Tuesday, April 22, 2008

First Royals game of the season

We went to our first 2008 Kansas City Royals game on Saturday, April 12. The team was premiering their new powder blue uniforms. It was frigid and windy, and we had many, many layers on. Katie and I threatened Dave & Eric that we were going to take one of the cars and go home to watch the game from the comfort of our own warm homes if it got too cold.

We had about 20 people for the game and pre-game tailgating. There was a ton of food, games (cornhole & washers),

and of course, Eric mugging for the cameras.

Kauffman Stadium is being renovated, and this was the first game we'd seen with the new high-definition scoreboard. They haven't put the crown topper back on yet. It is currently the largest high-definition video board in the world, but when the new Dallas Cowboys stadium opens, it will lose that claim to fame. The scoreboard is so much better than the old one, but unfortunately it had little good news to show this night- the Royals lost to the Twins 2-0.

We got to our seats and huddled together under blankets in the upper deck, and at first it didn't feel too bitterly cold. We were also kept happy by a fantastic cache of snacks provided by Mrs. K. But it did start getting really cold around the 6th inning, and began snowing a few innings later. Here's Luke dressed in his layers, and Russ, Katie, and Cara trying to keep warm.

I believe I was wearing a grand total of 6 layers of clothing, plus the blankets. And at the end of the game, I was still shivering. I love baseball, but I think I'm going to let Dave represent the Olschki household by himself at any future April Royals games.

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