By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Saturday, plenty of Royals fans got their chance to step into the batter's box and take a swing, just like the pros.
At Kaufman Stadium dozens of Royals' fans lived out their dream of taking a few cuts at the plate.
"It was almost like a dream come true. I grew up in Kansas City and always wanted to do something like this," Randy Oliver said.
Saturday's field of dreams proved if you open it, they will come - and bring plenty of donations too.
"We just decided it goes to a great cause. I'm a middle school assistant principle and we collect cans for Harvesters, so we doubled up and came out here," Oliver said.
For $2 or three cans per pitch, a person could swing for the fences. For $25, they could run down anything that didn't make it out of the yard.
"A lot of people get to walk the grounds during fun runs, but how many people get to come out here and hit live off a machine and shag fly balls," said Trevor Vance, director of grounds and landscaping.
Vance wants his crew to do what they can to help this holiday season.
"Were groundskeepers, this is what we do. This is what we can provide. We think it's a great idea," he said.
Vance said Saturday's event is modeled after what the Angels do every year and he hopes to make it an annual event.
"I've been here 28 years and never taken a swing out here. For these kids to have the chance to come out here and take a swing, it's a bucket list thing, you can cross it off. Next time you're out here maybe you're a professional ball player, who knows," he said.
The event at Kauffman brought in more than $10,000 in cash and enough canned goods for 60,000 meals.
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