Getting the Royal treatment

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With the splendor of its trademark outfield fountains lit at night, Kauffman Stadium is a great place to catch a game. It’s no wonder that Baseball America once called it “one of the most beautiful places on earth — not just in baseball.”

We just got back from our annual pilgrimmage to “The K,” where we were able to cheer on our Kansas City Royals against the talent-loaded New York Yankees. It was a fun time, and we picked up for some ideas (hopefully some good ones) for our Kansas City Royals Night, set for Monday, Aug. 13.

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Bees head grounds keeper T.J. Brewer and ground crew intern Paul Swafford were able to talk turf with Royals assistant grounds keeper Justin Scott in front of the Royals’ dugout before B.P. on Wednesday.

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Royals all-star Gil Meche delivers to Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 499th career home run later in Wednesday’s 7-1 Yankees win.

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Thanks to Royals head grounds keeper Trevor Vance, we had the chance to get down on the field Thursday morning before T.J., Paul, and I headed back to Burlington.

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The interns and I were walking along the warning track, when Yankee pitchers Andy Pettite and Roger Clemens came out to play catch in the outfield. Pettite is to the left, while Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young winner, is just over Ross’s shoulder. The Royals won last night, 7-0.

By the way, if you want to get down to KC to see the Royals play at Kauffman, you can score free tickets by signing up to play Baseball Trivia, sponsored by the Royals, at Bees home games.

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