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Sep 15 2012

Kansas City Royals Baseball Game

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We all drove up to Kansas City for cousins Caroline and Charlotte's baptism. We took the opportunity to take in a Kansas City Royal's game against the Los Angeles Angels with the Madisons. The four boys just outside Kauffman Stadium before the game.

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Before we got to our seats, I took a few overlapping photos which I have combined here into a gigantic panorama of Kauffman Stadium. Click on the photo to launch a 11,373 x 3048 pixel, 4 MB, view from the right field corner. Once loaded, right click "View Image" for an automatic re-size (at least in Windows 7).

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The Royals' high-definition scoreboard is 84 ft. wide and 105 ft. tall and was the largest high-def LED display in the world when it started service in 2008. On game days, the scoreboard requires a staff of 17 people to operate.

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The American flag unfurled on the field for the National Anthem.

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A pair of A-10 Thunderbolts (Warthogs) make a flyover at the end of the National Anthem.

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The boys pose next to a living baseball statue. You can tell they weren't comfortable getting too close to the "statue."

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Drew and Will were much braver the second time around posing with this Army man. Landon, however, would have nothing to do with him.

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Free camouflage baseball hats (in Royals colors of course), giant flag, fly over, Army men, all could mean just one thing...Armed Forces Day.

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The boys and Mama in the right field bleachers enjoying a Royals game.

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One of our twin cousins enjoying the game strapped to her Daddy.

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Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hitting a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

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Alcides Escobar diving back to first base after drawing the pitcher's attention with a huge lead off.

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Angels Torii Hunter gives it everything he's got in a throw in from right field.

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After a walk, Royals Eric Hosmer steals second base in the bottom of the second inning.

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Hosmer was safe, but it couldn't have been any closer. I would not want to be an umpire...of any sport. Our modern day instant replays and super zoom HD cameras have warped our opinions of play callers whose skills are often as great as those on the playing field.

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Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie making covering first look easy. There were several times during the game that the pitchers had to cover first and every time they pulled off this underrated play flawlessly.

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Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella catching a fly ball.

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Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitched a good game and left after eight innings allowing two runs on five hits. Guthrie was replaced by Kelvin Herrera who threw a scoreless ninth inning.

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After the last bathroom break of the evening, I took a picture of the boys with the park behind them. Down 2-0 at the start of the bottom of the ninth, there's nothing left to do but pack up and get ready to go home...

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...with a man on first, Royals Billy Butler smacked a two run homer to tie up the game. I had packed away my zoom lens and was only partially paying attention to the game, but I did get lucky and was able to capture the ball (blur against the green wall) going over the center field fence. (Just peeking above the head of the fan with his left hand raised is the red hat of the Angels center fielder.)

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The very next batter up was Salvador Perez who hit a walk off home run to end the game in grand style. Notice the little blur hitting the left field foul pole, that's Perez's home run right as it hit the pole.

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A close up view of the ball hitting the left field foul pole for a game winning home run.

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The crowd went wild when Perez hit his game winner. You can see the smoke in front of the fountains where the canon just fired to celebrate the home run.

In glorious hindsight, the Angels' managers' decision to pull their pitcher, Zack Greinke, who held the Royals scoreless for 8 1/3 innings was an incredibly dumb move. His replacement, Ernesto Frieri, needed just four pitches to give up two home runs and lose the game.

Greinke said afterward: "It was pretty amazing. I don't think I've ever seen back-to-back homers to walk off like that. I don't know if it's ever happened. You don't see that I think ever."

It was probably the most amazing game I've seen in person in my life. Thanks Madisons for suggesting we go!

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