KANSAS CITY, MO. (CBSNewYork) — New York Mets fans are gearing up for Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night against the Royals.
In Kansas City, CBS2’s Meg Baker ran into a couple of Mets fans from Queens who weren’t letting Game 1’s loss bring them down, and will be back in the stands for round two.
“Probably last row again, but that’s fine. We’re at the World Series and the Mets are in it. First time in 15 years so we’re not gonna miss it, even if it’s the last row,” said Brian Russo, of Queens.
Many New Yorkers say they’ve been getting the royal treatment during their visit to the rival team’s hometown.
“If you don’t have any Mets tailgates going on, there will probably be some invites from some Royals fans,” cab driver Jim Gwinn said. (Baker: Everyone has been very hospitable, very kind, very positive, is that because the Royals won?) No, that’s because we’re the Midwest and that’s how we roll.”
“Ridiculously nice; it’s a totally different world out here,” said Megan Bremmer, of Queens.
Next, Baker stopped by The Roasterie — coffee that Missouri’s governor will send to Gov. Andrew Cuomo if the Mets win the World Series.
So what makes this Kansas City coffee stand out?
“Mainly just because it is air roasted. And so we take great pride in just that fact that most coffee places have their coffee and it’s all drum roasted,” said Lucas Pherigo, with The Roasterie.
Pherigo said air roasting allows for a more evenly roasted batch, rich with flavor.
Roasterie coffee is the next big thing next to barbecue in Kansas City, and Mets fans are being encouraged to stop by and grab a caffeine fix ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
Meanwhile, over at Boulevard Brewery, Mets fans said they expect a great game is on tap.
“Let’s go Mets!” said Chris Stone.
Bob Clark helps run the brewery and was born in upstate New York.
“Mets are my second favorite team. Looking forward to a wonderful series.
Outside, a friendly rivarly was going on between friends.
“We’re trying to convert him, bring him to all the fun places in Kansas City,” said John Boren.
But John Cintineo, of Montvale, New Jersey, was holding strong.
“Mets have to even it up and they will,” Cintineo said.
The group’s next order of business was some barbecue, then on to the pregame.
“There will be a big tailgate. Mets fans are invited. Everyone’s always invited in Kansas City,” said Boren. “Now, the question is, do I need to go to New York for the next game?”
Cintineo hopes to reciprocate the hospitality.