HUMBOLDT PARK — Like the Kansas City Royals' current playoff run, Jeremy Scheuch's mustache might be considered legendary.
The longtime Humboldt Park resident and Kansas City native who sports a Rollie Fingers-like lip sweater is still in disbelief after his beloved Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Wednesday for their eighth straight postseason win this year and their first trip to the World Series since 1985 — also the last time K.C. was even in the playoffs.
"I know it's just a game, but this means the world to me," said Scheuch, who's the general manager at Do312 — a Logan Square-based events and social planning website. "Twenty-nine years of no playoffs and now we're back baby."
Justin Breen says the mustache has been years in the making:
Scheuch became part of mainstream sports discussion after he and his epic 'stache were spotted during the Sept. 26 telecast of the Royals' victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field that clinched K.C.'s playoff appearance.
"I've been 'That guy' since we clinched at Comiskey a few weeks ago," said Scheuch, 35, who moved to Chicago in 2005 — the year the White Sox won the World Series. "I was just enjoying the game and being myself."
Since late September, there have been viral viewings of Scheuch's mustache — which have only increased as the Royals have continued to accumulate mind-boggling wins.
Scheuch attended the Royals' triumph over the Los Angeles Angels in Kansas City that clinched the American League Division Series, and he hopes to go to a World Series game — against either the St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants — with his dad, John.
"I won't go without him," Scheuch said.
In the meantime, he's been creating what he called "ridiculous" Royals paintings for the past few weeks. That includes artwork of Royals players Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer portrayed as unicorns under a rainbow and a K.C. logo.
The mustache, he said, is a nod to Fingers, who starred for the Kansas City Athletics — the Royals' predecessors.
"One of the finest ballplayers and the greatest mustache in baseball history," Scheuch said.
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