12 April 2009

The Royals Home Opener 2009

Friday April 10th, 20 Air Force members from Whiteman were selected to hold the American Flag on the Field of Kauffman Stadium home of the Kansas City Royals. Well I was one of those members! Friday was the Royals Home Opener, but it was any ordinary home opener. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the KC Royals. So the folks at the Stadium put a wonderful pre-game show together. Which took some practice.

On Wednesday we all met at the Stadium in KC to have a dress rehearsal. A 4 hour practice!!! Well it was worth it. It was actually fun. There was a lot of waiting so in the mean time I took pictures. We got see a preview of the video they put together for the show. We were the first public eyes to watch it because it was a big secret!


Well I anxiously waited for Friday to come along as I was really excited to feel the rush of being on the field and hear the thousands of fans in the stands. My friend Carlin and I met up early and joined the many tailgaters in the parking lot. When I mean early I mean early. We were there around 1130am. (we had to be there by 1400.) We walked around and enjoyed the smell of the barbeque's going. We eventually made it into the stadium and walked around and around and around. We made it down to the dugouts were we got to watch practice.




















Last year I was at a game and caught a foul ball. Well I brought this ball back with me and I'm sure glad I did. I got three autographs from the royals. Which included Miguel Olivo catcher, Alex Gordon infielder, and Trey Hillman manager of the Royals. I do have to say I am a big Yankee fan but unlike the yankees the royals were right there for autographs. Damm those Yankee's who make to much money and think they are to good for autographs (Had to get that out)

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Well it was time to meet up in the tunnel with the other AF people to get ready for the show. Each of us got in are positions with the 100ftx50ft flag to go out on to the field. We walked onto the field to hear the crowd roaring. What a feeling that was. We were against the outfield wall until everyone got in there spots. The had a very nice opening to the pre game show.

















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They gave us the cue to move up to the grass and then to run out with the flag. This was the greatest feeling, being able to run onto the field and open the flag up and hear the crowd go wild. Then the Star- Spangled Banner starts and as it end 4 A-10's from the 442nd Reserve Unit at Whiteman make a fly over the Stadium. It was so amazing I actually got goosebumps from it. I found this picture taken of the field of the finale of the show which has all of us in it. And also the video is so you can hear the crowd from the field.
















It was probably one of the best baseball games I have ever been to! The Yankees beat the royal 4-1 so i was happy.

I want to take this time to to thanks all the kind people at the game who bought my food, beers, drinks and Ice cream. That was so thoughtful. I didn't have to pay for one thing!

05 April 2009

Earth Hour to Earth Day Challenge

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So I have been following Napmom's Blog and she has been doing the Earth Day Challenge. Well I was debating whether or not I was going to do it since I already try to live green the best way I can.. But then I came across this website when I was trying to find a used book for my upcoming class. It's called Better World Books. Here is what the Online Book store with a soul has to say:

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They help raise money for Global Literacy. Also they save books from landfills. By doing this they are being green as well. They are recycling books so when a reader is done with there book they can sell it and then another person can buy it instead of buying a new book. Which saves trees from getting cut down. Not only does it benefit the earth but it benefits the seller and buyer. The seller can make money to buy a new book while the buyer saves a great deal of money from buying a used book. This last purchase I made saved me $144. I bought my College Algebra book for $8 people! It was in great shape too.

So check it out and do your part in saving the Earth.