Patriotism on display at Kauffman Stadium

Patriotism on display at Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY -- In the words of one of the more than 40,000 fans who made it happen on Tuesday, Kauffman Stadium was a "living, breathing flag" for the 83rd All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet placed a packet on every seat, containing either a red, white or blue T-shirt. Instructions were included to "create a patriotic display of colors" for the pregame show on FOX leading up to the first pitch by Justin Verlander.

Fans obliged wholeheartedly, and it made for a dramatic sight to see, in addition to the sight of the world's best players themselves.


Branden Connolly of Overland Park, Kan., wore a red shirt in section 425 of the View section.

"I think it means a lot," he said. "It's obviously very patriotic, and it's an honor to be a part of something that honors our troops. Our troops and baseball, it's kind of our pastime. It's beautiful, and this is a great moment."

Bryan Pryor of Omaha, Neb., wore a white shirt in section 312 of the Loge level.

"It brings the whole stadium together," he said. "It's a sign of patriotism, as well. You see the pride that comes out. People are more apt to put it on after that. It makes people in the stadium realize there is something bigger than themselves out there, that's bigger than just a game. People are out there who aren't playing for a game; they're playing to get home."

Spencer Cramer of Kansas City wore a blue shirt in section 134 behind the American League dugout.

"It actually kind of gives you chills when you come in and you see that the entire stadium is a living, breathing flag," he said. "It's really cool, and it feels great to be a part of it and experience it. It is so great for the entire city and for baseball altogether. It really gives you a heartwarming feeling to be a part of it."

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