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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Korean Royals fan gets royal treatment for first visit to Kansas City

Lee, a Royals fan since the 1990s who follows the team from his home in Seoul, South Korea, was treated like royalty upon his arrival Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.

Camera crews, fellow Royals fans and curious bystanders watched and cheered as Lee made his way through the gate, wearing his Royal blue jersey…

Kamler said he and other Royals fans have been communicating with Lee for a few years on Twitter. Kamler said Lee tweets with fans during the games despite the 14-hour time difference from Kansas City, and many fans have been asking Lee for years to come to the United States to watch the Royals and see Kauffman Stadium.

About a month and a half ago, Kamler received an e-mail from Lee that said he was going to make the trip. Lee’s welcoming committee has helped organize an itinerary for his week-long stay that includes attending five Royals games. He is scheduled to throw out Monday’s first pitch before the Royals take on the Oakland A’s.

On Wednesday they will visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Arthur Bryant’s and the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:48 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: korea, royals, super fan

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   1. DL from MN Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4765372)
On Wednesday they will visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Arthur Bryant’s and the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial.


I did that on a Kansas City trip and had a wonderful time though I'd recommend doing that over two days instead.
   2. Jeltzandini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4765375)
Love it. Guy picks random team half a world away. He chose... poorly. But he sticks with it for 20 years.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4765389)

Love it. Guy picks random team half a world away. He chose... poorly. But he sticks with it for 20 years.


May not be that poor of a decision. If his first pitch goes well, the team could sign him to a MLB contract.
   4. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4765391)
Love it. Guy picks random team half a world away. He chose... poorly. But he sticks with it for 20 years.

And if he'd chosen the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, etc., like many, many others, then he's probably not getting this reception when he finally makes it to a game.

Neat story. Nice job, KC fans.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4765423)
I'm meeting up with this group for Saturday's game. Should be fun. I've been following the guy on Twitter for sometime and he's a really an infectiously enthusiastic fan, which is amazing considering the team he follows.
   6. puck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4765447)
   7. puck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4765449)
Koreans work too hard:

RM: If the Royals make it to the World Series, will you come to Kansas City and get tickets to the series?

SW: Whoa! Royals can make it to the World series ever??? Korean work ethic/work circumstance is so notorious… not much vacation Usually Korean has week-long vacation in hot summer season… So I’m not sure I can get a vacation on October (So sad) But If, big If, Royals go to world series, I would try this that one?
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4765492)


Interview explaining how he became a Royals fan.


Thanks, I hadn't seen that. I love this:

In 90?s, when I was middle school student, I started to watch AFKN (American Forces Korean Network) for my English. But most of Drama, News and even Sesami street were too difficult for me to start learning English. Only sports broadcast was understandable
   9. Moeball Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4765622)
On Wednesday they will visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Arthur Bryant’s and the National World War I Museum and Liberty Memorial.


I did that on a Kansas City trip and had a wonderful time though I'd recommend doing that over two days instead.

Agreed. I was lucky enough one time where my wife had a weekend conference to attend in KC so I tagged along on the trip. I would also recommend adding the American Jazz Museum which is right next door to the NL Museum. Furthermore, I highly recommend going to The Blue Room to catch a jazz concert.

“The beauty of Kansas City barbecue,” says Carolyn Wells, executive director of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, “is that you can ask ten different people to define Kansas City barbecue and you get ten different answers and they are all correct.”

She's right - there are a lot of good BBQ places to choose from.

Arthur Bryant's is good but there are several other BBQ places I could recommend as well, such as Gates, Jack Stack's and Oklahoma Joe's.
   10. villageidiom Posted: August 06, 2014 at 02:40 PM (#4765669)
I know I am not going to convince anyone I've had great BBQ in Connecticut, but there's a place up here that opened a year ago by a guy who used to cook at Jack Stack's. Just last week he opened a second location and is working on a third. Crazy good.
   11. puck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4765756)

Thanks, I hadn't seen that. I love this:

In 90?s, when I was middle school student, I started to watch AFKN (American Forces Korean Network) for my English. But most of Drama, News and even Sesami street were too difficult for me to start learning English. Only sports broadcast was understandable


I was saddened that he started watching in middle school and yet still too much time had passed for him to have seen the George Brett Royals. Damn, almost 30 years since that last World Series! If you remember when the Royals were good, you're old!
   12. Srul Itza Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4765781)
Hey, I resemble that remark.


EDIT: As a Yankee fan in the 80's, I always thought of them as the Freddie Patek Royals. ;-)
   13. Zach Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4765980)
But most of Drama, News and even Sesami street were too difficult for me to start learning English. Only sports broadcast was understandable

Nature documentaries are where it's at. Deep voices talking slowly, with a picture showing what's going on. I'm currently watching BBC's The World in German, and it's helping me keep my hand in.

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