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Royals fever has Kansas City area population dizzy over World Series encore

People celebrate after watching the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, on Wednesday in game four of the American League Championship Series on the big screen at Kansas City Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City. The Royals won the American League pennant and earn a trip to the World Series.
People celebrate after watching the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, on Wednesday in game four of the American League Championship Series on the big screen at Kansas City Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City. The Royals won the American League pennant and earn a trip to the World Series. The Kansas City Star

An interplanetary spaceship could hover over the Capitol in Washington, D.C. But it wouldn’t matter in KC.

On the hard-core reality front, the Ebola virus has been claiming more victims, and there are growing concerns that the Ebola cases that have turned up in the United States might spread. But that’s not on a lot of people’s minds in the Kansas City area.

The hemorrhaging in the stock market continues, giving back a lot of the post-Great Recession gains. People shrug it off as non-news in Kansas City.

It seems that the only thing that matters in Kansas City is that the Royals will be in the 2014 World Series. People from millionaires in Mission Hills to homeless folks living on the street can equally love and cheer for the Royals.

It’s often repeated but no one seems to be able to say it enough that it’s the first time in 29 years that the Cinderella team has made it this far. Downtown was dead when the Royals won it all in 1985. It’s not dead anymore. Crowds have filled the Power & Light District to watch the Royals in the playoffs.

The World Series starts on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium and continues on Wednesday in town. Expect the crowds to return to the Power & Light District next week to enjoy the games. The Royals will either play the San Francisco Giants or the St. Louis Cardinals.

Let’s hope the National League team is the Giants. Having the games in one state cheapens the whole notion of a World Series.

The Royals faced the Cardinals in the World Series in 1985. It was dubbed the I-70 Series then because of the interstate that connects Missouri’s two largest towns.

The Royals came out on top. Here’s hoping the home team wins it all again.

But win or lose, the citywide baseball intoxication, the late nights of game watching, the sleep-walking at work in town, the Blue Flu of folks taking off from jobs to watch the Royals and the open wallets of Kansas City area residents will crash hard after the World Series.

The planet will resume its normal orbit, and the hangover of reality and all the news that people blissfully missed will come back into focus again. But it has been one heck of a ride.

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