The Royals drew some record crowds to FanFest this year at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. Guess what? People like a winning ballclub. Especially ones with accessible and interesting ballplayers who legitimately seem to enjoy being professional ballplayers. Here are some of the news and notes from this year's FanFest.
@SalvadorPerez15 unleashed his inner Marshawn Lynch by greeting Fanfest crowd with "I'm only here so I don't get fined."— Mike Swanson (@Swanee54) January 30, 2015
Salvy told me he was straight up wearing #VictoriasSecret perfume. And that someone here at Fan Fest gave it to him.. pic.twitter.com/VClsyLaOru— Tim Scott (@timscott411) January 30, 2015
Don't ever change, Salvy.
If you're looking for No. 4, Gordon is at the Steal Home Challenge pressing the start button: pic.twitter.com/shSXZipZmX— Melissa Schupmann (@MSchup) January 30, 2015
Yikes, look at the size of that cast. Anyone know where one can send "Get Well" flowers? Asking for a friend.
Ned Yost: "Home runs are overrated." Pause. "I'd like to have more. But they're still overrated."— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) January 31, 2015
Do they even score as many runs as a bunt? I don't think so.
#royals' sal perez tells us he didnt feel like he wore down at the end of last season. Hmmm— Jeffrey Flanagan (@jflanagankc) January 30, 2015
Uh, so you were just swinging at everything for the fun of it?
Ned Yost developed an interactive baseball app that teaches players what to do in certain fielding situations. pic.twitter.com/xAhEC3RwTf— Pete Grathoff (@pgrathoff) January 30, 2015
Ned Yost: Silicon Valley Maven
.@Mooose_8 visits the Teva Batting Cages to give some tips and take fan photos. #RoyalsFanFest pic.twitter.com/jIVUhdjdhG— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 31, 2015
Who is giving who tips?
#Royals Salvador Perez says he took seven weeks off to rest this offseason.— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) January 30, 2015
Adding that he rested by catching doubleheaders in a pickup league in Venezuela.
Jarrod Dyson: We still have that bad taste in our mouth. It's made us hungry this year— Pete Grathoff (@pgrathoff) January 31, 2015
Enjoyed talking w/Kris Medlen, who's an old school guy that's a fan of small ball, base stealing & defense pic.twitter.com/nAhrVJulf3— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) January 30, 2015
Kris Medlen: Future Royals manager.
Luke Hochevar referred to Tommy John surgery as a "reverse pregnancy." Brandon Finnegan thought TCU got jobbed in the CFB playoff.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) January 30, 2015
Luke Hochevar: Not a Doctor
The AL Chanpionship trophy #royals pic.twitter.com/y5lYE8Iz4P— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) January 31, 2015
Selfie with the owner! #RoyalsFanFest pic.twitter.com/oCtVV9KtVc— Devan Dignan (@ddignan) January 31, 2015
Glass reportedly took everyone for shots at McFadden's after FanFest and picked up the tab.
Yes!!!!!!! @YordanoVentura #TrowFire pic.twitter.com/xs5wmixsyy— Betty Ford Dropout (@ManicMinxy) January 31, 2015
THE ROYS HAVE A BUNTING CAGE. I CANT EVEN RIGHT NOW. #RoyalsFanFest #TheBuntForNedOctober pic.twitter.com/EDtjhiwKbP— Sean Donnelly (@theparmaSEAN) January 31, 2015
Did any of you attend FanFest? What was your experience like?