The harbingers of the long, cold winter ahead have arrived.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The World Series has ended. Daylight Savings Time is over. The tedious basketball season has started.
Ah, but you can extend the baseball season just a couple days longer.
Royals Charities and the Royals Grounds Crew are hosting the second annual Home Runs for Hunger event at Kauffman Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Fans who donate canned food items or make a cash donation to Harvesters will have chance to take batting practice at Kauffman Stadium.
Fans can get one swing against a pitching machine on the field at the K by donating three non-perishable canned food items or by making a $2 contribution. There will be a maximum of 10 pitches per participant.
But that's not all. Fans also can shag fly balls in the outfield for 15 minutes by donating $25.
Participants are responsible for bringing their own gloves for outfield shagging. The Royals will provide bats, baseballs and helmets.
Home Runs for Hunger is Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Children must be at least 48 inches tall to participate, and all children under the age of 17 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
As fans enter Kauffman Stadium, staff will collect cans and donations and will give each participant a number showing their hitting order and number of pitches and/or shagging time. Family and friends may attend and may watch from the seating bowl.
More details are at www.royals.com/homerunsforhunger.
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