Sung Woo Lee has had a great week.
A Royals fan for more than 20 years, he has followed the team from Seoul, South Korea, where he lives. That means watching the team online in the middle of the night.
But for a week he’s been in Kansas City – a lifelong dream – with stops at the World War I Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Truman Library and Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.
And, of course, Kauffman Stadium. On Sunday he won the Jumbotron dance contest, and on Monday he threw out the first pitch.
“It’s really an amazing and overwhelming experience,” he said Monday when Jackson County legislators passed a resolution in his honor.
Frank White, the Royals eight-time Gold Glover now running for a seat in the Legislature, was on hand and gave Lee a Frank White bobblehead – it was “popular at one time,” White said – and a Royals jersey with White’s name and No. 20. County Executive Mike Sanders gave him a baseball and a pen set from the Truman Library.
Lee said his reception in Kansas City has been warm and gracious.
And it was noted that the Royals haven’t lost since Lee got to town.
Legislative Chairman Scott Burnett joked, “I have asked the sheriff to detain him in the United States.”