Want to buy Alex Gordon’s pants

Couples gets hitched outside the K before Opening DayCouples gets hitched outside the K before Opening DayRoyals Opening Day was a day to remember for Jeff and Nickie Huerter.The broken bats, torn uniforms, scuffed baseballs and worn out batting gloves usually ended up in the hands of clubhouse attendants, bat boys or relatives of the players. In return, he got a an autographed Doug William football jersey. When I asked about it, they laughed, and told me, “everybody does it.”You had to “know someone” in order to buy a game used item.Not anymore.cheap jerseys All sorts of authentic, game used equipment and uniforms are available at Kauffman Stadium.Bats used in games last year including during the playoff run are up for sale.Justin Villarreal is in charge of stocking the shelves at the Royals Authentics Store, which carries almost anything a KC fans could want.”World Series uniform patches. 24 carat painted baseballs. Game used dirt from the World Series,” he told KCTV5’s Dave Hall.People will pay $60 for dirt?”Yes. Dirt is part of the frame. A nice picture, a nice frame. Dirt is highlight of the piece.”Yes, fans want almost anything related to their team. And they seem willing pay big money for it.It’s a far cry from the 1940’s and 50’s, when the New York Yankee uniforms were shredded to make bathmats. Not Yankee bathmats. Just bathmats.Millions of dollars worth of game used jerseys, all but destroyed.Major League Baseball did not start promoting their authentics line of merchandise until around ten years ago. Now, it’s one of their fastest growing brands.Monday’s Opening Day is Villarreal’s version of Black Friday.”You come out to Monday’s game, and want a ball from opening day, we can sell you a ball from that game that day,” he said. “We can sell it to you by the fifth inning.”When Justin says, “game used,” he means it. Every item is officially authenticated. In fact, team officials personally retrieve the glove, ball, uniform or hat from the clubhouse, tagging each item.So, when your son or daughter asks you what happens to that broken bat, you can take them to the Royals Authentics Store between innings to buy Alex Gordon’s torn uniform pants. They have those too. The team won 10 1 over the White Sox and the players are motivated to get back to the World Series and finish the job this October. More >>