"Iron Man" Of Kauffman Stadium First-Aid Station

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             Ask any baseball fan about Cal Ripken, Jr., and they’ll tell you the former Baltimore Orioles star and Hall of Famer holds the record for consecutive major league games played at 2,632, giving him the nickname of “Iron Man.” While that’s a record that may never be broken, The University of Kansas Hospital has its own “Iron Man” at the Kauffman Stadium first-aid station.

            The hospital supplies health care workers to treat fans at every home game as part of its partnership with the team. David Smith is a medical technician who has staffed the aid station for 266 consecutive games, going back to the final home stand of the 2012 Royals’ season. Smith loves his job and has seen quite a bit in his years of helping fans.

            In the video, Smith talks about what makes him want to come to the stadium every day, what his typical day is like, how he feels about being compared to Cal Ripken, Jr., the special award he received after his 200th consecutive game and his favorite memory at the stadium.