We were there at Kaufmann Stadium so early before first pitch, that there was a ton of time to explore the stadium. And explore we did.
Back behind left-center field was a great playground for the kids, complete with one of those timed-sprint run-the-bases things, a batting cage, a carousel, and a playground. One could see how parents could take young kids here and the stuff could occupy the kids for hours. Very cool.
For the adults, the left field concourse at Kaufmann Stadium has a cool Royals Hall of Fame building, complete with a screening room and standing exhibits about the Kansas City Royals' history. We were lucky, as one of the main exhibits was about Royals phenom Bo Jackson:
It's neat to see a team with not that much history celebrate its past successes with such reverence and appreciation. The Dodgers should have something like this accessible to the public as well (I know the Dodgers have a lot of stuff on the Club Level concourse, but there isn't anything like this open to the masses).
And now, some more fun in the field. I have more pictures from this that I have to edit, but here's the sanitized shots of an autograph signing with the KCrew (the Royals' cheerleading crew) and their mascot, Sluggerrr (whose three Rs at the end of his name reference his drunken slurring of words, I believe):
The KCrew is not in the league of the Marlins Mermaids, but it was still nice to see such team spirit. (Don't get any ideas, Dodgers.)
Next up: the game itself, and baking under the hot Kansas City sun.