In his first game at Kauffman Stadium as a member of the Mariners on Thursday, Jarrod Dyson received a standing ovation from Royals fans, and acknowledgment from his former teammates.
It was a cool moment.
Dyson, who was a 50th round draft pick of the Royals in the 2006 draft, was a key member of the pennant-winning team in 2014 and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series against the Mets.
Fans still love him, and the feeling is mutual.
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Ahead of Thursday’s game, Dyson talked to The Star’s Sam McDowell about how Kansas City remains home.
The Royals also did something out of the ordinary to acknowledge Dyson.
When he came to the plate for the first time, the Royals had a special message for Dyson on the Crown Vision video board.
There was a photo of Dyson in his Royals uniform along with the 2015 World Series champions logo and the words: “That’s what speed did! Thanks Jarrod!!”
One team employee said the Royals wanted to acknowledge how much Dyson meant to the organization, the clubhouse and the people in Kansas City.
You can see the special message in this video clip from KCTV’s Dani Welniak: