Officials are expecting close to 40,000 people at Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium, and there is one fan who wouldn't miss it for the world.
In fact, this fan considers himself the Kansas City Royals' biggest super fan in town.
They gather before every Royals home game: thousands of people in the parking lot of the K, grilling, laughing and excited about the game. But only one man shows his pride in such striking fashion.
Mild-mannered Troy Olsen becomes Royalman, a superhero whose power is to will the Royals to win. Only it hasn't been working well lately.
"They haven't been winning at all, really, since we started doing this," Royalman Troy Olsen said.
But that doesn't stop Olsen from putting on his brand-new, $175 super suit for every home game.
For the past two years, he wore a different costume, but it wore down and started looking ratty. So he replaced it with a new logo, pants and cape, with the same tights and white wrestling boots.
"I like doing it because I'm a silly guy, and I like to have fun. It is great fun, and it is a great way to come to the game," he said. "Haters are going to hate. That is always going to be out there, but the great thing is there are some really awesome people in Kansas City."
Being a super fan, Olsen wouldn't dare miss the All-Star Game.
"I'm excited to be able to say, to go home and put that ticket in a frame and say I was there, and I was part of it," he said.
And Olsen plans to wear the costume Tuesday night despite his girlfriend's protests.
"She is like, 'I can't believe you have several hundred dollars in tickets, and you're still going to wear the costume when you could just blend in.' But life is not about blending in, life is about stepping ahead," he said.
Royalman's message for Kansas City is simple. Enjoy the All-Star Game because it might be a while before baseball's best come back to Kansas City.
"Literally, we are going to see the best talent that you'll ever see in this park," he said. "I can't wait. The All-Star Game has been on my bucket list, and I can cross that off. Now it is just waiting for a playoff game with the Royals."
Olsen said he plans to channel his super powers and help will the Royals to win the second half of the season. So let's hope it works.
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