Royals Open Homestand With Three Games Against Chicago

By: From: KC Royals
By: From: KC Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 27, 2007) – Before closing out the first half of the season, the Kansas City Royals return to Kauffman Stadium for a nine-game homestand starting with a “Hats Off” weekend to Royals fans. The Royals launch the homestand with a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox with a “hat” promotion each game capped by the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues that includes special pre-game festivities on Sunday, July 1. The Royals then host the Seattle Mariners over the Fourth of July holiday before playing a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Friday, June 29 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:10 p.m. Promotions: Royals Visor: First 20,000 fans ages 21 and over – presented by Budweiser. Hy-Vee/Pepsi Fireworks Friday: Fans get treated to a post-game fireworks show courtesy of Hy-Vee and Pepsi. Events: Angel Flight Night at The K: During pre-game ceremonies, the Royals will honor the volunteer pilots and staff of Angel Flight Central, based at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo. Angel Flight Central’s mission is to serve people with medical needs by arranging charitable flights for access to health care and also for other humanitarian purposes. Several Angel Flight pilots will participate in a fly-over during the ceremonies, weather and air traffic permitting. Saturday, June 30 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 6:10 p.m. Promotions: Royals Cowboy Hat: First 20,000 fans – presented by AT&T. Events: Luther “Dummy” Taylor Day: The Royals will recognize Luther “Dummy” Taylor, an Olathe, Kan., native, for his contributions to baseball. As one of the few deaf players in the league, Taylor, who compiled a 51-30 record from 1905 to 1908, relied on sign language to communicate with coaches and teammates. That method eventually evolved into the league’s use of baseball signs today. During the pre-game recognition for Taylor, the Royals will use sign language interpreters as a tribute to Taylor’s contribution to the game. Sunday, July 1 – Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 1:10 p.m. Promotions: Special “Salute to Buck O’Neil” Monarchs Cap: First 20,000 fans – presented by Pepsi. “Salute to the Negro Leagues” Tailgate Party and Autograph Session: Fans can attend a special tailgate party at Gate A featuring Negro League veterans courtesy of Pepsi, Hy-Vee and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The tailgate party begins at 10:45 a.m., while the autograph session runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Players scheduled to attend the autograph session include George Altman, Bill Bell, Earnest Johnson, Bob Motley, Art “Superman” Pennington, Jesse Rogers, Diego Segui, DeMorris Smith – son of Hall of Famer Hilton Smith – and Alvin Spearman. Bob Evans Friends and Family Day: It’s one of the best deals in baseball! Fans can get four Outfield Plaza tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsis, a bag of peanuts or popcorn and a Royals GameDay Magazine for just $40. Fans can take advantage of Bob Evans Friends and Family Day at every Sunday home game! Sprint Wireless Fun Run: Fans of all ages can head to the field following the Royals Sunday afternoon game against Chicago to run the bases in the Sprint Wireless Fun Run. Events: Salute to the Negro Leagues: The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox step back in time to salute Negro Leagues Baseball by donning the uniforms of their respective historic hometown Negro Leagues teams – the Chicago American-Giants and the Kansas City Monarchs. In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking of Major League Baseball’s color barrier, both teams will wear styles worn in 1945, the season Jackie played in Kansas City for the Monarchs. Also as a special salute to Buck O’Neil’s legacy as the first black coach in Major League Baseball history, the entire Royals coaching staff will wear his number 22. Plus former Negro League third baseman Minnie Minoso, who played with the New York Cubans from 1946-48 before playing in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons, is scheduled to throw out the game’s first pitch during pre- game ceremonies. Debut of Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats: The Royals launch their All-You-Can-Eat Seats section this homestand. Fans can purchase All-You-Can-Eat Seats tickets online at royals.com, by calling the Royals Ticket Offices at (816) 504-4040 or at the Kauffman Stadium ticket windows. Royals All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available for the following game dates this homestand: Friday, June 29 vs. Chicago White Sox – SOLD OUT Saturday, June 30 vs. Chicago White Sox Tuesday, July 3 vs. Seattle Mariners Wednesday, July 4 vs. Seattle Mariners Friday, July 6 vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays Saturday, July 7 vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays The complete homestand schedule is listed below. Details for the Seattle and Tampa Bay series will be released at a later date. Friday, June 29 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 7:10 p.m. Saturday, June 30 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 6:10 p.m. Sunday, July 1 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:10 p.m. Monday, July 2 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 7:10 p.m. Friday, July 6 Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Kansas City Royals 7:10 p.m. Saturday, July 7 Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Kansas City Royals 6:10 p.m. Sunday, July 8 Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Kansas City Royals 1:10 p.m. For more information on any of the above promotions, please contact the Royals Publicity Department at 816-921-8000. ###

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