Will Forte says he's 'always felt this connection to the Royals' -- and to George Brett

Comedian Will Forte grew up rooting for the A's, but he will always hold a special place in his heart for Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.

Will Forte is in Kansas City this weekend to help raise money for Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.  

Sean Keeler

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Move over, Lorde. MacGruber wants to be Royals, too.

"I'm an Oakland A's fan, an Oakland Raider fan," actor/comedian Will Forte told before Friday night's game between the first-place Royals and Mariners. "But I was born in 1970, so I was a huge George Brett fan.

"So I've always felt this connection to the Royals, just because it was such a formative period in my baseball love."

The 44-year-old got to connect with that baseball love in a big way Friday. The "Saturday Night Live" alum was one of several dozen celebrities to participate in the annual Big Slick Celebrity Wiffle ball game at The Little K, the miniature baseball diamond located along the Kauffman Stadium concourse, just before the Royals hosted the Mariners.

Forte was in town for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a charity event coordinated by the families of comedians Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle -- all Kansas City natives -- to raise money for Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. The man who played MacGruber, a parody of the title character from the action series "MacGyver," also sported a killer beard -- actually, more of a bushy, mountain-man mane -- for his part in the new FOX television show 'The Last Man On Earth':

Forte, who drew raves for a dramatic turn in the 2013 film "Nebraska," manned the outfield for the White team at the Big Slick game, and even rocked a triple at the plate:

When asked if he'd like to meet Brett -- the Royals icon and current vice president of baseball operations -- the California native beamed.

"Is he here?" Forte replied. "Oh my God. I would die to meet him. I'd love it."

Any Royals/Brett memorabilia you'd like signed?

"This is my memorabilia now," Forte said, clutching the white Royals home jersey that had his name stitched across the back.

"Oh my God, I would love that. (Brett) was my hero, yeah."

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