Dear Kansas City,
Here's something a lot of us haven't always been willing to admit: You're one of the best kept-secrets in the U.S.
We talk about other awesome cities out in the middle of America — Chicago! Austin! Minneapolis! — but right there, literally right in the center of the map, you've quietly created a remarkable city.
Your food is incredible.
Your beer is amazing.
And your passion for your city is something else.
We've seen it every time Monday Night Football goes to Arrowhead, or any time ESPN cut to Power & Light during the World Cup. Your city is just freaking crazy about sports.
And sure, other cities are nuts about one of their teams. But not the way you're crazy about the NFL and college hoops and soccer and, oh, yes, these guys.
These 25 men who've done something nobody outside of the Midwest would've thought possible.
The rest of us turned off that Wild Card game in the 7th inning.
The rest of us counted your team out against Mike Trout and the Angels.
The rest of us said that there was no way, absolutely NO WAY your Royals were getting past the sluggers that Baltimore lined up.
And yet…here they are: the pennant-winning Kansas City Royals, about to play for a World Series.
Is this real life? Is this actually happening?
What did you do to get a team like this?
Deals with the underworld? Voodoo? TELL US AND WE'LL DO THE SAME. Seriously, there are sports fans in Cleveland prepared to do whatever you say.