Kansas City council have got behind their baseball team in a rather unusual way – by renaming a street.
According to cbssports.com, the city council unanimously voted to change Baltimore Avenue to Royals Avenue for the remainder of the postseason.
The Royals take on Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series which starts tonight at Camden Fields. Naturally, the council chose to take advantage of their baseball team’s success and score points with residents by getting rid of anything Oriole-related. The street name simply had to go.
And what better name to replace it than Royals Avenue.
Kansas City Mayor Sly Jones backed the name change and posed with new street sign.
Game 1 and 2 are scheduled in Baltimore before both teams head to the Kauffman Stadium next Tuesday (October 14) when Kansas City will be painted blue in support of their side.
Kansas City Royals, who have been based in the city since their formation in 1969, are making the first postseason appearance for 29 years.
In 1985, the Royals went all the way and won the World Series 4-3 against St Louis Cardinals. Since then the Royals have gone on a barren run and been one of the worst-performing franchises in the MLB over the past 25 years.
But this season is different. After grabbing a Wild Card berth the Royals took down Oakland Athletics before clean-sweeping Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in the ALDS.
Tonight they take on Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the ALCS and the whole city is expected to be watching.
The street name switch appears to have gone down well with fans and residents, with one fan joking on Twitter: “Speeding and Stealing now legal on Royals Ave.”
Fortunately for the city council the fan wasn't encouraging any law-breaking - the Royals have stolen most bases in the AL this season and have relied on a fierce pitching bullpen to blow away opponents.