Update: Royals Fountain Lady has been identified as Jessica McCoy, 25, of Des Moines.
The Internet loves Royals Fountain Lady! More websites are looking into the woman who splashed around in the outfield fountains at Kauffman Stadium during last night's win over the Twins, and information is leaking out. The Kansas City Police Department has posted the young woman's mug shot on Twitter. And more video has surfaced of her water romp.
FOX 4 reporter Brad Underwood asked Royals Fountain Lady a few questions as she was released from jail this morning. She wasn't really in the mood for chatting, though, as you might imagine.
"What happened last night?" Underwood asks. Fountain Lady's perfect reply: "I was drunk, what do you think happened?" That's so Royals Fountain Lady! She also mentions that her memory of the aquatic spectacular was hazy. But she can relive it forever through onlookers' footage (more video after the jump).
Sometimes at the ballpark, you have to make your own fun. Last night's Royals game was a quintessential lopsided laugher. The Royals dismantled the Twins in a 13-0 rout behind Jeremy Guthrie's masterful 4-hit complete game shutout. Games like that can get a little boring for fans in the stands. But this Royals fan found a way to keep herself entertained by hanging out in the famed outfield fountains at the K. This is better than a fan jumping into the drink for a home-run ball. This is an act of a fan just enjoying herself in a creative way with no motive other than fun.
Information about the fan is scarce, but another fan at the game posted a bunch of photos of the woman splashing around and casually chilling on a raised feature in the water. Sitting out there at the ballpark, wet and cool on a muggy summer night, sipping a drink, watching her home team get a big win... She is basically a living Springsteen song. Police took her away after a while. But she is without a doubt an amazing Royals fan, and she's my personal hero. More pictures from Imgur using SDBasscreature and video after the jump.
The good news: Sporting Park has set three attendance records in as many games hosted at the Kansas City, Kansas, soccer stadium. Sporting Kansas City's game Saturday, in which they hosted the New York Red Bulls, managed to outdraw last Wednesday's Major League All-Star Game with 21,304 in the stands during a humid afternoon game. The All-Star Game had broken a previous record-high attendance figure from the previous SKC home game against Toronto FC.
The bad news: Nearly all those from that record crowd went home disappointed following a 3-2 victory by the visiting Red Bulls. Sporting Kansas City put out its best defensive lineup (Seth Sinovic, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler and Chance Myers), but it didn't show on Saturday. New York, which spent most of the game seemingly comfortable allowing SKC to control the run of play, made the most of its few opportunities to slip past the uncharacteristically porous SKC defense and fire three pretty easy goals past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
All right, everybody get excited! This afternoon, the Royals beat the Twins 7-2 in Minneapolis to collect their second consecutive sweep and ninth straight win. It's the team's longest winning streak since 2003. It's also the first time since 2003 that the Royals (54-51) have been above .500 this late in the season.
Billy Butler knocked in two runs, and the newly arrived right fielder Justin Maxwell got his RBI as a member of the team. On the mound, James Shields tossed six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out four and walking five. Reliever Luke Hochevar pitched two scoreless innings in relief against the sparkless Twins, and Louis Coleman closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning. The Royals now head to New York for three games against the Mets, then they return to the K on Monday for three more against the hapless, terrible, generally sucky Twins. This streak could hang around for a couple of weeks.
The highlight of the game was undoubtedly center fielder Lorenzo Cain's sweet leaping catch at the fence to rob Trevor Plouffe of a two-run homer. Watch video of the catch after the jump.
With Sporting Kansas City sitting in first place with a four-point cushion in MLS' Eastern Conference, the team announced Tuesday morning that it locked up coach and technical director Peter Vermes through the 2017 season. It's not a very surprising update from the club. While fans of the Royals and Chiefs complain annually about their teams' leadership, Vermes has quietly established himself as a calm, unifying force for Sporting since he took over his current role in 2009.
Under Vermes, who was a defender with the Kansas City Wizards during the team's 2000 run to the MLS Cup, Sporting has cultivated highly talented players over the last few years. He has coached midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler into U.S. Men's National Team-caliber players. (Check out Jonathan Bender's insightful Pitch profile of Besler from April.)Earlier this year, Vermes was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Holy shit, this is the dumbest thing ever. News comes this morning that Kate Middleton is in the throes of pushing a baby - a royal baby - into the world. And to celebrate (to capitalize?) on the birth of the tiny human that will be third in line for the British throne, Major League Baseball made a video of Royals players James Shields and Eric Hosmer, along with former great and current awful hitting coach George Brett, taste-testing baby food for the lil' royal. Carrots! Sweet peas! Chicken and gravy! Culinary delights!
Because our local baseball team is called the Royals, MLB thought it would be great fun to have them eat baby food as "members of the Royals family." See, it's a royal baby, and the team is called the Royals! Synergy! Please, please, please let this season be over already. (Cringeworthy, slow-mo video after the jump.)
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