A Summer of Baseball Continues

In my head summer invokes many images; swimming, lemonade, fairs, and heat, but it always makes me think of baseball. I love going to baseball games. The atmosphere always makes me think of being a kid in a 1930s movie. A game gives you such great American baseball imagery: the organ music, hotdogs and peanuts, and of course the game itself. I love the love for your team that is just in the air at a baseball game.

I already spoke of going to the Hays’ Larks this year, but I also have been blessed to go see my favorite team this summer… the Kansas City Royals. Kauffman Stadium may be one of my favorite places on the planet. The K has many great features since its renovation in 2009. The most distinguished being the 84 feet wide and 105 feet tall scoreboard in the outfield. At the time it was the largest high definition LED display in the world. The stadium includes multiple food areas, sales, and kid’s games.

The best part of a Royal’s game, in my opinion, is if you go to one on a Friday night. Every Friday home game there is dollar hot dogs and fireworks. I love fireworks. I do not care how many times you see them in your life; there is something always magical about fireworks. Everyone looking up at the same spot in the sky completely entranced… I just love that high of a level of communal happiness.

Check out the Royals’ website for tickets, schedule, stats, roster, and merchandise. Finally, get yourself to a Royals game at Kauffman stadium on a Friday night! I promise you that is summer feeling you do not want to miss.

Remember #TogetherRoyal

Larks 75th Anniversary

I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to work with the Hays Larks Baseball Association as a research assistant during the beginning of the year in preparation for the 75th anniversary season. I really learned a lot about the team, players, and organization while going through old newspaper articles from the past 75 years. Microfilm at the Hays Public Library became my new best friend. I assisted with the project back in January through March. So, it is really exciting now to see the 75th anniversary weekend happening June 18th through June 20th. If you are in Hays, Kansas and want to see a baseball celebration… get to Larks Park! Friday June 18th is the big night. The Hays Larks’ facebook page states the plans for Friday night are

The Hays Larks will celebrate their 75th anniversary season at Friday night’s home game against the Denver Cougars. Game time has changed; it will be an hour earlier, with first pitch at 6 p.m. at Larks Park.More than 60 Larks Legends are expected to return to Hays this weekend. They will be introduced between innings at Friday’s game. After the game, there will be a free concert at the park, with the band Homebrew performing.Larks baseball cards are available for purchase starting Friday, at the Phaze 2 apparel store at the park. The store also will have available for purchase 75th anniversary caps, t-shirts and women’s tank tops.Also at Friday’s game, raffle tickets will go on sale for a Larks jersey signed by Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman. A total of 150 tickets costing $20 each will be sold, with the winner announced once all tickets have been purchased.Larks fans also can view signs on the back grandstand of former Larks who went on to have notable careers in the major leagues.”

-Hays Larks Association

Even if you cannot make it to the Larks’ 75th anniversary you should really take advantage of visiting the park during the rest of the summer. Admission is free, there is great seating, concessions, raffles, and merchandise for sale at the games every time the team plays. Plus, they are a pretty great team to watch. If you are in Hays, Kansas anytime this summer, but especially the weekend of June 18th-20th you need to hit Larks Park.

Lastly, if you find Larks History fascinating check out their facebook page. They constantly update it with “This Day In Larks’ History” posts. They are a great association you should look into whether you are a baseball fan or not.