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Dodge This

Those red rubber balls are back in action.



Consider it the yoga backlash. For a while, it was cool to be all spiritual and introspective. Mastering Downward Dog was our greatest feat since ... OK, we never actually mastered Downward Dog. Details. But now there's a new kid in town. And this kid could kick yoga's ass. We're referring to dodge ball. The players in the Kansas City Dodge Ball Association claim that, beyond trying to escape the enormous and scary red rubber ball, their events are all about being outside and meeting new people. Better than that, we think, they also provide a chance to get back at schoolyard bullies. After all, bullies often grow fat. And slow. And pelting them with dodge balls, though terribly immature, might make the world seem like a more fair and just place. At least for an afternoon.

Dodge ballers meet at noon every Sunday (weather permitting) at Roanoke Park (Terrace Street and Valentine Road, off 39th Street). E-mail kansascitydodge or just show up. -- By Annie Fischer

Royal Treatment
Everybody loves free stuff.


As if a game against the Cleveland Indians on a spring day isn't enough to pack Kauffman Stadium, the Royals are offering gimmicks and giveaways to help fill the stands.

The team's second home game of the season is Dodge Buck Night, with hot dogs, peanuts and small Pepsis for a dollar each. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, the first 20,000 fans to arrive at the stadium (the game starts at 1:10 p.m.) get a bilingual baby-blue shirt. The front reads "Together We Can!" The back has a translation in Royals manager Tony Peña's native Spanish: Juntos Podemos! Together we can all rip off the sleeves, which feature the Dodge Ram logo, to make our new shirts into even-cooler muscle shirts. Tickets prices range from $7 to $25. For details, call 816-921-8000. --By Michael Vennard

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