Rallying Royals fans ready to seize baseball’s biggest prize once again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Suffice it to say Kansas City Royals fans are all pumped up. Game 1 of the American League Division Series is Thursday night against the Houston Astros, but baseball fans in the metro can't hold out that long. They joined members of the 1985 world championship team, the last group to bring Kansas City a World Series triumph, to the 'Revive 85 Rally' at the Power and Light District on Wednesday afternoon.

It's the second time this week Royals fans have assembled to show their support for their baseball heroes, who are postseason-bound for the second consecutive year. The rally turned into a celebratory mob scene, with hungry fans connecting the past to the present. 1985 was a long time ago, and Royals fans in attendance at the rally say they're ready to get their hands on baseball's biggest prize again.

Fans began lining up around 8:30 a.m. for a chance to hang out with a group of baseball heroes with ties to the '85 World Champs, including Frank White, Dennis Leonard, Willie Wilson and others.

"I think it took our fans a long time to realize what winning did for not only the city, but the team and the community and it brings us all together for a short time rooting for the same thing," White said.

Retired Royals pitcher Dennis Leonard spent a lot of time talking with fans and signing autographs, as well as answering inquiries as to whether or not this is the year Kansas City finds the Commissioner's Trophy again.

"If I knew the answer to that, I'd be on the next flight (to Las Vegas,)" Leonard laughed. "Baseball is a funny game. You never know what's going to happen."

Downtown KC resident Joe Flores is taking in his second rally in two days, including the team-sponsored gathering at Kauffman Stadium. Flores showed up in his luchador wrestling costume. He says this year's team reminds him of the legendary team from 30 years ago.

"I went to the rally yesterday and saw the atmosphere of them working out and everything. It was awesome," Flores said. "I was very little when they won the World Series. Now, I understand how hard it was for them to have worked to win it."

Local fan Brian Solberg is one of many fans attending the rally who can't attend Thursday night's game at the K. He says this rally is a good taste of the action for fans who'll watch from their living rooms.

"To see all the old players come back and support the new players, and this is a total baseball town. I loved it," Solberg said.

The Royals ticket office is out of Game 1 tickets for the ALDS. Ticket brokers online are advertising standing room only tickets in the $90 range.

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