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- 4 brat hot dog buns, or hard roll hot dog buns
- 4 hot dogs, cooked
- 1 Cup blue cheese dressing
- 1 Cup diced red onion
- 1 Cup chopped bacon, cooked to a crisp
- 1/2 Cup gorgonzola cheese
Place the hot dogs into each brat bun. Pour the blue cheese dressing evenly over each hot dog, and then sprinkle each with and even amount of the red onion, bacon, and gorgonzola cheese.
Calories Per Serving656
Folate equivalent (total)36µg9%
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Royals fans excited to be back at Kauffman Stadium to cheer on KC in person
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in more than a year, Kansas City Royals fans were at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night.
Last year’s home opener was less eventful with cardboard cutouts in the stands instead of fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, fans came from near and far to celebrate the new season, bringing back traditions they were forced to skip in 2020.
Jillian Beyer, a Kansas City native, traveled from Los Angeles to visit her father for their 20th home opener.
“It was hard to see, you know, you can’t do traditions, but it’s really fulfilling when you can do them,” Beyer said. “You know, we have to stay safe, so it’s worth the sacrifice.”
For some, this year is even more special in person.
“Really just being back inside the stadium, not sitting at home on the couch,” Matt Kruger said. “It’ll be nice to be out. It’s a beautiful day to watch baseball with other people.”
Last year, the Royals announced no fans would be allowed inside the K. This year, the team is limiting capacity to 10,000 fans that will be in seating pods with masks required.
“The people that are here today are the people who missed baseball all last year and took an extra step just to be here, and that’s going to make a difference,” Royals fan Alec Ryder said.
Even though fans are ‘Always Royal,’ many said they prefer the action in person and saw this game as a sign that we’re nearing the end of the pandemic.
“It just felt like wow, we were missing a big part of what we were as a society. To be able to come out today, it feels good like to kind of get back towards normal,” fan Marcel Taylor said.
The Royals have limited the fan capacity for April games, but there’s a chance it could change based on guidance from local health departments.
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- KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 1: The B-1 stealth bomber flies over Kuaffman Stadium during the the playing of the national anthem prior to a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals on Opening Day at on April 1, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
- KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 1: NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with Kansas City Royals owner John Sherman during a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium on April 1, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
- KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 1: Fans tailgate prior to a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium on April 1, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
- KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 1: A Kansas City Royals attendant holds a sign requiring fans to wear a mask during a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium on April 1, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
- KANSAS CITY, MO – APRIL 1: Michael A. Taylor #2 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases on his solo home run in the third inning against the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium on April 1, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Ballpark Food: Three Barbecue Must-Haves at Kauffman Stadium
Sometimes when the shoe fits, you just have to wear it.
Kansas City is known for its world famous barbecue so chefs at Kauffman Stadium figured the food at The K should be representative of the city. The chefs have come up with some unique ways to use the city’s trademark to make delicious ballpark food.
The K boasts its own barbecue pit. The smoker is fueled by wood
shipped in from the Ozarks. The two woods used are hickory and
Located beyond Rivals in right field, the smoker can kick out some serious brisket,
pork and pretty much anything you may want to smoke. On busy
days they can crank out 400 pounds of barbecue! The pit in right field
supplies all the smoked meat to the ballpark.
If you happen to make your way to a Royals game this season there
are a few things at the concession stands you have to try:
1. The Kansas City All-Star Dog
It’s the king of hot dogs, with a barbecue twist. It consists of a delicious Farmland Hot
Dog on a bun smothered with smoked-pulled pork, homemade cole slaw, pickles
and is topped with some savory barbecue sauce. It’s a hot dog / barbecue lovers dream!
2. Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho
It is the Kauffman Stadium take on nachos. Now these are not your typical nachos. They have
everything and are full of Kansas City flavor. Layers. That may be the best way to
describe these nachos.
Layer 1: Chips.
Layer 2: Smoked Brisket.
