During the Kansas City Royals’ amazing 2014 postseason run, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet and a handful of other celebrities have come along for the ride, becoming fun stories highlighted in media reports.
Rudd was at the game when the Royals clinched the American League Championship Series two weeks ago, beating the Baltimore Orioles. (Rudd and I both attended Shawnee Mission West High School, albeit many years apart, so it’s always been a little fun watching his movie career develop.)
Stronestreet, the “Modern Family” actory, secretly mocked a San Francisco Giants fan on an airplane, coming to Kansas City.
Kansas Citians certainly have enjoyed the attention from these “stars,” after so many years of being flyover country for too much of the nation.
Yet tonight, none of that really matters that much.
Because tonight, it’s all about whether the Royals can find a way to defeat the San Francisco Giants in game seven and win their second-ever World Series.
It’s not a life or death matter, of course. This is still just a baseball game.
Yet the psyche of the Kansas City area will be affected by whatever happens at Kauffman Stadium.
People will remember where they were when the Royals beat/lost to the Giants in game 7 of the team’s third World Series in 45 years.
If the Royals win, Rudd, Stonestreet and the other celebrities will continue to revel in some of the attention given to the team and to the city. Baseball fans will still like it that we’re on the radar of these well-known people.
But if the Royals lose, a lot of that feel-good feeling will naturally disappear.
Rudd, Stonestreet and others get my props for being real fans of the team. They’ve taken the time to enjoy the mostly highs and a few of the lows during the postseason.
In the end, perhaps that’s the best way to describe them. Not as celebrities or movie stars, but as Royals baseball fans.