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Sung Woo Lee, Royals superfan from Korea, is headed to K.C. for World Series


When Sung Woo Lee picked the Kansas City Royals as the MLB team he would support all the way from Korea 20 years ago, little did he know that he would have to wait so long for postseason glory.

Most Royals fans probably suspected the same, which is why how the team has run roughshod over its opponents in the playoffs by not dropping a single game, winning eight in a row, to reach the World Series is being so cherished and celebrated by the long-suffering fans who have loyally stuck by the team through thick and thin, mostly thin, over the past several decades.

But now, Kansas City is rocking like its 1985 as the collective population of die-hard Royals fans eagerly await Tuesday and Game 1 of the World Series in which the team will face a squad whose postseason run has been nearly as remarkable, the San Francisco Giants.

And while there are tons of folks currently jumping on the Royals bandwagon acting like they have been there the entire time, through all the losses and mediocrity, those who will enjoy the benefits of their unshakeable loyalty are people like Sung Woo Lee, whose dedication to the team is that much more impressive given he continued to follow the team, from so far away, when he really had no reason to continue to do so.

Which is why it is so awesome that Lee, who goes by @Koreanfan_KC on Twitter, will be heading back to Kansas City and be in town when the World Series kicks off next week.

Lee made his first trip to K.C. back in August and it was a widely celebrated affair. Greeted with a hero’s welcome, Lee was treated in a first class manner by the organization and the fans, even getting the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a ballgame.

A multi-pronged effort reportedly was utilized in an effort to get Lee back in town for the Fall Classic, reports The Kansas City Star.

Filmmaker and Kansas City native Josh Swade happens to be in Korea and he reportedly has been working on Lee’s behalf to get him back to K.C. Swade apparently planned to meet with Lee’s employer in an effort to get time off to make the trip.

The grass roots effort to ensure that Lee was back in town was bolstered by a Twitter campaign in which the hashtag #BringBackSungWoo was utilized to convey the message.

“Would the Royals be in the Series if SungWoo hadn’t visited this summer?” Swade asked in a news release, per the KC Star.

“We cannot scientifically prove otherwise. Therefore, every Royals fan — whether you’re die-hard or bandwagon — must join together in this fateful moment to bring back SungWoo for the Fall Classic. Let us raise every voice and sing.”

It must have worked. Swade announced via Twitter that Lee will indeed be making the long trip to Kansas City.

Swade earlier tweeted out a video of Lee celebrating the Royals punching their ticket to the World Series.

Man, does this guy deserve to be at the World Series or what? Good for him.

[H/T The Big Lead, top image via Josh Swade/Twitter]