Yael T. Abouhalkah

Don’t let Yankees fans embarrass KC this weekend

Updated: 2013-05-10T16:53:29Z

Here they come: Obnoxious Yankees fans who live in Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs and other local cities will be streaming into Kauffman Stadium starting tonight.

Why? Just to cheer on their team, of course, but also to once again try to embarrass Royals fans who never seem to show up in droves for the NY/KC series at Kauffman, which will run through Sunday afternoon.

As a result, people who watch these games on TV or listen to them on radio are going to be treated to some odd sights and sounds.

Loud cheers will erupt whenever a Yankee player makes a great play or smashes a home run — something you don’t like to see at your “hometown” ballpark.

Simply put, Royals fans have made it too darn easy for Yankees fans to enjoy their time in Kansas City over the years. That's mostly been possible because the Royals have been so bad and the Yankees have been so good that, well, there haven't been overriding reasons to come to the ballpark.

So what's your excuse this year, Royals fans?

The team is fighting for the lead in the Central Division, winning more often than it is losing, which you can only say every decade or so.

The Royals have a different kind of fight in them — at least so far — and it appears players like pitcher James Shields and left-fielder Alex Gordon have brought strong leadership to the team.

So how should Royals fans welcome the “Damn Yankees” this season?

How about actually buying more tickets to the games and occupying more seats at “The K” so Yankees believers can’t sit in them?

How about cheering more loudly than normal whenever a Royals players makes a great play or hits a double?

And (it’s up to you) how about showing more class this year and ignoring Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and not booing him mercilessly as was done at last year’s All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium?

Who knows? Cano and the rest of the Yankees may actually feel as if they are not playing a home game and are in a hard-fought contest on the road if enough Royals fans can find the time to show up at the games this weekend.

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