Moore returns to his Kansas roots

As he rediscovers his Kansas roots, Dayton Moore faces a daunting task in resurrecting the Royals, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: June 6, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
Dayton Moore's family left his birthplace in Wichita when he was 5 years old, but that was plenty of time to develop a lifelong affinity for the Kansas City Royals. Nearly a quarter century after George Brett popped a neck vein in the Bronx, Moore still can't hear the words "pine tar bat" without feeling a sense of remorse.

You want hard-core? In October 1985, Moore and a junior college buddy drove to Kansas City for Game 7 of the World Series. They were too broke to buy tickets from a scalper, so they watched the Royals beat St. Louis from the Interstate 70 overpass.

"The only thing we couldn't see was Lonnie Smith in left field," Moore said.

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ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer