Royals en Royals' Butler Is Prime Example Of Fleeting Fame In Sports <p>Over the past week, there was much ado about the marquis players in sports; Lebron James signed a contract with Cleveland and baseball showcased its stars in the All-Star game.</p><p>Heading into Friday night’s game at Boston, the Kansas City Royals are in transition as to who their biggest stars are.&nbsp;</p><p>Just two years ago at the All-Star game in Kansas City, Billy Butler was in the midst of his most productive year with 29 homers and 107 runs driven in as the Royals designated hitter. He was the toast of the town as the Royals All-Star — this year Butler has only three homers.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:59:21 +0000 Greg Echlin 59117 at Royals' Butler Is Prime Example Of Fleeting Fame In Sports Royals Outfielder Travels To All-Star Game To Bid Farewell To Jeter <p>In the Midwest, it’s not customary for fans and Kansas City Royals players to pull for anyone on the New York Yankees. Except for the last two years in the All-Star game.</p><p><verbatim> Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is injured with sprained wrist and couldn’t play in this year’s All-Star game, but one of the reasons he still made the trip to Minneapolis, Minn., was to be part of the American League team that would bid its farewell to New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. </verbatim></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:50:05 +0000 Greg Echlin 58998 at Royals Head Into All-Star Break On A Winning Note <p>On the day before the All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals scored a first for this season. Until Sunday, the Royals were not able to beat the Detroit Tigers at home. They were 0-and-6 before Sunday’s 5-2 victory.</p><p>Royals designated hitter Bill knows how quick the season can turn.</p><p>“Nothing ever seems to be easy against them (the Tigers),” said Butler. “We can play as good baseball as we can. We were playing really good when we went into their place. I think that’s the way they feel right now.”</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:13:45 +0000 Greg Echlin 58856 at 'Dynamic Pricing' May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After stagnating for a month in the American League Central standings, the Royals have taken off in the last two weeks. But when the last </span>homestand<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> concluded with two of the Royals’ most traditional draws, their attendance didn’t take off as they hoped. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Yankee fan Mo </span>Moffitt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, recently moved to Shawnee, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., from The Bronx, found a way to attend a Yankees game in Kansas City.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:37:51 +0000 Greg Echlin 57268 at 'Dynamic Pricing' May Be To Blame For Empty Seats At Kauffman Stadium First Peanut Allergy-Friendly Royals Event Of Season Thrills Handful Of Fans <p>For fifteen-year-old Antonio Franco, going out to something like a baseball game can be complicated, even dangerous.</p><p>“I accidently ate the wrong kind of cookie,” he says, remembering a severe allergic reaction. “We ended up having to rush to the hospital.”</p><p>Franco is one of an increasing number of children and teenagers who have severe food allergies, especially to peanuts. Because peanuts and foods containing peanut traces are so common, these kids and their parents are often limited in where they can go for fun.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 22:38:35 +0000 Alex Smith 56479 at First Peanut Allergy-Friendly Royals Event Of Season Thrills Handful Of Fans Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom <p></p><p>There are secret rules and pieces of wisdom that most baseball fans don't even know exist. For example, don't&nbsp;<em>ever</em> look an umpire in the eye when you're arguing with him.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with former Royal and All-Star catcher <strong>Jason Kendall</strong> and sportswriter <strong>Lee Judge</strong> to discuss Kendall's new memoir of baseball wisdom,&nbsp;<em>Throwback</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:35:39 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 56160 at Former Royal Jason Kendall's Baseball Wisdom Royals GM Fears Another 'Disastrous May' <p>With 30 games complete, there are ominous signs for the Kansas City Royals this season. The latest setback was a 9-4 loss against the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.</p><p>When the stadium gates opened, more than 22,000 fans filed in for Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers, the American League Central Division leaders and the team the Royals hope to challenge. But the Tigers pounded a total of 42 hits in the series and outscored the Royals, 26-8, in the three games.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 12:56:38 +0000 Greg Echlin 55224 at A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations <p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:18:40 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 54017 at A Fan's Notes: Great Expectations A Day At The K With Up To Date <p>Take a look behind the scenes with the <a href=""><em>Up to Date</em></a> team on our Day Opening &nbsp;broadcast at Kauffman Stadium.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:35:23 +0000 Beth Lipoff 53710 at A Day At The K With Up To Date Live From The Royals Home Opener <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Last year was arguably the best year for the Kansas City Royals in recent memory - 86 wins put the boys in blue above .500, but just short of the playoffs.</p><p>For this hour of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we take you out to the ballpark for the Royal’s home opener and Steve Kraske introduces you to some of the people who keep the team running.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:39:55 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53675 at Live From The Royals Home Opener Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Social media in Kansas City is abuzz this week with excitement over the Royals’ home opener on Friday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Diehard fans are swapping predictions on Twitter for the new season via #Royals, #</span>BeRoyalKC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, #</span>Royalsnation<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other </span>hashtags<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:13:07 +0000 Alyson Raletz 53658 at Royals Fans Are Cautiously Optimistic About 2014 Season On The Eve Of The Royals Home Opener, Fans Have High Hopes <p>With the series finale set in Detroit for Thursday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals will head home afterward and play their home opener Friday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.</p><p>Coming off the success of last season, the Royals have high hopes this season. Not only on the field but, at the gate as well.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:48:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 53635 at On The Eve Of The Royals Home Opener, Fans Have High Hopes Tell KCUR: Is This The Year The Royals Will Make It To The Playoffs? <p></p><p>Friday’s home opener for the Royals marks the beginning of the professional baseball season in Kansas City.</p><p>And we’re wondering about your predictions for the home team this year.</p><p>The Royals <a href="">haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1985</a>, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Will they ever have a chance like that again?</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: Is this the year the Royals will make it to the playoffs? Why or why not? </strong></p><p>Leave us your prediction in a voicemail at 816-235-2881.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:03:55 +0000 Alyson Raletz 53466 at Tell KCUR: Is This The Year The Royals Will Make It To The Playoffs? KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Covering sports in Kansas City can be a real rollercoaster. Often, you’re reporting on a losing season, but sometimes you hit a high point, like the current Chiefs’ season.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Kansas City Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger about what it’s like to write about sports in this town.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Sam Mellinger</strong>&nbsp;is a sports columnist for the Kansas City Star.</li></ul><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:40:54 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45351 at KC Sports: Covering The Rollercoaster Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back <p>From the highs of professional baseball and even the World Series to the lows of drug addiction and bankruptcy, former Royals player <strong>Willie Wilson</strong> has had quite the journey.</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44330 at Former Royals Outfielder Looks Back Royals Walk-off Grand Slam Seals Winning Season <p>In pursuit of post-season play, the Kanas City Royals revived interest September baseball.&nbsp; For the final home game at Kauffman Stadium a crowd of more than 27,000 gathered. Manager Ned Yost sensed the enthusiasm.</p><p>“We needed to get the crowd into the game early, and we couldn’t do it,” said Yost.</p><p>Then the Royals loaded the bases in the tenth inning of the scoreless ballgame when Justin Maxwell stepped to the plate.</p><p>“I was just thinking of trying to hit it hard,” said Maxwell.</p><p>There was no doubt when Maxwell hit it. It was a grand slam.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:17:02 +0000 Greg Echlin 44063 at Royals Hold On To Post-Season Hopes <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heading into late September, the Kansas City Royals are holding on to their hopes of reaching baseball’s playoffs for the first time since their World Series championship in 1985. A late season surge reversed a downward spiral at the All-Star break.</span></p><p><strong>A rocky start to the season &nbsp;</strong></p><p>This spring the Kansas City Royals tied a franchise record set only one year earlier for 11 straight losses at home. Manager Ned Yost seemed at a loss about what to do next.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:39:08 +0000 Greg Echlin 43831 at Royals Hold On To Post-Season Hopes Royals In The Play-offs? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's nearly September, and the Royals have won more games than they've lost. This might seem like a minor achievement, but here in Kansas City, this is a huge deal. We haven't had a winning season since 2003 and before that, 1994. &nbsp;An entire generation of baseball fans have not seen the Royals do well. To put this into perspective, Eric </span>Hosmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Royals' first baseman is 23 years old. He was born in 1989, a full 4 years after the Royals last made the play-offs (and went on to win the World Series).</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:52:50 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 42407 at Royals In The Play-offs? Brett Leaves Dug Out For Front Office <p style="margin-right:2.15pt">Kansas City Royals legend George Brett is returning to the front office after almost two months as temporary hitting coach for the team. At a news conference Thursday, Brett was emotional when he said it wasn’t easy to leave the dug out once again.