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Going to the All-Star game on the team plane is as cool as it sounds, but it’s not all glitz and glamor. It’s actually kind of gritty at times.
Before I went on the All-Star trip with the team, I thought their travel and lifestyle seemed cool. Fun and glamorous at times. Chartered flights. Sleek and stylish hotels.
While it’s some of that, but it’s also very late nights, tired days, and not enough time to do anything really fun in the city.
Here’s how the last two days went
After a 45 minute delay and extra innings on Sunday night (July 8), the team buses left the stadium an hour after the last out. You go through security check on the runway before loading the plane. Once in the air, the short flight is broken up by dinner and an inflight show. If I recall after all the excitement of the last couple of days it was reruns of The Office and 30 Rock.
We landed in Kansas City at a small municipal airport and each person had to claim their bag as it was coming off the plane before getting on the bus to the hotel. The bus drops you off at the hotel around 3:00 a.m. CT and there are already autograph hounds waiting near the door of the hotel. Seriously.
The best part of the ride to the hotel was someone going over the next day’s schedule with Elvis Andrus. He was told he needed to be on the player’s bus to the stadium at noon. He had to be told a few times before it finally sunk-in in his tired mind. The person going over the schedule finally asked him:
“Do you want me to call you at 10?”
“No, how about 11:30?” said Elvis.
“Okay, 11:30 it is.”
For the record, he was on-time for the media event the next day.
Rundown of Events for Day One: Home Run Derby
- Media Event at Arrowhead Stadium (Home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs) – Large room with all the players from the American League team with tons of media running round from table to table. All of the Rangers were on one row at the back of the media room. We jokingly called it “Rangers Row” but it’s really what it was.
- Clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium – Getting settled in for the next two events
- American League Batting Practice
- Team Meeting
- Home Run Derby
- Post-Game event for the players and their families
- Catch the bus back to the hotel
Not all of the guys stuck around for the derby. If they had been through the All-Star festivities before, they took this valuable time to spend time with their family. (Most of the guys had family with them – wifes/fiancés/girlfriends/moms & dads/siblings/friends) When I asked Ian Kinsler where he and his wife, Tess, went he told me they ate at a low-key hibachi grill and went to a second place for a few after dinner drinks. I asked him if he was recognized out at dinner and he said no… which is nice compared to home.
Rundown of Events for Day Two: 83rd All-Star Game
- Red Carpet Show/Parade – The players caught their ride at the hotel and were set to ride the red carpet with family/friends down through the plaza in Kansas City. Some of the guys were interviewed by MLB Network. Fans lined the blocks and cheered and waved at all the players as they drove by. Some threw gifts to the crowd from the back of the truck.
- Head to Kauffman Stadium to prepare for the game right after the parade
- Media Availability in the clubhouse
- Batting Practice
- All-Star Game
- Catch the bus for the airport
The buses rolled away from the stadium an hour after the last out. We returned to the small municipal airport where our plane was loaded and ready to take off. We went through security check and were in the air pretty quickly. An hour and half later, we were landing at DFW around 1:30 a.m. CT. Catch the bus back to the stadium and drive home.
I didn’t expect the two late nights or that it would affect me the way it did, but the tradeoff of late nights and going on the trip to the All-Star game are worth it. Every tired second.
Now I can truly say I appreciate what these guys do every three to four days; catching planes, staying in hotels, suffering through late nights while continuing to play baseball like the professionals they are.
The team has tonight and tomorrow off with the next game in Seattle on Friday. I hope our eight All-Stars can catch up on some well-deserved sleep and additional time with their family.
Hi. My name is Kaylan and I’m the Director of Interactive and Social Media for the Texas Rangers.
I’m not just an employee of the team; I’ve been a lifelong fan. Literally.
When I was three months old, my parents brought me to my first game. I wouldn’t know except a Rangers executive selected me and my parents to be the Cradle Clubber of the Year. My parents were invited onto the field, introduced to Danny Darwin, and had their picture taken. After a few weeks, we received a very cool package in the mail; a signed photo and a certificate for a college scholarship that I could redeem when I turned 18. The photo and certificate hung on my bedroom wall for as long as I could remember. Even when I got married and moved into my house, it went with me and hung it in our home office.
The day after my 18th birthday I went to the ballpark to redeem my certificate. I used it to start my freshmen year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Not but a week later, I started my internship with the team.
My very first job was working for the Rangers the summer after high school. I umpired little league games for a program called Rookie League every summer through college except one. Those were some of the best summers. The kids made the days go by quickly, I got to play baseball all day, and I had a pretty good tan at the end of each summer.
From there, I transitioned into an intern position in the front office. I didn’t have as good of a tan, but I met and impressed the right people and landed my first full-time job after college graduation as the coordinator of ticket sales.
I’ve prided myself as a Rangers’ employee for the past eight seasons. We’ve had some ups and downs as a team, but my heart has remained true. I’ve served in a few positions, but my current role is the most interesting and exciting one I’ve held.
From talking to the players in the clubhouse, to watching batting practice every night from the field or dugout, to traveling with the team to a few away games, and going to the All-Star game for the first time, this is the best job, and I work for the greatest team in the majors.
Recently, my first Rangers experience came full circle. Danny Darwin visited Rangers Ballpark and I got to meet him. I took my photo off the wall that now hangs in my office on the fourth floor at the ballpark and recreated it as best I could.
Standing on the field with Danny the other day was one of the most memorable things I can do with the Rangers. Having the opportunity to meet him so many years later and to bring that experience full circle shows me that my amazing ride is one that was set in motion since I was born, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be a fan and employee.
I hope you join me on this crazy ride of Rangers Baseball… from the perspective of a front office employee and a lifelong fan.