KANSAS CITY, Mo. - He's a twenty-something, right-handed prospect from South Korea who can't keep his fastball over the plate, but among Royals' fans, he could be the secret weapon.
SungWoo Lee arrived from South Korea last week to see the team he adopted nearly two decades ago in person for the first time.
His whirlwind tour of the metro was fueled by Twitter, where he goes by @Koreanfan_KC, and by an unlikely turn of events. Since he arrived, the Royals have just kept winning.
Heading into Monday's series opener with the Athletics, the Royals had won seven straight and found themselves in spitting distance of the division lead.
The team moved into first place Monday with a win over the Athletics.
In the famously superstitious world of baseball, that makes Lee a popular man.
With Lee throwing out the first pitch, tailgaters said they hoped the super fan would stay longer and ride the streak out.
"I don't know what his name is, but I'll give him a job," Mark Rickwa, a fellow fan, said.
Lee downplayed his role in the team’s charge toward a possible playoff spot.
"I'd like to say my good luck charms comes from all fans I met in Kansas City," Lee told 41 Action News. "Players win the games on the field, not me."
But many Royals fans are hoping he sticks around. Just in case.