</p><p style="margin-right:2.15pt">The team is on the verge of traveling to three different cities on their current road trip, and Brett says traveling is rough on him.<o:p></o:p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:03:30 +0000 Greg Echlin & Steve Bell 40889 at The Pine-Tar Game: Yankees Bat Boy Who Says It Didn't Have To Happen <p>Today marks the 30th anniversary of a game between the <strong>Kansas City Royals</strong> and the <strong>New York Yankees</strong> that made history. It would become known as the "Pine-Tar Game."</p><p>On July 24, 1983, in the top of the ninth, with the Royals trailing 4-3 and down to their last out, George Brett came to bat. Brett hit a 2-run homer that gave the Royals a lead in the game. But those runs were taken off the scoreboard when an umpire ruled that George Brett had too much pine tar -- a substance used to get a better grip -- on the bat.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:48:13 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Randy Mason 40784 at The Pine-Tar Game: Yankees Bat Boy Who Says It Didn't Have To Happen Royals And Sporting Players Selected As All-Stars <p>It was a big weekend for All-Star announcements in Kansas City. &nbsp;Both the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC had multiple players named to their respective league’s All-Star teams.</p><p>Outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals wasn’t on the American League team last year, but he was there when the cheers for his teammate Billy Butler drowned out the introduction.&nbsp;</p><p>“I don’t cry at all, but I actually cried when I saw Bill get announced and all the support he got,” says Gordon.</p><p>Gordon says playing with Butler for the past six years has been special.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:40:33 +0000 Greg Echlin 39764 at A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer <p>You think the road is long and difficult for the <strong>Kansas City Royals</strong>? Imagine how hard it must be for Royals fans.</p><p>Commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> shares his thoughts on the roller-coaster team in this month's "A Fan's Notes."</p><p>__________________</p><p>The legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell was not the first or the last to say that, “Baseball is a lot like life…full of ups and downs.”</p><p>Well, if Royals baseball is like life, then life has been hard.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:28:36 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 39290 at A Fan's Notes: The Long, Hot, Royal Summer Kansas City Royals: Rocketing Start To Steep Decline <p></p><p>How can a team that began the season so brilliantly currently be in the basement? Mon, 03 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Kaitlin Brennan & Beth Lipoff 37844 at Kansas City Royals: Rocketing Start To Steep Decline The Young Guys Let Down Royals, Again <p>What started out promising has turned into another nightmare for the Kansas City Royals. &nbsp;</p><p><verbatim>The Royals managed only two hits--both by last year's All-Star, Billy Butler--against St. Louis Cardinals pitching Tuesday night. </verbatim></p><p><verbatim>Much of the Royals' high hopes depended on the production of the young players they've developed such as Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. But they've been disappointing. </verbatim></p><p><verbatim>Manager Ned Yost is preaching patience. </verbatim></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:41:40 +0000 Greg Echlin 37544 at Royals Win Home Opener <p>Seven games into their 2013 baseball season, the <a href="">Kansas City Royals</a> have a winning record for the first time. The home opener against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium took a dramatic turn late in the game.</p><p></p><p>Unlike last year when the Royals gave up seven runs in the first inning of the home opener, they kept the game close. &nbsp;Down 1-0 in the eighth, Lorenzo Cain doubled and scored in an inning that produced all the Royals' runs in their 3-1 victory.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:03:31 +0000 Greg Echlin 34776 at Royals Win Home Opener Mike McCartney: The Voice Of The Royals <p>In recent years, baseball games have become highly-produced multi-media events. But despite all the changes technology has brought, two aspects of baseball remain the same: the sport and the announcer. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:51:10 +0000 Alex Smith 34730 at Mike McCartney: The Voice Of The Royals Going Out To The Ballgame <p>With a <strong>record number of spring training games won</strong>, the <strong>Royals</strong> started the regular season in Chicago last week with <strong>two losses and a win</strong>.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34639 at Going Out To The Ballgame A Royals Season Preview <p>The <strong>organ music</strong>, <strong>peanuts</strong> and even that occasional <strong>flying hot dog</strong> are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a <strong>Royals game.</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 30565 at A Royals Season Preview A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away <p>As the year comes to close, <em>A Fan’s Notes</em> commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what <em>could</em> be.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:46:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 29385 at A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Kansas City Chiefs</a> open their regular season this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to see underneath those protective uniforms, but this years’ team is….well, let’s not sugar coat it – young. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 17:34:07 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 24141 at A Fan's Notes: This Is Our Youth