KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Boys In Blue are back in town, and they've got a souvenir from their trip to New York: a World Series trophy!
Hundreds of fans lined up outside Kauffman Stadium Monday afternoon and waited for hours to welcome the team home.
Royals Manager Ned Yost was first off the bus, holding the World Series trophy high above his head and doing a victory lap for fans.
Following close behind Yost was his team of World Champions. Fan favorite and World Series MVP Salvador Perez waved to the crowd, while Christian Colon dished out high-fives to fans, and star first baseman Eric Hosmer gave a bear hug to long-time Kauffman Stadium employee, Bob Stamps.
“It’s unbelievable,” Hosmer told Fox 4 of the homecoming. “It’s a great feeling! We couldn’t be happier to come back to Kansas City and to see all our fans who have supported us all year long! It’s a great feeling!”
It's a homecoming the fans have waited 30 years to celebrate.
“Just to be that close and personal with the team you’ve been following for this many years is just unimaginable,” said dedicated Royals fan Brett Cox. “I get goose bumps just talking about it.”
It’s a team fans of all ages have grown to love and respect.
“They are just like family and they seem to enjoy each other so much,” said 92-year-old LaVerne Spainhower.
It’s a World Series celebration they’ll never forget.
“We’ve been fans since 1985,” said Dave Burnett, who flew in Monday from Oregon to see the team return to Kansas City. “It was just amazing to come here. It's just the chance of a lifetime!”