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#RoyalsOdyssey: Angels fan, ‘an American League guy all the way’: ‘Go Royals! Kick butt!’

Rick Graham, 66, of Anaheim threw his support to the Royals outside a diner in Yermo, Calif., about halfway between Nevada and Los Angeles.
Rick Graham, 66, of Anaheim threw his support to the Royals outside a diner in Yermo, Calif., about halfway between Nevada and Los Angeles. MONTY DAVIS

Dang, Rick Graham is upset the Royals lost Game 1 on Tuesday.

“I’m torqued,” the 66-year-old Anaheim resident barks Wednesday afternoon.

No, he doesn’t know much about the Royals, other than what he’s seen on TV and how they swept his beloved Los Angeles Angels in the American League Division Series.

“They beat my Angels bad. I don’t like it!”

But he also knows they’re in the Angels’ league.

“I’m an American League guy all the way.”

He knows he’s from Southern California and the Giants are in the North.

“That’s NorCal, man.” he said before walking into Peggy Sue’s ’50s Diner in Yermo, which is about halfway between Nevada and LA. “We don’t like NorCal.”

And he knows what he wants the Royals to do to San Francisco tonight and the rest of the Series.

“Go Royals! Kick butt!”

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Royals odyssey

Think of it as an epic journey, a Royals road trip halfway across the country to seek out the devotion that now belongs to the boys from Kansas City.

We in Kansas City have always loved our Royals. But now, say the sports pundits, so does the rest of the nation. This scrappy, sliding, bunting, running team has captured the heart of America.

But how much do people really love the Royals? How much do they actually know about our boys in blue?

Such are the questions that prompted The Kansas City Star to send two of its own — reporter Eric Adler and videographer Monty Davis — on the road, 2,200 miles to San Francisco, in the most conspicuous of Royals cars.

Follow them at kansascity.com or on Twitter at #royalsodyssey. Feel free to contact the reporters on Twitter through @eadler or @montydaviskc.

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