South Korean Royals superfan picked right time for a visit
If you haven't yet heard the story of Royals fan SungWoo Lee, you're missing out. Fair Weather Fans need not apply.
The Kansas City Royals are the toast of baseball right now, and for superfan SungWoo Lee, the timing could not have possibly been any better.
Via Royals.com, here's a bit of the backstory:
Lee's Royals fandom originated in 1995 when he flipped on an American sports highlight show, saw Kansas City play and, as, he describes it: "The beautiful K caught my eye." From there, Lee became infatuated with Royals lore, as he delved into the history of the team. There have been some tough years, but Lee's support has been unwavering.
He has followed the club religiously ever since, building a group of Royals friends on the Internet and never giving up hope. He also has never been able to get away for a trip to Kansas City, at least not until this week.
The Royals rolled out the red carpet for Lee. He got to meet all the players and coaches while also getting a tour of Kauffman Stadium. He even met George Brett:
And then threw out the first pitch Monday night:
Lee just happened to be at the game where the Royals would move into first place after taking down the A's for their eighth straight win. They've won 16 of their past 19 and now have a half-game lead in the AL Central.
Now, let's take in the true, genuine excitement that a fair weather fan will never, ever experience:
Tuesday, Lee got his Kansas City BBQ lunch ... with Billy Butler:
That's quite a week. Lee will return home Thursday and continue to root on his beloved Royals, only now he'll have a lifetime's worth of memories. Good for him.