EVENT: Royals Spring Training Watch Party – March 19 at Kelly’s Westport Inn

It’s about time to shake off the rust and get back into the best game-watching shape of our lives.

You are cordially invited to join us from the Kansas City Baseball Vault and other Royals fans at Kelly’s Westport Inn on March 19, 2016.

The Royals take on the Rangers at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Kansas City. We’re hoping to meet up with many Royals fans ready to get back to watching baseball together while enjoying reasonably-priced drinks and some of the best pizza in town.

Who: Royals fans (ages 21 and up) – longtime or brand new, all are welcome

What: Watch Party slash Tweet-up

When: March 19, 2016 – 2 p.m. (though I bet many will start up a couple hours earlier than that, so feel welcome to stop by)

Where: Kelly’s Westport Inn¬†– 500 Westport Road

Why: Because you’re a Royals fan who likes to watch baseball with other like-minded fans, and Kelly’s is the best place in town to watch a game (other than the K)

Kickball for a Cause


I joined Twitter back in 2009. At the time, it was mostly to join in on the fun of live-tweeting Zack Greinke starts with fellow Royals fans. But what started out as just events surrounding Greinke’s games developed into much more. By 2010, I was blogging for Kings of Kauffman and Royals game live tweets were a regular part of the season. Through that, I ran into familiar handles and started to follow a large group of Royals fans.

And I’m not alone. Over the years, I’ve seen people get excited about local kids being drafted, by the trade deadline, by prospect rankings and debuts, and starting in 2013, winning Royals baseball. We don’t always agree on the best lineups or tactics but the common thread is a love for Royals baseball.

But I’m burying the lede here.

On September 19, Royals fans will gather at Gillham Park to play some kickball while raising money for Bishop Sullivan Center.

Here’s the plan: at 2:30, two teams will take the field (Field #2) for a rousing game of kickball. When the competition has concluded, we’ll move over to Kelly’s Westport Inn to watch the Royals play the Tigers.

Edit: We had hoped that the Royals would be in line to clinch around the 19th but the math and the schedule didn’t cooperate. Still, the Royals will take on the Tigers and we’ll be upstairs at Kelly’s watching all night.

Here’s the sales pitch: thanks to generous contributions from local sponsors, we’ll be putting many items up for grabs in a raffle.

These items include:

  • 5 Kansas City Monarchs-themed wine bottles, engraved by Manos Wine
  • A Zarda gift basket
  • Various Royals alumni signed baseballs
  • More that we’re still figuring out and that you can find HERE.

Raffle tickets will be available for sale¬†during the kickball game as well as at Kelly’s Westport Inn after the game.

Tickets will be available in the following numbers:

  • 1 for $3
  • 2 for $5
  • 6 for $10
  • 15 for $20

All proceeds from the event will go to Bishop Sullivan Center. For more on Bishop Sullivan Center and their efforts to assist those in the community, you can find them here.

More updates on the game, including teams and rosters, and the watch party can be found at RTFKickballClassic.com and on Twitter at @RTFclassic.