Layer 3: Cheesy Corn. (Another notorious KC side dish)
Layer 4: Homemade Cole Slaw.
Layer 5: Lettuce.
Layer 6: Salsa
Layer 7: Jalapenos
3. The Wurstle
This one believe it or not does have barbecue. It is your more traditional ballpark food, kind of…
The Wurstle is a European style dog, served on a fresh baked baguette from Farmto-Market, a local bakery. The Wurstle comes with endless condiments and is a fan favorite. The baguette is hollowed out, stuffed with condiments of your choice and of course the hot dog. It is a unique twist on the hot dog and it is delicious!
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Kauffman Stadium 'Royal Blue Dog' - Recipes
August 3, 2004
Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
$25 club seats at home plate
Beer & Dog Price:
Kauffman Stadium is as aesthetically pleasing as they come. It is hard to believe that this place is 30 years old. It has many of the features of the Camden Yards era ballparks. Fan comfort is the key here. In 1967 funding was passed for the building of two new stadiums for the A's and the Chiefs. Charlie Finley couldn't wait and moved his team to Oakland. An expansion team was awarded in 1971 and the first game was played here in 1973. Don't forget this was the time of Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, two absolutely awful venues. The vision of the builders of this park is incredible.
Having said that, it is painfully evident that Kansas City is a football town. Fan interest is lukewarm. Those that bother to attend yawn their way through the game. Attempts by the public address system to rouse the fans to action are mostly ignored and as a result become irritating. However, empty seats equate with freedom to sit where you choose. The Fabulous Gina and I moved from the expensive club seats to the cheap seats down the right field line. As an aside, I've had "club seat" in five or six of the parks I've visited. I believe Major League Baseball should govern the nomenclature of tickets uniformly throughout the league. The only thing club about these seats was that they were under a roof, next to the press box where no circulating air could reach on a night when game time temperature was 94 degrees. No waitress service, no upscale concessions. That&rsquos O.K., but don&rsquot call it a club seat if there isn't any club!
All seats in the park face second base. There are no bleachers. The outfield is symmetrical as was the trend in those days. This park was originally Astroturf. Congrats to whoever decided grass would work just fine. My biggest complaint was the lack of an out of town scoreboard. The out of town scores were shown every two innings half an inning for each league. A large video screen was added to left center, but there is not a lot of information disseminated here.
Leading off and playing center field will be former Rookie of the Year Carlos Beltran. Not ideally where I would like to bat him but with the selection of players available he has the on-base percentage and speed I like at the top of the order.
During seven years in KC, Beltran’s OBP was .352 and he swiped 164 bases. The 123 homers are a nice option to have to start the game with fireworks as well. He mixed in limited amounts of left field, right field, and designated hitter, but Beltran’s primary place was in center.
He was error prone, committing nearly 40 errors in his time there but he also had a nice arm assisting on 61 outs. He did win three Gold Gloves in a row shortly after leaving the Royals during his stint with the New York Mets.
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— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) November 14, 2017
Despite finishing ninth in MVP voting in 2003 with the Royals, curiously Beltran was never selected as an All-Star representative while with Kansas City. But with a WAR of 22.9 during his time with the franchise, he would be a great switch hitting weapon for the top of our lineup.
Beltran was briefly considered as a managerial candidate following Ned Yost‘s retirement. Knowing now what played out, it turned out to be a wise move to not pull the trigger on that.
Again, this will put him out-of-place where he typically batted but I believe the two-spot will be a great fit for Mike Sweeney. The guy rarely struck out and collected a .369 OBP during his time in Kansas City. He was not drafted until the 10th round in the 1991 Amateur Draft but he cemented his place in KC history with 13 years of hard-nosed ball.
Sweeney began his big league career as a catcher and then split his time between first base and designated hitter. We will slide him into the DH role for this lineup.
His first full season was 1999 and he was fabulous with a .907 OPS while smacking 22 homers and 44 doubles. He would ultimately deposit 197 balls over the fence while with the Royals and just missed hitting .300, finishing at .299.
