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There is a reason Royals players randomly drop numbers 17 and 38 into interviews

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the Royals clubhouse.

On Tuesday, all the players seemed to be dropping the numbers 17 and 38 into interviews randomly. Andy McCullough, the Royals’ award-winning beat writer, noted that 1738 is the first thing rapper Fetty Wap sings in the song “Trap Queen.”

You may ask yourself: OK, so what?

“Trap Queen” is the walk-up music for Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

According to Urban Dictionary, 1738 is “A term used by rapper Fetty Wap in his song ‘Trap Queen’ to represent his squad in New Jersey: the Remy Boyz 1738. The Remy Boyz named themselves after a cognac liquor which they claim to be the finest: the Rémy Martin 1738.”

Ah, and as Andy tweeted:

A sampling of things the Royals players said on Tuesday (from Andy):

Mike Moustakas on a slick defensive play by Eric Hosmer: “Hoz picks that thing 17 out of 38 times.”

Cain on Trevor Bauer of the Indians: “He was like a 17-38 to the plate.”

This is a nice twist, too:

Yes, the Royals magic number is 55, and the fans are behind this. Royals Review changed its Twitter name to 1738 Review.

The fun continued before Wednesday’s game (thanks to Rustin Dodd):

These guys seem to be having too much fun.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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