Royals fans revel as team raises its first AL Central championship flag

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals raised a division championship flag Friday night for the first time in 30 years, commemorating their first ever American League Central Division championship. Many fans told FOX 4 the night was a moment they’ll never forget.

From the moment they walked into the stadium, the signs of a division championship were everywhere. Less than 24 hours removed from the celebration that carried over from the clubhouse to the field, the championship logo was emblazoned on the front of the Royals Hall of Fame in left field.

"I think it's fantastic, what a beautiful sign. We're excited to be here we are excited for the Royals," fan Cathy Miller said.

Cindy Wood was about her daughter's age the last time the Royals accomplished the feat, and wore her shirt saying it was time to party like it was 1985.

"The experience of it all is something you can't go ever go back and get," she said.

The only thing fans had a little bit of a tough time getting was playoff merchandise, especially the shirts the team wore during the celebration, saying "The Central is Ours."

"We knew we'd be coming tonight so we went and got the shirts,” fan Katrina DeGraeve said.

Fans continued to crowd the store though, trying to get their hands on any Royals postseason merchandise they could, ready for a playoff run.

The team's merchandise manager told FOX 4 with the thousands of fans that went through the store Thursday night, Friday night’s playoff supply was as low as they expect it to get.

They plan to get new shipments on Saturday, including at least a handful of those lockerroom T-shirts the players have in their washing machines covered in champagne.



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