A Guest Blog from Toby Cook, VP of Community Affairs & Publicity for the KC Royals
There’s an art to winning, and I think it has everything to do with the hard work that goes into honing a craft well before you even sniff success. We at the Royals are proud to wear fancy rings that declare us defending American League Champions. And we’d like nothing better than to replace those with rings that read, “World Champions.” But it was a long road to get back here. Like an artist taking the road from start to finish.
I’m particularly fond of the performing arts. So much of what happens at Kauffman Stadium to me feels like a performance. Long about mid-afternoon, The K starts to take the shape of a symphony hall or theatre on show night. The players rehearse (stretching and batting practice), the grounds and stadium crew spiffy and the ushers take their place in sections and parking lots waiting for the audience to arrive. Then, curtain time (Play Ball!). Friends, we couldn’t be happier to unite our two passions – baseball and the Kansas City arts community – for one special night.
This Saturday, when the Royals host the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, we’re teaming up with ArtsKC on a first-of-its-kind promotion at The K, celebrating the local arts. Before first pitch, fans can survey interactive booths from area arts and lifestyle organizations in our Outfield Experience. Together with live performances and art-making experiences, the pre-game fun will culminate in a performance of the National Anthem by the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.
More importantly, a portion of every ticket that was purchased at www.royals.com/arts will go directly to the ArtsKC Fund to support artists, arts organizations and arts programs throughout the Kansas City region. Sounds like a great performance all around. We should all get rings.