Thousands of Royals fans warming their arms to deliver a unique first pitch

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of Royals fans came out to Union Station Friday to pick up their credentials for the Relay the Way event. On Sunday, more than 2,500 Royals fans are registered for the event. The group will line the streets for more than nine miles to deliver the “First Pitch” baseball to Kauffman Stadium.

“It’s going to be so fun to toss that ball,” said Carol Kenipp. “They have so much character, so much class, I am just really proud of the men on this team.”

The event will start at Union Station and make its way past 18th and Vine, down Brooklyn and then across Stadium Drive. No streets will be shut down but there will be rolling road blocks by police to make sure everybody is safe from traffic. Organizers said each fan will get about eight seconds to catch the ball and throw it to the next person.

“It has been a very busy day, people are very excited,” said Mallory Cage, with The Kansas City Sports Commission.

The $30 registration donation will benefit The Urban Youth Baseball Academy.

Fans said they think the day will be filled with the same amount of excitement as it was during The World Series parade.

“Just to see the city and how we support the team and we do it all without any problems, everybody has a great spirit,” said Kenipp.

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