When looking back on his playing career, Appier said that he made a point to demonstrate complete focus each time he toed the rubber.
“I had full concentration and intensity on every pitch,” Appier said. “I take a lot of pride in that.”
Appier noted that his fondest memory was representing the Royals in the 1995 All-Star Game and making a franchise-best seven Opening Day starts.
When asked whether he was more proud of tonight’s induction or his son, Garrett, winning the Kansas state title on the shot put, Appier answered in typical fashion, “Yes,” drawing a laugh from many media members in attendance who covered his career.