Wednesday

Renovations there will be!

As you may have noticed, RC over the past couple months has remained silent on the ballot initiatives that Jackson County residents voted on today. We've always thought it somewhat tacky for non-KC residents to take a public position on taxes they would rarely have to pay, and it seemed best to leave discussion of such polarizing issues to more appropriate forums prior to the election.

Now that the results are in, we must say that RC couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. Not only did Jackson County residents approve a $250 million facelift for one of baseball's most beautiful stadiums, but they also rejected the rolling roof scheme. In our eyes, the Royals were the big winner today, as the wheels have been set in motion to build a revenue-generating machine. Today's vote not only enhances the Royals' long-term ability to compete, but it also ensured that they'll stay in KC for at least 25 more years by locking them into the new lease they recently signed.

RC has been to most of baseball's new downtown stadiums, and while they certainly offer some benefits that the Truman Sports Complex does not, Kauffman Stadium is so beautiful and perfect that talk of abandoning it always seemed silly. As with any election, there were devious tactics and shenanigans deployed by both sides, but for us, the main question always boiled down to our love of Kauffman Stadium. Jackson County today ensured that it will be a long time before we have to hear such nonsense again, so kudos to them! RC sends Kevin Kietzman and Bob Fescoe and the rest of the seething crew at 810 our condolences.

  • Sorry about the lack of a report from Opening Day. It was a long day for RC, and we didn't even take our camera to the game. The Royals played a pretty solid game, and we liked what we saw from Scott Elarton, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Mark Grudzielanek. Ambiorix Burgos looked dominant out of the pen, and David DeJesus had the type of solid at bats we expect to see from him all season.

    We weren't thrilled when we heard boos raining down upon Mike Sweeney after he tapped out to the pitcher with a man on third base, but after checking with the Elias Sports Bureau, we learned that Sweeney was in fact the first $11 million player in baseball history to do so with a man on third base and less than two outs. Kansas City certainly taught him a lesson on Monday, and it's one we hope he doesn't forget anytime soon.


    Damn you, Mike Sweeney!

    We're sure that he'll never do that again after realizing how much Opening Day fans (or as Sweeney accurately calls them, "Chiefs fans") don't appreciate him not coming through 100 percent of the time. Boy, does he have egg on his face...


  • RC will be at Wednesday's Royals game as the boys in blue attempt to exact revenge against Jemrey Bodnemran (he'll never notice that we spelled his name incorrectly, teehee). We'll be toting our camera as Joe Mays takes the hill, and we plan to have a full report for you tomorrow evening. Also, our draft update promises to be a little slow in the making this week, but we should have something for you in the next couple days. To spoil the suspense, we don't anticipate any real movement on our list, as North Carolina's Andrew Miller continued to display the dominance that has thus far put him heads and shoulders above the rest of the '06 draft class.
  • 11 Comments:

    At 4/05/2006 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    With Mays on the mound, you should get a good look at how good the Detroit bats are....well at least how good Mays makes them look anyways

     
    At 4/05/2006 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Let's get one thing straight - a renovated K is not going to lead a "revenue-building" machine. The only thing that generates revenue is winning, and stadium renovations will do nothing for that (hell, half the new revenues will go revenue sharing anyway).

    But the Royals needed something done about their stadium situation, and this resolves it. I think Jason Whitlock made a good point in today's Star - the voters of Jackson County have made a huge statement in support of the Royals, so the Royals need to start making their own statements about a committment to winning.

     
    At 4/05/2006 12:48 PM, Blogger Guy Behind the Guy said...

    Snarky re: Sweeney...

     
    At 4/05/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The Sweeney booing was shameful. In 74 AB's over the last 3 years with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs, all he's done is hit .419, slug .676, with a 1.093 OPS, but they boo because of ONE AB. Opening Day has turned into an embarrassment of drunk fair weather fans, showing up in the 4th inning and leaving in the 6th.

     
    At 4/05/2006 2:26 PM, Blogger desertclone said...

    I don't see how the planned renovations for the K are going to increase revenue all that much. Wider concourses, more restrooms, & added concession options will certainly make the fan experience at the stadium much more enjoyable. I'm all for that. But are they really going to bring in that much more revenue?

    I think the renovation plans are flawed in that there appears to be no plan to expand the amount of luxury boxes currently in the stadium. If you really want to expand annual reveneus, you need to tap into the corporate money that is generated from the sale of private suites. For this reason alone, I think building a new stadium makes more sense than putting a $200 mil band-aid on the K. The cutesy kids stuff & fan pavilion look nice and all. But I just don't see how they are a wise decision as far as offering a good return on the initial investment.

     
    At 4/05/2006 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    THIS JUST IN----

    MAYS BLOWS!

    Buddy Bell is an idiot, and Baird a close 2nd.....stop the regurgation projects. Mays, Stemle, Wood?!? Oh baby, glad i didnt pay to see that.
    And please, oh please, dont defend them. Theyre not worth it

     
    At 4/05/2006 5:28 PM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

    I was optimistic coming into the season, but after 2 games I'm already thinking different year, same thing.

     
    At 4/05/2006 5:36 PM, Blogger Max said...

    I love your pictures Dave, but I don't think I want to see any pictures of today's game.

     
    At 4/05/2006 6:59 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

    I'll never be able to understand people who complain about a team after losses. No good can come of it, and there are things in life that are FAR more important. Hakuna Matata, folks.

     
    At 4/05/2006 9:56 PM, Blogger Max said...

    Sometimes you need to get things off your chest. I don't see any point in glossing over the negatives and pretending like this franchise is faring well. We criticize because we love.

    Of course there are far better things to do. There are far better things to do than spending as much time as I do devoted to a team playing a silly child's game (and not very well I might add).

    And yet, here we are! ;)

     
    At 4/05/2006 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    kev, get outta dreamland....your royals suck.
    dave puts up a great site, just wish there was talent to write about...maybe in the future, but then again, this is the royals

     

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