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Comedian Rob Riggle enjoys spring training after missing out on World Series

Actor Rob Riggle and his son George watched the Royals’ batting practice during Wednesday’s workout in Surprise, Ariz.
Actor Rob Riggle and his son George watched the Royals’ batting practice during Wednesday’s workout in Surprise, Ariz. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Comedian Rob Riggle was at then Royals Stadium on Oct. 26, 1985, the night the Royals came back to life against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series and forced Game 7.

Thirty years later, he had tickets for another World Series Game 6 in Kansas City. This time, Riggle didn’t make the trip. The Royals closed out a World Series championship in five games, finishing the series against the Mets in New York. Game 6 never happened.

Four months later, Riggle says he’s come to terms with missing out.

“I’m OK with that,” said Riggle, a Kansas City native and graduate of Shawnee Mission South. “I’m good with that.”

To make up for missing Game 6 — in part, at least — Riggle piled his family into a car on early Tuesday morning and made the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to Surprise, Ariz. The Riggle family — including wife Tiffany and their two children — took in Tuesday’s victory over the Rockies before enjoying a morning workout on Wednesday.

“I’m got my son — he’s playing his first year of Little League,” Riggle said. “So now he’s into it. We’ve been Royals fan our whole lives, so it’s time to come check them out. See if they’re gonna have a repeat; a World Series three-peat, but a championship repeat.”

After one day, Riggle said he sensed good vibes in camp. One reason: The return of the bees during Monday’s game.

“The bees were around last year,” Riggle said. “Good omen? Yes. I believe it’s a good omen. The bees are back.”

Rustin Dodd: 816-234-4937, @rustindodd

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