After the Royals finished off the Orioles in the American League Championship Series, actor Eric Stonestreet held an impromptu celebration on the set of his TV show, “Modern Family.”
Stonestreet, 43, who was born in Kansas City, Kan., graduated from Piper High School and Kansas State, so he’s not some bandwagon jumper.
He’s a lifelong fan.
“I just love the way the Royals got to where they are with coming back and beating the A’s and the Angels and Orioles as effectively as they have to get here,” Stonestreet said.
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That’s why his joy spilled over to his workplace. Even if that workplace is something millions of people see on TV each week.
“They were happy,” Stonestreet said of his fellow actors. “They know that I’m a fan and I talk about Kansas City and the Royals and the Chiefs and Kansas State as much as I can, so Jesse (Tyler Ferguson) always gives me trouble, because it’s all I ever want to talk about.
“I try to get him in Kansas State stuff all the time. I got him a Royals hat when I was here for Big Slick. I try to deck him out. (I say,) ‘You don’t have any professional teams, you might as well adopt my professional teams.”
Stonestreet is one of the stars behind the Big Slick charity event that annually raises money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
As a Kansas City guy in California, Stonestreet is happy to see the Royals’ success in making the World Series is shining a light on his hometown.
“The thing of it is it’s just so great for the city and the fans,” he said. “I keep coming back to that. Obviously, the players work really hard. They sweat and bleed to get to where they are. It’s just great that the city is getting the attention and the national spotlight for what a great town it is, and what a great city this is.”
After all the years of the Royals’ struggles, Stonestreet wasn’t going to miss the first World Series in Kansas City since 1985.
“I’m glad I’m able to see these two games and I’m going to be in San Francisco for the two games there,” he said.
Of course, Stonestreet would like to see the Series go beyond four games, because that would mean a Giants sweep.
“I’m hoping at this point,” he said.
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