Richard Lovelady was kind enough to answer some questions about the Royals Cultural Development Trip. Lovelady is ranked 9th in our updated top 100 list. The prospects spent nine days in the Dominican Republic working out, helping promote good will, engaging in community service, and spending time learning about the culture.
Royals Farm Report: What were some of your favorite things you did in the Dominican Republic?
Richard Lovelady: I enjoyed the camp we put on in Yordano Ventura’s hometown in front of hundreds of kids cheering and interacting with us. It was a great time. Also, it was very special for us to go and visit Ventura’s gravesite.
RFR: Where you able to meet his family?
RL: We were able to meet his mom at the camp. We also had lunch on the beach as a team and staff with her.
RFR: What was the Royals facility like for the Dominican kids?
RL: The Dominican Academy is just like the one in Surprise for spring training. It’s set up the same way. I has everything you need. Three fields. Batting cages and mounds indoors. Everything needed to get their work in.
RFR: What was the impression the trip left on you?
RL: It made an impression. Don’t take anything for granted. Guys in the Dominican have a lot less than we do here. I got a chance to really, fully experience the DR.
RFR: Do you feel like you guys got closer as a team and how has your view of the Latin players changed?
RL: We definitely all bonded more. I felt like a team down there. Even with the new guys who a lot of us haven’t been with. It was good to get to know all the coaching staff over in the DR. My view on our Latin players has changed in the fact of understanding how hard it is for those guys to get here.
RFR: Is there anything else you experienced on the trip you’d like to share?
RL: It was hard to order food at some restaurants but that happens when you don’t speak the native language. But it was a great trip. I enjoyed every bit of it. I was very thankful to be able to be apart of it.
Photo credits: All pictures sent by Richard Lovelady