The Royals will play to a sellout crowd Friday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The team announced a sellout about 2 1/2 hours before first pitch against the Mariners, and advised fans who didn’t have a ticket to not come to the ballpark.
The largest crowd since Opening Day, when the Royals played before 40,103, is expected.
Promotions played a role in the excitement. It’s fireworks night and buck night — hot dogs, Pepsi products and peanuts are $1 each. Plus, the Celebrity Classic Game took place at the Little K with Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudekis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner.
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But mostly, the fans came to see a first-place team. The Royals had run their winning streak to 10 games before falling in the series finale Thursday at Detroit, but remained a half-game ahead of the Tigers entering Friday.
The Royals aren’t feeling pressure, manager Ned Yost said.
“We’re staying focused on today,” Yost said. “It’s great to be in first place. Your first goal coming into the season is to get in first place. The next goal is to stay there.”