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See the Sledge-iatto T-shirts Royals reliever Peter Moylan ordered for his teammates

Peter Moylan explains why he bought an espresso machine for the Royals

Kansas City Royals pitcher Peter Moylan discusses "cafe culture" and how he recently purchased an espresso machine for the Royals clubhouse with Kansas City Star sports reporter Rustin Dodd.
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Kansas City Royals pitcher Peter Moylan discusses "cafe culture" and how he recently purchased an espresso machine for the Royals clubhouse with Kansas City Star sports reporter Rustin Dodd.

A while back, as the espresso took hold inside the clubhouse and the popularity of his drink soared across town, Royals reliever Peter Moylan had an idea.

The Sledge-iatto, the Royals’ highly-caffeinated secret weapon, was his creation. It needed a T-shirt.

“We’re making them,” he told The Star earlier this season.

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The order was placed weeks ago. The lag time on the distribution meant that the Sledge-iatto T-shirts arrived on Monday afternoon. So as the Royals opened a four-game home-and-home against the St. Louis Cardinals, Danny Duffy donned a Sledge-iatto shirt. So did Jason Hammel and Moylan and most of the Royals' pitching staff.

Here is a look at the shirts. Here is a look back at the secret behind the Sledge-iatto.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Peter Moylan brought an espresso machine into the clubhouse. The popularity grew amongst the players, and now Moylan has taught other players how to use it.

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