It may not be circled on his calendar, but Royals left-hander Danny Duffy is already looking forward to the Royals’ two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 24 and 25.
Those games are at Kauffman Stadium, and Duffy is sure that Royals fans will shower love on outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who this week signed a five-year, $80 million contact with the Brewers.
“As I know they will, the Kansas City fans will give him the ovation that he deserves,” Duffy said Friday at Royals FanFest. “I hope that ovation lasts 20 minutes. That dude did so much for this city, so much for this community, this team. He should be appreciated by all of us, and I know he’ll be appreciated by the fans as well.”
The love that Duffy and Royals fans have for Cain is mutual.
On Friday, Cain was interviewed on the MLB Network and talked about his tenure with the Royals, which included two World Series appearances, culminating with the 2015 championship and that epic parade.
“Oh, I mean, some of the best times I’ve had in my life,” Cain said. “The fans, they loved on me, they supported me, not only me, the entire team. It’s something I’ll always remember: the parade, winning the World Series. It’s something .. a team that I’m going to miss, an atmosphere I’m going to miss ...”
Here is the clip (WARNING: it may be a bit jarring to see him in that Brewers uniform), and Cain starts talking about the Royals at the 4:45 mark:
Royals manager Ned Yost said at FanFest that he and general manager Dayton Moore only want the best for Cain.
“I think both Dayton and I, our goal is to have these kids come out and be successful and provide a great living for their family and to have success like that,” Yost said. “I’m very happy for him. I’m very proud for him. I mean, do we want him here with us, yeah, absolutely. But for him to go out and get a contract like that, I’m extremely pleased and happy and proud of him.”