On these Royals, a group bound for the World Series, Dyson wears a variety of hats. He is a fourth outfielder. He is a pinch runner and late-game defensive replacement. He also doubles as their chattering backbone, earning his braggadocio along a path with few big-league comparisons.
The high costs have left average, everyday Kansas City fans facing an unpleasant decision: Shell out historically high sums of money for World Series tickets or risk missing out on something that — if history is any indication — might not happen again for a very long time.
Lee, an ardent Royals fan who lives in South Korea, made his first trip to Kauffman Stadium in August. During his visit to Kansas City, Lee became a celebrity as he visited all parts of the area. The Pine Tar Press blog noted that filmmaker Josh Swade is in Korea and plans to meet with Lee’s employer in an effort to give him the time off to return for the World Series.
If the idea was to find deep meaning in the Royals’ regular-season sweep of the San Francisco Giants in August as the teams prepare to meet in the World Series, Kauffman Stadium on Friday wasn’t the place to be. “Doesn’t mean anything,” outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.
The Royals earned their spot in the Fall Classic with a 2-1 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, completing a sweep in the American League Championship Series, extending their postseason record to 8-0 and solidifying a late-season hot streak into franchise folklore.
Several Royals players -- including Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez -- maintain active Twitter and Instagram accounts. We look at the team's postseason run to the 2014 World Series through their posts.
Actor Paul Rudd, who grew up in Overland Park, was at game four of the American League Championship Series and was thrilled to see the Royals win. “I can’t believe it,” Rudd said with a smile. “This is incredible.”