Fan Story #21 - Watching The Royals Helps Young Royals Fan Recover From Spinal Surgery, Deal with Tumor

Fan Story #21 - Watching The Royals Helps Young Royals Fan Recover From Spinal Surgery, Deal with Tumor

Our story begins with the birth of my youngest son, Jamisyn (Jamie), who was ALWAYS a fan, win or lose. Of course he never knew what a World Series win was like growing up, but he never lost hope. Day in, and day out he would play baseball, even if it was outside throwing it up to himself. I knew little boys enjoyed sports, but never as much as him. He would watch “tape” (still does) to see what went wrong or what went right. He was a very proud fan

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Fan Story #18 - My Day as an All-Star

Fan Story #18 - My Day as an All-Star

I wanted to share one of my favorite baseball experiences, which occurred a few years ago.

When Bud Selig announced that Kansas City would host the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, I was super excited. At the time, I was working on my PhD at the University of Iowa collecting data for my dissertation. I was also a research assistant for the Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, a position that luckily afforded me the opportunity to generally make my own work schedule.

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Story #7 - Baseball, Diversity, and the Dallas Shooting

Story #7 - Baseball, Diversity, and the Dallas Shooting

It was about 95 degrees, no breeze, and the game was going poorly. After 7.5 innings, the Mariners’ James Paxton had thrown 57 pitches and the Royals trailed 3-0. I was sitting in section 103 at Kauffman Stadium contemplating whether or not I should leave, but I decided to stay in case the Royals offense woke up. They did, and scored 2 runs on a Paulo Orlando 2-out single, but they still trailed 3-2 going into the 9th.

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