- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
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.
As he rediscovers his Kansas roots, new GM Dayton Moore faces a daunting task in resurrecting the Royals.