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.
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.
Here is the L-screen with a basket of balls.
The hitting cage.
The hitting cages.
From there, we headed out to the field. Here is the BP cage.
We walked in from the RF corner.
Then, I got a picture from behind home plate.
From here, we headed up to the press box and clubhouse.
I snapped a picture of this sign.
We went into this door.
And through this corridor.
Passed this bucket of balls.
And ended up here. It’s the lounge where relief pitchers go once they have left the game.
There was a large sign that had a list of every K-State Wildcat to be drafted.
From here, we checked out the clubhouse.
I was surprised how much stuff was still in the lockers.
Then we headed to the press box.
Here is the view.
This is what the press box looks like.
There are some luxury boxes to the right.
Then there is the radio booth.
This is the view from the radio booth.
This signed picture was in the booth.
Before we left, I was able to get my hands on a baseball.
From there, we checked out the basketball arena.
We walked around a bit.
Then, we checked out the football stadium.
This press box is now the largest building in Manhattan. We were some of the first people to ever see it!
This is the other side of the field.
After the football stadium, we checked out the basketball practice facility, where they had this cool touchscreen display.
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.
We were headed to the Kansas City Royals-themed Grill!
This is on the wall along the stairs if you choose to walk up.
So I had to get two pictures.
1) Repping my A’s
Notice the hat? It’s a Kansas City Athletics hat that my uncle (that I mentioned earlier) got for me.
This is what our table looked like…
I ordered a pulled pork sandwich. As far as airport food goes, it was great!
These circles were all over the floor.
And the top of the restaurant is lined with the Royals logo.
Along the bar, there are a bunch of baseball bats…
Above the baseball bats, there is a mini helmet representing each MLB team.
They also have some epic window coverings…
The waiter told me that George Brett had visited the week before, so I got this picture.
If you go back up 3 pictures, do you see that table in the bottom left corner? Here it is up close…
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)
Now it is time for the memorabilia display!
Here are 3 photos that pretty much showcase all of what they had on display.
2 things popped out to me.
1) The Spring Training locker nameplate of Mr. Bacon Friday himself, Jeff Francoeur.
And these 2 American League baseballs.
There was also a Kansas City Royals Negro League jersey, with a little information plaque about Jackie Robinson.
Finally, they have these 4 stadium seats.
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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