Baseball is not a cold-weather sport, and I still don't like going to Royals games when it's cold.
But when my wife called the newsroom Friday night to say she had found 4 tickets for Billy Butler Jersey night.. I couldn't resist. I melt in the mass hysteria we call "getting something at the ball game for FREE." The embroidered-looking powder blue jersey bearing #16 heralded the return of Powder Blue to Kauffman Stadium. By Saturday evening, my girls had bowed out, leaving my son and me to go by ourselves. We got to the stadium at 4:45 (the gates open at 4:10 on Saturday nights..) and we had the sinking feeling we were swamped in a wave of powder blue hysteria. Seeing some people with stacks of 4 to 6 jerseys under their arms, I breathed a sigh of relief. There were still some left. My guess was horribly wrong. Those were the people who had lined up at 11:30 that afternoon, stashing stacks of jerseys away for their friends. That's when you realize how fast 20,000 free jerseys can disappear.
Trying not to be blue about it, we walked elbow to elbow to our seats.. the section we like is actually not good in cold games. The wind blows in and you only see the bottom half of the jumbotron. The Royals in their jerseys and the jumbotron were the best part of our journey! But otherwise, the game was a bust. We froze, the Royals bats froze, and we left in the 5th inning. Then we spent a half hour looking for our car in the crowd. My son and I did talk to some very nice people from Duluth, Minnesota (to them the day was a heat wave).. The Royals lost 2-0.
But I've got to stick to my promise that I will never go to another Royals game in April. Well, maybe on April 26th.
That's Royals Stadium Blanket Night.. RH