The respected (Edwards) and the despised (Juan Pablo) visit The K

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards threw out the first pitch, while Juan Pablo Galavis (pictured in the Dominican Republic with his gal, Kansas City's Nikki Ferrell) was in town on behalf of Venezuelan baseball.

Kansas City isn’t exactly Tinseltown, so when the Rich and Famous swing by, it’s news. Tuesday brought a double dose to The K.

The "local boy," if you will, was Carl Edwards. The NASCAR driver, a native of Columbia, Mo., and a former Mizzou undergrad, watched the Royals take batting practice and chatted with manager Ned Yost. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Royals hosted the Rays.

"He’s a great athlete, actually," Yost said. "You got to be a great athlete when you go up against the guys he does on a weekly basis."

For those who didn’t see "The Bachelor" — and for those who had the misfortune of walking through the room while their spouse watched and later couldn’t wash off the stink — Galavis is the former Venezuelan soccer star who became a fan favorite when he wasn’t picked on "The Bachelorette," then became a despicable villain when he got to hand out roses on his own show. Seems he didn’t treat the girls right or something.

"The ‘Bachelor’ stuff is all behind me now," he told a Royals official. "I’m all about baseball now."