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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Social Media Works

Social media works. Yesterday I posted a blog about my son Mark's KC Royals adventure and today I received a call from him.

"It was an awesome afternoon," he said.

The event, a Royals thank you to corporate sponsors, was like a fantasy baseball afternoon. Invited by corporate sponsor Assurant, Mark enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Jeff Montgomery and Dennis Leonard.

When he arrived, Mark was provided with his own locker and uniform. They took his picture to post on the scoreboard. The participants warmed up on the field before their game - just like the big boys. With an announcer and the scoreboard, Mark said it felt like a real game.

"Amos Otis was our manager," Mark said. "John Mayberry managed the other team. They were my heroes."

I thought about the many childhood conversations when Mark wanted to be like his favorite players. Some days it seemed like every conversation revolved around Royals baseball. "Did you get the chance to talk to them?"

"Not as much as I would have liked. They seemed to be having as much fun as all of us." Mark did talk to Amos but didn't have a chance to talk with John. "I should have spent more time in batting practice instead of talking though," he laughed. "I'm glad Michele and the boys went along. They had as much fun as I did,"

"I'm glad they went along so we have pictures!" I said. "Did you get to keep your shirt?" "Yep. Got the whole uniform."

"Did the other team have a different color," his dad asked.

"No, they were all the same color."

"And everybody got to keep their uniforms?" I asked.

"Yep. It was sweet."

"Wow," his dad and I said almost in unison.

The Royals have played a big part in our family. Not only did Mark and his brother Chris grow up with the Royals but when our grandson Ben was critically injured in an auto accident, George Brett and Aaron Guiel visited him in the hospital. Mike Sweeney became Ben's buddy. For his "Make-a-Wish" dream trip, Ben chose a Royals game and the chance to meet his favorite players. One year after the accident, through Blue Cross' sponsorship, he threw out the first pitch at a Royals game.

It's fun to add another chapter to our Royals stories!

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