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Becoming Royal

Following the Royals’ quest for another World Series championship

Brittany Peterson, Todd Feeback, John Sleezer

The Kansas City Star

Sports, Health and Wellness, Medium Newsroom


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An engaging video series with a smart way to share through social media.

About the Project

Follow the Royals’ quest for another World Series championship via The Kansas City Star’s six-part video series, Becoming Royal. Throughout spring training, we captured sights, sounds and exclusive interviews from Surprise, Ariz. The sports writers and editors tweeted links to the episodes and the KC Star posted each video to its Facebook page.

Episode 1 featured outfielder Bubba Starling, a former first-round draft pick of the Royals who was a three-sport star at Gardner Edgerton and is trying to crack the major leagues this season. Episode 2 featured first-base coach Rusty Kuntz, whose teaching of base-running and outfield defense has been crucial to the Royals’ success. Episode 3 was on the family life of new Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. Episode 4 was on legendary Royals scout Art Stewart, now in his 47th year with the club.

Episode 5 was on starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, who says communicating in English with his teammates and coaches has gradually become easier over the years. Episode 6 was on the only Royals player ever elected to the Hall of Fame, Kansas City legend George Brett.