War of Words: KC and Toronto Public Libraries Engage in Epic Literary Battle over ALCS

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The Kansas City Public Library and the Toronto Public Library wage a charming battle, teasing each other with literary references, as their cities’ Major League Baseball teams compete in the ALCS.

Kansas City started the friendly banter before the series started:

Hey @torontolibrary looks like we get to be friends! :D ⚾ #TakeTheCrown— KCMO Public Library (@KCLibrary) October 15, 2015

The Toronto Public Library tweeted back, “Let the games begin! Exciting week ahead for both of us :)”

Then the real games began on October 16. The Royals won the opener that night, 5-0, and followed with a 6-3 victory the next night. The Blue Jays bounced back at home on October 19, winning 11-8. But after the Royals’ 14-2 thrashing of the jays on October 20, the Kansas City library couldn’t resist. The nerds continued their proxy war on behalf of the jocks:

The Toronto library defiantly replied:

The Toronto library paraphrased Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

Then the Toronto library had a fewer-chosen words of support for their team as it perched on the verge of oblivion:

After the Blue Jays blew out the Royals 7-1 on October 21, the libraries prepared for tonight’s Game 6:

Kansas City hosts Toronto in a game that starts at 7:07 Central tonight. Yordano Ventura takes the mound for the Royals. He faces David Price.


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