Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium, or "The K" as it's more commonly referred to by fans, has a unique scoreboard and outfield concourse. The scoreboard is thin and shaped somewhat like a crown with three gold inverted arches. In left field, there's a Royals Hall of Fame that contains a substantial amount of historical memorabilia, including an awesome homage to George Brett: the number five (his number) made out of 3,154 baseballs (one for each of his hits). In center field, there's a five-hole mini-golf course and merry-go-round for kids.

The fountains surrounding the outfield walls are both a defining part of the stadium and the city. Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world other than Rome.

The Royals, who played the Yankees, are an exciting team to watch with a great young group of players who seem more focused on team baseball than individual accolades. The more youthful and athletic team eked out a victory by the slimmest of margins with James Shields delivering a masterful performance.

Final Score: Royals 2, Yankees 1.

Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. 

Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. 

Jackson Torry bounces a ball off his head during a game of foursquare as his brothers Max, right, and Quincy, left, look on. 

Jackson Torry bounces a ball off his head during a game of foursquare as his brothers Max, right, and Quincy, left, look on. 

Fans wait to get into the game at Gate D.

Fans wait to get into the game at Gate D.

Tony Fuentes, 73, has been coming to Royals games since the team's inception in 1969. "Win or lose, I'm with 'em," he said. 

Tony Fuentes, 73, has been coming to Royals games since the team's inception in 1969. "Win or lose, I'm with 'em," he said. 

Kenny Gray (not pictured) took his sons, from left, Zane, Marshall and Trent Morgan to the game.   

Kenny Gray (not pictured) took his sons, from left, Zane, Marshall and Trent Morgan to the game. 

 

The outside of the Royals Hall of Fame. 

The outside of the Royals Hall of Fame. 

This is the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat. It's impossible for me to give Mr. O'Neil a proper introduction in just a caption but the short of the story is that he played and managed for the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the most successful negro league baseball teams of all time. After the league folded, he became a highly respected scout and ambassador of the game. He also was integral in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Mr. O'Neil passed away in 2006 and to keep his memory alive, the Royals have designated his seat for "member of the community who, on a large or small scale, embodies an aspect of O'Neil's spirit." It is the only red seat in the stadium. 

This is the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat. It's impossible for me to give Mr. O'Neil a proper introduction in just a caption but the short of the story is that he played and managed for the Kansas City Monarchs, one of the most successful negro league baseball teams of all time. After the league folded, he became a highly respected scout and ambassador of the game. He also was integral in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Mr. O'Neil passed away in 2006 and to keep his memory alive, the Royals have designated his seat for "member of the community who, on a large or small scale, embodies an aspect of O'Neil's spirit." It is the only red seat in the stadium. 

Chris Coats has attended every Royals home game in the last 10 years. 

Chris Coats has attended every Royals home game in the last 10 years. 

Claude Godfrey attended his first Yankees game in 1970 and served in the Navy from 1976 to 1980. He has Yankees tattoos all over his body including faces of hall-of-famers on his back. 

Claude Godfrey attended his first Yankees game in 1970 and served in the Navy from 1976 to 1980. He has Yankees tattoos all over his body including faces of hall-of-famers on his back. 

From left, John Stoner, Jeremy Feyh and Paul Long cheer for the Royals. 

From left, John Stoner, Jeremy Feyh and Paul Long cheer for the Royals. 

Brenden, second to right, hits a golf ball in a mini-golf game as Teegan, Caden, Mark, Daryl and Dustin look on.

Brenden, second to right, hits a golf ball in a mini-golf game as Teegan, Caden, Mark, Daryl and Dustin look on.

Derek Jeter (not pictured) throws a ball into the crowd at the end of an inning. 

Derek Jeter (not pictured) throws a ball into the crowd at the end of an inning. 

Thomas, 6, and Sophia Smith, 3, enjoy the outfield concourse before the game. 

Thomas, 6, and Sophia Smith, 3, enjoy the outfield concourse before the game. 

Outfield Brett Gardner walks off the field after striking out to end the game as the Royals high-five on the field. 

Outfield Brett Gardner walks off the field after striking out to end the game as the Royals high-five on the field.