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Royals Fan All The Way From Korea Can’t Pull Team From Defeat

Greg Echlin

SungWoo Lee, super-fan of the Kansas City Royals, traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea, arriving at Kansas City International Airport on Monday to cheering fellow-fans.

His presence wasn't the World Series good luck charm he'd hoped it would be.

As the first game of the series got off to a shaky start for the Royals, Lee told USA Today, he was “a little bit down because of San Francisco's 3-0 lead." Lee was among the thousands at Kauffman Stadium who watched that lead grow to seven home runs. Eventually, the Royals scored one run.

Last summer, Lee earned a legion of Twitter fans who followed his baseball tweets, which included many about the Royals. Fans welcomed Lee to Kansas City in August and the team honored him by allowing him to throw out the first pitch.

After the Royals advanced to the World Series, Twitter once again rallied to Lee's cause. As he got off the plane on Monday, Lee told reporters he was feeling good about a Royals win in the World Series.

“Last August, Royals swept under my watch,” he said. “So I believe these Royals can do this again for the World Series.”

SungWoo Lee started to follow the team during the 1990s as a way to learn English.

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