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Royals’ Terrance Gore has the cutest fan in baseball: his niece

Amber Gore held her daughter Claire Gore, 5, who had a sign bragging about her uncle, Royals outfielder Terrance Gore at the American League Championship Series.
Amber Gore held her daughter Claire Gore, 5, who had a sign bragging about her uncle, Royals outfielder Terrance Gore at the American League Championship Series. The Kansas City Star

Royals outfielder Terrance Gore celebrated his call to the major leagues at an Applebee’s in Omaha.

Anywhere would have been fine, really, but Gore was happy to have someone to share the moment with.

Gore was with the Storm Chasers at the time and his brother Dexter and his wife Amber just happened to be visiting.

Although the brothers are from Georgia, fate has placed them both in Missouri. Dexter Gore is stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, which has allowed him to see his kid brother dazzle Royals fans with his speed.

“The unit is behind me, which is behind Terrance,” Dexter Gore said, “so they’ve been good to say they would shift their work schedule around so we could go.”

Dexter, who is six years older than 23-year-old Terrance, has caught a few games at Kauffman Stadium.

“We went to the final home game of the season we saw him play,” Dexter said. “(I thought,) ‘Wow, he’s in the big leagues.’ To go from a high school stadium that can probably hold 500 people to college to now, the MLB stadium. It’s like wow.”

Terrance has been wowing Royals fans since his arrival in early September. But no one has rooted more fervently than Dexter’s 5-year-old daughter Claire.

“That’s my biggest fan,” Terrance said. “She loves me to death.”

Claire made a splash at Kauffman Stadium with a sign noting that her uncle could beat anyone’s uncle in a race. Who could argue with that?

“Oh, Terrance just loves Claire,” said Teresa Gore, the boys’ mother.

Terrance said his mom will be at the World Series games at Kauffman Stadium, and Dexter will make the trip (Claire is expected to attend at least one game).

“It’s nice to have the family close,” Terrance said. “I don’t have much family here and my brother is kind of close by, so it’s always nice to have him in my corner.”

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