Korean 'superfan' cheers on Royals at World Series

Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:22pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Success starved Kansas City Royals supporters packed Kauffman Stadium for Game One of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday with none more excited than South Korean superfan Lee Sung-woo.

"It's still like a dream," the bespectacled Lee told Reuters a short stroll away from the entrance to the Royals clubhouse, a Major League Baseball credential hung around his neck as a guest for the Fall Classic.

"I asked them several times, is it a dream or not? It's kind of like a never-forget, lifetime dream for me."

Lee, who became a dogged Kansas City fan in the 1990s and stood by his team during decades of futility, has become an unlikely symbol of Royals fandom this season as they reached the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

The 38-year-old merchandising manager was cheering the team on from a top-flight seat in section 238 along the first-base line, proudly wearing a custom made Royals blue cap with 'Super Fan" printed on the side under the team's trademark golden crown.

Before the game, Lee watched batting practice on the field when he was not being besieged by autograph hunters and folks wanting selfies with him.

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Oct 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) is relieved by manager Ned Yost (middle rear) in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants during game one of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports