The party was on in Kansas City, and in Salina on Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown KC on Tuesday for a parade in honor of the Royals’ World Series championship.At the same time, a large crowd gathered in Salina to watch.
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Players and coaches rode in individual pickup trucks from the Power & Light District over to Union Station, where a victory rally was held. World Series MVP Salvador Perez took selfies with fans along the railings and the World Series trophy was also on display. The Royals finished off the New York Mets in five games on Sunday to capture the second World Series title in franchise history and their first since 1985.
Johnny Gomes was a midseason acquisition from the Atlanta Braves who didn’t make the playoff roster. But he was credited by his team for bringing positive energy to the clubhouse. During Tuesday’s rally at Union Station, Gomes asked the crowd for a moment of silence in honor of Edinson Volquez’s father, Chris Young’s father and Mike Moustakas’ mother, all of whom died this
year. All three Royals played key roles in Kansas City’s playoff run and later praised their teammates for helping them to play through their grief.
Gomes said, ”It’s unbelievable what those guys did.”He then gave a rousing speech that fired up both the crowd, and his team.
Volquez drew loud applause when he vowed to the fans that the Royals would be back on the same stage next season after winning another world championship.
At the same time, back in Salina, a large crowd attended a victory celebration event hosted by KSAL Radio at Buffalo Wild Wings. There was a live radio broadcast, and the victory parade and rally were shown on 36 televisions. There were also live radio reports from along the Kansas City parade route.
1,150 free wings were given away at the Salina event.