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USA Today writer: Kansas City is best baseball town in America

Kansas City Royals fans celebrate at the Kansas City Power & Light District after the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 and advanced to the World Series.
Kansas City Royals fans celebrate at the Kansas City Power & Light District after the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 and advanced to the World Series. jledford@kcstar.com

It’ll be hard for Royals fans to argue with this.

Ted Berg, a baseball writer for USA Today, has proclaimed Kansas City as the best baseball town in America right now.

“What’s incredible, from an empirical standpoint, at least, is how widespread and unifying this town’s love for the Royals appears to be: The bikers at the bar are talking about the Royals,” Berg wrote. “The hipsters on the street are talking about the Royals. The cashiers at the supermarket in the middle of the night are chatting about Lorenzo Cain’s range in center field.”

He also noted the team’s attendance, which was a franchise record and the fans’ zeal during the All-Star Game voting.

“Throw in the Kansas City’s rich baseball tradition, as celebrated at the beautiful Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,” wrote Berg, “and the way baseball fandom in this town seems to span people of every color and creed, and I feel it’s a pretty compelling case: Kansas City is the best baseball town in the country right now.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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