My pursuit of plate #1 is now in the home stretch. Everything will be decided this Saturday, May 11 at 10AM at the Flying Saucer in StL.
There is still no word on what will decide who finishes first, but the word "games" has been used multiple times. I would obviously rather just be able to pound a couple beers, but I plan on taking out whatever they have planned and bringing this one home for KC and the Royals.
Since we last spoke, my Cardinals opponent has overtaken me in funds. There is still time to make donations and be a part of leaving the mark of Don Denkinger right next to Busch Stadium. I am coming under my $5/beer average and hope to make a sizable donation to Royalty Fields thanks to everyone's generosity and support.
This has been amazing. I keep setting goals and you help push through them. I am told the competition from the Cardinals side will be setting up a site just like this one, so my new goal is to out raise them every step of the way.
Every dollar I earn that does not go directly towards a beer at the Saucer will be donated to Royals charities. I'm not going to eat with this money, tip with this money, pay parking, etc. I want as much possible to go towards helping people who need it and the causes supported by the team that brought you here. So please keep passing this around, sharing it with family, friends and co-workers. In the end, we can take an awesome shot at the Cardinals and support some great causes in the process.
This thing has gotten pretty crazy, you guys. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support, and hopefully things just keep going up from here. Going to drop a few quick links, and I will be back at the Saucer in 2 hours going for beers 4 -6. Hoping to have the blog up tonight.
So yeah, there is now a post on the STL Hops forum offering a fully paid for Saucer, free cases of Schlafly, and a Cardinals jersey if someone is willing to try and beat me.
Since I am grassroots and do not have some form of corporate backing, the goal has been lifted to the full $1,000 I anticipate this costing. Whether or not I get there is irrelevant. I will win. The Royals will be represented. This is our time!
In the event that I raise more money than it takes to get the Saucer, the balance will be donated to Royals charity events in the upcoming season. Let's do this guys!
Sorry to not deliver last night, I was a bit "tired" when I got home. Anyways...
The StL Flying Saucer had a soft opening last night that I was able to attend thanks to the guys at StL Hops and Flying Saucer staff. It was a great event and the space is really nice. They are still deciding on where they plan to start the Ring of Honor...I'm partial to right next to the "Ring of Honor" plates hanging over the windows facing Busch.
Just from talking to various people, my campaign has apparently taken on legs that I hoped but did not think it would. Cardinal fans are not pleased and there may be competition.
I will be starting a Twitter, Tumblr blog and Google Doc to carry out this journey. Through the Google Doc, you guys will be able to suggest beers or featured Royals, and I will keep a running tab to maintain financial transparency.
Tonight will be visit #1. In honor of the number and it being his birthday, the featured Royal will be Cookie Rojas. While not a member of the '85 team, Cookie is a Royals HOFer and symbolically was traded from the Cardinals to the Royals where he was selected to multiple All Star teams.
In closing, try to enjoy this photo I took last night looking from the inside of the Saucer at Busch. For the next 67 days, I am only sitting with my back to that thing.
The response I have received in this first week and a half has been fantastic. Nearly two-thirds of the way to my goal and the Flying Saucer has yet to open.
It looks like they may be pushing the open date back from 3/1 now. I would actually prefer it not be on a Friday, hopefully it will cut back on people going in on day 1. It should be some time next week, and I will update as I know more. Still should not interfere with the plan to reveal the plate when the Royals come to town.
They just posted a picture of the member shirt and card on Facebook. No red to be found, and the card kind of has a Royals color-scheme to it.
Awesome response on day one! Thanks everyone who has contributed so far.
If the Flying Saucer continues with the current plan of opening on March 1, completion of this quest should end on May 6. The Royals play the Cardinals in a 4-game home/away split May 27 - 30. Perfect timing for a plate reveal party for anyone interested in coming.
I will close with this picture from the location's patio off their Facebook page...
My name is Joe. I am a lifelong resident of Kansas and a Kansas City Royals fan who was recently relocated to the Saint Louis, MO area. During the last five years in KC, I grew to love a drinking establishment called the Flying Saucer, which awards you with a plate for every 200 unique beers you drink. The plates go up in order of date achieved, and usually feature the person's name and a quote of their choosing. I have plate #72 in Kansas City and have completed the 200 beer journey five times.
It just so happens that they are preparing to open a Flying Saucer in Saint Louis in the next two weeks (March 1). The location of the bar is directly between my office and parking lot. When I leave work, the bar is directly to my right and Busch Stadium, home of the StL Cardinals is to my left. Like any self-respecting Royals fan, I have no love for the Cardinals. So I came up with the idea of going after the #1 plate in the Saint Louis Flying Saucer, except instead of my name, it would be adorned with the name of Don Denkinger, the first base umpire who "blew a call" that allowed the Royals to win game 6 of the '85 World Series. The Royals went on to win game 7 and the World Series away from the Cardinals. While most Cardinal fans will deny any existence of a rivalry with the Royals, I feel this act will be viewed with great contempt, especially in a bar that looks directly at their stadium and will likely be filled with Cardinal fans on game days.
To accomplish this feat, it will take going to the Flying Saucer 67 straight days since only 3 beers can be counted per day. It is a lot of time and a lot of money, so I thought I would ask Kansas City and Royals fans (or Cardinals haters) for any help you can provide. My $500 total goal is based on trying to fund half of the cost of getting the plate on a $5 average beer price. Donate, and I will gladly let you pick my three beers, Royals player or even yourself to be featured. The Flying Saucer website also features a leader board, where I will change my name to feature anyone charitable enough to donate on a rotating basis.
Thanks for your support and go Royals!
Update - Since starting this quest, I have updated my goal from $500 to $1,000 to the current $2,500. This spike is due to Cardinal fans copying my idea to try and beat me. In an effort to turn this competition into something greater than beer, both sides have agreed to donate any money raised beyond what is needed for a saucer to our respective team charities. Not only am I going to put the #1 saucer on the wall, I also want to raise more overall funds for the Royals and the community of baseball and giving that they support.
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