Five of six season between 2000-2005 Sweeney was an All-Star and in 2001 he drove in a Royals single-season best 144 runs, surpassing Hal McRae by 11. His highest OPS+ output was in 2002 when he produced career bests in batting average (.340) and slugging (.563).
He now serves as a Special Assistant-Baseball Operations, a role he has had since retiring from baseball. He still brings his talent to many Royals players, including working with Ryan O’Hearn last year.
This is the part where bias might play a role. Not in the selection of the player but his position in the lineup. Can you really see George Brett anywhere but third in the order though? Plus it flows to follow-up a right-handed slugger with a left-handed one.
Brett is a KC Royals icon and we have discussed many of his accomplishments before. Over 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 300 homers, 1500 RBI’s and a career .305 average are just some of the jaw-dropping numbers. He even swiped over 200 bases.
Thirteen straight All-Star Game selections, placing third in ROY voting in 1974, four top-3 MVP voting finishes which includes winning it in 1980. He did win one Gold Glove although statistically he was often near or below the league average in fielding. However, with the game on the line, there is no one else I would also want managing the hot corner.
That rounds up the top three in the batting order, we will next choose who will be in the meat of the order.
Eat Like the Royals: 7 Ballpark Recipes Celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ World Series Run
Last night, my social channels bled blue as the Kansas City Royals clenched their first playoff bid since 1985. Chants of going all the way were deafening and will no doubt silence any time soon. It’s a moment these Midwest baseball fans have waited, in some cases, all their lives for. There are a lot of long games ahead for these fans, as many as seven if things go their way, which means a lot of tailgate-inspired eating is on the horizon.
How does one eat like a Royal? There’s no pinkies out around here like those other royals. This is both KC Missouri and Kansas — around here, it’s all about the meat!
Here’s how to eat like a Royals fan — we’ll even show you a few ways to trim down these ballgame faves so you don’t need to up-size your new champions T-shirt!
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No ballgame is complete without Cracker Jacks, but they’re kind of terrible for you. We love this recipe from LaurensLatest.com that uses coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and vanilla to craft a treat as indulgent as the classic. Popcorn is naturally gluten-free, if that’s your thing. This recipe is also vegan and without adding processed sugars.
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Grilling a batch of big, juicy burgers these parts. But there are ways to teach these old dogs new tricks! Treat the burger as a side or appetizer with this tiny meatball kabobs. They’ve got big flavor, as we stuffed all-natural beef with jalapeno and cheddar cheese.
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Barbecue is a way of life out here, with Kansas City being one of the most influential points on the map for this slow-smoked cuisine. This recipe calls for tenderloin, a leaner cut of meat that slow cooks to perfection. We enjoy them as sliders, a smaller serving that allows for more munchies on the side, and then pile them high with coleslaw for a hearty dose of veggies.
image credit Mitch Mandel/Biggest Loser Desserts
You won’t find any haz-mat yellow nacho cheese here, but count on us dunking these soft and chewy pretzel bites in a mess decadent fudge sauce. Use whole wheat pizza dough to effortlessly craft this snackable ball park treat!
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Add flair to the ballgame theme with these poppable homemade “Larabar” balls! Get the crunch of the salty pretzels with a satisfying sweetness from the chocolate all with the added benefit of a dose of protein. Just what you need to power through cheering on the home team.
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This would go for at least ten bucks at the ball park, but you could save a dime and make it yourself at home. Even better? Imbibe with Kansas City’s own Boulevard Wheat, a popular beer that goes down easy and will delightfully complement this sweet homemade frozen lemonade.
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A hot dog and a beer at a baseball game — it’s the ingredients of a perfect American afternoon! At Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals, they serve the dogs up like a reuben sandwich — piled high with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Make ’em at home with an Applegate Naturals Beef Hot Dog.
