many of us have all been waiting for and seemingly every fan base other than the Expos/Nationals have enjoyed.
Alan Barrington (@Alan_Barrington on Twitter)
I was born in Lawrence, KS, and grew up in Kansas City during the Royals’ glory days, living there from 1964 – 1979 and again from 1997-2003. I attended my first Royals game with my father and uncle on June 13, 1969 and watched the Royals lose to the Tigers 6-0. On the bright side, I was able to purchase a hot dog and coke from a stadium vendor for 35 cents. Inflation has impacted concession prices somewhat during the ensuing years since then.
Probably the most impactful evidence of my life-long Royals addiction would be the surreptitious bedtime act I engaged in every night during baseball season. As a young man of 9-12 years old, I lived in a very strict household with an unreasonable early bedtime. Every evening I was forced to brush my teeth and turn out the lights at 8:30 pm, long before the Royals game had ended. My parents were unaware that I had a small transistor radio, about twice the size of a deck of cards, that I would slip under my pillow every night after they tucked me in. Very, very quietly so no one else would hear, I would listen to Bud Blattner and Denny Mathews call the games. The sound of Denny’s voice still brings back fond childhood memories every single time I hear him speak.
I now live in San Antonio, but I still rarely miss a Royals game. I subscribe to the Extra Innings package on DirecTV, MLB.TV on my computer (as well as the Minor league package), and if I happen to be in my car while the games are on, I listen to them on XM radio. I visited Spring Training in Surprise from 2005-2008, and I already have reservations to attend next March as well. Last summer I drove to Rogers, AR to see Salvador Perez play before he was promoted to the majors, and I have the opportunity to attend additional games in San Antonio and Austin when the Naturals or the Storm Chasers come to town.