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A home has been built for #RallyMantis in the Royals’ clubhouse

A praying mantis that has been hanging around the Kansas City Royals dugout since Saturday night’s game sat on a hat along the railing during Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium.
A praying mantis that has been hanging around the Kansas City Royals dugout since Saturday night’s game sat on a hat along the railing during Sunday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Just when the Royals’ season appeared headed for an abyss, fans’ prayers have been answered.

And it was a praying mantis that (maybe) turned things around. During the Royals’ game Saturday night against the Blue Jays, the insect appeared in the dugout where it was befriended by outfielder Billy Burns:

The Royals won that game 4-2, but there was concern that afterward the praying mantis had been killed by Mike Swanson, the team’s vice president of broadcasting and communication.

So, the girl lived and was in the dugout again on Sunday. Guess what happened? The Royals crushed the Blue Jays 7-1 and won their first three-game series since June.

This was 100 percent proof that the praying mantis was a good luck charm. I’ve heard that the praying mantis has a home in a shoebox in the clubhouse that has the most modern amenity that a 2016 praying mantis would want: grass.

So there you have it: #RallyMantis is now a thing.

 

#ForeverRoyal #rallymantis

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Sorry Slugger, we have a new mascot! #rallymantis #prayingforplayoffs #foreverroyal by: @randomphoto

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