Map of the surrounding area
The other disadvantage of the ballpark’s location is that there’s precious little to do in the immediate vicinity. There are a handful of hotels and quick-bite restaurants across the Blue Ridge Cut-Off and on the other side of Interstate 70, but they’re not really attractions that fall into the can’t-miss category when visiting Kauffman Stadium.
However, if you have come to Kansas City specifically to see a Royals game, you could stay at one of the nearby hotels and simply walk to Kauffman Stadium, saving yourself the hassle of renting a car.
Royals fans can, and do, tailgate before games. In the land of fine barbecue, it’s an appealing option — especially if you’re part of a fairly large party — to pick up some food from one of K.C.’s many terrific barbecue joints as well as a few beers, drive to Kauffman Stadium early and hang out beforehand in the parking lot. Other than that, though, there’s not much else to do but head inside.
Kansas City restaurants near Kauffman Stadium
• Denny’s – diner, 0.3 miles away
• Taco Bell – fast food, 0.4 miles away
• Casey’s Bar – pub, 0.5 miles away
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Ballpark Blueprint: Food at the K
Everyone loves ballpark food and from burnt ends to burritos, the K has it all! Here are a few of the hot items for the 2011 season:
Rivals Sports Bar is located in the Outfield Experience with a sports bar menu and a great view of the game. Come early to watch the FOX Sports Kansas City pregame show!
Just beyond Rivals in the Outfield Experience is the All-Star Barbeque. Stop by and enjoy Kansas City barbeque with menu items such as burnt ends, barbeque
sandwiches, ribs, turkey legs, catfish sandwiches and much more.
Sheridan ‘s Frozen Custard is a local favorite in the stadium featuring concretes, sundaes, fresh-baked cookies, espresso and coffee bar. Check out their signature store in the Outfield Experience or look for their carts on the concourse.
Sluggerrr’s Training Table is a menu just for kids! This stand, also in the Outfield Experience, features favorites such as burgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, pizza and more!
At Topsy’s Popcorn you can find limeades and your favorite flavored popcorn.
Wheelhouse Pizza concession stands features pizza and meatball subs.
Crown Classics concession stands feature all the ballpark favorites including candy, coffee,
footlong hot dogs, frozen lemonade, frosty malts, hot chocolate, hot dogs, nachos, and
Dugout Doghouse is a fan favorite! These kiosks include eight handcrafted hot dogs: the Chicago Dog, New York Dog, Royal Blue Dog, Island Dog, KC Dog, El Diablo Dog, Texas Dog, and the All-Star BBQ Dog.
Fry Works is the place for delicious chicken tenders, chili cheese fries,cotton candy, funnel cakes, helmet sundaes, nachos, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and waffle fries.
Once you get to Kauffman Stadium, check out the food guide in Royals Baseball Insider, our new publication. It lists the locations for the above items and much more!
KC Royals: Farewell to Alex Gordon, a real ballplayer
Sometimes, most often in the dead of baseball’s winters when my mind drifts to games past because there are none to watch live, and spring training is just something to look forward to, it doesn’t seem so long ago that I sat in Kauffman Stadium and witnessed George Brett play his last game for the KC Royals. Since then, I’ve seen several others play out their final Royal moments.
I watched Paul Splittorff throw his last pitch from a seat in Royals Stadium’s upper deck on an otherwise pleasant late June afternoon in 1984 Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in club history, took a pounding from Oakland. He gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings before Dick Howser replaced him with a 20-year old rookie named Saberhagen.
By then, Splittorff was in pitching decline, his magic suddenly and mysteriously disappearing after a 13-8 effort the year before. He left that day with a 7.71 ERA and the loss he took gave him three against only one win. Even some Royals fans turn quickly and cruelly against accomplished favorite players when age and deteriorating skills take their toll although most didn’t in Splitt’s case, some booed as he walked slowly to the dugout.
I didn’t heckle or curse Splittorff. Instead, I stood and applauded somehow, I just knew, without actually knowing, that he was done, and I’d never see him pitch again. I needed to thank him for all the wins and the exemplary way he went about his life and being a Royal. (He retired within a few days).
