Mo. Rep’s pitch to make Cardinals the state’s official team not a hit with Royals fans

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri state representative is pitching a bill aimed at naming the St. Louis Cardinals the Show-Me State`s “official” baseball team. Predictably, the lawmaker has upset fans of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

Missouri State Representative Courtney Curtis, who`s just down Interstate 70 in North St. Louis County, is the man behind the bill that has Royals fans seeing red.

“Absolutely a bad idea,” said fan Chris Hamblin. “The timing couldn’t be worse.”

The Redbirds over the Royals? Don`t even think about it says the fan from Lee’s Summit.

“You have the world champions right here in Kansas City. How could you discredit them? I think you have to celebrate the fact that Missouri has two teams and celebrate both teams,” said Hamblin.

Among other things, Rep. Curtis` bill proposes an amendment that says since “the Cardinals can trace their history in Missouri back to 1882,” so they should get the prestigious title.

“I think we have the better team. Given that we have a strong delegation from Kansas City, I can see them putting up a fight, but I think overall the state of Missouri is behind the Cardinals,” Rep. Curtis said over the phone.

One Royals fan had an interesting counter-proposal to the bill.

“So what do you say dump the bill? Burn the bill?” asked FOX 4’s Robert Townsend.

"Oh, I like burn. Burn`s good. Soak the bill! I don`t know, drown it. Let Salvy drown it!” Misti Ryal said while standing near Perez's famous billboard in Westport.

To read and track the proposed legislation, click on this link.