Royal Pennant Chase: Fan Creates App To Track Them

Royals fan Tyler Hillsman created an app about the Royals pennant chase (CBS)
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) - One Royals fan is taking his love of the game and the team to the next level – he's come up with an app that lets Royals fans keep up with their team everywhere they go.

"It's kind of neat to see how much we've grown throughout the year," Tyler Hillsman says about the Royals.

Hillsman goes to lots of games every year. He also collects Royals memorabilia and his collection includes an autographed Jeremy Guthrie baseball and cleats signed by closer Greg Holland.

"Growing up always cheering for the Royals…unfortunately they never made the playoffs, but this year there's a pretty good chance and it's a good time to be a Royals fan," he said.

Hillsman decided he wanted to take his love for the Royals to the next level, so he came up with the Race to the Pennant app.

"I made this app for me. I really want to see my Royals go to the top. Fortunately, this year, they're doing that," he said.

It has a main page with a bar chart with division and wildcard standings. It also has updated stats for every team and users can even get a detailed view so they can focus on how the Royals are doing.

"I was coming at it from a fan's perspective," Hillsman said.

The superfan is now ecstatic the Royals could finally make the playoffs after a 29-year drought.

"Ever since I've been in elementary school, middle school, I've been growing up watching these teams and it's fun that they're hitting on all cylinders," Hillsman said.

Right now the Race to the Pennant app is just for iPhones and iPads.

Hillsman's passion for sports and technology goes way beyond his baseball app. He's also come up with one for football to follow his favorite team, the Chiefs, and he's thinking about coming up with an app to follow his favorites soccer club, Sporting KC.