The Gateway Chapter PVA was kind enough to purchase K.C. Royals tickets for the game against Tampa Bay Rays for the Kansas City members. Bonnie and her sister Becky went to the July 6th game during a severe thunderstorm. That was the night we had tornado warnings all over the city. Bonnie and Becky were evacuated with the rest of the fans when the tornado sirens went off. They were escorted to the tunnels where they would be safe until the storm passed. They got to see a part of the stadium few people ever see.
After all of that, the game was postponed until the next day. Bonnie Hilburn, Joe Marvil and I really enjoyed ourselves. We had good seats and we took part in all of the good concession food. The game was exciting. The Royals and the Rays went back and forth scoring their runs.
The Rays came up in the 9th inning; the score was 5-4 in favor of the Royals. Then Kevin Kiemer hit a triple off of K.C.’s closer Greg Holland. Kiemer scored on a wild pitch and tied the game 5-5.
Then the Royals came up to bat. Eric Hosmer and Alex Rios hit one-out singles before Omar Infante walked loading the bases. Here comes Paulo Orlando who was just called up from triple A. He hit a grand slam, just a few feet away from us into the fountains, giving the Royals a walk-off 9-5 victory!
The crowds went wild. It was a lot of fun. I have never seen a grand slam in person; I will never forget it. It was very exciting. On behalf of Bonnie and I, I would like to thank the Gateway Chapter for a great time.