Bob Perry, a Liberty resident and life-long Royals fan, is in the Middle East, in Qatar, far, far away from his favorite team doing work for his employer, Cerner Corporation. But he’s still rooting for his team.
Baseball commissioner-elect Rob Manfred took about a 30 minute walk in downtown Kansas City earlier Tuesday and was taken aback by what he saw. “The level of excitement in this market is unbelievable,” Manfred said, standing outside the Royals dugout before the American League Wild Card Game with the Oakland A’s. “It was just great.”
When the Royals clinched their first playoff berth since 1985 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox last Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, owner and CEO David Glass was present but not much in view. “My son (Dan, the president) runs the team, and he and Dayton (Moore) and Dayton’s people and the manager and the coaches deserve all the credit.”
Follow live updates from The Star’s reporting team on your mobile device or desktop as the Royals take on the Oakland Athletics in tonight’s AL Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium. The game starts at 7:07 and will be televised on TBS and aired on radio stations KCSP (610 AM) and WHB (810 AM).
Fans will be able to keep their eyes on the field and not to the sky for Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card Game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium. Rain shouldn’t start entering the area until around midnight.
From the fall of 1985 to the final days of 1986, a group of children were born into Kansas City baseball, resigned to a life of errant cutoff throws and the longest postseason drought in North America. Today, they are homeowners and entrepreneurs, lawyers and architects, college basketball coaches and high school history teachers. And on Tuesday night, they will witness playoff baseball for the first time.
In trying to help Kansas City Royals fans decide if they should attend the first home playoff game at Kauffman Stadium in 29 years, Ryan Sleeper with Evolytics in Parkville looked at the Royals’ winning percentage versus attendance for the 2,311 home games since 1985. The news isn’t good. In general, the more people in the stands, the less the Royals win.
About a half-hour before game time on the days Stephen Strasburg starts at home for the Washington Nationals, he emerges from the dugout and walks along the right-field line with pitching coach Steve McCatty, hearing cheers from spectators along the way.