KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas City T-Bones, took time from celebrating its home opener on Thursday night to honor the Kansas City, Kansas detective shot and killed just down the street from Community America Ballpark on May 9th.
“Hopefully it's a way to say thank you to the men and women who serve us and protect us in our metro area and KCK in particular,” T-Bones General Manager Chris Browne said.
As they paused for a moment of silence with Lancaster’s photo on the team "Sizzle Vision" screen, his sacrifice to assist other officers was on the minds of fans.
“I think it brings the community together and really points out the dangers that these men face and makes the community appreciate what they do every day,” Bob Amsden said.
Lancaster was also on the mind of the team’s manager.
“My brother is a policeman in Atlanta. It always hits home to me when in the line of duty they are losing their life for us,” T-Bones Manager John Massarelli said.
After the Honor Guard that Lancaster served with presented the colors, his daughters age 9 and 10 took the field to honor their dad and his love for the game. They threw out the first pitch, beginning a new season for the team, and a new chapter in the continued mourning and healing process for the community.
"We have to go on. It’s never going to be the same and we all are going to hurt it will get a little easier but it will never be the same without him,” Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer Amber Hickerson said.
The T-Bones will continue to honor police officers throughout this opening seven-game homestand, offering any officer who shows their two badge two free tickets to any game.