A die-hard long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run is headed for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.

A group of American fans helped Sung Woo Lee arrange a visit to Kansas City in August so he could watch a Royals game in person for the first time. By the time Lee returned to Seoul, the Royals, perennial also-rans, had won nine out of 10 games and rose to first place in their division.

Lee, a 38-year-old duty free shop employee, is reluctant to make World Series predictions due to concerns about jinxing the team. But he says he can't help imagining a celebration with Royals' players in a champagne-soaked locker room.