For Pete's Sake

Brian Doyle-Murray of ‘Caddyshack’ fame is a Royals fan

Actor Brian Doyle-Murray with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost before Monday’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Actor Brian Doyle-Murray with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost before Monday’s baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

You can add another celebrity to the Royals’ bandwagon.

Sure, you’re aware Hollywood stars Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner have proclaimed their love of the Royals.

But Brian Doyle-Murray also is a Royals backer. He’s currently on “The Middle” on ABC. But his career has spanned four decades, and he’s been in many classics like “Vacation,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Wayne’s World,” “Groundhog’s Day,” and the TV show “Seinfeld” (as the Bubble Boy’s father).

But he’s best known for “Caddyshack,” which he co-wrote.

Yep, the guy who uttered the classic movie line, “Pick up that blood” is a Royals fan.

Of course, Doyle-Murray grew up in Chicago so his favorite team remains the Cubs. He was wearing a Cubs shirt in the dugout at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, but he’s become a fan thanks to his wife, Tina, who was born in Emporia.

“I married into the Royals,” Doyle-Murray said before Monday’s game. “I have been following them very closely. I often have to flip a coin to see which recorded game we will watch, the Cubs or the Royals, because they are often on at the same time.”

The couple went on a Mediterranean cruise last year, and Tina didn’t get a lot of sleep -- she was listening to the Royals broadcasts during the playoffs on the Internet.

They went to World Series games in San Francisco. After those three games, Doyle-Murray went back to Chicago to work on a TV show.

Once the Royals forced a seventh game, Tina came back to Kansas City and scored tickets.

She’s ready to see some more Royals World Series games, too. And both Tina and Brian and preparing for a Cubs-Royals series.

“The last time the Cubs won a pennant was the year I was born,” Doyle-Murray said. “I may have to be like Mark Twain. Haley’s Comet went over when he was born and went over when he died. I may have to give my life to the Cubs to win a pennant. I’m ready, I’m ready.”

He’s willing to make that sacrifice?

“Yeah,” Doyle-Murray joked, “as long as I can stick around for the World Series.”

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

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