Paulo Orlando had returned home to Brazil last offseason when he flipped on the television to catch the news, and saw this strange report about the first Brazilian to play in the NFL.
The Royals outfielder was immediately intrigued.
Then he was downright stunned.
Not only did he learn that Cairo Santos was carving out quite a career in a decidedly non-Brazilian sport, just like Orlando was trying to do, he was doing it with the Kansas City Chiefs — the team that plays just across the parking lot from his own team.
"I said, 'Whoa! He plays in Kansas City!" Orlando recalled. "Then I went to winter ball in Venezuela thinking, 'Wow, if I can...