Kansas City puts on 9 1/2 mile ball toss for Royals first pitch

Over 2,500 people pitched in to get the first-pitch ball to Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals’ first game of the season Sunday night when the defending champs take on the New York Mets in a World Series rematch.

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As first reported by KMBC 9 News in Kansas City, loyal fans lined up to complete a nine-and-a-half mile ball toss that started Union Station to Kauffman Stadium — the same route the team utilized during its victory parade last year.

The ball features a computer which holds messages from fans, which will be featured in the Royals Hall of Fame at a later date.

In addition to the amazing spectacle, the event raised money to help build the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy, per the report.

It’s a tremendous idea brought to life that also benefits a worthy cause. One wonders if other cities will attempt to recreate this in future years, though it might be much more difficult to pull off in a major metropolitan area like New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.