This is always a boring time of year, in my opinion.  For a girl, I'm a pretty big lover of sports, but my love of basketball is basically non-existent in comparison to my love of baseball and football.  I blame my alma mater for my lack of interest, as they had such a poor basketball program while I was in school that I just never got into it.  But that's beside the point.

My point is, it's always around this time of year that I'm really itching for the start of baseball season.  So when I found out Royal's Fanfest was scheduled for the last weekend in January, I put it on our calendar and we headed to Bartle Hall!  Coming off of an amazing post-season run and being one run away from World Series champions, this city is pretty die-hard right now.  And it was obvious upon walking into the pre-season celebration.

Fanfest was...well, kind of like it sounds.  A festival for fans.  Lots of advertising (read: free crap), some interactive activities for kiddos, t.v.s blaring the postseason highlights (which was pretty cool!), and then there were the players.  The lines to meet the players were redic, so we made due with the cardboard cut-outs.

I've always loved me some Alex Gordon...

And the boys next to Hosmer.

Brantley loved running the "bases".  We waited in line over and over again for his turn.  It was pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

Since we didn't meet any of the players, our highlight was most definitely meeting the next best thing: Slugger!  We saw him as we were getting ready to leave, so we made a beeline for the Slugger photo line! Brantley adores Slugger and yells, screams, and laughs in excitement each time he sees him on t.v.  So to say I was excited when I spotted Slugger would be an understatement.  However, the pictures...well, they are kind of weird.  Craig asked Slugger if he'd hold Holden, but Slugger thought he meant Brantley, so then he held both boys and well, it just looks awkward.  We even debated going back for round two, but didn't want to be those crazy parents.  

So although the festival was just okay and probably not worth the $14 we paid per ticket, it was still a decent wintertime outing.

In other Royals news, we booked a Spring Break trip to Arizona for Royal's Spring Training in December.  We found an amazing, seemingly-kid-friendly resort (with a waterpark) and we were so excited to sneak away to some warm weather and enjoy a couple of pre-season Royal's games. Unbeknownst to us, in the meantime we would list our house, sell our house, sign a contract on a new house, and close just 11 days prior to leaving for our trip.  So low and behold, and against every bone in our body that wanted to go, we knew better and cancelled our trip.  We didn't want to miss the opportunity of a week off of work to unpack and organize our new home, when we can always plan a new vacation next year.

1 comment:

  1. My brothers-in-law and nephews went to Fanfest and they said though run, it was kind of crazy with lots of waiting in line. But, the pictures with Slugger are great, and the running of bases looks like so much fun!