Unlike Lorde, series fan totally feeling Royals

KC business gets Royal boost

In her Grammy award-winning song Lorde says, "And we'll never be royals. It don't run in our blood."

If she ever runs into Zach Marten, co-owner of the Westport Ale House, he's bound to have a word or two for her.

Marten, who's a lifelong resident and die hard baseball fan, practically wears the crown in his support for the Kansas City Royals as they face the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series at 8 p.m. ET.

And the Royals are repaying the favor, without even knowing it. As Kansas City advanced through the playoffs and into the series, business at the Westport Ale House exploded as fans visited the top-rated sports bar in the Kansas City area as ranked by The Pitch magazine.

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On "Street Signs" Marten said a weeknight game could make a world of difference to his bottom line. "The playoffs in general have done great things. We're a new bar, and it's given us an opportunity to show the public what we can do."

Union Station in Kansas City lit up in blue in support of the Royals.
Source: Griffin Davis

Enthusiasm for the Royals, who are slightly favored to win the series, is hardly limited to Marten. The entire city is awash in baseball fever. As you can see from the photo above, Union Station in Kansas City is lit up in blue in support of the Royals

"We're proud of our Royals. We're hoping the Royals can take it in four games," Marten said.

Not since 1985 have the Royals played in the World Series, Marten was 6 years old at the time. (By comparison, the San Francisco Giants are seeking their third World Series title in five years.)

"I kinda remember it," Marten admitted, "but not that well."