Funny thing happened on Monday.
As I was wrapping up a chat with a sports talk radio station in Calgary (yes!), the hosts said, “All of Canada is rooting for the Royals.”
Yep, the Royals are the darlings of the Great White North.
Apparently, there is a lot of love for the Royals in the U.S. of A as well. ESPN.com asked readers who they were rooting for in the American League Championship Series, which opens Friday in Baltimore.
It’s the Royals in a landslide:
There’s a lot of blue there, eh?
Royals manager Ned Yost talked about the team’s growing popularity on Wednesday before the team left for Baltimore.
“The Midwest knew this team and how exciting it was,” Yost said. “I don’t think anybody in the rest of the country knew.
“From what they’ve seen the last couple of days, I think the nation has fallen in love with this team, their energy, the way they play the game. They make the game fun. This club is playing hard for each other, they enjoy each other’s successes. The play the game in a daring way. That’s appealing to everybody.”
Thanks to Blair Kerkhoff for sending in Yost’s thoughts.
Here’s another poll to consider.
ESPN.com asked which team you think will win the World Series. Guess which team is winning in Missouri?
Hint: It’s not the Royals.
Most of the country is on the Royals’ bandwagon, but in Missouri, it’s still leaning toward the Cardinals.
For now, at least.
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