First-place Royals capture national media's attention - KCTV5 News

First-place Royals capture national media's attention

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The Royals are riding a two-game losing streak, but their recent wins have captured the national media's attention.

The attention was assured when they made the regional cover of Sports Illustrated earlier this month.

The Kansas City-based reporter for the Associated Press is seeing more requests for coverage of the Royals. David Skretta typically by late August is just covering Royals on game days at Kauffman Stadium and is focusing on the new Chiefs season.

Not this year. He's doing double duty and staying quite busy.

"I'm doing a big feature for Labor Day on how the Royals built this team and they payroll situations that they have to overcome," the scribe explained.

It's easier to cover the Royals when they win than lose.

"Guys are more willing to talk and they tend to pop their head into the clubhouse after wins more than loses," Skretta said.

Kauffman Stadium's press box was jammed Monday night as New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter made his final appearance at the K against the Central Division leading Royals.

"I think you're seeing a lot of national media starting to pop in here to Kansas City and get on the bandwagon and that's only going to grow as long as they stay in the race," Skretta said.

As the Royals win, they are also getting more airtime on national telecasts. They lead off Tuesday night a series against the Minnesota Twins, their division rivals.

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