Monday’s rain out of the Red Sox game in Kansas City set up a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday that just happened to work with your correspondent’s own travel schedule. A few clicks with the mouse and I found myself for the first time at Kauffman Stadium, home of the World Champion Royals, for Game 3 of the series, a Red Sox 5-2 win.
I was fortunate to snag a very good seat in Kauffman’s Crown Club, which offers phenomenal amenities for fans in the first four rows behind home plate. Unlike Fenway, these premium seats are only accessible through the club, which offers a wide variety of food and drink (and wait service at your seat) that’s included in the price of the ticket.
More importantly for a baseball fan, the Crown Club gives you great views of the action and abuts the two teams’ dugouts, so I was sure to strategically pick my seat as close as I could get to the Red Sox dugout. The results are some pretty good pictures, taken with the only camera at my disposal, the one on my phone. Perhaps my favorite shot of the night is the one shown above with Boston first baseman Hanley Ramirez, who connected with a very cute little Sox fan sitting right next to the dugout.
For more shots, visit the RSNStats gallery on Instagram.
No place like home
Set just across the way from Arrowhead Stadium, Kauffman has a modernized retro 1970s (as opposed to 1910s) vibe to it. For fifteen dollars I parked in the huge parking lots that service both fields. A virtual army of attendants guide you to your parking space. I was amazed how many fans were there early tailgating before the game, or perhaps leftover from the first half of the doubleheader earlier in the day.
There’s no place like home, fans. Fenway Park is the place to watch the Sox. But the sights, people, and midwest hospitality at The K, were all impressive. A nice night and, more importantly, a Red Sox win on Wednesday night in KC.