Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was greeted with hugs Thursday when he arrived at the Overland Park home of Lori Skelley-Follis.
First came Skelley-Follis, then her 9-year-old daughter Ariana ran up to Hosmer and wrapped her arms around him.
Skelley-Follis had won a “Steaks With Hos” contest through the Kansas City Steak Company, and that meant Hosmer was visiting her home for a night of grilled steaks. She recounted getting the call telling her that of the more than 38,000 entries, she had won.
“I was like I never win anything,” Skelley-Follis said. “I was so thrilled, so happy and Ariana was standing right next to me and put her on speaker phone and she was like, ‘The all-mighty powerful Hos, yea, we’re going to be able to have supper with him.’ ”
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Hosmer said the reaction he received was special.
“It’s just an awesome feeling, it really is, because you get lost in the grind of baseball and just during the hectic season,” Hosmer said. “It’s so cool to step aside from it all one day and just get to kind of see all support you really have from everybody, just from neighborhoods and people and fans and just see the excitement of their faces when we got out of the car was truly humbling. It’s a special look on everything. It makes you realize why you’re playing so hard for this city.”
Although someone was brought in to cook the steaks, Hosmer did throw the first two on the grill. And he
Skelley-Follis had nothing but nice things to say about Hosmer. And she gave praise to his mother, Ileana.
“He’s very likeable,” Skelley-Follis said. “He’s just down to earth. He’s perfect, a perfect person. His mother did a great job raising him, that’s all I can say.”