KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nine-year-old Owen Perkins is about as big of a Royals fan as you’ll find, he’s watched DVD’s of every game from the 1985 World Series over and over again. But his reaction to finding out he was actually going to Game 2 of this year’s World Series, was priceless. He even got his haircut to look like his favorite hitter, gold glove first baseman Eric Hosmer.
“All my life I’ve been sports crazy,” Perkins said.
Even though he’s got the chance to watch the Royals in back-to-back postseasons on the couch with dad and his little brother, six-year-old Elijah, he’d never seen a big game in person. Then his dad was able to buy tickets to Game 2 from a co-worker.
“What are these?" Owen asks on the video.
"Be really careful, just something fun we can do today,” his father John explained.
“I was on cloud nine planning it all out. I waited until the last minute to tell him about it,” John said describing the surprise after picking him up early from school Wednesday.
“He was like, 'we are just going to run some errands today,'" Owen said.
Instead inside the envelope, was the surprise of a lifetime.
“World Series tickets? Oh my, this is awesome,” Owen exclaimed as he opened the tickets.
They went to the game where’d they meet KayCee and see him put up a W, after a dominating performance by his favorite pitcher Johnny Cueto.
“He did amazing that night, pitched a full game,” Owen said of Cueto.
His father was happy to see the Royals win too, but mostly because of the bond the Boys in Blue have helped him build with his boys. Owen hugged his dad and thanked him again.
“It gave me goosebumps and chills. It is just something you dream about as a dad being able to share that experience with your son,” said John.
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