Sleepover at Trey’s

Trey Hillman is having a little get together/mini-camp at his Texas home next week:

Hey, y’all, come on down to Liberty Hill, Texas. Set a spell. Chew the fat. Snag some worm-killers. Whack the ol’ horsehide.

All you infielders, that is.

Yep, Royals manager Trey Hillman is having most of his infielders down to his south Texas spread early next week for a little get-together. Most of his coaches will be there, too.

Get some vittles cookin’, Marie, the boys are comin’ over.

“It’s totally a volunteer thing,” Hillman said. “I planned on the coaching staff getting together at my place anyhow in January. Even for the staff it’s not mandatory, but it gives us a chance to get ahead of the game for Spring Training. It kind of dominoed into a little mini-camp.”

Actually, Hillman’s spread is a modest six acres. Last year, Hillman got rid of his goat herd and used the back three acres to install a Major League-size infield covered with AstroTurf and a batting cage.

“That used to be the goat pasture,” Hillman said. “Now it’s a baseball pasture.”

I suppose it’s all in good fun — and hey, if adding barbeque and a few DVDs in the evening keeps this from being an illegal mini-camp of some sort, great — but can you imagine Billy Martin or Earl Weaver doing this kind of thing?


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Crispix attacks
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Crispix attacks

Hillman was also quoted saying about Kauffman Stadium proudly: “This used to be the baseball pasture.  Now it’s the goat pasture.”

berselius
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berselius

I think the more interesting story is that Hillman used to keep a GOAT HERD. How strange/cool is that?

The Common Man
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The Common Man

I suppose they’ll be watching Major League over and over, for inspiration.  And, if they misbehave, Trey can put in Major League II as punishment.

Nick
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Nick

I wonder if someone will slip Billy Butler’s hand into a bowl of warm water after he falls asleep…

Ron
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Ron

You don’t make it easy for me to try and be a good person.

Right now my hands are itching to write something like a herion addict going through withdrawal.

Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

I had you specifically in mind when I posted this, Ron, so by all means, fire away.

Ron
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Ron
If he’s gotten rid of the goats, then why has Tony Pena been invited. Knowing he will be the best athlete there, Alex Gordon understands that he will still have to eat 7th, behind guys who can’t carry his goat turd-encrusted cleates, when the manager should actually be spoon-feeding you. The Royals can’t afford to acquire a major league hitter (and Crisp and Jacobs do not count as such), but they can pay thier manager enough money to build a backyard ball park? The manager built a back yard park with artificial turf when his teams plays on natural grass,… Read more »
Ron
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Ron

And Alberto Castillo is fully aware that drinnking a beer in front of his manager will result in stay on the 90-day disable list due to a pulled left hamstring.

And the coaching staff is hoping whiskey will be served, so they can get an early start on the season.

Meanwhile, Hillman is checking the exchange rate for yen daily, and laughiing all the way to the bank.

Ron
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Ron

Meanwhile, the minor league prospects are wondering why they didn’t get an invitation, until they all realize that Dayton Moore’s plan to save the Royals through the draft has left them with no infield prospects above A ball.

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