When last we left Chris Stone (arguably the loudest and craziest fan in the stands, better known by his Instagram handle @kcsuperfan), the 21-year-old Kauffman Stadium character was gleefully going out of his mind screaming at Cleveland manager Terry Francona.
“Shut up, Terry,” he bellowed in his blue Mohawk and face paint. “You got a girl’s name, Terry!”
A lot has happened since then. The Royals won the World Series, the city threw a party for 800,000 of its closest friends, and Stone celebrated so hard he nearly burst into flames.
Wait. That was the fistful of fireworks he blew up in the street after the final out. Whatever. He couldn’t have been more fired up if he had spontaneously combusted.
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He watched the deciding game with friends in St. Joseph, where he is a sophomore at Missouri Western State University.
“When the final out happened, we just went insane,” he said. “We took our shirts off and started shooting off fireworks and running in downtown St. Joe. It was so awesome!”
He earned every last endorphin rush.
First-round playoff games against Houston? Kcsuperfan was there. Second-round games against Toronto? He went to a couple of those games, too. And even with a dwindling bank account, he managed to make it to Game 1 of the World Series.
The memories will last a lifetime.
In Houston, looking to take the best-of-five ALDS series in four games, Astros fans got a bit cocky as their team led 6-2 in the eighth inning.
“I am like five rows off the field and getting hammered by the Houston fans,” Stone said. “And you know how I am at games. I don’t change my personality one bit. When I am repping my team, I rep them on the road just like I do at home.”
That means standing up, and getting good and mouthy. Astros fans didn’t care for it.
“I got a hot dog thrown at me,” Stone said. “Then they knocked my hair off. They were all like, ‘Sit down and go back to Kansas City!’ But I soak up verbal abuse like a sponge. I was like: ‘Hey! The game’s not over! And if any team can come back from this, it’s us.’ ”
And then they did.
“It happened slowly,” Stone said. “I was standing up, and then it was just hit after hit after hit. And you can see (the Houston fans) getting a little nervous. They got quieter and quieter, and I got louder and louder! And then when (Royals first baseman Eric) Hosmer hit that home run in the ninth to put us up 3, that was one of the best moments of my life. And my brother, Andrew, and I just jumped up on our seats and started yelling.”
But then ...
“People began saying, ‘We’re going to kill you!’ ” Stone said. “That’s when two ushers came down and took us out of the section.”
And when the Royals won it all for the first time in 30 years?
“I called my dad and said, ‘I TOLD YOU SO!’ ” Stone said. “My dad was the exact same age as I am when the Royals won in ’85.
“It was cool, because I don’t get to talk to my dad that often, because he is always working,” he said. “It also connected me with my brother, Andrew. I had never been that close to him before. We had always had a rivalry. But these last two years of dressing up and being super fans has made us closer.”
Growing up in a conservative Christian family, Stone was home-schooled. The only thing he had outside home, he said, was Kansas City sports.
So when the Royals had a celebration downtown, you can bet he was there.
“We were one of those people who left our car on the highway,” he said. “I have never been so happy to be surrounded and not hardly able to breathe. … I will never forget it.”
What’s next for kcsuperfan?
What else? The Chiefs, who went on a long win streak after the Royals won the World Series. Stone can see a Super Bowl in the near future.
“This is all opening up,” he said. “Kansas City will be the greatest city in the sports world when we do this. And we are going to do this!”
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