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Taking King's Court on the Road

The King's Court began in 2011 as a way to pay homage to the reigning CY Young winner, Felix Hernandez. Since then it has become its own Seattle icon and one of the great current traditions in baseball.

Others have tried to copy it with minimal success. The White Sox have something called "K Zone for Sale" when Chris Sale pitches. The Rays have "District K-9" for David Price. But you can't just force a special cheering section because someone is a great pitcher. (I was at the Mariners/White Sox game on July 4 when Sale dominated us. I sat in the Upper Deck right above the Sale section and I didn't even know they were there--and they had a lot to cheer about!) The truth of the matter is that no city loves their ace more than Seattle loves Felix.

Now in it's fourth year it's time to take the King's Court somewhere it's never been before: on the road.

I was at US Cellular today for Felix's start against the White Sox. I was seated down the right field line in the lower bowl and there were at least 6 guys (and gals) wearing King's Court t-shirts in the 5-6 sections of seats near the foul line. I also saw 5 shirts across the way by the left field corner--and then there were at least 3-4 sitting behind the Mariners dugout. So right there, that's around 15 people sporting yellow King's Court shirts in Chicago and who knows how many were in the upper deck.

Beyond this initial idea I really have no idea what it would take to make this happen. I doubt the Mariners organization is able to get involved with any event/promotion like this at an opposing ballpark so it would need to be done at a grassroots level. At the very least it would likely involve some local coordination in each of the road cities where Felix pitches. It may also take a business/marketing-minded visionary to oversee the start-up of this on a broader scale. I'm not that person but I'll definitely have my yellow shirt ready the next time the Ms come back to Chicago.

What's the worst thing that could happen? We only have a handful of people that show up and we're not very loud. In other words, we'd be just like all the copycat K zones. But I think we can do better than that. And just think of the smile on Felix's face when he realizes his Court is following him around the country. If the 12th Man flag can make it to the World Cup and if the Wazzu flag can show up on every College Gameday, the King's Court can start making a name for itself outside of Safeco Field. Who's with me?

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