Initial jitters when beginning a new job can make anyone a bit uneasy. The uncertainty over office environment and meeting new co-workers brings back the trepidation we experienced on the first day of school as kids. So imagine how relief pitchers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter felt after their recent trade from the San Diego Padres to the Kansas City Royals. Sure, trades are a part of their profession but their lives were upended in an instant and within 24 hours the two found themselves walking into a brand new office place after the work day had begun.
Travel from San Diego to Detroit, where the Royals were playing, meant a late arrival during the game. As I stood in the camera well two feet from the dugout, I watched Buchter and Maurer arrive during the bottom of the second inning. Clad in Royal blue sweatshirts, they introduced themselves to each coach and the handful of players in the dugout. As the inning ended, the Royals fielders returned to the bench as Buchter and Maurer began to walk out to the bullpen. In the course of ten seconds, they were greeted by each of their new teammates. I could hear players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain say, “Hey, good to have you,” and “Welcome to the Royals.” Buchter later described it to me as “the weirdest day and the coolest day.” They left a team with no chance to win a World Series for a group with legitimate playoff aspirations. Doesn’t get any cooler than that, but as I watched the welcome they received, I knew the best part was the incredible culture they were now joining.
Buchter, Maurer, and pitcher Trevor Cahill, who arrived a day later, joined a group of people who truly care for each other, share a common goal and want to succeed together. Regardless of profession, the genuine and authentic winning culture in the Kansas City Royals clubhouse is one that would help any business be successful.