Friday, August 22, 2014

A Royal treat

6/12/2013

I would like to share a wonderful Kansas City Royals story with all our Ottawa friends.

My father is George R. Hutchison. He lives at Ottawa Retirement Village, Village West. My dad is 101 years old and an enthusiastic Kansas City Royals fan. He has lost his vision, so he can no longer watch the games on television, but he’s glued to his radio for every game.

I would like to share a wonderful Kansas City Royals story with all our Ottawa friends.

My father is George R. Hutchison. He lives at Ottawa Retirement Village, Village West. My dad is 101 years old and an enthusiastic Kansas City Royals fan. He has lost his vision, so he can no longer watch the games on television, but he’s glued to his radio for every game.

I recently wrote to Royals radio announcer Denny Matthews to tell him about my dad. A few days later, Denny called me to say they would be greeting Dad that night (May 23) during the second inning of the game.

Of course, Dad and all our family were by our radios that night to hear what they had to say. It was wonderful. Denny and fellow announcer, Ryan LeFebvre, greeted Dad and then went on to talk about how much it meant to them to receive a letter making them know that they were able to “be the eyes” of people like my dad who otherwise couldn’t enjoy the games.

When the game was over, I stepped to my computer and found a “sound bite” sent by Don Free, Royals radio sound engineer. It contained the four minutes of the broadcast that they had greeted my dad and discussed the letter. I was on cloud nine and thought nothing could get better after this.

The next morning when I visited my dad he told me that Denny had called him. After they talked awhile, he passed the phone to both Ryan and Don Free, and Dad visited with all of them. I asked Dad what they had talked about, and his answer was, “Oh, Honey, we talked quite a while and I really can’t remember right now all the things that were said. But I sure had fun.”

I think everybody needs to hear about what these wonderful men did for my dad. It sure made him and all of our family very, very happy.

Our Royals were in first place in the Central Division of the American League standings until about the middle of May, when they fell into a slump. But they are on their way back up. They have won six of their past seven games.

— Georgia (Mrs. Carroll) Whiteford,

Ottawa

comments powered by Disqus