Royals fans clicked away and sent six Royals players to Cincinnati for this year’s All-Star Game.
And come Tuesday night, it was time for Royals fans to enjoy the fruits of their labor and watch the Royals take the field at the Summer Classic, and a handful of Royals fans flocked to Kansas City’s Power & Light District on Tuesday night.
Five-time Royals All-Star Frank White said the fans are so passionate about this year’s team because they feed off of the energy the Royals exude between the baselines.
“In baseball, you want to create a love affair between the fans and the players,” White said. “And you create that by going out and playing hard and really showing the fans that you really enjoy being out there.”
The fans cheered appropriately when any member of the Royals’ staff — be it a coach, reserve or starter — had his name called during the pregame introductions.
“I was super excited,” said Royals fan Taylor Hogan. “It was awesome.”
Although Royals starters Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar didn’t reach base in their first at-bats, fans still clapped after their efforts.
After all, they’d have something to cheer for later, as all three got on during the second time through the order. In the fourth inning, Cain singled and Perez sprinted to first after strike three got past Giants catcher Buster Posey, which brought excited cheers from the crowd.
In the fifth, Escobar singled as well, and Cain doubled in a run later in the inning.
Cindy Divine, wearing a Royals jersey of one of the few players not in Cincinnati — first baseman Eric Hosmer — said the Royals are easily likable.
“I think it’s awesome because Kansas City is already a cool and kind city,” Divine said. “Their excitement is so catchy. People that I work with that just moved here are already catching Royals fever so it’s crazy.”
Even Cardinals fans were on the Royals’ bandwagon Tuesday night. Lauren Meyer, from St. Louis, donned her a John Jay jersey but said she still appreciated the balloting efforts of Royals fans.
“We’re all from Missouri,” Meyer said. “So I’ll support them too.”
Her Royals fan friend, Jenny Gann, said she could tolerate her.
“She’s not one of the bad ones,” Gann said. “So we’ll let her hang out.”
But White, who knows a thing or two about playing in All-Star Games, said that while the fans enjoying the game is important, the focus is still on the players realizing their dreams.
“This is a really special time for them as fans and also a special time for Royals players,” White said. “Especially the Royals players.”