The Kansas City Royals announced on Wednesday, star catcher Salvador Perez will become a U.S. citizen on Friday, January 24 during Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. "I am grateful to this country for the many opportunities I have been given; including the ability to
The Kansas City Royals announced on Wednesday, star catcher Salvador Perez will become a U.S. citizen on Friday, January 24 during Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
"I am grateful to this country for the many opportunities I have been given; including the ability to play professional baseball," said Perez. "I thank God, my mother, my family, the Royals, and all those who have supported me during this process towards becoming a United States citizen."
Perez, who was part of the Burlington Royals in 2008, played in 13 games before getting transferred to the Idaho Falls Chukars. In 40 at bats in Burlington, his slash line was .325/.404/.375/.779. He made his big league debut in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Royals' five-game World Series win over the New York Mets in 2015.
"Our entire organization and the community of Kansas City look forward to celebrating this historic and special moment in the life of Salvador Perez," said Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Dayton Moore.
Perez, passed the citizenship test earlier this month and will be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Main Stage at 4 p.m. to take the oath of allegiance. Following the ceremony, he will take questions from Royals broadcaster and host, Ryan Lefebvre.
Additionally, in support of the Kansas City Chiefs, fans are encouraged to wear red to the event on Friday. The 2020 Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City will mark the seventh year that the Royals are hosting the event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The Club will utilize spacious Bartle Hall, which features a main exhibition hall to give fans plenty of room to view exhibits and enjoy the festivities.
Hours for the 2020 Royals FanFest are listed below.
2020 FANFEST HOURS
Friday, January 24
Noon to 2 p.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public
Saturday, January 25
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public
Fans may secure Royals FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Online orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Royals Season Ticket Members should purchase online via the special link they will receive.
Ticket prices for Royals FanFest are as follows:
Friday - Youth $5
Friday - Adult $12
Saturday - Youth $5
Saturday - Adult $12
* Please note that youth prices are for children ages 6-17. Children five and under will be admitted for free.
Alex Feuz is the broadcaster and reporter for the Burlington Royals. You can follow @alexfeuz on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.