My trip to Kansas: K-State and KC

August 17th was Yoenis Cespedes bobblehead day in Oakland. Did I go. NO! I sold our tickets and my family went to Manhattan, Kansas, for my cousin’s wedding.

There were two noteworthy things that I wanted to share from my trip.

First off…

My uncle (my dad’s brother) works at Kansas State University. Since I’m only a couple years away form going to college, he wanted me to get a tour of the campus just to get a sense of how everything works. After the campus tour, he arranged to have one of his good friends give me a tour of the baseball facility.

First, we checked out their indoor training facility.

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Here is the L-screen with a basket of balls.

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The hitting cage.

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The hitting cages.

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From there, we headed out to the field. Here is the BP cage.

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We walked in from the RF corner.

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Here is the seating down the 1st base line.

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Then, I got a picture from behind home plate.

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From here, we headed up to the press box and clubhouse.

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I snapped a picture of this sign.

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We went into this door.

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And through this corridor.

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Passed this bucket of balls.

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And ended up here. It’s the lounge where relief pitchers go once they have left the game.

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There was a large sign that had a list of every K-State Wildcat to be drafted.

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From here, we checked out the clubhouse.

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I was surprised how much stuff was still in the lockers.

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Then we headed to the press box.

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Here is the view.

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This is what the press box looks like.

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There are some luxury boxes to the right.

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Then there is the radio booth.

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This is the view from the radio booth.

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This signed picture was in the booth.

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Before we left, I was able to get my hands on a baseball.

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From there, we checked out the basketball arena.

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We walked around a bit.

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This was our view of the court.
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Really nice!

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Then, we checked out the football stadium.

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This press box is now the largest building in Manhattan. We were some of the first people to ever see it!

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This is the other side of the field.

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After the football stadium, we checked out the basketball practice facility, where they had this cool touchscreen display.

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Before we left, I got this picture of the outside of the football stadium.
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Cool stuff!

Secondly…

Kansas City is about 2 hours away from Manhattan. After taking the drive in the morning, once we had passed through security and such, we had over 2 hours untill our plane was supposed to leave. So, we followed this sign.

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We were headed to the Kansas City Royals-themed Grill!

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This is on the wall along the stairs if you choose to walk up.

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So I had to get two pictures.

1) Repping my A’s

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Notice the hat? It’s a Kansas City Athletics hat that my uncle (that I mentioned earlier) got for me.

20130823-013920.jpg2nd picture I had to get…

20130823-013940.jpgI think I caught the ball.

This is what our table looked like…

20130823-014011.jpgThis was a divided next to our booth.

20130823-014005.jpgFor those of you who don’t know, I LOVE collecting baseball cards.

I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. As far as airport food goes, it was great!

These circles were all over the floor.

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And the top of the restaurant is lined with the Royals logo.

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Along the bar, there are a bunch of baseball bats…

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Above the baseball bats, there is a mini helmet representing each MLB team.

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They also have some epic window coverings…

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Right?

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The waiter told me that George Brett had visited the week before, so I got this picture.

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If you go back up 3 pictures, do you see that table in the bottom left corner? Here it is up close…

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I don’t know if it is just me, but that’s an awesome table!

They also had a cool display for the TV (Which was turned off at the moment)

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Now it is time for the memorabilia display!

Here are 3 photos that pretty much showcase all of what they had on display.

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2 things popped out to me.

1) The Spring Training locker nameplate of Mr. Bacon Friday himself, Jeff Francoeur.

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And these 2 American League baseballs.

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There was also a Kansas City Royals Negro League jersey, with a little information plaque about Jackie Robinson.

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Finally, they have these 4 stadium seats.

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My sister asked me to take this picture of her.20130823-014228.jpgWhile she got a picture of me as well…

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That’s pretty much it for Kansas!

I’ll be at the Stockton Ports game tonight, so expect to hear a lot about that in the near future!

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Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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4 comments

  1. Aaron

    That sounded like an awesome vacation. Hey thanks for all yours tips. I never got a ball before this season but i was able to get 4 Milb balls and 2 Mlb balls with your help. Final question. What level Is the stockon ports

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    • Nick Badders

      It was! I’m glad that my tips have helped you! It’s always rewarding to hear that I have helped other snag some baseballs! And… the Stockton Ports are a High-A team, which is a above A-Level ball and Short Season A, but below AA and AAA.
      -Nick

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