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NEW ROYALS BOOK RELIVES MEMORIES OF WORLD SERIES, SUNGWOO LEE
KANSAS CITY, MO (April 5, 2015) - As Royals fans prepare for the team to embark on a new season, a lifelong Kansas Citian and a super fan from South Korea looked back on the run that took the team to the 2014 World Series.

"Knowing what we all know as a collective Royals fan base, we're still kind of trying to process it all," said author Chris Kamler.

The team will raise its 2014 American League Champions flag before Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox.



"They'll never be able to take last year away from us," said Kamler.



Kamler, best known by his Twitter moniker, @TheFakeNed, has written a book that chronicles the magic moments of 2014, none more magical than the story of Sungwoo Lee.



As Kansas City fans will remember, Sungwoo endured many years of bad baseball from his home in South Korea. Last year, he made his very first pilgrimage to Kauffman Stadium, a visit that coincided with a winning streak that vaulted the Royals into first place.



Kansas City rolled out a red carpet for Sungwoo, showing him the city and showering him with gifts. The fact that he seemed to bring a run of good luck with him didn't hurt.



Sungwoo said Kansas City was great to him.



"They greeted me and treated me so well. I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said.



Kamler was part of a group that worked to bring Sungwoo to Kansas City.



"I will be forever changed by seeing how this town reacted to this guy from Seoul, South Korea," said Kamler.



Kamler's book, "The Silence, the Series and the Season of Sungwoo," captures many of those moments.



"It just kept writing itself because all of these events were so unbelievable," Kamler said.



Those moments included Sungwoo's private tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and his first pitch at Kauffman Stadium.



"I made terrible first pitch," Sungwoo said. "I just airmailed it."



The book's cover features one of the great moments in Kansas City sports history, when Sungwoo helped to hang the W outside the Royals Hall of Fame when the team won a game that lifted them into first place.



"It was planned as just a walk together with the Kaycee guy, but I couldn't handle it," Sungwoo said. "(I was) just jumping, jumping all around with joy."



Sungwoo said it's a story that left him with a lifetime of memories and souvenirs.



"This one is my proud American League Championship flag," he said.



Sungwoo's once-in-a-lifetime trip got a sequel two months later, when he was able to come back to Kansas City to see the Royals in the World Series.



His return generated so much interest that when he came off the plane, cameras focused on Sungwoo overlooked comedian Jeff Foxworthy.



"This story doesn't happen in Chicago. It doesn't happen in St. Louis or New York or L.A.," said Kamler. "This story only happens in Kansas City."



Kamler's book about Sungwoo and the World Series is available online at Amazon or at any Rally House location in the Kansas City metropolitan area.







About Rally House

Rally House began in 1989 as Kansas Sampler, a mail-order company founded by Peg and Tim Liebert that specialized in local and regional gifts. Rally House currently operates stores throughout Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas with plans to continue expansion into Michigan in 2014. The company stays true to its roots by offering a great selection of team-related apparel and gifts, including exclusive designs found only at Rally House.