The Kansas City Royals will be busy on their side of the state as they get ready for their Royals FanFest this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center.
This will be a great opportunity to can meet new manager Trey Hillman and many Royals players, including Gil Meche, Mark Teahen, Billy Butler, and Jose Guillen.
The Royals are also getting ready for their Royals caravan that gets started tomorrow.
Manager Trey Hillman, pitcher Brian Bannister, broadcasters Denny Matthews and Paul Splittorff will visit Cameron, Maryville and St. Joseph, Mo., on Wednesday, Jan. 16; Marshall, Jefferson City and Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, Jan. 17; and then attend the Baseball Forecast Luncheon in Kansas City on Jan. 18.
John Buck, Brandon Duckworth and Luke Hochevar, Royals Hall of Famer Frank White and broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre will visit Fort Scott and Pittsburg, Kan., and Joplin, Mo., on Jan. 16; Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale, Ark., and Springfield, Mo., on Jan. 17, and Clinton and Warrensburg, Mo., Whiteman Air Force Base and Overland Park on Jan. 18.
Both groups also will be at the FanFest, which begins at 4 p.m. on Jan. 18.
On the week after the FanFest, players Alex Gordon, Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Teahen, Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry and Lefebvre will be at Beatrice, Hastings and Kearney, Neb., on Monday, Jan. 21; Grand Island, York, Lincoln and Papillion, Neb., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Omaha, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Players David DeJesus, Joey Gathright and Billy Butler, Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard and general manager Dayton Moore will go to Junction City, Ft. Riley, Manhattan and Salina, Kan., on Jan. 21; Greensburg, Hutchinson and Wichita, Kan., on Jan. 22, and Emporia, Topeka and Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 23.