It’s not very often that news about the Kansas City Royals crosses these pages — we typically depend on our sister SBNation site Royals Review for that — but we’re making an exception for this piece of information:
Actor, Kansas City native (and passionate Kansas City Chiefs fan) Eric Stonestreet now owns a piece of the Royals.
As you may have heard, the Royals franchise has been sold. While Kansas City businessman John Sherman is the new titular owner of the team, he actually heads a group of investment partners. On Tuesday — when the Royals officially announced the sale of the club — they released a list of those partners. Stonetreet — who became famous on the ABC television series Modern Family and is well-known nationwide for his love of the Chiefs — is one of them.
Here is a lengthy list of the entire Royals ownership group, including one Eric Stonestreet: pic.twitter.com/dcIffTHAIE— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) November 26, 2019
There are other names on this list familiar to Kansas Citians — the Kemper, Dunn and Lockton families are all well-known in the area — but many of the other investors have ties to Kansas City, too; Royals Review’s Max Rieper wrote a nice breakdown of the new Royals ownership group.
But for Chiefs fans, Stonestreet is the star of the list. He frequently talks about the team in his social media feed and in television interviews, and is often seen on the sidelines at Chiefs games and in the team’s promotional videos.
At the beginning of this season, the Chiefs released a Stonestreet tour de force: a video spoof featuring the actor portraying head coach Andy Reid’s younger brother Randy Reid, who takes a break from his jet-ski business in Oxnard, California to assist his older sibling at Chiefs training camp.
We salute the Royals and their new owners — especially big Randy!