KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Thomas was one of thousands who made the trip to Chicago to see the Royals take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
He said he had just found his seat in the bleachers on Friday when Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar hit a homerun on the first pitch of the game. The ball rocketed out to where Thomas was sitting and he quickly picked up the priceless souvenir.
"It was crazy," he said. "As soon as the ball was hit, I got it, I stood up. And typical you are getting chants to throw it back and everyone was cheering for me to hold onto it. I wasn't going to throw this one back."
The cheering was so loud that many who missed it thought it must have been the hometeam that made a great play. There were so many Royals fans that made the trip that their hashtag #RoyalsToWrigley was trending on Twitter; and they were referring to Wrigley Field as "Kauffman North."
"The fans support in Chicago was really exciting to see,"Royals' manager Ned Yost said.
Thomas works in the Royals ticket office.