Almost a quarter-century later, I watched on TV as Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Alcides Escobar walked off the Kauffman field together for the final time before heading to free agency. The moment quickly took me back to Brett’s last game, and an instant later to Splittorff’s&mdashThe Core’s departure saddened me, but not so much as when Brett and Splitt disappeared into the dugout for the last time.
The difference, I suppose, lies in the finality of it all. Brett and Splittorff were never coming back, but there was always the chance Hos, LoCain, Moose, or Esky could somehow, someday return. (Moose and Esky did, of course, but only briefly).
With Alex Gordon, though, there is no hope of return. The KC Royals announced his retirement Thursday and he played his last game Sunday. But for a pandemic, I would have made it to Kauffman to see him off, but I watched from home instead as he trotted in from left field before the second inning began, hugged his teammates, acknowledged the ovation the Detroit Tigers gave him in tribute, and left the field for the final time.
Gordon ducked into the dugout to hug the staff and bench players, then spent a few moments in the stands with his family before rejoining his soon-to-be-former teammates on the bench to watch the rest of the Royals’ 3-1 win.
No, Alex Gordon won’t be back. His bat won’t let him return&mdashhis glove may still be seven times golden, but the bat lost its luster long ago. For Gordon, the time has simply come.
Like many others, I found myself intrigued by the countless projections and scouting reports touting Gordon as “The Next George Brett” when the KC Royals selected him with the second overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft. At the time, another George Brett, no matter who he might be, could save the franchise from years of suffering and irrelevance.
Performance eventually tends to prove predictions of such magnitude wrong, and such became the case with Gordon. Perhaps promoted to the majors too quickly (he played a few games in the Arizona Fall League after being drafted and spent only a season in Double A before arriving in Kansas City in 2007), Gordon struggled as the prognosticators bemoaned his inability to measure up to Brett.
Gordon wasn’t, and was never going to be, George Brett, and the Royals finally sent him back to the minors to learn a new position. I paid little attention to the demotion or to Gordon the move struck me as a last-ditch effort with little chance to pay significant dividends.
But Gordon’s hard work and dedication to the game won me over. Endless hours and days spent toiling to improve and refine his skills succeeded. His famously tireless and relentless work ethic was, and always will be, one for present and future Royals to emulate.
Gordon played baseball the way it’s supposed to be played and always gave the game the respect it deserves. He never dogged a play or a game he left it all, as they say, on the field. He did things the right way, and he and the KC Royals are better for it.
Gordon bled and bleeds Royal Blue and never seemed interested in playing anywhere else. Although he waived his 10&5 rights in what turned out to be his final contract, I never thought for a second he’d go elsewhere. To leave wouldn’t have been Alex.
Fortunately, and despite the initial comparisons and projections, Alex Gordon didn’t try to become George Brett. Although his love for the game and the way he approached and played it paralleled Brett’s, he was always Alex Gordon, and no one else. And that’s a good thing.
I’ll miss him. He always made me glad I’d watched a game and left me thankful for the experience. His offensive skills declined before we could adequately prepare ourselves for it but, to the very end, Gordon always seemed to make in every game a play proving him worthy of his seven Gold Gloves.
Now, whenever I see Kauffman Stadium’s left field, I’ll feel the same way I do when I gaze out at center and don’t see Amos Otis or Willie Wilson, or at third base and don’t see Brett, or at second and don’t see Frank White.
But I’ll be thankful I saw so much of Gordon. I’ll think of his hundreds of great catches and all the runners who miserably failed their tests of his rocket arm. I’ll remember the magical home run he hit in the last of the ninth to send Game One of the 2015 World Series into extra innings. I’ll remember Gordon’s unabashed, boyish joy as he raced in from left field seconds after his KC Royals clinched the World Championship.
And I’ll look forward to the day Gordon takes his well-earned place in the KC Royals Hall of Fame and to the unveiling of the statute sure to be placed in his honor at Kauffman, perhaps alongside Brett’s where it ought to be.