If you see Chris Stone on campus, you might not think he’s different than any other student at Missouri Western.
However, the communications student from Kansas City, Missouri has an alter ego.
Stone is known around Kauffman Stadium as Superfan, a nickname he more than lives up to.
“The first game I dressed up, we were 10 games under .500 and we weren’t even in the pennant race at all,” Stone said. “I started dressing up and we started winning, so I’m not going to stop now.”
Stone has been a Royals fan his whole life, but his Superfan ego came around at the beginning of the 2014 season.
“I’ve been dressing up for Chiefs games for about five or six years,” Stone said. “I was thinking about it, nobody does anything really out-there for Royals games. I was just like, ‘I’m going to give it a shot.’”
Stone is a fan favorite around Kauffman. He estimates that himself and his brother Andrew, who also dresses up, take roughly 120 pictures with fans at every game they attend, which has been about 100 over the last two seasons.
“We have to be there an hour before the game to get in by game time,” Stone said. “People are always stopping us...People come up to us because we’ve made it on MLB’s Instagram, we’ve made it on Sportscenter, we get interview by Fox. It’s bringing attention to the Royals, so we’ve had people from the Royals front office come down during the games and tell us what we’re doing is awesome and they want us to keep doing it. I like the attention, but it’s more just about the Royals.”
However, with the popularity in KC, comes the detest in other cities. While on trips to Minnesota, St. Louis and Houston, Stone says he’s been harassed by opposing team’s fans.
“The way we dress, especially on the road, we are lightning rods,” Stone said. “When their team is beating us, we are the people that they want to beat on and throw stuff at...because they feel like we’re the Royals, or something, because of the way we draw attention to ourselves.”
Fox 4 in Kansas City recently wrote an article about Stone and the other Royals super fans. Stone has been interviewed by several TV stations, including one in Houston after the ALDS.
The Royals’ success over the last two seasons has been memorable for every fan, especially Stone.
“We went from the guys that ‘oh it’s a nice story, they’re there, but they’re not going to do anything’ to the guys that can do something,” Stone said. “We proved to America that we’re not the underdogs anymore. This year has just been incredible, it’s just been a whole different reaction...definitely from last year to this year has been night and day, from going underdogs to being the favorites.”
Stone is just like every other fan though. He is more than superstitious, especially when it comes to how he dresses for every game.
“I wear my towels in the same place for every game,” Stone said. “Whenever I get a new towel for the playoffs, I won’t put it on until we win and I know it’s lucky, then I put it on. I do a lot of different stuff with beads. I’ve had the same hair the whole time.”
With the upcoming series against the New York Mets, Stone is hoping plan a trip for the games at Citi Field.
Stone may be a die-hard Royals fan, but he is more than confident in the team’s ability to finally take the crown. He says the fans’ spirit every game is what makes the team so special.
“That’s what’s special about Kansas City sports, and I feel it every time I go to a game, it’s different here in Kansas City...how passionate fans are,” Stone said. “It just shows how passionate the fans are and how much we deserve this. There’s not one team, anywhere, that deserves this as much as we do...nobody deserves this as much as we do and that’s why we’re getting it this year.”