An estimated 800,000 Royals fans attended last year’s championship parade, and a portion of them likely arrived by way of bandwagon. That’s not to say we’re judging. There were a lot of miserable seasons between World Series victories, and it’s only natural that some of those fans either stopped caring or grew up that way.
But after two consecutive outstanding years, we’re convinced that the remaining stragglers have finally boarded the big blue bus. Here’s a quick guide that’ll get those new fans up to speed faster than Eric Hosmer can swipe home base:
Before you embarrass yourself in public, please don’t call the Royals reliever “JO-kim” or “YO-kim” or anything else that ends with “kim.” It’s pronounced “wah-KEEM.” Makes sense? You’re wel-kim.
You can’t root, root, root for the home team unless you’ve got the gear to go with your cheer. For those who’d like to add a local flavor to their Royals threads, there’s a bevy of awesome KC merchants to choose from, including The Bunker, Charlie Hustle and Normal Human.
Trouble keeping up with every move the team makes? That’s OK, rookie. These Royals insiders are like Nintendo cheat codes that’ll take you to next-level fandom:
- @Royals (Official team Twitter account)
- @mellinger (KC Star columnist, pictured above)
- @JoshVernier610 (610 sports radio host)
- @FlannyMLB (Royals beat writer for MLB.com)
As you surely know, the Royals win. A lot. That’s why you’ve joined this championship bandwagon, after all. And before you’re allowed to be an official Royals fan, you have to get doused by a Salvy Splash. That’s a real tradition we just made up.
If you think you’re going to the K just to watch baseball, you’ve got the wrong idea. This is tailgate country, where the only thing more important than the game on the field is the game on your grill. Here’s a list of tailgating Do’s and Don’ts:
- DO come hungry
- DON’T come empty handed
- DO make the parking lot a party
- DON’T make the parking lot a potty
That’s it, really.
Where to Watch
If you want to be a true Royals fan, then you should probably watch some games. The easiest way to to do that is by tuning into the Fox Sports Network and enjoying all the ridiculous phrases that come out of Rex Hudler’s mouth. If you’re on the road, don’t sweat. The sweet and steady cadence of broadcast legend Denny Matthews on 610 radio will make you feel like you’re watching from behind home plate.
The Royals have plenty of swag, and now’s your chance to get in on it. Here are the five best giveaways for the 2016 season. For a full list, check this out.
- April 23: World Series Replica Trophies – first 20,000 fans
- May 15: Monarchs Fedora – first 10,000 fans
- June 14: “Keep the Line Moving” T-shirt — first 10,000 fans
- Sept. 3: Salvador Perez Bobblehead — first 20,000 vs. Tigers
- Sept. 18: Star Wars Day at the K
Yosted (n): When something bad happens thanks to a questionable decision by manager Ned Yost. You’ll use this term a lot (usually while throwing things), but don’t get too upset. This mad manager has won us back-to-back pennants.
When it comes to being a Royals fan, there’s one Cardinal rule: no rooting for St. Louis. Not only are they our rival, but a St. Louis-area representative recently introduced a bill that designated the Cardinals as the official baseball team of Missouri. Of course, that bill quickly got shut down, much like the Cardinals did in last year’s playoffs. #ShotsFired