Today is the one-year anniversary of one of the most memorable days in recent Bees history: the day we were graced by the presence of Mike Sweeney.
On July 25 last year, the five-time all-star arrived into town for the start of a minor league tour rehab assignment that would take him from Burlington to Wichita to Omaha back to KC.
Seeing his first game action in two months, the Royals’ captain went 1-for-7 in two wins against Beloit. Anyone who was here for his second game as the Bees’ cleanup man won’t soon forget his only hit here: an awe-inspiring home run over the left-field wall that fueled a 6-3 win.
Though his time with the Bees was brief, he made quite an impression with everyone he met around here.
Known for being one of the nicest guys in baseball, Sweeney somehow exceeded his Ned Flanders-like reputation. He was warm and engaging, taking the time to shake hands, sign autographs, talk with fans, and offering to pose for pictures.
Radiating all kinds of positive energy and genuine kindness, Sweeney certainly shined brightly in Burlington. It’s unfortunate there aren’t more professional athletes like Mike Sweeney.
We’re grateful for the two days the Kansas City Royals shared him with us.