The Buzz

Celebrating a Hall of Fame baseball announcer.

It has been a while – two decades, actually – since the Kansas City Royals have been competitive on the baseball diamond. I think, however, I'm not the only one that tunes the tractor or truck radio to a Royals game during the summer and fall. There's something about baseball and tractor driving, or wheat truck driving, that just works together. Even when the Royals haven't been very good, I enjoy listening to the games and especially, to Denny Mathews, who has been an announcer for the ballclub since the first pitch in 1969.

  • So forgive me if I give a big Buzz salute to Mathews, who was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame last week. For someone who has spent countless hours listening to Royals games for nearly as long as Mathews has been a broadcaster, I couldn't be happier…
  • I still remember which field I was working in when the Royals played their longest game in history, beating the Texas Rangers in 18 innings in 1989 or 1990. Mathews called the last pitch, a hit off of Rangers' pitcher Kenny Rogers, that drove in the winning run. The typically understated Mathews said of Rogers, who some gave the nickname, "The Gambler:" "Well, you have to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. He should have held onto that pitch."…
  • If you're a fan of the Discovery Channel's television show, "Dirty Jobs," you may be even more interested in the show that airs Feb. 27. According to the National Biodiesel Board, "Dirty Jobs" will feature a segment on the salt mine industry from Hutchinson at 8 p.m. Tuesday…
  • According to Amber Pearson of NBB, the use of soybean-based biodiesel in the salt mines will be touted during the show…
  • More and more, finding industrial uses for agriculture products fits in with this country's attempt to "Go Green," or use environmentally friendly products. One example is a new wheat-straw based cabinet design that is being featured in a project called "Mainstream GreenHome," built by Potters Mill Design, in North Carolina…
  • The raised-panel, traditionally-designed cabinets are made from wheat board and are formaldehyde free, giving manufacturers a chance to use renewable materials and dramatically reducing the quantity of volatile organic compounds commonly found in traditional cabinetry…
  • The cabinets are built by Koch Cabinetry, of Seneca, Kan., and are featured in the "Humabuilt" line…
  • The Kansas State Fair has announced a new sponsor for what used to be known as "The Farm Bureau Arena." Fairgoers in 2007 will note that this free-of-charge entertainment venue will be called the AT&T Arena…
  • "We are excited to expand our relationship with AT&T," says Denny Stoecklein, General Manager, Kansas State Fair. "They've been a great supporter of the fair in the past and we look forward to seeing our partnership grow in the future."
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