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.