Twenty-nine years ago, President Reagan was lowering America’s taxes, Back to the Future was the nation’s No. 1 movie, The Cosby Show was the No. 1 TV show, and my wife and I were snaring two left-field seats inside Kauffman Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals to become MLB’s 1985 World Series Champions.
Don’t look now, but the Royals, whose 28-year playoff drought is the longest in professional sports, are leading the American League’s Central Division. Alex Gordon, No. 4 on your scorecard and No. 1 in the hearts of Husker Nation, demonstrated his All-Star/Gold Glove-like magic to help Kansas City win its 10th straight game and its third consecutive victory at Detroit, 2-1. The Royals have not won this many games in a row since 1994.
Gordon Drives in a Run and Also Saves a Run
Luck played a part in this celebration. Gordon’s first-inning single was the result of a wacky bounce that plated the Royals’ first run, but his diving fourth-inning catch in left field was all skill. Fortunately, I walked into a co-worker’s office just seconds before the American League’s best left-fielder caught the ball in left-center to end a scoring threat and the inning. Three of us shook our fists when we saw the former Husker All-American go into a diving slide and a stomach sprawl to make the catch. It had to hurt, but Gordon jumped right back up with his trademark visible grin.
Why is this important? Because three days after Father’s Day, any dad who might have been short-changed can still get a real thrill – a ticket to the Royals’ Saturday, August 9th, 6:10 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants at Kauffman Stadium. It will be Huskers Night at The K, and even though there will be no formal program involving the Nebraska Alumni Association like last year, now would be a good time to buy tickets for the family.
Nearly 1,300 Huskers’ Night Tickets Already Sold
Nebraska gobbled up all 5,100 tickets for last year’s inaugural event and then almost doubled that total to set a College Night record at the K. This summer, Husker fans already have purchased nearly 1,300 tickets through the promotion link. If the Royals stay hot, expect that number to climb quickly.
Like last year, a table located at Gate B will distribute the red-and-white KC Royals Husker caps. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and only individuals that present a Huskers’ Night ticket purchased through this link will be eligible to receive a cap. Huskers’ Night pricing for the Aug. 9th game ranges from $15 seats in the outfield to $46 seats in the Dugout Plaza. The Royals dynamically price all games throughout the regular season and pre-discounted prices will vary based on numerous market factors. For more information on Dynamic Pricing, please check out this FAQ page. For more information or to purchase 20 or more tickets, contact Britt Gardner at 816-504-4174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Gordon Bobblehead Giveaway August 10th
Gardner, account executive for group sales and special events for the Royals, said more than 5,200 Husker fans purchased tickets last year through www.royals.com/huskers. That total accounted for 43 percent of Kansas City’s “University Day” ticket sales among the four schools which had special promotions – Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri.
“We’re excited for another successful Huskers’ Night this year,” Gardner said. “I’m confident we’ll have a similar turnout at this year’s event, and instead of the 1,500 caps we gave away last year, we have 6,000 to give away to Husker fans this year.” Gardner stresses that only fans who purchase their discounted tickets through this link are eligible to receive a hat.
Last year, an estimated 10,000 Big Red fans were inside Kauffman Stadium for Huskers’ Night at The K, and countless Nebraska fans plan to take advantage of another special promotion a day later. On Sunday, Aug. 10, it will be Alex Gordon Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by Pepsi, when the Royals complete their home series against the Giants. Kansas City officials expect unusually early arrivals for that game, so don’t be surprised to see another sea of red hours before the 1:10 p.m. opening pitch at The K.
New Beginnings: Husker Day in Minneapolis
Today is a milestone day for Nebraska in Minneapolis. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst will be at Lyons Pub in Downtown Minneapolis to Meet-N-Mingle with fellow Husker fans, who will celebrate the first Husker Day at Target Field. About 150 Husker fans are expected to participate in the event and watch the Minnesota Twins play the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m.
Nebraska, of course, played Indiana in the Big Ten Conference Championship Baseball Game at Target Field last year. The home of the Twins was voted “the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America” by ESPN the Magazine. Target Field also will host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15. Since Minneapolis is just over a six-hour drive from Lincoln, the seeds are being planted to consider Target Field as a meaningful summer vacation for Husker fans who like to celebrate their Nebraska roots.
There’s another important reason why Nebraska fans have become Minnesota fans. Brian Duensing, the Marysville, Kan., native who played at Nebraska, was the Twins’ third-round draft choice in 2005. Nine years later, he’s still a major contributor as a left-handed relief pitcher maintainimng a 2.89 earned-run-average this season. Duensing played in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the last Summer Olympics to include baseball. He still has fond memories of his Olympic experience and remained loyal to Nebraska, sponsoring the Millard South American Legion baseball team, proving that once a Husker, always a Husker!
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