Royals success a big hit for metro apparel merchants

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a baseball weekend that will have the entire Show-Me-State's attention. The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals are renewing an old rivalry in the I-70 series this weekend in three games that are nearly sold out.

When these two teams meet, it's always in fashion.

Kansas City and St. Louis are old rivals, dating back to their matchup in the 1985 World Series. Big hits on the field are yielding a hit in the fashion world.

Managers at Restoration Emporium in the West Bottoms are seeing customers turn out in droves for this new line of baseball-based T-shirts, many of which are designed with female fans in mind.

“We always wanted to be in the baseball business. We just didn't know how to go about it,” Chrysalyn Huff, the store’s co-owner, said.

Huff and her husband, Jeff, primarily deal in antiques, but when one of the shop's 60 merchants began selling soft cotton T-shirts with Royals themes, customers caught baseball fever.

“The best stories are the husbands that are coming in 10 times per day, saying, ‘My wife sent me here for this shirt’,” Chrysalyn Huff said.

The Huffs say some shirts in this line have sold in the tens of thousands.

“It's been really neat to see the city -- they've always embraced it, but now, to go that extra mile to support the team. We just felt like we wanted to be a part of that,” Jeff Huff said.

Customers like Megan Lilley and Stasha Beck say they saw the Hos-Salvy-Moose shirt on social media sites, and had to have one.

“I think it's fun, and it's fun to have things that more are specifically, for girls, and not just a big guy's t-shirt,” Lilley said. “I think it's great that they have merchandise for girls.”

“Maybe it's because some of the guys are really cute,” Beck said with a laugh. “Some people think baseball isn't for girls, but it really is.”

The huffs also sell a few Cardinal-based shirts, but they say those designs aren't selling as well as the royal blue shirts are.

As for the game on the diamond, Toby Cook with the Royals front office told FOX 4 News the remaining tickets for this weekend's three games against the Cardinals are nearly gone.