South Korean Royals fan SungWoo Lee receives royal treatment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Royals fan who flew 6,500 miles from Seoul, South Korea to see them play is getting the royal treatment.

On Monday night, SungWoo Lee prepared to throw out the first pitch.

Lee said he had practiced beforehand.

"I practice a lot, but my ball started flying everywhere; so I'm a little bit nervous,” Lee said.

A group of local Twitter fans started following Lee a few years ago and helped bring him to Kansas City.

He has he had a trip of a lifetime.

The Royals bused him to Kauffman Stadium Monday afternoon.

Fans yelled his name when the new found celebrity got off the bus.

Even Billy Butler stepped out of the locker room to greet Lee. The two knew each other by name. They plan to have lunch together on Wednesday.

Lee started watching the Royals 15 years ago because they were an underdog team, but, since he arrived last week, the Royals are on a seven game winning streak and a half game out of first place in the division.

"What a nice compliment from fans that I bring good luck charm to the Royals. But I would like to say my good luck charms come from all the fans I have met in Kansas City,” Lee said.

Lee has lived the life of a dignitary since he arrived. He has received private tours of the K, Boulevard Brewery and the World War One museum. He's even received calls from politicians.

The social media phenomenon that many local fans have come to adore threw out the first pitch at 7 p.m. Monday. 

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