KANSAS CITY, Kan. – People in Kansas City love the Royals; it goes without saying. But there's something just a little more exciting when they're in first place. And sometimes the most hopeful and genuine fans are the youngest ones.
Austin Schwarzenberger, 13, and his little brother Zack play baseball. The pair looks up to the boys in blue.
"The Royals are number one in baseball so i want to see them before we go back to school. Just looking up to my role models and seeing all the players that are my favorite," Austin said.
"I enjoy watching the Royals play," said Zack
Players who inspire people they've never met, like 12-year-old Alaina Traiger, who chose to come to the K for a special day.
"I wanted to have a Royals game birthday party," she said.
"I was surprised," her mother, Bambi Burgard, said. "The thing I want to do is go to the Royals and take some of my friends to the Royals game, so we did that."
Nate Murray celebrated a day of firsts at the K with his son Lennox.
"This is my son's first birthday and first Royals game," he said. "We brought the whole family out."
Families excited about the first place Royals. Kids keeping their eyes on the big boys for inspiration, and of course, hoping for a win.
The Royals are headed out for a nine-game road trip to Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. The next home game is August 25 against the New York Yankees.
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