Larry Breecher could be forgiven if he had missed Monday's Royals home opener. After all, he lives in Texas, and there's a pretty hot young baseball team near his home in Fort Worth.
By NICOLE POELL
The Kansas City Star
But Breecher, who is originally from Independence, has been hitting Royals games since 1973, when George Brett was a rookie and Len Dawson was quarterback for the Chiefs. Breecher has been with the Royals this long and certainly isn't about to stray from his first love -- he said he's not even tempted by those Rangers.
No way, he said. I watch as many Royals games as I can in Texas on Direct TV, and I get up here whenever I can.
He was feeling good about the Royals before Monday's game but felt even better after their 3-1 victory against the Twins.
Santana looked very good, he said. If everything comes together, they could be a contender.
What is it about these Royals fans in Texas? Patrick Price, who grew up in Independence but lives in Benbrook, Texas, is another hard-core Royals fan who made an extra effort to get to Kansas City on Monday and made it just in time for the game. He said he just can't stay away from his hometown Royals.
Price was at Sunday night's Rangers-Angels game, then got up to make an early flight Monday to make the Royals-Twins game by 3. He was a little bleary-eyed and hoarse, but to Price, it was worth the effort.
I make every home opener and wasn't about to miss this one, he said. I didn't even tell my wife I was making this trip. She's in Florida with our son. I just had to come. Royals all the way.
Doug Stine didn't have to travel far to get to Kauffman Stadium -- he lives in Overland Park -- but he did let his son, Matthew, miss school for the occasion. It was the first home opener for Matthew, 9, and he was savoring every minute.
They got to see some early batting practice and were sticking around after the game to try to snag some autographs. Matthew was keeping an eye out for his favorite player: Salvy Perez.
And while there had been several highlights for Matthew on his first Royals home opener, he was quick to name his favorite moment from the day.
When we got all those hits.