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Home Runs For Hunger November 10


Event Gives Fans Opportunity to Participate in
On-Field Batting Practice by Donating Canned Food Items to Harvesters 

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 19, 2012) – As the holiday season nears, Royals Charities and the Kansas City Royals Grounds Crew are hosting the first-ever Home Runs for Hunger event at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, November 10.  Fans who donate canned food items or make a cash donation to Harvesters-The Community Food Network will have the unique opportunity to take batting practice on the field and shag fly balls in the outfield.

Fans can secure one swing against a pitching machine on the Kauffman Stadium field by donating three non-perishable canned food items or by making a $2 contribution.  There will be a maximum of 20 pitches per participant.  Batters will be entered into a drawing for autographed memorabilia for each home run hit.

Fans will also have the opportunity to shag fly balls in the outfield for 15 minutes by donating $25.  Participants are responsible for bring their own gloves for outfield shagging.  The Royals will provide bats, baseballs and helmets for the event.

Home Runs for Hunger will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting).  Please note that children must be at least 48” tall to participate, and all children under the age of 17 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

As fans enter Kauffman Stadium, Royals staff will be on hand to collect canned food items and donations and will give each participant a number indicating the hitting order and respective number of pitches and/or shagging time.  Family and friends are welcome to attend and may watch from the seating bowl.

Complete details on the event are available at www.royals.com/homerunsforhunger.

Fans who are unable to attend but wish to make a monetary donation may send checks to Royals Charities at One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129.  Please note in the memo of the check that it is for Home Runs for Hunger.

As the area’s only food bank, Harvesters has been helping people in need since 1979.  The Harvesters network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout a 26-county service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.  Harvesters can feed five people for just $1 and provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.

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Space Oddity: Or Why Baseball Is Superior To Football

It is Super Bowl Sunday.  This year on I-70 we will mark the end of the football season, which is subsequently the beginning of the baseball season, with guest posts from various writers.  The writers will provided with one subject to write about: Why Baseball Is Better Than Football.

What follows is a submission from Michael Clair of Old Time Family Baseball.

Space Oddity: Or Why Baseball is Superior to Football

If you were to bring a space alien without any previous human contact to a football game, he would quickly understand that men in one colored shirt are trying to get a ball to one side of the field while the men in the other colored shirt were trying to do the reverse. But baseball’s a weird game, a surprisingly popular cultural oddity. Baseball, unconcerned with linear storytelling, features one man throwing the ball to another man carrying a large stick, with eight other people wearing the same shirt as the thrower standing around. And sometimes the guy with the stick doesn’t do anything and other times he swings and if he hits the ball then the men standing around run after it and…you get the point.

Unlike football, baseball is not about hurling your strongest guys at each other and seeing who emerges from the pit. Football is all about aggression, while baseball is about patience and stillness suddenly breaking into moments of chaotic movement.  It lends itself to careful study and a thoughtful approach before all that proper preparation is lost to a double in the gap. It’s why players like Miguel Batista can get away with thinking about poetry while standing on the mound.

Since baseball’s rules are weird, it’s only natural that the players be bizarre as well. Tom Brady is considered a rags to riches story after being selected in the fourth round (to say nothing of his possible Expos career) but just look at his perfectly sculpted cheekbones which now grace Ugg Boots billboards and that story quickly falls apart.

But while baseball has plenty of physical specimens that could don spandex and fight crime, there are also your David Ecksteins with skin so translucent you could see through to his vital organs. Tim Lincecum just earned himself a $40 million contract and not only does his hair weigh as much as his body, but his pitching motion defies the known laws of physics. Sam Fuld became an overnight sensation last year as a 5’10” Jewish diabetic who graduated from Stanford. Last I checked, those kinds of players don’t make it to the NFL. And yes, teams want pitchers who can muscle the ball into the high-90s, but baseball also has a rich history of Niekros and Wakefields, men who spit in the face of conventional thought and the aging process by hurling up mid-60s knucklers that dance and dart and land anywhere except where they’re aimed.

When the players aren’t eccentric, they’re outright crazy. Mark Fidrych captivated the nation for talking to the baseball; Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD; and Fritz Petersen and Mike Kekich traded families as members of the Yankees in the early 70s. But no one compares to Kevin “Touch Me, Touch Me” Rhomberg.

Christened as such by Mike “The Human Rain Delay” Hargrove (who earned his nickname for the time it took him to step to the plate), Rhomberg was compelled to touch back anyone who came into contact with him. Armed with this information, his Indians teammates would torment Rhomberg by finding ever unique ways of brushing against him. If Rhomberg was touched while using the bathroom stall, he would have to run around the clubhouse, tapping everyone just to be sure the offender was repaid. Once, the umpires had to tell the opposing Yankees team to stop touching Rhomberg because it was interfering with the game. Football, with its built-up machismo, would never have room for a player like Rhomberg.

In the end, it’s baseball’s mentality that lends it this quality. Football is all about that one big game, that “forget everything except Sunday” meme. Played every day through the warm, lazy summer months, baseball is too much like life to take this approach. The weirdos mix with the cool kids, success battles against the mathematical certainty of failure, and each game is shrugged off in deference to the endless forward march of time.

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