Our hats are off, and on our hearts to the Kansas City Royals organization for their fabulous Military Appreciation Night before the Oakland A's game Saturday evening. The game, flashed around the world by satellite, featured live shots back to us of some loyal Royals fans watching the sat-cast in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Nine of our troops overseas announced the starting lineup. The honorary captains who took the field with the Royals.. were children of servicemen and women in uniform far from home plate.
Sgt. Genarlo Wilson of the Navy offered beautiful renditions of our national anthem and "God Bless America" in the 7th inning. The most amazing part of the night was KC's huge Jumbotron digital scoreboard displaying the names (in white on a black background) of each Kansan and Missourian killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.. names we've reported on 13 News.. Jake Butler, the 1st Kansan to die, Jeremy Drexler, Bernard Deghand and Rick DeWater of Topeka. 20,000 people in the stadium and it was absolutely quiet. It was amazing.
So thanks, Royals.. for the memorable evening, and to Trey Hillman and the players for offering their own middle-of-the-inning "thank yous" to our men and women in uniform. They will never forget it, and neither will we.
(And the Frank White statues, plus the 12-6 win were pretty great, too...) Ralph