OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Kansas City sports fans are in full World Series fever as the Royals come home tonight for Game 6. Two of the team's biggest fans: Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback.
The pair of Republican pols, both in the final week of tough reelection battles, gushed about their home team's chances against the San Francisco Giants on Monday at a campaign event in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City.
"First thing: Go Royals!" Brownback said as he opened the event, a rally with 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Sen. Bob Dole. "We can do it, we can do it, we're gonna get it done. And when we get that done, we're gonna have a clean sweep [of GOP candidates winning]."
Roberts, too, gave homage to the Royals in his Monday speech.
"Now is no time to lose the faith," he joked, putting on a blue Royals cap, joking that his team's success is due to "divine intervention."
"Well, actually, .250 hitters, with great defense and great pitchers, and great heart, but most important, the greatest fans in baseball," he continued, to applause from the audience.
Dole even presented Romney with a Royals jacket at the end of the rally, which Romney proceeded to put on while he was still on stage, prompting cheers of "Let's go, Royals!" from the crowd.