It took thirty years but the Kansas City Royals are finally World Series Champions again. Ever since they fell 90 feet short last fall against the San Francisco Giants, the team has been on a mission. In numerous interviews throughout the season, the team made it clear that their overarching goal for the season wasn’t to win the American League Central or win their second AL pennant in a row, both of which they did, but win as they put it “the trophy with the little flags on top.”
The Royals kept Kansas City on the edge of their seats all season long. From the antics of their young starting pitcher in the season opener to the final furious 2 run rally in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series; this Royals team has captured the spirit of the city in a fresh and new way.
Never was that more evident than on championship parade day. On Tuesday the Royals championship parade went through downtown KC past landmarks like the Sprint Center, Power & Light and the National World War 1 Museum.
The parade finished in front of Union Station before a crowd estimated at upwards of 800,000 people where the Royals expressed their joy at winning the World Series and thanked the fans for their continued support.
For a team whose performances over the past two decades barely rose above tolerable for many fans to have a crowd that nearly doubled the population of their city is quite the feat. The Royals proved they could unite fans last season when their miracle run to the World Series was kick started by, for lack of a better word, wild Wild Card game.
They continued uniting fans all season long through their unmatched performances and the city’s craving for a winning team. All the heartache of the past decades of sports futility in Kansas City came out in a maniacal surge in fan support for the Royals who provided hope to fans who had had none in so many years.
All expressions of anger, frustration and apathy surrounding the Royals has been demolished in fourteen short months. Diehards and Johnny (Cueto)-come-latelys alike came out in force Tuesday to support not only Royals baseball, but Kansas City as a whole.
It took a while — but Kansas City is finally Royal.