A Royal roundup

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 in News and Sports

In case you haven’t heard, the Kansas City Royals baseball team is headed to the World Series after sweeping the American League Championship Series with four straight victories over the Baltimore Orioles.

KU fans love their Jayhawks, but they love the Royals, too.

Actors and Kansas City-area natives Rob Riggle and Paul Rudd, who both attended classes on the Hill, are well-known Royals fans. Riggle, c’93, recently served as grand marshal of KU’s Homecoming parade and posted this photo on his Instagram account showing his excitement after the Royals won the ALCS.

American League Champions @Royals!!! This is a wonderful, wonderful day!!!

Rudd, ’92, went one better: the die-hard fan jokingly invited fans to party at his mom’s house after the game and took selfies on the field with Royals players.

Paul Rudd interview with KMBC News

— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) October 15, 2014

Even Bill Self got in on the fun and enjoyed a fall night at the K with his son, Tyler, where they watched the Royals beat the Angels to win the ALDS.

 

— Bill Self (@CoachBillSelf) October 6, 2014

 
And one more tidbit, just for fun: Royals fans are probably familiar with SungWoo Lee, the die-hard Korean fan who adopted the team two decades ago and who made his first trip to Kauffman Stadium this past August. Filmmaker Josh Swade, the KU superfan who was instrumental in bringing the James Naismith’s Original Rules of Basket Ball to Lawrence and co-directed “There’s No Place Like Home,” the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the quest, confirmed on his Twitter account that Lee will return to the K for the first game of the World Series on Tuesday.

Many of the KU Alumni Association’s alumni networks are busy organizing Royals watch parties in their cities. It’s another great way to enjoy camaraderie with fellow Jayhawks. Be sure to check out our list of alumni networks and their Facebook groups to find a watch party in your area. Rock Chalk Jayhawk, and go Royals!

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