Sung Woo Lee, the long suffering Kansas City Royals fan who adopted the team while living in Korea nearly two decades ago, will be returning to the United States for the World Series. (As announced by Fake Ned Yost). Lee, who can be found on Twitter at @Koreanfan_KC, visited Kansas City to attend his first Royals game in person this August, just at the time that the team was beginning a surge to a playoff spot that has now culminated in the first World Series appearance since 1985.
He became an instant celebrity in Kansas City, taking pictures with everyone in the crowd, visiting key sites in town, appearing at a Chiefs preseason game, and throwing out a first pitch. He lived the dream (yes, the dream that is being a celebrity in Kansas City) for a solid week and is still a symbolic figure in the run to the World Series. Lee was in fact in attendance for the series when the San Francisco Giants played in Kansas City in the regular season.
So when the Royals clinched the World Series berth, a movement immediately began on Twitter to bring Sung Woo back to the States. And now, he will be returning to join the rest of Kansas City on this improbable journey–his coming from a few more thousand miles away.
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