My first few posts for Kings of Kauffman have dealt with some player analysis and a few simple projections or expectations I have for these players. I want to take an another angle for a moment and simply state how excited I am for this upcoming season. I have not felt a buzz like this surrounding the Royals since I was a Freshman in high school when they started unbelievably hot in April of 2003. I recently experienced the buzz on a whole other level, and it sparked my interest in writing this piece.
I was recently hired by the Royals to be an usher for this season and I couldn’t have been happier when I received the call. Not only will I get to spend my summer nights working at a stadium that I love, but I will also be able to witness, first hand, this much anticipated season on a nightly basis. Also, it will be one of the greatest experiences of my life to work and be around all of the All-Star excitement during that week in July.
On Monday evening I had my first training session with all of the new hires for this season. I was instantly hit with a flabbergasted feeling. The team that I grew up rooting for has hired me, and now I am getting paid to walk the grounds of Kauffman Stadium. It will be an amazing feeling for me to wander by players and ownership as if I belong now. I realize my position is of the part-time variety, but it is still a dream come true to work for the organization I had dreams of playing for as a kid. I’d also like to meet a lot of great Royals fans this year including readers and contributors to this site, and this will just give me another outlet to do so.
I want to get back to Monday evening. During the introduction of training we were shown a video highlight tape from 2011. There were so many great clips shown including Frenchy’s strike from right field straight into Moose’s glove, Escy’s numerous acrobatic adventures, and Gordon’s gold glove plays in left. All I can say is I had chills during the duration of the film. Nothing gets me more fired up for this season than watching Hosmer’s first homerun at Yankee Stadium, while his mom is in utter amazement, and he calmly struts around the bases like he’s done it 500 times before.
Folks, we are merely one month away from beginning a fantastic and exciting season in Kansas City. Let’s just keep bringing the positive energy to the guys, as I’m sure they are able to feed off our energy. We are all in store for a treat this year (as long as it doesn’t involve Yuni starting three or four times per week), and it’s nice to finally say it’s “Our Time”.
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